Schema therapy for trauma related disorders: Fine-tuning Imagery Rescripting
Remco van der Wijngaart
International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST)
22nd September 2017
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Language: English with Farsi translation
Center For Advanced Studies In Mental Health
Schema therapy for trauma related disorders usually refers to personality disorders or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This workshop focusses on schema therapy for traumatic early childhood memories with the use of Imagery rescripting. Imagery rescripting is generally regarded as one of the most effective techniques within schema therapy. It is also an effective stand alone treatment for PTSD. However, it is often difficult to apply this technique. For instance, therapists are regularly faced with challenging situations in which, for example, the client says 'I have no memories of my childhood' or 'I don't want to dredge up those old memories, what would be the point of that?'. Furthermore, patients have often been so damaged by their childhoods that childhood memories are very emotionally charged. As a result, therapists are inhibited from using imagery to bring back images from that charged past for fear of decompensation.
This workshop aims to make therapists more proficient in applying imagery rescripting. Existing skills will be refined and challenging situations discussed and practised. During the workshop, use will be made of recently developed teaching materials specifically focused on imagery exercises and based on the most recent insights and experiences of this method. Specialist fields of application will also be discussed, such as imagery rescripting in flash-forwards and nightmares.
The workshop is aimed at therapists who are already working with Imagery Rescripting and who wish to increase their skills and the effectiveness of this intervention.
The objective is that this day should be an enjoyable, educational experience involving a lot of practice within a secure atmosphere, in order to enable the therapists to apply Imagery rescripting more often and more effectively.
About the presenter:
Remco van der Wijngaart works as a psychotherapist in a private practice in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Initially trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, he was trained and supervised in Schema Therapy personally by Dr Jeffrey Young from 1996 till 2000. Remco specializes in borderline patients, patients with cluster C personality disorders as well as Anxiety and depressive disorders.
Since 2000 he frequently has been given training courses in Schema Therapy worldwide. He produced and directed the DVD series “Schema therapy, working with modes” which is considered to be one of the essential instruments in learning schema therapy. In 2016 he published 2 new DVD series “Fine Tuning Imagery Rescripting” and “Schema therapy for the Avoidant, Dependent and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder”.
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