Dr Susan Simpson presents an two day introductory workshop on the use of Schema Therapy for eating disorders | Zoom, January 30 and 31 2023 9am to 5pm AEST

Price: $800
Location: Online Webinar
Day 1 – Monday 30 January 2023

Day 2 – Tuesday 31 January 2023

About the Event:
Schema Therapy is an innovative transdiagnostic treatment model that is ideally suited to the treatment of eating disorders, and is well equipped to address the rigidly held belief systems, characterological traits, affective instability, trauma-based symptomatology and comorbidities that have been shown to interfere with clinical outcomes in eating disorders (Cooper & Kelland, 2015; Segura-Garcia et al., 2013; Wilson et al., 2007).

Schema Therapy has demonstrated promising preliminary findings for eating disorders (Simpson et al., 2010; Simpson & Slowey, 2011), including one randomised controlled trial (McIntosh et al., 2016). Further, robust RCT evidence indicates its effectiveness in the treatment of disorders that are frequently comorbid with eating disorders, and which appear to interfere with the effectiveness of first-line treatments, including borderline, cluster c, and narcissistic PDs, chronic depression, and complex trauma (for reviews of the evidence see: Bakos et al., 2015; Hawke & Provencher, 2011; Hopwood & Thomas, 2014; Jacob & Arntz, 2013; Masley et al., 2012; Pugh, 2015; Roediger & Zarbock, 2015; Sempertegui et al., 2013; Taylor et al., 2017).

WORKSHOP: Introduction to Schema Therapy for Eating Disorders
Course 1 (Days 1 & 2) – Introduction to the Schema model with Eating Disorders
Course 2 (Day 3) – Specific Interventions with Eating Disorders

The workshop will provide therapists with an opportunity to learn powerful techniques for working with eating disorders, including those with entrenched beliefs, high complexity and comorbidity (e.g. OCD, rigid personality traits, PTSD). Anyone interested in learning to apply the schema therapy mode work to assist people with eating disorders would benefit from this workshop. The workshop will provide participants with practical experience and guidance in the use of powerful techniques, including imagery rescripting, chair work and other techniques for change. Videos and demonstrations will be used to illustrate experiential change techniques. Training will specifically include working with emotional (vulnerable) modes, limited reparenting skills, bypassing avoidant or overcompensatory coping modes, and challenging punitive (self-critical) or guilt inducing thinking patterns that drive eating disorder behaviours. Participants will receive handouts that they can use in their clinical work.

About the Presenter:

Dr. Susan Simpson is a Clinical Psychologist who has specialised in Schema Therapy for complex eating disorders over the past 20 years. She currently works in an NHS outpatient eating disorders unit in Scotland. She is also director of the only ISST-accredited Schema Therapy training program in Scotland. She regularly runs Schema Therapy workshops through Schema Therapy Scotland and Schema Therapy Training Australia. She is part of an international research group which is currently investigating the effectiveness of Schema Therapy for eating disorders. She has published several research papers on the schema therapy model applied to a range of clinical populations, and has presented her findings at national and international conferences. Susan co-authored the first book on Schema Therapy for Eating Disorders, which was published by Routledge in 2020. A full list of her publications can be found at https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Susan_Simpson/publications


Learning Outcomes:

  • To recognise the links between emotional needs and disordered eating
  • How to recognise & work with schema modes relevant to people with eating disorders.
  • How to conceptualise clients’ eating disorder symptoms & comorbidities using a schema mode map
  • How to apply cognitive, experiential, and interpersonal strategies for change, including chairwork & Imagery Rescripting, with an emphasis on deeper level change with core beliefs/schemas
  • Methods for setting limits on self-defeating ’inner critic’ modes
  • Methods for strengthening the client’s ‘Wise Self’ mode in treatment.

Pre-Reading Activities:

  1. Simpson, S. & Smith, E. (Eds.) (2019). Schema Therapy for Eating Disorders: Theory and Practice for Individual and
    Group Settings. Routledge.
  2. To familiarise yourself with the schema therapy mode model before the training, please read this chapter (‘Schemas, Modes Summary’, Ch 2 Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Schema Therapy) which provides a good overview of the Schema Therapy Mode Model.
  3. A chapter on the topic of schema therapy for eating disorders from the Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Schema Therapy, and a brief Schema Therapy Clients Guide

Additional Event Information:

  • An early bird discount of 10% will be available until the end of August 2022 using the code EARLY2022 
  • This event will be presented via zoom. The link will be provided to attendees prior to the event. Training will not be recorded.

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