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Dr Christina Vallianatou
Dr Tijana Mirović 

Independent rater:

Dr Igor Nenadić 

Who can apply?

Applicants must fulfill the following:

  1. Academic training: Applicants must have a degree in psychology, social work, special education and rehabilitation or medical degree.
  2. Training in psychotherapy: Individuals must have completed their psychotherapy training in one of the modalities recognized by SUAP (Serbian Union of Associations for Psychotherapy). 

The application process will consist of the following:

  • Completion of the application form
  • Submission of a recent Curriculum Vitae

Description of the training program courses

40 hours (25 Didactic and 15 Dyadic hours)

I Module: Introduction to schema therapy14 hours (9 Didactic and 5 Dyadic hours)

1.1 Schema Theory 8 hours: (6 Didactic and 2 Dyadic hours)

  • Schemas, coping styles, and modes
  • Assessment: including interviews, imagery, and inventories
  • Psycho-education about needs and rights of children
  • Temperamental factors

1.2 Treatment Formulation & Case Conceptualization

  • Clarifying goals & needs in schema terms and/or modes
  • Conceptualizing a case in schema terms and/or modes

2.1 Therapy Relationship6 hours (3 Didactic and 3 Dyadic hours)

  • Limited reparenting
  • Empathic confrontation
  • Limit setting

2.2 Therapists’ Schemas

  • Dealing with obstacles in treatment when therapists’ schemas become activated
  • Appropriate use of self-disclosure. 

II Module: Schema therapy techniques16 hours (10 Didactic and 6 Dyadic hours)

3.1 Cognitive techniques

(E.g., Diaries and Flashcards)

3.2 Experiential techniques

  • Imagery & imagery re-scripting
  • Linking schemas/modes with early childhood experiences
  • Limited reparenting with child modes, especially with the vulnerable and angry child modes
  • Dialogues with schemas and modes
  • Empathic confrontation/limit setting for maladaptive coping modes
  • Confronting and limit setting for punitive and demanding parent modes

3.4 Homework assignments and behavior change strategies

III Module: Specific treatment population10 hours (6 Didactic and 4 Dyadic hours)

4.1 Schema Mode Work with personality disorders

Additional – Optional: Schema Therapy with other Axis-I-Disorders

8 hours (5 Didactic and 3 Dyadic hours)

4.4. One day workshops on special topics such as eating disorders, anxiety disorders

Suggested references:

  • Arntz, A., & Jacob, G. (2013). Schema Therapy in Practice.West Sussex: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
  • Behary, W. T. (2013). Disarming the Narcissist. Oakland: New Harbinger Publications.
  • Farrell, J. M., Reese, N., & Shaw, I. A. (2014). The Schema Therapy Clinician’s Guide. West Sussex: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
  • Jacob, G., van Genderen, H., & Seebauer, L. (2015). Breaking negative thinking patterns. A Schema Therapy Self-Help and Support Book. West Sussex: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
  • van Vreeswijk, M. & Broersen, J. (Eds). (2012). The Wiley Blackwell handbook of Schema Therapy.West Sussex: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
  • Young, J. E, Klosko, J. S., & Weishaar, M. E. (2003). Schema Therapy: A Practitioner’s Guide. New York: The Guilford Press.
  • Young, J. E, & Klosko, J. S. (1994). Reinventing Your Life. New York: Penguin.
  • Rane maladaptivne sheme – sheme koje prave probleme_(Mirovic – Serbian book on Schema therapy)
  • Βαλλιανάτου, Χ, & Άνθη, Ε. (2014). Εισαγωγή στη Θεραπεία Σχημάτων. Στο Νέες Τάσεις στη Γνωσιακή Συμπεριφορική Ψυχοθεραπεία. (Επ: Θ. Χαλιμούρδας & Μ. Χαρίτου-Φατούρου). Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις Γρηγόρη

(This is a chapter on Schema Therapy in Greek).