Program Bali Workshop Retreat Ubud

The Program offers expert schema therapy training from advanced schema therapists form Australian and the Netherlands. The group size will be capped at 45 people to allow for a relaxed and intimate training environment. Workshops will commence at 9.30am and finish at 4.30pm (with an hour break for lunch). We expect this workshop to fill quickly, so book early to avoid disappointment. 

Day 1 (Full Day) 

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Schema Therapy for Dissociative Identity Disorder     Professor Marleen Rijkeboer & Associate Professor Rafaele Huntjens (Netherlands) 

Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) is a complex, severe, and highly disabling disorder that is associated with reported childhood trauma. Patients suffering from DID report experience several identity states, and they tend to regularly switch between these identity states. Also, they frequently report experiences of depersonalization, derealization, and inter-identity amnesia. However, experimental studies have indicated that memory and identity functioning is much less compartmentalized than previously thought. Whilst Schema Therapy (ST) has established effectiveness in other trauma-related disorders, and the model acknowledges the subjective experience of different modes, ST seems a feasible option for DID treatment. Therefore, we developed an adapted form of ST for DID, which is currently tested in a multiple baseline case series design.

The workshop will focus on phenomenology of DID, followed by highly interesting results of experimental research into inter-identity functioning, as well as the background of schema therapy for DID (what are the main adaptions and why?). More importantly, there will be plenty of time to practice techniques used in the treatment of DID, such as mapping identities into modes, the construction of emergency plans, dealing with dissociation, using metaphors, breaking Imagery Rescripting into small steps, techniques to review successes, and dealing with aggressive parts.   


Day 2- Morning Schema Therapy Experiental interventions in Grief Work

Dr Gemma Gladstone (Australia) 

Grief is an inescapable experience inherent in the human condition. The majority of clients presenting for mental health concerns or interpersonal problem are also carrying some degree of unprocessed loss, whether in the form of specific bereavements or as integral components of other difficult life experiences (eg, an abusive childhood). It is often the case that unprocessed or inhibited grief serves as a maintaining factor for many emotional disorders – major depression being the most obvious. Clinicians are often faced with dilemmas of clinical priorities and often swayed away from grief-work either because of a lack of confidence or an uncertainty about which interventions might be most effective. This workshop will equip therapists with a skill set in selected experiential techniques. Participants will be introduced to both chair-work and imagery-based interventions to use with clients struggling to resolve painful loss experiences and the meanings attached to them. This is a practical workshop. Participants will be able to observe and engage in the guided practice of these experiential interventions so that they will feel more proficient and optimistic in their work helping clients with grief issues.

Day 2 Afternoon- Imagery Rescripting- "Winning the Exchange" & Improving Rescripting Outcomes

Chris Hayes Clinical Psychologist,


Imagery Rescripting is a powerful tool in providing corrective emotional experiences for clients, leading to schema change and the alleviation of trauma symptoms. Challenging and working with various antagonists can challenging for the clinician.  Logistical and circumstantial elements of the visualised event can often be challenging for the clinician. Furthermore, therapist's own schemas and coping can impede in effective responses. The workshop we will address frequently observed challenges in imagery rescripting work, provide scaffolding sentiments in responding to various forms of "characters" in imagery work, as well as assist in therapist create creative and powerful reponses to meet the needs of the client. 

Day 3 Morning- Contextual Schema Therapy: 5 Ways to Build the Healthy Adult Mode using ACT Strategies 

Dr Robert Brockman, Clinical Psychologist 

The Healthy Adult mode is the backbone of a successful schema therapy. Despite this key role, a detailed description of how the HA mode can be explicitly enhanced has been lacking.This workshop presents an approach to developing and strengthening the healthy part of the self based on our recent book Contextual Schema Therapy (Roediger, Stevens, & Brockman, 2018). We define the Healthy Adult mode and outline how this mode can be explicitly promoted using core ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) processes including mindfulness, acceptance, and values. Finally, we will demonstrate the implications of this broadened scope on chair mode-dialogues including some exercises in small groups.

The goals of this workshop are:


Be able to use a (mindful) observer stance as a counterbalance to the schema based coping modes

- Be able to use the ACT-Core processes to enhance building up a Healthy Adult mode

- Outline the process of change from the position of the Healthy Adult mode and understand how to strengthen these functional processes e.g. in chair dialogues


Day 3 Afternoon Self-care for the Therapist: A Schema Therapy Approach. Dr Gemma Gladstone (Australia)

In this workshop we examine ‘self-care’ as a personal and professional imperative and explore how our own schemas and modes can influence both howwe work as therapists and the way we dealwith the stressors and challenges of the work.  Burnout has been described as“the single most common personal consequence of practicing therapy” andresearch demonstrates that ‘therapist-factors’ (internal psychological drivers such as schemas) pose some of the most important risk factors for therapist distress and burnout.

Without a dedicated approach and priority towards self-care, it is hard for the therapist to remain buoyant amidst the demands of professional life. The workshop also incorporates the recent developments in the field of compassion and self-compassion research and examines how we can use these approaches in a practical way to reduce ‘empathic distress’ and take better care of ourselves in the face of challenging work (inside and outside of the therapy room).