Methods To Manage Emotions - DBT and Emotional Regulation Skills in a Schema Therapy Framework-


3rd March 2020 Registration from 8:30, event 9am to 5pm

Location: Adina Apartment Hotel, Melbourne, 189 Queen Street, Melbourne, Vic 3000

Morning and afternoon tea provided.

Trainer- Chris Hepworth, Advanced Schema Therapy Trainer, Clinical Psychologist.

CPD- 7 hours of active CPD

Cost- Early bird rate (if booked/paid by 1/2/20) $200

Schema Therapy is an evidenced-based treatment for Personality Disorders and ‘hard-to-treat’ presentations and problems. Derived from cognitive behavioural-therapy, schema therapy incorporates and emphasises a number of affect change techniques, such as imagery rescripting and chairwork, and the concept of Limited Reparenting, in addition to cognitive and behavioural techniques in order to create change. Although Limited Reparenting, Imagery Rescripting and other techniques are crucial for emotional change, and can also be used to help individuals regulate, many individuals often need additional emotional regulation skills not traditionally taught in Schema Therapy. In this workshop, you will be taught a number of skills from Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), an alternative-evidence based treatment for borderline personality disorder and other disorders of emotional dysregulation, in addition to other therapeutic techniques for helping to regulate emotions, and ideas on how to integrate these skills into a Schema therapy approach. This will be done through a mixture of live demonstration, practice and the writer presenting clinical examples of teaching emotional regulation in Schema Therapy. This will ensure that your experience and understanding is practical and clinically applicable. To get the most out of this workshop attendees should already have a working knowledge of Schema Therapy and have attended some prior Schema Therapy training.

Learning objectives and outcomes

  • At the end of the workshop the presenter will have:

  • Discussed the techniques and nuances already within Schema Therapy which can be utilised to regulate emotions.

  • Introduced Mindfulness with an emphasis from a Schema Therapy perspective including using the skill to defuse from schemas and modes and promote knowledge of the Healthy Adult.

  • Taught attendees the Crisis Survival skills from DBT

  • Taught attendees core skills from the Emotional Regulation module of DBT

  • Discussed ideas to increase the Happy Child mode and promote more joy

  • Discussed how to integrate these skills into Schema Therapy and how some modes / presentations may more readily align themselves with the need for certain emotional regulation skills.

About the presenter:


Chris is a Clinical Psychologist and accredited advanced schema therapist, trainer and supervisor who lives in Perth, Western Australia. He has a small private practice in addition to working in the Schema Therapy Program at Hollywood Private Hospital. Chris is also the Clinical Lead on the DBTeen Program in WA, within which he provides clinical consultation and guidance to DBTeen group clinicians and to Lifeline about clinical aspects of the program. He mainly works with individuals with personality disorders, particularly Borderline Personality Disorder, and trauma, although is also experienced is treating a range of presenting problems and clinical difficulties. In addition to being trained in Schema Therapy, Chris has been coordinating and delivering Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) programs for a number of years, and his practice is also informed by EMDR and other cognitive-behavioural therapies.

Chris provides formal training in Schema Therapy both in Australia and abroad, including touring for the Australian Psychology Society in late 2019, in addition to providing training and up-skilling in DBT. From his private practice he also provides individual supervision.