Schema Therapy for Eating Disorders - 2 days

Presenter- Dr Robert Brockman, Clinical Psychologist & Claudia Mendez Clinical Psychologist

Date/ Time- Date: 30th - 31st July 2019

Venue- TBC


The Healthy Adult mode is the backbone of a successful schema therapy treatment. Despite this key role, a detailed description of how the Healthy Adult mode can be explicitly enhanced has been lacking in the schema literature. This one-day workshop presents an approach to developing and strengthening the healthy adult 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 in Schema Treatment including drawing on core ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and 3rd wave therapy processes including mindfulness, acceptance, values, and self-compassion. Finally, the implications of this broadened scope on traditional schema therapy techniques (e.g. chair mode-dialogues) will be demonstrated for use in small group exercises. This workshop is likely to interest 3rd wave/ACT practitioners curious about schema therapy, as well as more seasoned schema therapists interested in 3rd wave/ACT integration, and implications for building the healthy adult mode.

Implications for the ACT practitioner of the schema model will be discussed including examples of ACT consistent and inconsistent interventions. Ways in which the models can complement each other in clinical work will be addressed. 

About the Presenters

Dr Robert Brockman

Clinical Psychologist


Robert is a clinical psychologist and researcher living and working out of sunny Sydney. From 2010-2017 Robert's work life consisted of supervising and lecturing on Clinical Psychology Masters programs (Western Sydney University; University of Technology) and running a small private practice. This practice has evolved into Schema Therapy Sydney the first schema therapy focused private practice to be established in Sydney. Rob has been affiliated with Schema Therapy Training Australia for the past 5 years and now regularly provides accredited schema trainings across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and Hong Kong.

Just this year Rob co-authored a new schema therapy book Contextual Schema Therapy along with Eckhard Roediger and Bruce Stevens (published by New Harbinger in June 2018). His central contribution to this work has been on integrating 3rd wave techniques (e.g. Mindfulness, Self-compassion, Values) to explicitly build the healthy adult mode in schema therapy.

In 2016 in Vienna, Rob was honoured by ISST colleagues with the 'Young Investigator' award for his research on the application of schema therapy to GAD and pathological worry processes. Rob currently holds a senior research fellowship with Australian Catholic University where he currently engaged in clinical research focusing on extending the schema model into novel populations (e.g. GAD, Eating Disorders, HIV Sufferers, Problem Gamblers, Forensic Patients, and Psychosis), Schema Therapy Self-Reflection/Self-Practice (with Joan and Ida), and the cross-cultural application of schema therapy (with Malaysian and Singaporean colleagues). From 2015-current Rob has been consultant supervisor on a multi-site open trial of group schema therapy for eating disorders (with Susan Simpson & Evelyn Smith).