Certification Programme

The Schema Therapy Training certification programme meets strict and specific requirements outlined by the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST). These guidelines outline course content and structure, supervision and observational requirements. 

The coursework components of the program will be completed by Chris Hayes, Susan Simpson and Robert Brockman. The supervision components of the programme will be completed by accredited advanced level schema therapists in Australia, the US and the UK (see the "about us" page for further details).

Click here to see a detailed synopsis of the training programme

You can also view the FAQ page of the site of frequent asked questions related to the programme

Places on the certification programme is limited

The program can provide 2 levels of certification:

Standard Certification 

The Standard Certification programme is suitable for all experienced mental health professionals, and is open to professionals with doctoral or master's (or equivalent) level qualifications/experience in mental health fields.  Applicants should have intermediate or advanced levels of general psychotherapy experience.  

Please be aware that priority will be given to applicants who currently have access to personality-disordered clients. Submission of an application does not guarantee a place.  Spaces to the training program will be allocated following assessment.

Training must include a minimum of 2 cases treated with schema therapy, at least 25 therapy hours each.  One case must have a presentation consistent with Borderline Personality Disorder (however a “formal” diagnosis is not required).

▪  2 intensive workshops workshops, making a total of 6 days of training. 

▪   20 sessions of individual consultation, approximately 50-60 minutes in length. These will be completed by telephone, or Skype (or equivalent).  Consultation sessions are typically held over a 12 month period.

▪   3 video or audio recordings of client therapy sessions, to be submitted at regular intervals, each accompanied by a completed Schema Case Conceptualisation form.  The final session ratings will be scored by an independent rater other than your consultant (arranged by Schema Therapy Training) 

Cost: $4900

 After an initial deposit, payments can be made in instalments

This includes all required coursework training, supervision and ratings of recorded sessions.  It does not cover travel and overnight expenses.

The course is should be completed over a 12-18 month time frame


Advanced Certification 

The Advanced Certification programme is suitable for all experienced mental health professionals, and is open to professionals with doctoral or master's (or equivalent) level qualifications/experience in mental health fields.  Applicants should have intermediate or advanced levels of general psychotherapy experience.  Please be aware that only applicants with the capacity to work with personality-disordered and complex clients will be considered.

 Advanced certification allows for practitioners to provide consultation, training and lead clinical research.

Submission of an application does not guarantee a place.  Applications will be scrutinised and places subsequently allocated.

▪   2 workshops, consisting of a total of 6 days.

▪   40 sessions of individual consultation sessions, each approximately 50-60 minutes in length. These may be conducted by telephone, or Skype (or equivalent).  Such sessions are held on a weekly to fortnightly basis (over a 18 month to 2 year period)

▪    6 video or audio recordings of client therapy sessions, to be submitted at regular intervals, each accompanied by a completed Schema Case Conceptualisation form.  The final 2 session ratings will be scored by an independent rater other than your consultant (arranged by Schema Therapy Training).

A minimum of 4 cases treated with schema therapy, at least 25 therapy hours each: one case must be Borderline Personality Disorder (however a formal diagnosis is not required) and one must be another Personality Disorder.

Cost: Approximately $8100 (AUD) (this is dependent on currency fluctuations) 

 After an initial deposit, payments can be made in instalments

This includes 6 days workshop training days, 40 consultation meetings and ratings of 6 recorded sessions.  It does not cover travel and overnight expenses.  Ideally, the course should be completed over a 18-24 month time frame.

For application forms and to discuss the program please email

 Chris Hayes  at info@schematherapytraining.com