The Schema Therapy Institute of South Africa

The Schema Therapy Institute of South Africa (STISA) is directed by David Edwards who is certified as a schema therapist and trainer in both individual and couples’ therapy by the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST).

STISA disseminates schema therapy within South Africa as well as internationally.  Founded by David Edwards, the Schema Therapy Institute of South Africa offers professional training in the form of workshops and clinical case supervision.  There is also an international therapist certification program approved by the ISST.

David Edwards also provides clinical services including psychotherapy based on the schema therapy model, and other shorter term therapies. He works with adults, adolescents, individuals or couples or families. He also undertakes psycholegal assessments.

Information about other South African practitioners who use schema therapy is available on request.

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STISA’s training program
in schema therapy
is approved by the ISST
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Professional training in schema therapy

STISA offers comprehensive training resources in schema therapy in the form of clinical supervision and workshops.  These are particularly suitable for professionals practicing psychotherapy with difficult cases. They are intended for Clinical and Counselling Psychologists as well as other South African professionals who can practice psychotherapy in terms of their scope of practice (as determined by the HPCSA). Professionals such as creative arts therapists or Registered Counsellors who practice within a hospital or other clinical setting where schema therapy is applicable, may also benefit. Some practitioners may like to draw on the workshops and supervision to inform and enrich their current practice. Others may like to embark on a comprehensive program of training that will lead to certification as a schema therapist with the ISST.

This page provides information about all these training options under these headings:

 

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CPD:  Workshops and supervision offered in South Africa are accredited for CEU points within the Continuing Professional Development requirements of the HPCSA.
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Workshops and supervision count towards the requirements for ISST accreditation (unless otherwise specified)

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Workshops

The ISST has specified criteria for training in schema therapy which are summarized in the next section. One part of the training is 40 hours of training workshops. This involves 25 hours of didactic training that covers the central concepts, the research background, and interventions used in schema therapy. Clinical examples are presented on DVD or via audio that provide a bridge between theory and practice. The ISST also specifies15 hours of experiential/role-play training exercises that provide experience of the practice of specific schema therapy interventions

David Edwards offers workshops on schema therapy that provide standalone training experiences or, for those interested in advanced training, cover the modules of the ISST training requirements.

From 2015 this 40 hour training is being offered as 6 day program of workshops that has been approved by the ISST. Download the STISA training program here.  It is planned to offer 3 days of the program annually so that the workshop training can be completed in two years, but this will depend on demand. If there is significant demand then all six days could be offered in a single year (probably as 2 sets of 3 days).

These workshops typically include:

  • Presentation of the central concepts of schema therapy
  • Presentation of self-report instruments used in assessment for schematherapy
  • Presentation of training material on DVD.
  • Presentations of therapy sessions of my own or of local psychologists.
  • Experiential training exercises.
  • Discussion of the implications of the approach for case formulation, treatment planning and ethical practice
  • Discussion of participants’ own case material

Upcoming Workshops

 Sunday 19 to Tuesday 21 March 2017: Schema therapy training course Part 1 (days 1-3) 

The Cellars-Hohenort, Brommersvlei Road, Constantia, Cape Town.

Download workshop flyer here.         Download workshop application form here.

Request a workshop
If you would like to invite David Edwards to give a workshop to your specifications, please contact us.

Past Workshops

19-21 March 2016:     Schema therapy training course Part 2 (Days 4 – 6)  –  Southern Sun Hotel, Newlands                                    

Workshops presented from 2013-2015
5-8 November 2015
 Parts Therapy Congress – David Edwards presented a 3 hour workshop entitled Creative trajectories of healing in schema therapy: Two case studies
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Heidelberg, Germany
21st – 23rd March 2015
Schema therapy training course Part 1 (Days 1 – 3)
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Cape Town: Southern Sun Hotel, Newlands
8 – 9 November 2014
Working with personality disorders: The schema therapy approach
Cape Town: Southern Sun Hotel, Newlands
13 June 2014
“An interpretive examination of the rescripting of personal and symbolic imagery in the case of Nina”
ISST conference in Istanbul
April 12th 2014
When trauma is hidden or when trauma-focused therapy fails – the schema therapy approach to complex trauma
Stellenbosch: Conference on Contemporary Approaches to the Management of Trauma.
14th July 2013
Schema therapy, attachment theory and the use of reparenting and imagery to heal the vulnerable child
Brisbane, Australia
22nd – 23rd July 2013
Schema therapy, attachment theory and the use of reparenting and imagery to heal the vulnerable child
Melbourne, Australia
14th August 2013
Schema therapy – The basics
Kingsbury Hospital, Cape Town
24-25 Aug 2013
Schema therapy – Learning by experience
Kingsbury Hospital, Cape Town

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South African Diploma in Schema Therapy

Those who complete the full program of 6 day training workshops will have fulfilled the requirements for didactic and supervised role-play training for ISST certification. Whether or not they elect to proceed to further training, they will receive the South African Diploma in Schema Therapy. You can download the details of the 6 day training, as approved by the ISST here:  STISA training program in Schema Therapy.

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Clinical case supervision

Supervision of cases within the schema therapy model is at the heart of the training and is a requirement for certification with the ISST (see table below). Although you can learn a great deal about schema therapy from workshops and books, you are likely to need supervision from a person experienced in the model in order to master the schema therapy approach and take full advantage of its powerful features.

David Edwards offers supervision either individually or in groups. This can be at his office or via the internet. Currently there is a supervision group that meets on Thursdays at 18h00 for 90 minutes and an online supervision group on Wednesdays at 18h00. For more information about schema therapy supervision and the approach to supervision recommended by the ISST, download the document Schema therapy supervision: Information and guidelines for supervisees.

You can also have internet supervision with ISST supervisors in other countries (though this will be relatively costly). Go to the ISST website for more information or ask us for recommendations.

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CPD:  Workshops and supervision offered in South Africa are accredited for CEU points within the Continuing Professional Development requirements of the HPCSA.
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Workshops and supervision count towards the requirements for ISST accreditation (unless otherwise specified)

 

Advanced training leading towards ISST certification as a schema therapist 

ISST requirements for certification as a schema therapist are as follows:

ISST Requirement
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Standard certification
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Advanced certification
Didactic training
25 hours
25 hours
Supervised role play program
15 hours
15 hours
Individual case supervision
20 sessions (50-60 min)
40 sessions (50-60min)
Self-therapy as part of case supervision
Highly Recommended: Max. of 3 sessions out of 20 can be primarily self-therapy
Highly Recommended: Max. of 6 sessions out of 40 can be primarily self-therapy
Peer supervision
Highly Recommended
Highly Recommended
Minimum number of patient sessions using ST
80
160
Minimum number of cases treated using ST model
2 of at least 25 sessions each (1 with personality disorder, other appropriate for mode work).
4 of at least 25 sessions each (1 with personality disorder, others requiring work with a range of classes of modes).
Duration of supervision
At least 1 year
At least 1 year
Cases for final evaluation (case conceptualization + voice recording)
1. Minimum rating of 4 on Schema Therapy Competency Scale
2. Minimum rating of 4.5 on Schema Therapy Competency Scale

Note: These were taken from the ISST website in February 2015. If you intend to apply for certification in the near future, check the  latest status on the ISST website or by emailing STISA.

Preparing yourself to apply to the ISST for certification

STISA aims to support practitioners in preparing themselves to apply to the ISST for certification. So please let us know if that is your intention.

You can do this from the outset or once you have attended some workshops and experienced some supervision. Once you indicate your interest there is no obligation to complete the training and apply, but STISA will encourage you and provide information and guidance.

By attending the full 6 day workshop series described above, you will ensure that you have met the workshop training requirements. If you have completed previous workshops offered by STISA, these will have covered parts of the training program described above. If you want to complete the Diploma, you can enquire which parts of the 6 day program you have already covered. Similarly, those who provide evidence of having completed accredited workshops in Schema Therapy with other trainers may apply to have these hours recognized in place of specific parts of the 6 day program.

STISA keeps a record of your supervision hours. In the case of group supervision, one hour counts for less than one hour of individual supervision: the number of hours you qualify for is determined by a formula that factors in the number of people attending each group meeting. Thus, for a group of 3, each participant is credited with 28 minutes for each hour. More information about this is available on request. You can also submit a recording of a whole session for supervision and will receive written and verbal feedback. This will count as one hour of supervision. Supervision can also include receiving advice and feedback on the preparation of a case conceptualization and voice recording for submission to the ISST for evaluation. You can enquire about your accumulated supervision credits at any time.

Putting it all together

Trainees can to build up their credits step by step on a pay as you go basis. This means that you pay for each part of the training as it happens, whether it be a workshop, supervision, or having a session recording evaluated and receiving feedback.

Your accumulated credits must fall within the following time frames:

  • You must be in regular supervision for at least one year.
  • Workshop training components need to have been completed within four years of submitting your application. This means that workshop hours completed over four years previously can no longer be credited. The ISST is currently reviewing this and if you don’t meet this criterion, you may be able to appeal to the ISST to consider your case.
  • Once you have completed the workshop training you must apply for certification within two years.

In order to apply for certification once all requirements have been met, applicants must be recommended by STISA. Please note that schema therapy is a complex approach and not all therapists are suited to practice it. Once you embark on regular supervision, you will receive feedback on how you are progressing as a schema therapist and you are welcome to discuss any concerns you might have about your suitability with the supervisor. In the unusual event that trainees does not progress to the required level, STISA will not be able to recommend them to the ISST for consideration for certification.

Once you have completed the training requirements and STISA has agreed to recommend your application, you must submit documentation to STISA who will collate it and forward it to the ISST. Applicants resident outside Africa must normally do this through the co-ordinators in their own countries (information available on request). In order to apply you must be a member of the ISST but you do not have to be a member while undertaking the training. Once you are certified you must remain a member of the ISST in order to advertise yourself as an ISST certified schema therapist.

Further information…

If you would like more information about training leading to certification, please contact us.


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