Trainers: Dr Rita Younan (Training coordinator of the ISST) and Ruth Holt





Run 1:  6th, 13th and 20th October 2021 (SOLD OUT)

Run 2: 22nd, 29th June and 6th July 2022

Time: 8.30am to 1.30pm each day

Held on successive Wednesday mornings


Early Bird:  S$700.00 + GST = S$749.00 (until 31st Jul 2021 or 31st March 2022)

Regular: S$746.73 + GST = S$799.00




Dates:  16th, 23rd and 30th March 2022

Time: 8.15am to 1.30pm each day

Held on successive Wednesdays mornings


Early Bird:  S$746.73 + GST = S$799.00 (until 31st Dec 2021). Get an extra $100 discount if you sign up for Workshop 3 at the same time. Email us for details

Regular: S$793.46 + GST = S$849.00


"Working with Rigid, Avoidant, Grandiose & Impulsive Clients"


Dates:  5th, 12th and 19th October 2022

Time: 8.30am to 1.30pm each day

Held on successive Wednesdays mornings


Early Bird:  S$700.00 + GST = S$749.00 (until 31st Mar 2022)

Regular: S$746.73 + GST = S$799.00


All courses are fully eligible as accredited training workshops for those who wish to achieve full certification as a Schema Therapist.

If you register for these training events and wish to attain certification. you agree to adhere to the Online Training guidelines stipulated by The International Society for Schema Therapy which includes the following:

- To be monitored when completing dyadic exercises as in live workshops

- You arrive on time and do not leave early (10 minute grace is acceptable)

- You do not engage in other activities that are not related to the training

- You are willing to make up for lost learning should there be a technological problem

Training is offered via Zoom Platform; the training link and pre-reading materials will be emailed in good time prior to the events.


Ruth and Rita discuss the Vulnerability to Harm Schema, a common schema found in Chronic Anxiety Disorders here:


This foundation workshop will help attendees gain an understanding of the Schema Therapy model, addressing chronic mood and anxiety disorders -  A highly relevant workshop in the current environment.

There is growing research on the effectiveness of Schema Therapy for chronic depression and some early work on other treatment resistant mood disorder presentations. This 3 morning ONLINE introductory workshop will cover Schema Therapy formulation and treatment approaches for working with these presentations, including case studies, demonstrations and opportunities to practice skills. It is the foundational workshop in the certification workshop series.

Specific topics include;

  • Schema Therapy models for Chronic mood disorders like Depression and Anxiety
  • Schema Therapy for other Chronic Axis I Disorders like OCD & Eating Disorders
  • Dealing with challenging client in session behaviours, like hopelessness
  • Experiential techniques to address early adversity and schema development
  • Assisting clients to build networks of support through behavioural pattern breaking
  • Schema self-therapy to avoid compassion fatigue

Special Guest SUSAN SIMPSON (leading expert on Schema Therapy for Eating Disorders) discussing ST for Eating Disorders & The Over-controller Coping Mode which is common in Chronic Axis 1 Disorders. 


WEEK ONE: Wednesday Oct 6th 8.30am to 1.30pm (please login at 8.15am)
WEEK TWO: Wednesday Oct 13th  8.30am to 1.30pm
WEEK THREE: Wednesday Oct 20th 8.30am to 1.30pm

  • Certification hours include: Didactic Hours 8, Dyadic Hours 5
  • Training is spread over a three week period allowing time between sessions to try out tasks to consolidate learning.


This Schema Therapy training for developmental trauma, incorporates Interpersonal Neurobiology, Polyvagal theory, Somatic Psychotherapy, bottom up and top down approaches and phases of intervention.  The training includes 3 mornings over a three week period.

Training Objectives Include:

  • A focus on experiential and Emotion Regulation techniques in Schema Therapy to use in session with reference to the three phases of treatment, i.e., Bonding & Regulation, Schema Mode Change & Autonomy.
  • Understanding the three phases of treatment (bonding and regulation, mode change and building autonomy)
  • Looking at the typical mode conceptualisation for this treatment population
  • Using experiential and emotion regulation techniques
  • Cognitive, Experiential, Behavioural Pattern Breaking for this clinical population will be discussed in detail, including the importance of Safety & Stabilisation before the use of Schema Mode Change Techniques.
  • Understanding Flight, Fight and Freeze responses, bypassing coping modes by building therapeutic presence
  • Limited reparenting when working with child modes using connection, co-regulation and self regulation
  • Incorporating ideas from Polyvagal theory, (Porges, 2016), Interpersonal Neurobiology (Segal, 2000), Somatic Psychotherapy (Fisher & Ogden, 2015) and Stages of Treatment (Ford & Cortois, 2000) when applying Schema Therapy Techniques. 

A Pre-recorded discussion with leading experts Joan Farrell and Ida Shaw, on common obstacles and pitfalls when working with this clinical population will be included.


WEEK ONE: Wednesday March 16th 8.15am to 1.30pm (please login at 8.15am)
WEEK TWO: Wednesday March 23rd  8.15am to 1.30pm
WEEK THREE: Wednesday March 30th 8.15am to 1.30pm

  • Certification hours include: Didactic Hours 9, Dyadic Hours 5
  • Training is spread over a three week period allowing time between sessions to try out tasks to consolidate learning.

This workshop is the last of the Certification series and will focus specifically on extending clinician skills with difficult to treat client groups including treatment of:

    • Cluster C, specifically OCPD, Dependent &, Avoidant Personality Disorders
    • Cluster B, specifically Narcissistic & Antisocial Personality Disorders
    • Overcompensating Clients & specific “Fight Coping Modes” i.e., Overcontroller, Bully Attack & Self-Aggrandizer
    • Working with the specific child modes found in these presentations that can result in addictive and impulsive behaviours (using Imagery and mode role plays)
    • Advanced imagery techniques and mode dialogue work incorporating Healthy Adult Mode
    • Self-Care and Reflective Practice in working with this difficult to treat Clinical Population

Includes recorded session with expert on Narcissism Wendy Behary on how to bypass strong Detached Protector Coping Modes found in these difficult to treat patients. And David Bernstein on applying ST in a Forensic Setting. 


WEEK ONE: Wednesday June 22nd 8.30am to 1.30pm (please login at 8.15am)
WEEK TWO: Wednesday June 29th  8.30am to 1.30pm
WEEK THREE: Wednesday July 6th 8.30am to 1.30pm

  • Certification hours include: Didactic Hours 8, Dyadic Hours 5
  • Training is spread over a three week period allowing time between sessions to try out tasks to consolidate learning.

About the trainers

Dr Rita Younan is the director and founder of the Schema Therapy Institute Australia. She is also the Training Coordinator for the ISST.  Rita works both in Individual and Group Schema Therapy and was the Director of The Schema Therapy Department at The Victoria Clinic, a private psychiatric hospital in Melbourne, Australia.  In collaborating with the founders of Group Schema Therapy, Professor Joan Farrell and Ms Ida Shaw, Rita developed an intensive 4-week inpatient program in Group Schema Therapy for Complex Trauma and subsequent outpatient program.

Rita is involved in a number of research projects assessing the efficacy of Schema Therapy as a clinical intervention for a number of clinical disorders, she is a member of the Executive Board for the International Society of Schema Therapy and holds the position of Training Co-ordinator. Rita is an AHPRA endorsed supervisor and clinical supervisor and honorary Associate at Australian Catholic University at the Post-Graduate level.

Rita will be supported by Ruth Holt in her training workshops. Ruth is a Clinical Psychologist and Principal of Canberra Clinical and Forensic Psychology and is a Certified Schema Therapist and Supervisor/Trainer.

She works with individuals and couples with a range of presentations and conducts workshops and training in Schema therapy, clergy resilience, women’s mental health and abuse in relationships. Ruth has presented for the ISST, at the Australian Psychological Society’s Clinical College Conference, Moore Theological College and The University of Canberra. ​

Ruth is also a AHPRA board approved supervisor, supervising Clinical Psychology Registrars and postgraduate psychology placements with the University of Canberra, the Australian National University, the University of New England and Charles Sturt University.

Dr Rita Younan and Ruth Holt are both Advanced Schema Therapists and Trainers in Individual Schema Therapy.

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