Schema-Focused Cognitive Therapy: Advanced Conceptualisation and Treatment for Challenging Clients

Schema-Focused Cognitive Therapy: Advanced Conceptualisation and Treatment for Challenging Clients

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Usually, beginning early in life, negative patterns of thought interfere with the person’s ability to reach goals. Schema-Focused Cognitive Therapy begins with an assessment of the patterns involved, followed by clients enhancing their emotional awareness of these patterns in daily life, and ultimately replacing negative thoughts with positive ones.


Schema related treatment approaches have been shown to be effective for a variety of difficult to treat conditions. However, the long-term nature of pure schema therapy is not a fit for all clients in all settings. Thus, many professionals find themselves scratching their heads for effective alternatives to more quickly meet the needs of a segment of their caseloads.


Most practitioners are familiar with standard CBT which offers a variety of tools and techniques helpful for managing symptoms. But few are versed in the deeper schema-level work that is necessary for truly treating the most challenging conditions seen in the clinical setting.


Schema modification treatments offer a refreshing hybrid between dynamic, insight-oriented approaches and evidence-based cognitive behavioural therapy, incorporating attachment theory, psychodynamic concepts, and emotion-focused techniques as well. Also, in comparison to traditional CBT, Schema-Focused Therapy emphasizes identifying and changing lifelong patterns, and utilises the therapeutic relationship in a powerful way to leverage deeper level change, making it particularly well suited for complex, resistant clients with entrenched, chronic psychological challenges.


Schema-based techniques have proven themselves capable of modifying underlying meaning at “the root” of client’s presenting problems without sacrificing practical “here and now” interventions.


Join Dr Jeff Riggenbach, the internationally known and three-time bestselling author, in this highly engaging online course, and learn new tools for treating your most challenging client symptoms sets including:

  • Easily Triggered Out of Proportion Impulsive Responses
  • Emotional Dysregulation
  • Resistance to Change
  • Self-Destructive Behaviours
  • Poor Awareness/Insight
  • Rule breaking and other antisocial behaviours
  • Treatment resistant depression and more!


Watch this fascinating presentation full of cutting edge techniques you can implement the very next day, and see how you can upskill and help your most challenging clients at a deeper level, enabling them to not only get better in the short term but also to stay well in the long term.

1. Understand the Relationship between SFCT and Standard SCT, DBT, ACT Schema Focused therapy, and the others!
2. Socialise clients to the model in a way that fosters engagement and decreases dropout rates
3. Gain an in-depth understanding of schemas and the role they play in driving challenging behaviour
4. Learn the 18 Maladaptive Schemas and ways to leverage them to promote recovery
5. Utilize behavioural pattern-breaking to long-standing cycles of destructive behaviour
6. Incorporate Schema Mode Work into your individual and group sessions
7. Augment standard CBT protocols with deeper level work to prevent relapse

Dr Jeff Riggenbach is one of the most sought-after trainers in North America in the area of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and personality functioning. Jeff has devoted the last 17 years of his life to working with clients with various kinds of complex needs. He has developed and overseen Mood Disorder, Anxiety Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder treatment programs at two different psychiatric hospitals serving over 3000 clients at multiple levels of care. Dr Riggenbach did post-doctoral training at the Beck Institute of Cognitive Therapy and Research in Philadelphia, is a Diplomat of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, and has presented in all 50 United States, Mexico, and Canada on topics related to CBT, DBT, and Schema Focused Therapy and Personality Dysfunction. He is on faculty of educational institutes in the US, Canada, Australia, and South Africa.


Dr Riggenbach has authored three books. His best-seller, The CBT Toolbox: A Workbook for Clients and Clinicians, was recently named one of the 30 best self- help books for depression. His recently published BPD Toolbox: A Practical Evidence-Based Guide to Regulating Intense Emotions won two Benjamin Franklin awards for being among the best books in the categories of psychology and self-help. His third book, The Personality Disorder Toolbox, was released in November 2018. Jeff is known for bridging the gap between academia, research findings and day-to-day practical application and his seminars receive the highest evaluations in terms of quality of information as well as entertainment value.

This online workshop will give you instant access to 4 sessions of video content (7+ hours), accessible via streaming on our website, as well as downloadable PowerPoint slides (PDF).


You can view the course content in your own time, there is no time limit on access.


The duration of this workshop is 8 learning hours.  A certificate of completion will be generated upon finishing the course and completing a short multiple-choice assessment test. Please consult your professional organisation/association to confirm whether you are able to claim any CPD points/hours for this online workshop.