Accreditation as a Schema Therapist with the ISST

Accreditation as a Schema Therapist with the ISST involves completing a programme of taught workshops, specialist supervision and evaluation of competence through the rating of (an) audio/videotaped therapy session(s), and from September 2018, passing an evaluation of an accompanying Case Conceptualisation form(s).

Most clinicians find the combined experience of the teaching, specialist supervision and detailed feedback on their therapy tapes invaluable in becoming a skilled and competent schema therapist. Other advantages of achieving accreditation include being listed on the ISST website as a Certified Schema Therapist and for advanced schema therapists, it is the first step in gaining approved Trainer-Supervisor status with the ISST.

Candidates must be licensed, certified, or registered to practice independently in their country, based on masters-level academic training. Workshops only count towards ISST accreditation for professionals holding such credentials. The main UK registration bodies currently recognised by the ISST are the HCPC, BPS, BABCP and BACP. Candidates must also have access to clients who are suitable for mode work due to (a) the presence of significant personality disorder features and (b) clients with high levels of complexity, chronicity, relapse or previous failures in treatment.

Supervision and tape rating requirements must be fulfilled within 3 years of completing the taught component (i.e. the core curriculum workshops) of the programme.

The application process for our programme involves completing an application form and undertaking a short interview by Skype. Please download this application form, complete it and email it to Gill at bookings@schematherapyassociates.com.

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Standard accreditation

For Standard accreditation candidates need to:
1. Complete Workshops 1 and 2 and at least 20 sessions of Schema Therapy supervision.
2. Treat a minimum of 2 cases with Schema Therapy of at least 25 therapy hours each; overall, candidates must undertake at least 80 sessions of Schema Therapy with clients. One client must have a personality disorder or significant personality disorder features; another must be appropriate for Schema Mode work due to problem complexity, chronicity, failure to respond to previous treatment or relapse.
3. Submit at least 2 audio/video recordings of therapy sessions for feedback and competency rating for skills development. Submit an additional, final session recording for competency rating by an independent rater, with a client who is appropriate for Schema Mode work due to problem complexity, chronicity, failure to respond to treatment or relapse.

Advanced accreditation

For Advanced accreditation candidates need to:
1. Complete Workshops 1 and 2 and at least 40 sessions of Schema Therapy supervision.
2. Treat a minimum of 4 cases with Schema Therapy of at least 25 therapy hours each; overall, candidates must undertake at least 160 sessions of Schema Therapy. One client must have a personality disorder or significant personality disorder features; others must be appropriate for Schema Mode work due to problem complexity, chronicity, failure to respond to treatment or relapse.
3. Submit at least 4 audio/video recordings of therapy sessions for feedback and competency rating for skills development. Submit an additional, final 2 session recordings for competency rating by an independent rater. One of these must be with a client with a personality disorder or significant personality disorder features; and one must be with a client who is appropriate for Schema Mode work due to problem complexity, chronicity, failure to respond to treatment or relapse. Applicants at this level are expected to demonstrate competence with both the overcompensating and the avoidant/surrender modes.

Reading list

Reading requirements for our course include: Reinventing your Life (Young & Klosko, 1999) and Schema Therapy: A Practitioners Guide (Young, Klosko & Weishaar, 2003). Membership of the ISST is also required; this currently costs 100 Euro (approximately £90).

Supervision

We organise supervision for those in our programme, pairing trainees with one of our team of experts.

Costs

Standard accreditation

  • 2 x workshops = 7 training days: £1,140
  • 20 (minimum) supervision sessions at approximately £90 each: £1800
  • Ratings of 2 session recordings by your supervisor (essential for skills development) from £90 each: £180
  • Rating of 1 session recording by an independent rater from £90 each: £90

Approximate TOTAL: £3210

Advanced accreditation

  • 2 x workshops = 7 training days: £1,140
  • 40 (minimum) supervision sessions at approximately £90 each: £3600
  • Ratings of 4 session recordings by your supervisor (essential for skills development) from £90 each: £360
  • Rating of 2 session recordings by independent raters from £90 each: £180

Approximate TOTAL: £5280

Finally, you would need to become a member of the ISST, which currently costs 100 Euros = approximately £85.