Accreditation as a Schema Therapist with the ISST

To become accredited as a Schema Therapist with the ISST you will need to complete a programme of taught workshops, specialist supervision and evaluation of competence through the rating of (an) recorded (audio/video) therapy session(s), and from September 2018, passing an evaluation of an accompanying Case Conceptualisation form(s).

In doing so you will receive teaching, specialist supervision and detailed feedback on your therapy session recordings that enable you to become a skilled and competent schema therapist. Once accredited, you can be listed on the ISST website as a certified schema therapist. Achieving advanced status is the first to gaining approved Trainer-Supervisor status with the ISST.

Candidates must meet the ISST’s UK eligibility criteria in order to join a Schema Therapy accreditation training programme.

These criteria include:

  • At least a bachelor’s (with honours) degree.
  • Full Accreditation with:

– The BABCP; or

– At least Individual Counsellor/Psychotherapist Accreditation to the BACP; or

– Eligibility for chartered membership of the BPS within the Clinical Psychology, Counselling Psychology or Forensic Psychology divisions. Psychologist applicants must also be registered with the HCPC.

If accepted for training onto a UK, ISST-approved schema therapy training programme the candidate, both as a schema therapy trainee and later as an accredited schema therapist must be, and then continue to be a fully accredited member of that regulatory body and their clinical practice will be regulated by it.  

Applications from practitioners who do not meet the above training criteria but hold a core qualification in mental health may still be eligible to join an ISST-approved training programme due to their general qualifications and experience in mental health.

See this document for further details.

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

To apply for our programme, please complete this application form and email it to Gill at bookings@schematherapyassociates.com. Assuming you meet the basic criteria, we will then be in touch to arrange a short interview by Zoom (a GDPR-compliant video meeting platform similar to Skype).

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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, matching trainees with one of our large 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.