Welcome to the
International Online Learning Hub
for “Schema Therapy with Children, Adolescents & Parents (ST-CA)“
presented by the IST-K Schema Therapy Cologne
Schema Therapy with Children, Adolescents & Parents (ST-CA).
Schema Therapy (ST), developed by Jeffrey Young, is an enhancement and development of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). ST integrates emotions, but also developmental aspects centrally in their diagnostic and therapeutic considerations. In addition, ST is based on a model of schemas, modes and the basic needs and "their fate" during the life course. Therefore, ST - in terms of technical and strategic variant of CBT – seems to be also and especially in the field of child and adolescent therapy particularly suited to generate action-guiding, diagnostic and therapeutic concepts.
The concept of Schema Therapy with children, adolescents and parents was substantially developed by Christof Loose and Peter Graaf and is supervised by Christof Loose in Cologne (Germany) since 2013. The Practioner’s Guide of ST-CA in English was published in 2020 by Loose, Graaf, Zarbock & Holt. It presents the ST-CA model and provides a clear, practical guide to clinical implementation.
You can learn more about ST-CA with “Felix and his Modes”, a video wherein Christof explains ST-CA with the story of a child, named Felix, and “Empathic Creativity in Schema Therapy”, a short video wherein Christof gives an insight into the process how to learn and apply ST-CA. More videos, e.g. about the ST-CA training, you can find on the website www.schematherapy-for-children.de .
Brief bio of the presenter
Christof Loose, PhD., Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist for Children and Adolescents (CBT), works in his own Private Practice in Dusseldorf, affiliated with the Heinrich-Heine-University, Department of Clinical Psychology, Germany 2012-2017, research activity e.g. in ST-CA (Development of Schema-Questionnaire for Children (DISC), Chair of the subcommittee Working Group in ST-CA 2013-2017, since 2013 advanced-level certified, trainer and supervisor (ISST e.V.), editor and author of ST-CA books and Video-Learning (DVD), conducts workshops and seminars in Schema Therapy for Children, Adolescents and Parents, worldwide.
International Online Learning Hub in ST-CA
In the past few years Christof Loose held workshops and seminars teaching ST-CA worldwide. Unfortunately, this is currently not possible due to the Corona-Pandemic. Therefore, the IST-K (Institute of Schema Therapy Cologne) has offered the complete basic training in ST-CA in cooperation with Christof Loose in English language several times since 2020. This enabled colleagues from all over the world to get to know this intense and creative way of therapeutical work. We would like to expand this offer with Special Interest Workshops, considering age and/or disorder specific therapeutical interventions.
Accreditation by ISST e.V.
Unless announced otherwise, all workshops are preparing for the international certification as a „Schema Therapist ST-CA“ by the ISST e.V.. Detailed information regarding the requirements for the certification in ST-CA are provided under Certification.
Requirements of participation
You will find information about your professional requirements of participation in the detailed information about each course.
Current course offers
You will find our current course offers at the end of this website. For further information click on the course title and a new window will open up. There you will find detailed information on course contents, time frames and costs as well as the application forms where you can directly register yourself. In case you would like to visit a special interest seminar or Live-Workshop it is recommended to participate in at least one introductory workshop in ST-CA beforehand.
Use the application form provided in the detailed information for each course. Please confirm that you fulfill the requirements and read the terms and conditions and agree the privacy statement with the checkbox.
Invoice/ Money transfer
After registration you will get an invoice. Since some of you come from non-EU countries additional charges for bank transfer and currency exchange will apply. We suggest splitting these costs between the two parties of facilitator (IST-K) and participant.
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