Introduction to Schema Therapy

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This two-day CPD workshop will introduce participants to the theory and skills of Schema Therapy.

Introduction to Schema Therapy


Schema Therapy is an integrative approach to treatment that combines the best aspects of cognitive-behavioural, experiential, interpersonal and psychoanalytic therapies into one unified model. The Introduction to Schema Therapy course invites students to learn about the remarkable results that research has shown Schema Therapy to have in helping people to change negative ("maladaptive") patterns which they have lived with for a long time, even when other methods and efforts they have tried before have been largely unsuccessful.

Although schemas are usually developed early in life (during childhood or adolescence), they can also form later, in adulthood. This course informs students that these schemas are perpetuated behaviourally through the coping styles of schema maintenance, schema avoidance, and schema compensation. The Schema model of treatment is designed to help the person to break these negative patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving, which are often very tenacious, and to develop healthier alternatives to replace them. Throughout the course, students will have an opportunity to experience these concepts in practice.


Who is this course for?

This course is for counsellors and psychotherapists, including students, who are interested in understanding how internal schemas reinforce negative and unhelpful patterns of behaviour and how the application of schema therapy as a therapeutic approach can successfully break these cycles of unhealthy interaction styles.


What are the benefits of doing this course?

Students will gain theoretical knowledge of Schema Therapy along with a strong practical experience of working with schemas in a therapeutic setting. Students will gain insight into the key skills involved in this approach and have an opportunity to put these skills into practice. All learning can be transferred into a professional therapeutic setting.


What will you learn?

Students will be introduced to the concept of schemas and how they influence our interpersonal relationships. Insights will be gained in relation to how these schemas are developed and maintained through personal thinking, feeling and behaviour styles, in addition to delving into the schema as a coping mechanism. Students will be introduced to therapeutic strategies that challenge internal schemas and help break existing patterns of maladaptive behaviours.

Course Details




TIMETABLE: Thursday and Friday from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm 


AWARD: PCI College Certificate of Attendance


VENUE: Dublin West




  • An Introduction to the theory of Schema Therapy: an evidence based practice
  • Coping styles: schema maintenance, schema avoidance, schema compensation
  • Key skills and techniques in Schema Therapy
  • Putting theory into practice in a professional setting


Entry Requirements



This is a CPD workshop specifically designed for Counsellors & Psychotherapist or other helping professionals with therapeutic experience and students currently in professional training. BSc Counselling & Psychotherapy students in Years 1, 2, 3 and 4 of their studies are all invited to apply for this CPD workshop.


IT SKILLS: Students require sufficient IT skills to complete the course.


Students can expect to be provided with advice and support concerning any learning difficulties that they may encounter. Any diagnosed learning difficulty, e.g. dyslexia, must be noted on the application.

Course Fees



Full Price: €350

PCI College Graduate*: €325

PCI College BSc/MSc Student & Alumni Member Discount Price: €300 - Join Alumni group on LinkedIn here to avail of discount.

*PCI College Graduate rate applies to BSc Degree and Postgraduate students only.



Applicants are invited to book online using the book now. Applications must be accompanied by the payment of the full course fee. Applicants are entitled to a refund if they decide to cancel within 14 days of receipt of their booking, and didn't participate on the course. Please note that the name used on your application needs to be the same name that you have on your passport.


Fees are non-refundable in all personal circumstances. The College makes every effort to avoid altering course times, course commencement and conclusion dates. However, should any changes be necessary, you will be notified at the earliest opportunity. All courses run subject to demand and the formation of a viable class cohort. A full refund will be given to all applicants in the event that the class does not proceed


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