Integrated group schema theory and practice: a transtheoretical model

Workshop name: Integrated group schema theory and practice: a transtheoretical model
Presenter Name and Surname : Judith Schoenholtz-Read,Ed.D
Workshop duration: 1 hr 30 min/ 3 hr

Biography of presenter:

ED.D. Schoenholtz-Read is a licensed psychologist and a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, California and Director of the Respecialization Program in Clinical Psychology. She has been a collaborator and colleague of Dr. Ferdinand Knobloch and has been the Coordinator of their therapeutic community at the UBC, Day House, Health Sciences Centre Hospital in Vancouver, BC, Canada. She is a Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association and the Canadian Group Psychotherapy Association. She has published and presented on the topic of psychotherapy integration in North America and Europe and has provided training to many professionals in Integrated Group Schema Model and related methods of Psychotherapy Integration specifically non-verbal interventions including psychodrama, movement, and music.

Workshop presentation :

Integrated Group schema theory as conceived by Knobloch in the 1950’s is a group based conceptualization of human functioning. This compares to the one person models reflected in current schema theories described in many psychotherapies including Beck’s CBT model and social cognitive theories, modern psychoanalytic theories as well as Greenberg’s process-experiential therapy.
Group schema theory provides a systemic explanatory model to understand personality development in the context of the social group. The model finds support in recent developments in attachment theory, neurobiology, as well as interpersonal cognitive and relational psychoanalytic theories. It forms the theoretical basis for Integrated Psychotherapy (Knobloch and Knobloch, 1979) as practiced in a therapeutic community in Vancouver, Canada and in other group and individual settings. A patient’s group schema or social-cognitive-emotional map of significant others forms the basis for a complex, information processing system that influences experiences throughout life as well as their motivation and interpersonal functioning.
This workshop presents group schema theory and its application to psychotherapy. Clinical examples will illustrate the use of methods such as role play and psychodrama to quickly access maladaptive patterns and increase opportunities for emotional corrective experiences that facilitate changes in self-defeating patterns.

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