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Presents a 3-day training workshop
Sunday 1st-Tuesday 3rd March 2020

At High Constantia Conference Centre,
Schoenstatt Gardens, Constantia, Cape Town

Schema therapy training course - Part 2 (Day 4-6)
Presented by Professor David Edwards
Registered as a Clinical Psychologist with the HPCSA, Diplomate and Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, Certifed as a Schema Therapist and trainer by the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST). Currently President of ISST. 


20 CEUs (HPCSA/Psychology - Clinical/Counselling). CEUs in ethics will also be applied for.
This workshop is primarily designed for those registered with the HPCSA as Clinical or Counselling Psychologists. If you are not registered in thee categories please contact us by email so we can consider your application.

Schema Therapy is an evidence-based treatment approach for difficult cases, such as treatment-resistant depression, eating disorders and cases where there is complex trauma or a personality disorder. It is an integrative therapy that draws on the Relational/ interpersonal, Process Experiential/Emotion-Focused and Cognitive-behavioural approaches to psychotherapy.  See our website for more information about schema therapy:  www.schematherapysouthafrica.co.za 
STISA’s training program in Schema Therapy leads to the award of the South African Diploma in Schema Therapy.  This is one component of the requirements for applying for certification as a schema therapist with the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST). Practitioners can benefit from these workshops whether or not they intend to do the full training.
The program is designed as a 6-day course that covers the 40 hours of didactic presentations and experiential exercises required by the ISST. The March 2020  workshop covers the second half of the program. 

• Day 4 (Sunday): 9h00-17h00:
1) Attachment theory and schema modes;
2) Trauma and borderline personality disorder.

• Day 5 (Monday): 8h30-17h30:
1) Working with the relationship: Setting limits and therapist triggering;
2) Narcissistic and cluster C personality disorders.    

• Day 6 (Tuesday):
1) Behavioural pattern-breaking;
2) Other applications of schema therapy.

Click to see the workshop flyer from our website.

The workshop is designed to be practical. Most participants find they can use what they learn with cases in their own practice right away.  Clinical examples are presented on DVD or as audio segments, and there are practical experiential exercises. During the workshop, you are encouraged to think about your own cases and how the concepts and interventions presented in the workshop might apply to them.  Questions are welcomed particularly where they relate to your own cases.

Cost: R6800
Before 15th December 2018:  R5900
Before 1st February 2019: R6300

There is a limit of 20 places (to meet ISST training requirements) and STISA reserves the right to cancel the workshop if less than 6 participants sign up. 

To secure your place, you must pay a deposit of at least R800. To get the Extra early bird, the rate you must pay R5900 (less any deposit already paid) by 6th December 2019. To get the Early bird rate, you must pay R6300 (less any deposit already paid) by January 10th 2020. Otherwise, the full amount of R6800 (minus deposit) must be paid on or before Friday 14th February 2020.

On Google Maps enter Schoenstatt Retreat and Conference Centre 
or High Constantia Conferencing. 

Provided daily: Generous catering: Tea/coffee/snack on arrival (from 8h00) and during morning and afternoon breaks, lunch, free Wi-fi, parking.


The Self in Practice: Letting go of unhelpful self-concepts.

According to the American Psychological Association, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a research-supported model for the treatment of various conditions such as Chronic Pain, Depression, Mixed anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Psychosis.

HPCSA: 7 points accredited for Clinical-, Counselling- and Educational Psychologists as well as Registered Counsellors.

14 September 2019 in Centurion
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27 September 2019 in Cape Town
The Cape Milner Hotel, 2 Milner Rd, Tamboerskloof, Cape Town

Time: 08:00-16:30

R1 750 for professionals
R 950 for students
Enquiries: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


International Author and Presenter

Dr. Louise McHugh is an Associate Professor at University College Dublin, Ireland and a world leading researcher in the area of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Relational Frame Theory. She is a Fellow of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) and has published over 80 papers in the area of CBS. She was an editor for the New Harbinger text The Self and Perspective Taking and author of the Amazon best seller A Contextual Behavioral Guide to the Self. She is a Recognized Peer Reviewed ACT Trainer and an Action Editor for the Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science.

After the workshop you will be more able to:
· Utilize acceptance approaches with each client’s avoidance problems
· Discuss how ACT attempts to undermine problematic language functions
· Understand and use therapeutic techniques to foster a stable and psychologically flexible “self” with an ongoing sense of responsibility, despite difficult circumstances.



Thursday 3 October 2019

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Information 

If you are experiencing stress, anxiety, recurrent depression or feel generally ‘dissatisfied’ with your life, a mindfulness course could help you develop skills to better respond to the ‘ups and downs’ of everyday living. Previous participants say that their course helped them to be more in the present moment, realise that they are not their thoughts, and be kinder to themselves. The programme is not being offered as a treatment for any specific physical or psychological conditions. It is not suitable for people who are currently experiencing very severe problems in these areas.

What will I learn? “To have learnt that ‘thoughts are not facts’ has been an absolute revelation for me”

You will learn to deal more skilfully with the stresses and strains of daily living. Practicing the skill of deliberately paying attention to what happens in mind and body we become more familiar with the workings of our own mind patterns and habits, some habits that may no longer be helpful for us. You learn to spot our own ‘warning signs’ early, before the stress or depression become too overwhelming. We can then make plans for how best to respond, rather than react in our old familiar, often unhelpful ways. There will be a combination of guided meditation practices and cognitive exercises. In between sessions, there will be home practice for people to do and we estimate this takes upto 40 min/day.

Does it work?

Research shows that practising mindfulness has many benefits. We have strong evidence that mindfulness-based programmes reduce anxiety, depression, and stress and help people cope with illness and pain (Khoury et al., 2013). Some studies show that the practice of mindfulness increases positive moods and cultivates compassion for self and others (Eberth & Sedlmeier, 2012; Khoury, Sharma, Rush, & Fournier, 2015). It may also improve some forms of attention and memory (Chiesa, Calati, & Serretti, 2011) and there is also preliminary evidence that practising mindfulness has measurable effects on the brain (Tang, Holzel, & Posner, 2015).

What are the details of the Cape Town MBCT programme?

In Cape Town, the MBCT course runs for 8 consecutive weeks on a Thursday in the conference room at St. Michaels Church in Ronderbosch. The evening sessions begin at 5:30pm and are about 2 - 2.5 hours duration. There is also a Saturday session from 9am-3pm, which is between the 6th and 7th sessions. The course is a 30 hour intervention and it costs R5400 (which includes all tuition and materials). This amount is redeemable from most medical aids.

Who teaches MBCT in Cape Town : 

Matthew Watkin is a registered clinical psychologist and mindfulness teacher. Since 2006 he has worked as a psychotherapist in private practise. His practise focuses primarily on individual psychotherapy with adolescents and adults with stress, anxiety and mood dysregulation. He is also involved in training groups in the public and private sectors using mindfulness-based approaches. His Masters thesis explored the factors underpinning change in people practising mindfulness. After graduation, in 2003, he completed an internship in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the Centre for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre. Since his return to South Africa in 2004 he has facilitated the standard 8 –week mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) programs for stress, mood and anxiety disorders. He is a director and founding member of the South African Institute for Mindfulness (IMISA). His primary interests include the application of mindfulness in mood and anxiety disorders, stress management, emotion regulation and performance.

Next Steps?

If you would like to know more about this work, you are welcome to make contact directly at 021-6855775 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or please visit www.mindfulness.co.za If one is interested in participating in the next course, then the next step is to arrange for a brief meeting (no charge).

Kind regards,

Matthew Watkin (MA. Clin. Psy. Rhodes)
Clinical psychologist and mindfulness teacher

21 Alma Road,
Cape Town

Beth Cooper Howell Proof reader/copy editor

Contributions by
Prof David Edwards
Dr Linda Blokland
Matthew Watkin
Edgar Tyrone
Bertus Swanepoel
Dr Shane Pienaar-Du Bruyn