My Schemas and Me



WHERE: Stirling

COSTS: £160 (Early Bird Rate until 13/7/18), then £175


My Schemas and Me

“Preventing Burnout: Improving Therapist Self Awareness & Therapeutic Outcomes”

How do our own schemas effect our work and the way we manage our stress levels? What actions can we as clinicians take to manage burnout, fatigue and improve work satisfaction? This workshop will be centred around the recent evidence base in this area (including a large international study we conducted on this topic) and will give participants the opportunity to learn about the latest research findings on the schemas and modes which predict burnout and resilience amongst mental health professionals.

Psychological therapists are at considerable risk of burnout, compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma. This workshop is based on recent research with over 400 participants that explored the schemas and modes that predict burnout and those that are most closely linked with resilience. Findings indicate that schemas and coping modes are significantly associated with resilience and emotional exhaustion, indicating the potential benefit of resilience training or self-therapy for psychologists, focused on developing skills to manage their own schemas and modes.

This workshop provides an opportunity for therapists to develop self-awareness into the effects of their own underlying schemas and modes in the work setting. Participants will be encouraged to examine their own schemas and the way in which these may interact with those of their clients, as well as their colleagues and work environments. Participants will learn about those schemas that interfere with their own well-being and quality of life whilst exploring ways of building their Healthy modes in the context of their own work environment. The workshop will give participants an opportunity to reflect on how they can better take care of themselves and build resilience whilst drawing on the available research on this topic.

Who is this workshop for?  This workshop is suitable for a range of professionals who practice psychotherapy, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, nurse therapists, and anyone working in mental health.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Predictors and vulnerability factors in burnout
  • Identifying schemas and modes in your family of origin and how they may influence your work
  • Stuck points and difficulties encountered in therapy – how are your schemas involved?
  • Identifying triggers for your schemas and modes in the work setting.
  • Identifying your own coping modes, and building a more resilient Healthy Adult self in the work setting.
  • Experiential exercises to address schemas and modes that have been shown to predict burnout, including role-play.
  • Exploring ways to change work environments to build trust and resilience, whilst counteracting schema activation.

Trainer: Dr. Susan Simpson, Clinical Psychologist.

Susan is a Clinical Psychologist and Accredited Schema Therapy Trainer based in Australia and the UK. She recently led a large international study that investigated the role of schemas and modes as predictors of stress and burnout amongst clinical and counselling psychologists and trainee psychologists. Based on this data, several papers are currently being submitted for journal publication. For details of her publications on this and other topics, please visit:

Cooks of Stirling
78 Upper Craigs,


How to reach the venue

Stirling is easily accessed by road and via public transport. The venue is close to the railway station. Trains run directly to/from Glasgow Queen Street, Edinburgh Waverley, Perth, Dundee, Aberdeen and Inverness.

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*Please note that this workshop will proceed with a minimum of 6 participants. In the case of insufficient registrations, participants will be given a minimum of 3 weeks’ notice of cancellation or postponement.

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Cooks of Stirling 78 Upper Craigs, Stirling, FK8 2DT

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