Course Description

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Participants are introduced to a schema-focused cognitive therapy approach to treating patients with personality disorders and other chronic, self-defeating problems. Dr. Young demonstrates how he adapted traditional cognitive therapy techniques to provide a more effective treatment method for patients with narcissistic, borderline, passive-aggressive, dependent, and other personality disorders, as well as for chronic dysthymic and anxious patients. The schema-focused approach integrates cognitive behavior therapy with gestalt, object relations, and psychoanalytic approaches.

3 CE credits/hours, 30 questions

Target Audience

Psychologists | School Psychologists | Marriage & Family Therapists | Mental Health Counselors | Social Workers

Learning Level


Learning Objectives

  • Describe the rationale and theory of schema- focused therapy.
  • Identify Early Maladaptive Schemas with associated schema domains.
  • Summarize the origin of schemas.
  • Recognize schema processes, such as schema maintenance, schema avoidance, and schema compensation.
  • Explain case conceptualization and patient assessment in schema-focused therapy.
  • Present strategies for change in schema-focused therapy.
  • Discuss specific cognitive, experiential, interpersonal, and behavioral techniques utilized in schema-focused therapy.


  1. 1
    • Statement of Understanding (downloadable/printable)

  2. 2
    • "Cognitive Therapy for Personality Disorders: A Schema-Focused Approach (Third Edition)" - Final Exam Questions (downloadable/printable)

    • Final Exam

  3. 3
    • Evaluation Questionnaire

About the Presenter

Jeffrey E. Young, PhD

Jeffrey E. Young, PhD, is Founder and Director of the Cognitive Therapy Centers of New York and Fairfield County (Connecticut).  He is also on the faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University.  Dr. Young received his bachelor's degree from Yale University and his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.  He then completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Cognitive Therapy with Aaron Beck, founder of the cognitive approach, and went on to serve there as Director of Research and Training.  Using well-known procedures and materials he has developed over the past 18 years, the author has trained thousands of cognitive therapists at workshops throughout the world.  Dr. Young is co-author of a major psychotherapy outcome study evaluating the effectiveness of cognitive therapy, has served as consultant on several research grants, and was on the editorial board of Cognitive Therapy and Research.  He has published widely on cognitive therapy, and has recently co-authored Cognitive Science and Clinical Disorders (with Dan Stein) and Reinventing Your Life (with Janet Klosko), a self-help book based on his schema-focused approach.  Contact the author at: