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Structural Reparenting – How to Work With Positive Schemas in Schema Therapy (Workshop II)


Christoph Fuhrhans


En 25-1


Note: This is Workshop II of two - can be booked also separately:

Schemas develop depending on the fulfillment of a child’s basic emotional needs: Maladaptive schemas result, if the needs are repeatedly and persistently inadequately fulfilled. Positive schemas, who recently have been profoundly investigated (Louis et al.) are formed when basic needs are repeatedly and satisfactorily met – where the question remains open to what extent they are formed through real childhood experiences (Lockwood and Shaw, 2012) or whether they are somehow innate.
Furthermore, sometimes it is discussed whether there is another possibility besides negative schema and positive schema: having “no schema” (Keyfitz 2013).
Positive and negative schemas differ in some features:
Firstly, the 18 maladaptive schemata are empirically contrasted with just 14 distinct positive schemas (in German only 10 so far). Some negative schemas correspond to exactly one positive schema, while some positive ones overlap with several negative schemas.
Furthermore, there is the interesting phenomenon that a person can have opposing schemas on a certain topic at the same time, for example an “instability” as well as a “stable attachment” schema, which are independently formed in probably different contexts and later are activated according to the situation and specific triggers (Paetsch et al., 2022).

What does this mean for our work with positive schemas?

Emotion-activating techniques, such as imagination and chair work, rewind the client back to childhood. In child mode, the client can catch up on the emotional experiences he or she did not have had as a kid and what would have been necessary for the forming of positive schemas. So to say, it’s “never too late to have a happy childhood” as a basis of a good self-esteem and a secure attachment.

Methods & Objectives:

After a short repetition of the contents of workshop I we will put the special accent of this workshop on how to work with phase-oriented reparenting especially in phase 3 and 4:

- how to correctly apply the sequence of schemas to be established - first the attachment-oriented schemas for basal security and stability, then the autonomy-oriented schemas, etc., (incl. exceptions to this order!)  as well as the sufficient length and duration of reparenting time in imagery and chair work

-  how to choose the right actor/reparenting protagonist - when to use the therapist, when to use another person, when finally to use the healthy adult mode itself, and how specifically the Healthy Adult will reparent the child sufficiently enough (emotional resonance room exercise)

- “Reparent the parent”: trans-generational reparenting, a promising new approach (developed by A. Karaosmanoglu)


  • 01/09/2025, 13:00-16:15
  • 01/10/2025, 12:00-15:15




Online - Zoom, Online


280 Euro




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Keyfitz, L., Lumley, M. N., Hennig, K., & Dozois, D. J. A. (2013). The role of positive schemas in child psychopathology and resilience. Cognitive Therapy and Research

Lockwood G & Shaw, I. (2012). Schema therapy and the role of joy and play. In J. Broersen & M. van Vreeswijk (Eds.), The Wiley-Blackwell handbook of schema therapy: Theory research and practice (pp. 209–227). Chichester: Wiley

Louis, J. P., Wood, A. M., Lockwood, G., Ho, M.-H. R., & Ferguson, E. (2018). Positive clinical psychology and Schema Therapy (ST): The development of the Young Positive Schema Questionnaire (YPSQ) to complement the Young Schema Questionnaire 3 Short Form (YSQ-S3). Psychological Assessment

Louis, J.P., Wood, A.M. and Lockwood, G. (2018). Development and Validation of the Positive Parenting Schema Inventory (PPSI) to Complement the Young Parenting Inventory (YPI) for Schema Therapy (ST). SAGE online journals

Paetsch, A., Moultrie, J., Kappelmann, N., Fietz J., Bernstein, D.P., Kopf-Beck, J. (2022). Psychometric Properties of the German Version of the Young Positive Schema Questionnaire (YPSQ) in the General Population and Psychiatric Patients. J Pers Assess.

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