Presenter: ICEEFT Certified EFT Trainer Debi Scimeca-Diaz, LMFT, LCADC

Dates: December 5-8 (Monday–Thursday), 2022 9:00 AM –5:30 PM EST each day

FEE: $1295 (early bird fee until 9/1 $1195). Additional $100 discount for first 10 registrants. Current fee $1095.

Venue: Toms River, NJ

Includes lunch, snacks, handouts, and CE credits.

Schema Therapy: Basics and Beyond

General Information

Presenter: Wendy T. Behary, LCSW – Training Director The Schema Therapy Institutes of NJ-NYC-DC. Co-led by Matis Miller, LCSW

Dates: Wed-Thursday January 4-5, 2023, 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM ET

FEE: $750 ($625 Early bird rate until October 1, 2022).

Venue: Lakewood, New Jersey OR Online Webinar

Includes full technical support (for online attendees), lunch and snacks (for live attendees), handouts, and CE credits.

There is no known commercial support nor conflict of interest for this program.

Please scroll to the bottom of this page for registration information.

Schema Therapy: Basics and Beyond


Schema therapy is an innovative, integrated therapeutic approach, originally developed (by Dr. Jeffrey Young) as an expansion of traditional cognitive-behavioral treatments. The schema therapy approach draws from cognitive-behavioral therapy, attachment theory, psychodynamic concepts, and emotion-focused therapies. In comparison to cognitive-behavioral therapy, schema therapy emphasizes lifelong patterns, affective change techniques, and the therapy relationship, with special emphasis on limited and adaptive reparenting and rescripting.


Schema therapy is particularly well suited for difficult, resistant clients with entrenched, chronic psychological challenges, including personality disorders (such as BPD and Narcissism), eating disorders, intractable relationship problems, and forensic issues. It is also effective for relapse prevention in depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. The results of a major comparative outcome study have shown schema therapy to be highly effective with a large percentage of outpatients with Borderline Personality Disorder, with a low dropout rate. Clients who have spent years gaining valuable insight with psychodynamic treatments, but who are frustrated by their lack of progress, often respond well to the active, systematic, flexible, and depth-oriented schema therapy approach.


This 2-day workshop will include a combination of teaching methods, including lectures, handouts, video clips, live demonstrations, question-and-answer periods, group discussion, assessment and change strategies practice exercises, discussion of obstacles in treatment—including therapist’s own schemas.


With 25 years post-graduate training and advanced level certifications, Wendy Behary is the founder and director of The Cognitive Therapy Center of New Jersey and The New Jersey Institute for Schema Therapy.

Wendy has been treating clients, training professionals and supervising psychotherapists for more than 20 years. She is also on the faculty of the Cognitive Therapy Center and Schema Therapy Institute of New York, where she has trained and worked with Dr. Jeffrey Young since 1989. Wendy is a founding fellow (and supervisor) of The Academy of Cognitive Therapy (Dr. Aaron T. Beck). She was also the President of the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST) from 2010-2014.

Wendy Behary has co-authored several chapters and articles on Schema Therapy and Cognitive Therapy. She is the author of “Disarming the Narcissist…Surviving and Thriving with the Self-Absorbed” (New Harbinger Publications). Now translated in 15 languages. Wendy has a specialty in treating narcissists and the people who live with and deal with them. As an author and an expert on the subject of narcissism, she is a contributing chapter author of several chapters on Schema Therapy for narcissism (Wiley and APA Press). She lectures both nationally and internationally to professional and general audiences on the subject of Schema Therapy, and the subject of narcissism, relationships, and dealing with difficult people. Her work with the commercial industry has included speaking engagements focused on interpersonal conflict resolution.

Matis Miller, LCSW, ACT, DBT-LBC, is a licensed clinical social worker and certified cognitive behavioral therapist with over 18 years of experience specializing in severe emotional and personality disorders, insomnia, and anxiety in teens and adults. He is the founder, director, and supervisor of The Center for Cognitive & Behavioral Therapy of New Jersey.

Matis’ impressive educational and training background includes certification in CBT from the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. He has been awarded the newly developed certification from the DBT-Linehan Board of Certification in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Matis is also intensively trained and experienced in practicing Schema Therapy for BPD and complex childhood trauma. He is currently in the process of completing his certification through the International Society of Schema Therapy.

He is a seasoned lecturer on CBT – and DBT-related topics, addressing parents, clients, and professionals and is presently focused primarily on supervision, education, and consultations. Matis is the author of the popular book, The Uncontrollable Child: Understand and Manage Your Child’s Disruptive Moods with Dialectical Behavior Skills (New Harbinger Publications, 2021).

Schema Therapy: Basics and Beyond


  1. Learn how to assess and conceptualize some of the most challenging cases in Schema terms
  2. Learn to identify Schema Modes and activating conditions
  3. Develop a robust treatment formulation based on the linking of current problems with client’s innate makeup, early unmet needs, schemas, and coping styles
  4. Identify “personal” triggering conditions in the treatment room, and strategies for maintaining a sturdy, genuine, and healthy adult mode
  5. Learn how to apply strategies such as: (1) Imagery (2) Mode Dialogues (3) Empathic Confrontation (4) Bypassing Avoidance (5) Setting Limits (6) Adaptive (limited) Re-Parenting Stance (7) Behavioral Pattern-Breaking
  6. Help clients measure the adaptive value of coping styles by listing the pros and cons of self-defeating habituated modes
  7. Learn how to use photos and audio flashcards to fortify empathic attunement and to keep treatment alive in mid-session days

Application Deadline

January 2, 2023, or until all training spaces are filled, whichever comes first.

Notification of Acceptance

Applicants will be notified, via email, of acceptance when registration is complete, and payment is received.

Refund/Cancellation Policy 

Tuition/registration payments are refundable (minus $50) until December 4, 2022.  Cancellations after this date are non-refundable. In this situation, we will attempt to find someone to take your slot (based on our waiting list).

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Conference is handicap accessible.  If you require ADA accommodations, please contact our office 30 days or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification

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CE Information

Continuing Education Credit is granted through Nefesh International for the following professions: Psychologists, Social workers, Mental Health Counselors, and LMFTs. It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state.

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This program is co-sponsored by NEFESH International and Neuhoff Psychological Consulting . NEFESH International is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NEFESH International, maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Satisfactory Completion:

Participants must have paid the tuition fee, signed in or logged in and out each day, attended the entire webinar, and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate (for pre-recorded program, a post-test with a passing grade of 80% is required.) Failure to sign/log in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates are available electronically after satisfactory course completion. A link will be provided for those who have completed the training.


Behary, Wendy T., Farrell, Joan, Deliberate Practice – Schema Therapy, American Psychological Association (APA Press), coming in late 2022.

Behary, Wendy T., Chapter 14: The Art of Empathic Confrontation and Limit Setting, Heath, G., and Startup, H. editors; Creative Methods in Schema Therapy, Advances and Innovation in Clinical Practice, Routledge Publications, June 2020.

Behary, Wendy T. and Davis, Denise D; Chapter 14, Narcissistic Personality Disorder, Beck, Aaron; Davis Denise; Freeman, Arthur, Cognitive Therapy of Personality Disorders, 3rd  Edition; Guilford, October 2014.

Behary, Wendy, Disarming the Narcissist…Surviving and Thriving with the Self- Absorbed, New Harbinger Publications; 2nd  edition, July 2013

Behary, Wendy
Article: “Challenging The Narcissist, How to Find Pathways to Empathy” Psychotherapy Networker (July/August, 2013)

Behary, Wendy & Dieckmann, Eva, MD, Schematherapie: Ein Ansatz zur Behandlung narzisstischer Persönlichkeitsstörungen, Translation: “Pattern therapy: A Beginning for the Treatment of Narcissistic Personality Disturbances”, Germany 2010.

Behary, Wendy, Article: ‘In Consultation’The Way To Say It… Taking on Some of the Most Challenging Moments in the Treatment Room, Psychotherapy Networker, May/June, 2010

Behary, Wendy, Disarming The Narcissist…Surviving and Thriving With The Self- Absorbed, New Harbinger Publications, 2008 (1st  edition)

Behary, W., Dieckmann, E. Chapter: The Art of Adaptive Re-Parenting in the Treatment of Narcissism, Ogrodniczuk, John S., Editor, Understanding and Treating Pathological Narcissism, American Psychological Association; 1st edition (January 16, 2013)

Behary, W., Chapter: Schema Therapy for Narcissism; van Vreeswijk, M, Broersen, J, and Nadort, M, editors: The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Schema Therapy: Theory, Research and Practice, Wiley-Blackwell; 1st Edition, March 22, 2012.

Behary, W. and Dieckmann, E., Chapter 40, Schema Therapy for Narcissism: The Art of Empathic Confrontation, Limit-Setting, and Leverage; Campbell, W. Keith, and Miller, Joshua D., editors, The Handbook of Narcissism and Narcissistic Personality Disorder: Theoretical Approaches, Empirical Findings, and Treatments, Wiley Publications; 1 edition (August 9, 2011).

Schema Therapy: Basics and Beyond


Day 1: Wednesday, January 4, 2023  
9:30 -12:30

Lecture / Demonstrations / Group Exercise

(15 minutes – coffee break 11:00 AM)

12:30 – 1:30


1:30 – 4:30

Lecture / Video(s) / Role Play / Demonstrations

(15 minutes – afternoon break – 3:00 PM)

Q & A: during and after breaks and 10 minutes before day’s end

Day 2: Thursday, January 5. 2023  
9:30 – 12:30

 Lecture / Demonstrations / Group Exercise

(15 minutes – coffee break 11:00 AM)

12:30 – 1:30


1:30 – 4:30

Lecture / Video(s) / Role Play / Demonstrations

(15 minutes – afternoon break – 3:00 PM)

Q & A: during and after breaks and 10 minutes before day’s end

Schema Therapy: Basics and Beyond