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for „Schema Therapy with Children, Adolescents & Parents (ST-CA)“ presented by the IST-K Schema Therapy Cologne


Schema Therapy (ST), developed by Jeffrey Young, is an enhancement and development of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). ST integrates emotions, but also developmental aspects centrally in their diagnostic and therapeutic considerations. In addition, ST is based on a model of schemas, modes and the basic needs and „their fate“ during the life course. Therefore, ST – in terms of technical and strategic variant of CBT – seems to be also and especially in the field of child and adolescent therapy particularly suited to generate action-guiding, diagnostic and therapeutic concepts.

The concept of Schema Therapy with children, adolescents and parents was substantially developed by Christof Loose and Peter Graaf and is supervised by Christof Loose in Cologne (Germany) since 2013. The Practioner’s Guide of ST-CA in English was published in 2020 by Loose, Graaf, Zarbock & Holt. It presents the ST-CA model and provides a clear, practical guide to clinical implementation.

You can learn more about ST-CA with „Felix and his Modes„, a video wherein Christof explains ST-CA with the story of a child, named Felix, and „Empathic Creativity in Schema Therapy„, a short video wherein Christof gives an insight into the process how to learn and apply ST-CA. Or you ca have a look at „What to do when Tom is feeling blu?“ or „What to do when Sophie is feeling blu?„, two videos which explain boys or girls the mode model.
More videos, e.g. about the ST-CA training, you can find on the website

‚Learning by Playing‘ is a game about Schema Therapy in general, but also about Schema Therapy for Children, Adolescents and Parents (ST-CA). With the help of ‚Learning by Playing‘ you can expand, deepen, and consolidate your learned knowledge that you have gathered from your experiences but also from the courses, trainings, seminars, workshops, and/or supervisions about ST and ST-CA in particular.

If you are interested in an overview about the empirical evidence for ST-CA you can have a look in an articel of Christof.


Christof Loose

Christof Loose, PhD., Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist for Children and Adolescents (CBT), works in his own Private Practice in Dusseldorf, affiliated with the Heinrich-Heine-University, Department of Clinical Psychology, Germany 2012-2017, research activity e.g. in ST-CA (Development of Schema-Questionnaire for Children (DISC), Chair of the subcommittee Working Group in ST-CA 2013-2017, since 2013 advanced-level certified, trainer and supervisor (ISST e.V.), editor and author of ST-CA books and Video-Learning (DVD), conducts workshops and seminars in Schema Therapy for Children, Adolescents and Parents, worldwide.


In the past few years Christof Loose held workshops and seminars teaching ST-CA worldwide. Unfortunately, this is currently not possible due to the Corona-Pandemic. Therefore, the IST-K (Institute of Schema Therapy Cologne) has offered the complete basic training in ST-CA in cooperation with Christof Loose in English language several times since 2020. This enabled colleagues from all over the world to get to know this intense and creative way of therapeutical work. We would like to expand this offer with Special Interest Workshops, considering age and/or disorder specific therapeutical interventions.

The high quality of Christofs workshops is reflected in the evaluation of 10 years of training.

Accreditation by ISST e.V.
Unless announced otherwise, all workshops are preparing for the international certification as a „Schema Therapist ST-CA“ by the ISST e.V.. Detailed information regarding the requirements for the certification in ST-CA are provided under Certification.

Requirements of participation
You will find information about your professional requirements of participation in the detailed information about each course.

Current course offers
You will find our current course offers at the end of this website. For further information click on the course title and a new window will open up. There you will find detailed information on course contents, time frames and costs as well as the application forms where you can directly register yourself. In case you would like to visit a special interest seminar or Live-Workshop it is recommended to participate in at least one introductory workshop in ST-CA beforehand.

Use the application form provided in the detailed information for each course. Please confirm that you fulfill the requirements and read the terms and conditions and agree the privacy statement with the checkbox.

Reduced rates: We offer reduced rates for several countries. Please do not hesitate to ask!

Invoice/ Money transfer
After registration you will get an invoice. Since some of you come from non-EU countries additional charges for bank transfer and currency exchange will apply. We suggest splitting these costs between the two parties of facilitator (IST-K) and participant.

EU Countries
You can use a normal bank transfer using SEPA-mandatory with the IBAN-number

Non-EU Countries
Please use PayPal and pay in Euro as the specified currency. PayPal will charge you an exchange rate whereas I will accept the fees for the money transfer. With the invoice you will receive a PayPal-link for the payment.


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