Events for 2017

Self-Care for the Therapist: A Schema Therapy Approach

You are invited to take some time out from your busy life of giving and healing to create a pause and reflect on how your work as a therapist affects your personal well-being and your on-going effectiveness as a mental health professional.  In this one-day workshop we examine self-care as a personal and professional imperative and examine how our own schemas and modes can dictate both the therapeutic frame and the therapy itself.  We will look at the micro and macro-level strategies a therapist can use to avoid burnout, compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma and the factors that are internal and external to the therapist that contribute to these experiences.

Both the Person of the Therapist and the Work of the Therapist can place enormous strain upon the individual who listens and bears witness to the pain and suffering of others.  Having such a role means that the therapist is exposed to content that many people simply never encounter.

The workshop incorporates the recent developments in the field of compassion/self-compassion research and examines how we can use these approaches in a practical way to reduce emotional burnout and distress.  The work of the therapist is not only challenging in terms of exposure to stressful material, but also in terms of dealing with the complexity of clients themselves – often managing tricky personality presentations and counter-transference dynamics.  Thus the therapist must manage themselves, the content and the client.  Without a dedicated approach and priority towards self-care, it is hard for the therapist to remain buoyant amidst the multitude of challenges the work can present.

This event is suitable for therapists and mental health professionals at any stage of their career.  The workshop will provide: practical strategies, case discussions, self-compassion practices, useful tools to help you assess your trigger points (schema activation in session), opportunities for self-reflection and suggestions for working with difficult clients when you yourself are at a low ebb.

 About the presenter – Dr Gemma Gladstone

Gemma is a Schema Therapist, Supervisor & Trainer with advanced certification (ISST).  With 20 years as a psychologist and over 30 publications in peer-reviewed journals, Gemma has a diverse array of experience as a mental heath professional, including psychiatric research, teaching, inpatient & group work and clinical supervision & consultation.  She is one of the clinic directors at The Good Mood Clinic in Sydney and has had an on-going private practice since 2001.  Gemma has specialised in using experiential therapies (in particular imagery re-scripting) to treat adult survivors of abuse and trauma and has trained other therapists in these interventions since 2005.  Clinically, Gemma uses Schema Therapy and its components to work with complex presentations such as ‘treatment resistant’ depression and personality disorders (particularly the Narcissistic and Borderline structures) and has a special interest in treating adult ‘survivors’ of narcissistic parenting.  Gemma is passionate about helping other therapists better understand their own schemas to enhance personal well-being and clinical effectiveness.  She also enjoys helping her clients heal from deep abandonment wounds and helping them break toxic relationship patterns.  Review past training workshops.


Port Stephens – 5th May, 2017  (FULLY BOOKED)

Oaks Pacific Blue Resort, 265 Sandy Pt Rd, Salamander Bay NSW 2317.  Come to beautiful Port Stephens for a day of self-care!

Sydney – 19th May, 2017 (FULLY BOOKED)

Vibe Hotel Rushcutters, 100 Bayswater Rd, Rushcutters Bay, Sydney 2011. (10 min walk from Edgecliff station)

Brisbane – 2nd June, 2017 (extended early bird)

Rydges South Bank Brisbane, 9 Glenelg St, South Brisbane, 4101

Melbourne – 16th June, 2017 (early bird last day 30th May)

Novotel Melbourne on Collins, 270 Collins St, Melbourne, 3000

Book early to avoid disappointment as places are limited


Registration & Arrival Tea/Coffee from 8:30 am

Start: 9:00 am
Finish: 5:00 pm
Full-day catering

Early Bird $299 (Inc GST)

Standard $350 (Inc GST)


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Cancellation: A refunds less a $40.00 administration fee are given for cancellations received in writing via email ( A cancellation must be received no later than 10 days prior to your event date. The cancellation policy is final and not negotiable.

Transfer of Registrations: Your place is transferable to another person on notification to the above email. This is applicable to your total registration only and transfer of part of the event to another person is NOT possible.

Cancellation of an event by The Good Mod Clinic: Should an unforeseen circumstance prevent the Event from running, you will be contacted by email and a full refund will be issued.

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