ISST CERTIFICATION AS A SCHEMA THERAPY SUPERVISOR AND A SCHEMA THERAPY TRAINER REVISED CRITERIA AND APPLICATION PROCEDURES
Approved by the Executive Board in October 2021 and effective immediately
1. Entitlements of ISST certified schema therapy supervisors and trainers
1.1. An ISST Certified Supervisor is entitled to:
FULLY Supervisors can OBSERVE AND OR COACH DYADIC EXERCISES in training SESSIONS under the direction and responsibility of training program director. They can be counted in the 1/20 ratio allowing more participants
1.2. An ISST Certified Trainer, in addition to providing ISST certified supervision (as above), can contribute to, an existing approved ISST Certified training course or Training Program under the direction and responsibility of that program’s director and to apply for approval of a certification training program of their own
2. Application requirements for ISST certification as a supervisor.
2.1. Applicants for certification as a Schema Therapy Supervisor must provide documented evidence of all of the following:
a) Have regular supervision of their supervision by a certified supervisor – trainer, for every 2-3 supervision sessions provided. This needs to total a minimum of SIX HOURS of supervised practice.
b) Use the STSVRS to discuss supervision experience - Download the form here.
2.2. Applicants for certification as a Schema Therapy Trainer must include documented evidence of all of the following:
3.1. All the requirements and conditions set out must be from activities of the applicatant in the same certification category as that in which s/he is certified and is applying for the higher level of certification (i. e. Schema Therapy for Children and Adolescents, or Schema Therapy for Couples, or Group Schema Therapy).
3.2. All exceptions for present rules regarding year of starting the training or date of receiving Advanced certificate will end on 31st December 2021.
Continuing Education in Schema Therapy
12 hours of continuing education (CPD) activity - i.e., ST workshops, added supervision, presentation in ISST special interest group - are required for all ISST Trainer-Supervisors every 2 years (6 hours per year; Please refer to Continuing Education Policy).
The CPD requirement will be reported and documented with the following:
Independent Tape Raters for ISST certification
Tape raters must be certified at the Advanced level and have met the Trainer/Supervisor education requirement. Tape raters for certification must be independent. "Independent" has been defined by the ISST Executive Board as: an ISST certified Supervisor/trainer who is not the director of the applicants training program, a supervisor or a participant in their training – didactic or role-play portions. We realize that there will be situations where this definition cannot be met completely – for example, a country with only one training program or very limited number of certified supervisor/trainers, forensic settings with limitations regarding taping or the removal of tapes from the institution. In those situations, please write to the ISST training and certification coordinators to request an exemption. We took this position to remove the possibility of naturally occurring bias when the trainer and independent rater roles overlap. We are also in the process of having the STCRS validated empirically and establishing an inter-rater reliability standard for independent raters to meet.
Please note that for Advanced level certification 2 different independent raters must be used - one for each tape. In addition two different patients must be used. The full rating form with the summary sheet and case conceptualization must be sent in when applicants apply to ISST for certification. Tape raters can get access to the Schema Therapy Competency Rating Scale (STCRS) here.
To be considered for fast tracking in certification please find the policy here:
*Supervision can start after the first session of the Supervisor Skills Webinar.
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