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Eshkol Rafaeli

Eshkol Rafaeli

Eshkol Rafaeli, PhD, is a co-founder of the Israeli Institute for Schema Therapy, and a professor of clinical psychology at Bar-Ilan University, Israel, where he directs the Affect and Relationships Lab. Prior to joining BIU, the lab and Eshkol were at Barnard College, Columbia University. With fuding from NIMH, ISF, BSF, the Templeton Foundation, and others, Eshkol and his lab have conducted basic research on personality, affect, and relational processes in individuals and dyads. In recent years, Eshkol has increasingly turned to the study of psychotherapy processes; at present, these involve a treatment personalization study of single session interventions (in collaboration with colleagues at UC-Berkeley) and a study examining changes in self-structure surrounding brief imagery-based CBT for anxiety (in collaboration with colleagues at Trier University). Eshkol is the co-author (together with David Bernstein and Jeffrey Young) of the 2010 Routledge book on Distinctive Features of Schema Therapy. Offer Maurer, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, the co-founder of the Israeli Institute for Schema Therapy, the International Online Schema Therapy Institute, and the New School for Psychotherapy in Israel. He is the former chairperson of the Israeli Forum for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. Dr. Maurer is a guest lecturer at various international programs on LGBT and sexuality issues, Schema Therapy and psychotherapy integration. He is the founding director of the ‘Gay-Friendly Therapists Team’ (2001), the first LGBTQ-friendly psychotherapy institute in Israel. Based in Lisbon and in London he offers Schema-Therapy-informed Life Coaching for individuals and groups.

  • Focused schema therapy interventions for anxiety: A hands-on clinical training

    Co-Presented with Eshkol Rafaeli

    In a period of global crisis and unrest, the gap between the need for mental health treatments and their availability is wide and widening, leading to various efforts to create tailored, personalized solutions to help bridge this gap. But what should such personalization be based on? In recent decades, most research on treatment personalization has emphasized diagnostic categories and protocol-driven, diagnosis-specific care. In recent years, however, the limitations of this approach are increasingly recognized, along with the high prevalence of comorbidities, the utility of transdiagnostic work, and the use of unified protocols that are actually less personalized. Another approach that has gained momentum in recent years suggests that an effective way to improve treatment overall, and enable personalized care specifically, involves process-based therapy. In this approach, championed by Steven Hayes and Stefan Hofmann, leading figures in the second and third wave of CBT, the focus shifts from symptom-reduction to identifying and addressing the underlying processes whose disruption causes symptoms. While Hofmann and Hayes focus primarily on cognitive/behavioral processes of emotional regulation, process-based work can be expanded further to identify and address the array of processes underlying diverse emotional needs. To do so requires two things: (a) a clear lexicon of psychological needs, and (b) ideas for working with each of them. These and other topics will be the focus of this pre-conference. We will briefly review process-focused approaches in general, and then delve into a set of ideas and tools for process-focused work which brings schema therapy ideas into the realm of focused (and often brief and modular) interventions for anxiety and related disorders. We will provide an overview of this model, currently being researched jointly at Bar-Ilan University and UC Berkeley, and will devote the majority of the time to learning and practicing the therapeutic tools it provides.

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