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Attachment & Interpersonal Trauma through the Schema Lens: Incorporating Sociocultural Factors into Formulation and Treatment

March 22, 2023 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

While most mental health practitioners are adept at spotting attachment or interpersonal factors of trauma, pervasive social factors are often overlooked. Therapy models such as CBT, Interpersonal Psychotherapy and Schema Therapy tend to provide little guidance on how to use biopsychosocial models to tailor treatment.

In this meeting, participants will:

  • Gain an overview of intersections of marginalisation, oppression and Schema Therapy
  • Learn about adapting Schema Therapy to work with Racialised Trauma
  • Be introduced to the Social Critic Mode
  • Identify social determinants for clients presenting with trauma associated with attachment/interpersonal distress
  • Increase awareness of the social factors that may impact on your client’s mental health
  • Be introduced to adjusting the treatment model to account for the social determinants of mental health

Come Prepared to Engage: Ask Me Anything

In the spirit of Ask Me Anything, this meeting will involve a brief presentation followed by a discussion wherein participants will be able to put questions to the presenters for discussion.

This event is a prelude to the workshop by the SchemX Collective (https://www.schemxcollective.org/ ) which focuses on adapting Schema Therapy to the contexts in which clients present.

Meet the Speakers! 


Dr Xi Liu

Clinical Psychologist, Advanced Schema Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer.

Dr Xi Liu (they/she) is a Sydney based Clinical Psychologist, who is passionate about working with people to heal from complex trauma, grief and personality disorders. Xi completed their Advanced Schema Therapy accreditation at the New York Institute with founder Dr Jeffrey Young and narcissism expert Wendy Behary. Xi regularly provides trainings and supervision across Australia and Asia and recently presented at the 2022 ISST Conference on adapting Schema Therapy for Gender Diverse folks. Xi also delivered trainings and resources for Telehealth that assisted therapists around the world to meet the demands of the rapid shift to Telehealth during Covid 19.

Xi is an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of New South Wales and the Australian Catholic University where they provide training in Online Therapy and Schema Therapy. They also host the Facebook group “Psychologist and All That” and is part of a Sydney based therapist group dedicated to working with gender diverse folks called Gender Galaxy. Xi has a special interest in working with LGBTQ+ clients, as well as those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Dr Nicole Manktelow

Clinical Psychologist, Advanced Schema Therapist and Supervisor

Nicole (she/her) has 25 years of clinical experience across various clinical settings and populations. Nicole has spent most of her career working in regional locations where inequalities were often starkly visible. Nicole brings queer and feminist principles into her practice has worked in the acute mental health community and inpatient settings with adults and adolescents, correctional settings and as Clinical Director for Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia. She is interested in critical and queer intersectional feminist psychology and supervising clinicians in feminist practice.

Nicole started her schema therapy journey in 2014 and hasn’t looked back. Nicole offers keen clinical insights gleaned from her years of experience as a therapist and supervisor working with complex clinical presentations. Nicole is excited to explore how schema therapy, in particular, can incorporate social justice issues into the work. Nicole currently works in private practice, where she practices schema therapy and supervises those clinicians seeking schema accreditation.


Tickets are free for all. They are available on Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/attachment-interpersonal-trauma-schema-therapy-tickets-579333581337. 

The webinar will be recorded but will only be available for members at a later date.

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March 22, 2023
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
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