Schemas and Wellbeing: Cultivating Greater Levels of Connection and Optimism

In this 2-day event, we will be focusing on how to cultivate connection and optimism by healing early maladaptive schemas

Presenters: Dr. Tracey Hunter & Dr. Rachel Wheeler

This 2-day event will explore the underlying early maladaptive schemas that block people from activating greater levels of connection and optimism in their lives.

The 2-day workshop is based on the Schema Therapy model and involves the delivery of cognitive and emotion-focused techniques relevant to working with clients also seeking assistance with overcoming barriers to greater self-worth, healthy relationships and a positive outlook in life. This workshop has a strong focus on self-reflection and personal growth and is highly suited for health professionals and therapists who embrace the qualities of courage, vulnerability and the power of shared stories.

The schemas that we will be exploring that block connection and optimism are:

– Defectiveness/Shame
– Emotional Deprivation
– Emotional Inhibition
– Social Isolation/Alienation

– Abandonment/Instability
– Mistrust/Abuse
– Negativity/Pessimism
– Vulnerability to Harm/Illness

The workshop will outline a 5-step process based on cognitive, behavioural and emotion-focused strategies that support clients and practitioners alike to activate Connection and Optimism, as follows:

1. Identify the components of Connection and Optimism
2. Set a specific intention to activate Connection and Optimism
3. Identify the limiting beliefs blocking Connection and Optimism, and write a new narrative for Connection and Optimism
4. Engage the imagination and positive emotions
5. Embody Connection and Optimism in daily life


Dr. Tracey Hunter is a clinical psychologist based on the Gold Coast, who has trained in New York as a Schema Therapist (advanced accreditation) with Dr. Jeffrey Young and Wendy Behary, and has run professional development workshops across Australia over the past 15 years in Schema Therapy as well as emotional wellbeing in corporate settings and teams. Tracey’s focus is on integrating the past with the present, personality integration, and achieving wholeness and individuation through balancing our internal drives for connection and autonomy. She supervises many psychologists across Australia in the application of Schema Therapy for complex cases. She is passionate about teaching therapists about Schema Therapy, healing and vulnerability.

Dr. Rachel Wheeler is a clinical psychologist on the Gold Coast, Australia, with over two decades experience specialising in behavioural change and the improvement of corporate performance. Her expertise lies in positively influencing human and organisational thinking. In 2016, Rachel co-founded Hearts Vs Minds – a psychometric technology start-up in the UK that builds bespoke training solutions for businesses. Working with industry leaders in retail and finance, she utilises psychometric data to assist transformation coaches and optimise performance improvements. With many years of experience as an executive coach in London and Australia, working with leading public and private enterprises, Rachel’s work pivots around enabling others to understand and overcome challenges in their work and private lives. Rachel is passionate about both embodying wellbeing in her own life over the past 20 years as well as teaching The Wellbeing Codes to her clients.

Early Bird: $749 (from 7 June to 6 September)
Standard: $799 (from 7 September)

Includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.

CPD Hours: 
This event counts as 14 hours of category A CPD for PACFA’s membership renewal requirements

To book and read the full details regarding the event please go to the website.


30/10/2020 - 31/10/2020
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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