Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy

Evidence based • Active approach • Techniques to accelerate positive change

1-Year Programme

This course is designed for practitioners wanting to integrate highly effective ISTDP techniques into their existing therapy practice. It is suitable for those new to ISTDP, as well as for those who have already completed a core training but wish to develop further skills in the Attachment-Based ISTDP approach.

The syllabus will cover:

  • Metapsychology of ISTDP
  • Key therapeutic interventions
  • The diagnostic spectrum and assessment process
  • Working effectively with unconscious anxiety & maladaptive defence processes
  • The punitive superego
  • The Central Dynamic Sequence

Lectures and clinical video presentations are used to teach key concepts and techniques. Supervision of participants’ own clinical work is a key element of the programme and trainees are required to present video tapes of their work in progress.

This programme is suitable for clinicians working in NHS as well as private settings. To be eligible for the foundation skills programme, participants must be qualified mental health professionals registered with a professional body (eg: psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists or counsellors)

After completion of this foundation course, participants have the option to enrol in a further two years training to be eligible for the IEDTA accredited core training certificate.

Course dates 2019-2020

Course full 

Fri 22 and Sat 23 November 2019

Fri 24 and Sat 25 January 2020

Fri 20 and Sat 21 March 2020

Fri 22 and Sat 23 May 2020

Fri 3 and Sat 4 July 2020

Course Dates 2020-2021

Thursday 24 & Friday 25 September 2020

Thursday 26 & Friday 27 November 2020

Thursday 14 & Friday 15 January 2021

Thursday 18 & Friday 19  March 2021

Thursday 20 & Friday 21 May 2021

Cost: £2000 (£400 per block)

Venue: London, NW3

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Core Training in ISTDP with Dr Sharon Lewis, ISTDP London

The ISTDP London programme trains clinicians to achieve competency in ISTDP theory and technique, with a particular focus on Attachment Based-ISTDP techniques. The small group format focuses on creating a safe and stimulating environment for trainees.  This is an IEDTA accredited programme (www.iedta.net)

The lead trainer is Dr Lewis is a chartered clinical psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society and the Health Professions Council in the UK. She is an accredited IEDTA supervisor and trainer and has extensive experience in offering core training programmes in ISTDP, as well as introductory and advanced training. The ISTDP London training programmes have been designed in consultation with Dr Robert Neborsky, MD, who has developed the attachment-based ISTDP model. Experienced ISTDP colleagues may also be invited to contribute on specialist topics.

The three-year training program comprises 10 days of face to face teaching each year (split into 5 two-day blocks).  A maximum of eight places are available.

Lectures, role play, readings and clinical video presentations are used to teach key concepts and techniques.

Eligibility

The ISTDP London programme is suitable for clinicians working in both private and NHS settings. To be eligible, participants must be qualified mental health professionals registered with a professional body or in an accredited training. Supervision of participants’ own clinical work is a key element of the programme and trainees are required to present video tapes of their work in progress. Commitment to one year’s training at a time is required. Acceptance into the following year will be by mutual agreement.

Dates: 

2-3 October 2020

4-5 December 2020

5-6 February 2021

23-24 April 2021

25-26 June 2021

For further information and to request a course syllabus or registration form, email: [email protected]

This course introduces the theory of ISTDP and core principles of this approach.

Lectures, role-play and videotaped clinical sessions are used to demonstrate effective  interventions to:

– develop an effective focus for change

– deepen core emotional experiencing

– identify pathways of unconscious anxiety

– work with maladaptive defence patterns that prevent successful therapeutic outcomes

The clinical presentation will demonstrate the Central Dynamic Sequence: “Unlocking the Unconscious”

This course has been running for  several years and has been very positively received, with many participants going on to train further in ISTDP as well as integrating techniques into their existing practices. The course is suitable for a range of professionals in mental health and allied fields, including GPs, psychiatrists, counsellors, psychotherapists as well as counselling, clinical and sports psychologists.

Participant feedback

A very interesting 2 days training with someone clearly skilled in her work and her teaching. (Dr Jo Stubley, Consultant Psychiatrist & Psychoanalyst, Tavistock Trauma Service Lead)

Inspiring. Thank you, Sharon. (Prof Tessa Baradon, Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist and Psychoanalyst, Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families)

A gifted trainer able to harness her therapeutic depth and convey ISTDP in depth (Graham Music, Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist, Tavistock Clinic/Private Practice)

Genuinely inspiring (Psychotherapist, 26 years in practice)

Exceptionally well delivered course led by an exceptional clinician. Inspiring and I have come away with lots of thoughts about how to become a better clinician myself.  (Jane O’Rourke, Psychotherapist, 6 years in practice)

Highly informative and engaging – role plays were excellent learning tool. Really inspiring, personally and professionally.
(Counsellor, 1-5 years in practice)

Please note:

The course is suitable for registered and qualified mental health professionals who have current registration with a professional body.  If you are unsure, please email [email protected] to confirm eligibility.

Upcoming dates (2019):

Andrew Sims Centre, Leeds

Date:  10 October 2019

Booking: http://www.andrewsimscentre.nhs.uk/events/778/introduction-to-intensive-short-term-dynamic-psychotherapy-istdp/

British Psychological Society, London, EC2A 4UE

Date: 14 November 2019, 10am to 4.30pm

Booking: http://bit.ly/2UwyYS1

This course consists of a combination of lectures and supervision of trainees’ cases. It is suitable for clinicians who have completed a core training in ISTDP and who are keen to further develop their therapeutic skills to an advanced level.

This course has space for four participants and lectures can be tailored to specific areas of interest.  Topics which are a frequent focus include: working with projection and addressing syntonic character defences and treatment resistance, as well as techniques for treating symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and somatic symptom disorders.

Lead Trainer

Dr Lewis has extensive experience in training clinicians in advanced psychotherapy skills, in particular attachment-based ISTDP. She is an accredited trainer and supervisor with the International Experiential Dynamic Association (IEDTA). She is currently a visiting lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire, teaching ISTDP to doctoral students. She was one of the original founders ISTDP-UK and later co-director, before founding ISTDP London in 2019.

ISTDP London training programmes have been designed in consultation with Dr Robert Neborsky, MD, who has developed the attachment-based ISTDP model.

Training programmes can also be delivered in-house and tailored accordingly. Dr Lewis has trained for and consulted to organisations including the Centre for Continuing Education, University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, British Psychological Society, University of Hertfordshire, Dr Now, Beaconsfield, several NHS trusts and Arsenal Football Club.

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