Diane Byster and David Wolff are pleased to announce the formation of a new ISTDP (Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy) core training group in the San Francisco Bay area. The group will begin in January 2018 and will meet four times per year for 3 day blocks of training. Each block will be co-taught by both trainers. The training will be three years long and certified by the International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association (IEDTA). The training is open to licensed psychotherapists and mental health trainees who are working under the license of a supervisor.
The only way to effectively learn ISTDP is through the use of videotaped therapy sessions. Therefore, each trainee will be expected to bring videotapes of therapy sessions for supervision to each training with the exception of the first group meeting where it will be optional.
The training will consist of a combination of didactic presentations using PowerPoint and the videotapes of the trainers’ clinical work; a variety of experiential exercises including role playing to integrate clinical skills; supervision of each trainee’s tapes; and group process to address the emotional aspects of the training to become an effective ISTDP clinician. Readings will be assigned in relation to the focus of each block of training.
The dates for the first year of training are as follows:
- January 19-21
- April 20-22
- July 13-15
- October 19-21
We need a minimum of 8 therapists for the group to be viable and the maximum size of the group will be 10. We ask each trainee to make a commitment to a year of training at a time. Those trainees who complete a full 3 years will receive their certification in ISTDP from the IEDTA. If a trainee chooses to leave the training after their year’s commitment, that space will be made available to a therapist interested in joining the training. If there is interest, the group could extend beyond 3 years to provide advanced training for those with certification or the ability to obtain certification for those who joined the group after its inception.
If you are interested in joining the group, contact David at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to request a registration form. The cost of the training is $900 for each block of training ($3600/year).
Diane Byster currently runs a pre-core ISTDP training group in Palo Alto and provides clinical case consultation to psychiatrists, licensed marriage and family therapists, licensed clinical social workers and psychologists learning ISTDP. This summer, Diane presented two workshops at Maximizing Effectiveness in Dynamic Therapy Conference in Birmingham, United Kingdom: “Yoga Informed Psychotherapy,” and “Healing from the Bottom-Up: Yoga Psychotherapy for Trauma.” She has been a contributing editor for two books: Co-Creating Change Effective Dynamic Therapy Techniques, by Jon Frederickson, and Luck is No Accident: Making the Most of Happenstance in Work and Life, by John Krumboltz and Al Levin. Diane and David co-taught an all day introductory workshop on ISTDP at Stanford University Vaden Counseling Center in 2015. On two separate occasions this year she presented a 2-hour introductory ISTDP workshop to law students at Stanford Law School. Diane has also taught about the treatment of anxiety and depression at the Stanford University Medical School, School of Public Health.
Diane has received regular case consultation from 2010–present with Jon Frederickson, MSW, and attended several advanced clinical training groups with Jon. In 2016 she completed a 1-year advanced training group with John Rathauser, Phd. From 2011–2014 Diane completed a 4- year teacher and supervisor training in ISTDP with Patricia Coughlin, PhD. Diane received training from Alan Abbass, MD in a summer school, twice, and a separate training with him in Los Angeles. Diane completed a core training from 2008-2010 with Robert Neborksy, M.D. and Josette Ten-Have De Labije, PsyD.
David Wolff has been a psychiatrist in private practice in Los Angeles for over 30 years. He obtained his MD degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed his psychiatric residency at UCLA. David completed a year of core training with Robert Neborsky and Josette ten-Have de Labije in 2006 and then joined a 3 year core training group with Patricia Coughlin which led to his being certified in ISTDP in 2010. David then participated in Patricia’s four year teacher training program along with Diane. He attended Allan Abbas’ immersion course in 2012 and was subsequently a member of a Skype supervision group of his. He has been supervised by John Rathauser for over 3 years and now co-teaches a core training group with him in Los Angeles.
David co-taught with Jon Frederickson at his summer school in 2012. In 2013-14 he taught a one year monthly pre-core training group in Los Angeles. Since 2015 he has taught core training groups in Melbourne, Copenhagen, and Warsaw. He was one of the teachers at the Whidbey Island summer school in 2015. David teaches ISTDP to psychiatry residents at USC and UCLA and also offers individual supervision to ISTDP therapists in the US and abroad. He is the author of the paper “ISTDP in the Private Practice of Psychiatry” in Psychiatric Annals. He is recognized as a certified teacher/supervisor by the IEDTA.