Core training in ISTDP with Deborah Pollack is offered in person only in the central New York (Syracuse) area. It is appropriate for licensed therapists from various backgrounds, including those who have been trained in psychodynamic therapy and those who have had little to know exposure to psychodynamic/psychoanalytic approaches. Over the three year training participants will develop a deep understanding of the theoretical foundations of ISTDP and other Experiential Dynamic models of therapy. Through didactic teaching, video demonstrations, skill building exercises, and supervision, participants will gain new skill sets to help patients from various levels of psychopathology more quickly and efficiently achieve their goals for therapy.
Program Name: Core Training in ISTDP in Dr. Deborah PollackLocation(s):
CE Credits: pending
Contact Information for Registration
Contact Dr. Pollack over email or through her website and she will send you an application.
Web site: https://www.deborahpollack.com/
Responsible for Training
Lead trainer: Deborah Pollack, Ph.D.
Who Should Attend
Licensed therapists: Psychologists, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, licensed mental health counselors, and graduate students in these fields with permission of their primary advisor.
Other training offered: Research assistantships
IEDTA Certified: Yes
Format of Training
For core training we meet one Saturday a month for 8 hours for 10 months per year for 3 years. We do not meet in July and August. Participants are expected to show video recordings of their therapy sessions in order to receive supervision.
3 years for core training.
By the end of the 3 year course, participants should be able to:
- Have a basic understanding of psychoanalytic/psychodynamic theory as it relates to ISTDP, particularly the unlocking of unconscious material as a key mechanism of change.
- Use Davanloo’s concept of psychodiagnosis in case formulation.
- Help patients efficiently develop an internal focus and a shared goal and tasks for therapy.
- Integrate skills for defense restructuring, anxiety regulation, and affect experiencing and know when to use these skills depending on case presentation.
- Work within the Triangle of Conflict and the Triangle of Person simultaneously.
- Understand the difference between a conscious and unconscious therapeutic alliance and how to strengthen both to improve outcomes.
- Differentiate between levels of resistance and fragility and understand which particular skills to use depending on these.
- Understand the development of psychological symptoms and problems from a psychodynamic and ISTDP framework.
- Identify relational patterns through transferential phenomena and help patients process complex transference feelings in order to overcome therapy-interfering resistance.
- Recognize how one’s own defenses and affect tolerance play a role in the relational dynamics of psychotherapy, and learn how to have more conscious control of these dynamics in order to facilitate a more effective treatment.
$3,000 per year ($300 each Saturday).Refund Policy:
Participants must commit to one year at a time. No refunds are offered if the participant withdraws from training during that year.