We are pleased to offer a three-year IEDTA certified Core Training in ISTDP
(Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy) in Warsaw, Poland. Our training
facility is located in the heart of Warsaw, excellent location next to the old town and
metro station. This Core group training is created for Polish participants, course will
be led in Polish language with translation when needed.
Based on our in-depth experience in medical science, psychotherapy and
international certification workshops we designed a comprehensive training
programme where we combine theory with experiential approach. Our goal is not
only to fulfill all IEDTA requirements with competency training, but also to deliver
experience of immersion in learning culture. We encourage our training participants
to meet in between sessions, to support each other, to use translated materials into
Polish language, to use outcome measures and to work with each of their patients as
in a n=1 study. We also value collaboration across other EDT modalities in training
and we invite other highly specialist ISTDP/EDT trainers from other countries as well
as our Polish colleagues to periodically take part in training delivery and assistance to
encourage a range of learning and provide critical comparison in theory and
The group of 3 years duration is formed each year and is meeting four times per year
for 2- or 3-day blocks depending on the group size. Each block is taught by the
certified IEDTA supervisor or/and by an IEDTA certified guest supervisor. The
training will be three years long, fulfilling IEDTA criteria and certified by the
International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association (IEDTA).
Supervisor, teacher and trainer Joanna Duchniewicz with co-trainers: guest
supervisors, teachers and assistants.
Joanna Duchniewicz is a medical doctor, psychiatrist, psychologist, coach, trainer.
Certified EAP and IEDTA psychotherapist. She works as MD and Assistant in the
Department of Psychiatry in Warsaw and as a psychotherapist and she teaches and
gives workshops at Centrum ISTDP.
Program Name: Core Training in ISTDP with Joanna Duchniewicz
Date(s): The exact dates for each year of training will be decided upon with the participants and will consist of Saturday, Sunday, or on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, depending on the group size. Dates for the first year are set and can be obtained from www.istdp.pl and firstname.lastname@example.org.Location(s):
Contact Information for Registration
Please contact Dr Joanna Duchniewicz for further information.
email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also download information from web site: www.istdp.pl
Web site: https://www.istdp.pl
Responsible for Training
Lead trainer: Joanna DuchniewiczOther trainers:
We cooperate and inivite to this core training our workshops and seminars: Josette ten Have-de Labije, dr. Robert Neborsky, Mark Stein, Allan
Abbass, Risha Henry, Ross Crowther-Green, Kees Cornelissen, and others that could be invited to train with and learn from additional local and international lead specialists in ISTDP, there could be additional fee once the fee of guest supervisor will significantly exceed cost of the training
block, to be discussed with participants of the CORE training.
Who Should Attend
The Core-Training programme is intended for registered health professionals who have an interest in undertaking advanced clinical and theoretical training in ISTDP.
Applicants must hold a current professional health registration in their country of residence and be in good professional standing. Professional registration in psychotherapy or counselling is desirable but not essential. Prior knowledge, training and experience in ISTDP
is desirable but not essential.
Most of our participants are psychotherapists, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, MFT-therapists, licensed social workers, and others working in the mental health sector.
Some of them if needed, participate in pre-core preparation course.
IEDTA Certified: Yes
Format of Training
2-3 Days Supervision x 4 times a year
Plus 2 day immersion yearly
A yearly 2-day immersion is integrated into the programme to provide intensive teaching and training. An aim is to connect with other core group students, to extend the range of teaching by invited highly specialist ‘guest’ trainers to present, alongside lead trainers.
The primary syllabus and content for this training will be:
- An overview of history and current ISTDP and EDT models
- Research in ISTDP and EDT
- Theoretical foundations of ISTDP in ego psychology, object relations theory, and attachment theory
- Menninger and Malan’s triangles of conflict and person
- The roadmap to the patient’s unconscious by Josette ten Have de-Labije
- Assessment of the nature and degree of patients pathology
- Assessment of the nature and degree of the patient´s ego adaptive capacity
- Assessment of patient´s anxiety regulation
- Assessment of quality and degree of the working alliance with the patient
- Techniques to establish, maintain and increase the quality of the working alliance with the patient
- Working with the ‘Central Dynamic Sequence’
- Recognizing and assessment of defences, and associated interventions
- Recognizing and assessment of anxiety, and associated interventions
- Recognizing feeling, and associated interventions
- Helping the patient to constructively deal with his/her anxiety, feelings and impulses
- Precision in techniques of ISTDP (confrontation, identification, clarification; HoC etc.)
- Techniques to separate ego from superego
- Restructuring the patient´s ego adaptive capacity
- Turning red traffic lights into green on the road to the patient´s unconscious
- Unlocking of I/F and past trauma
- Working through, C-P-T links
- Working through: therapy after breakthrough and unlocking
- Working with patients across a range of mental health disorders
- Developing a psycho-diagnosis and working across the psycho-diagnostic spectrum
- Saying farewell and preparation for Follow Up sessions
- Outcome monitored practice and utilizing outcome measures
There is annual and final formative evaluation and assessment based on observation and analysis of video-recorded clinical material.
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Core training fundamentals include:
- Analyzing video-recorded cases presented by both supervisor/teacher and trainees
- Role-playing and other active learning techniques
- Studying video-recorded cases representing increasing levels of complexity
- Individual supervision, at least some of which must occur in the group setting
- Interactive lectures
We ask for a financial commitment to the core training on a yearly basis, with no refunds being offered for the training year after the course has started. This is due to the nature of the course - i.e. it is not possible to re-fill a space that has been made available by a trainee leaving once the course has started.
The objectives of this core training are:
- To provide a thorough education in Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) within an Experiential Dynamic Therapy (EDT) context
- To train psychotherapists to achieve excellence in their ability to assess and apply ISTDP with a diverse population of patients
- To provide trainees with the most up to date knowledge and understanding of ISTDP and EDT theory, clinical applications, and research
- To provide training in the use of routine outcome measures and the evaluation of outcomes as an integral part of therapeutic practice
- To welcome trainees into a peer network that values dialogue and collaboration amongst the EDTs
- To cultivate a collegial, professional and encouraging learning environment that is respectful and positive-minded for all trainees
The annual cost will be provided to participants interested in trainingRefund Policy:
Payment is due each year in advance with no refunds once the annual programme has commenced. Payment by instalments through the year can be arranged.