Intensive Short – Term Dynamic Psychotherapy as has been developed by Habib Davanloo is a very effective but at the same time very demanding modality of psychotherapy for the therapist and the patient. Therapists have to understand the theory behind this modality (attachment theory and psychological trauma) and also to acquire all the necessary skills to deal with the uncoscious resistance and anxiety of the patients. The objective is to help the patient to leave his pathological defences and to be able to re-experiencing the feelings he had felt in the past because of the trauma and which he avoided living a life with psychiatric symptoms and characterological difficulties. For this kind of therapy and also for the training, video-recording of the sessions is very important.
The Greek Association for the ISTDP wanting to bring the Greek psychotherapists closer to this therapeutic modality, decided to develop and conduct in collaboration with the Medical Psychotherapeutic Center (Iatriko Psychotherapeutiko Kentro) a core training program on ISTDP. The trainers of the program had the luck and the opportunity to train themselves by Dr Allan Abbass who is an internationally known master therpapist and teacher of the ISTDP, training therapists almost from all over the world.
Program Name: Core Training in ISTDP with the Greek Association for ISTDPLocation(s):
Iatriko Psychotherapeutiko Kentro
CE Credits: Not applicable for the moment
Contact Information for Registration
Iatriko Psychotherapeutiko Kentro, +302310236236
Kostas Monas, +306947811422
Web site: http://www.psymed.gr
Responsible for Training
Lead trainer: Kostas Monas, MD, PhDOther trainers:
Elpida Vasilopoulou, PhD
Other master ISTDP trainers and psychotherapists as guests.
Who Should Attend
All professionals of the mental health system with a license of a professional board, as psychiatrists, psychiatric residents, psychologists, counselors and other registered psychotherapists.
IEDTA Certified: Yes
Format of Training
The duration of the program is 3 years. The first year, theory and technique are presented and analysed a weekend every month for nine consecutive months, from October to June. That means 144 didactic hours of theory and video analysis of real sessions of the trainers with patients. The second year group and individual supervisions take place. The group supervisions take place a Saturday every month for nine consecutive months. It is 72 group supervision hours. That also means that every trainee has to present within the group video from sessions with his or her own patients. At the same time the individual supervisions start for every trainee which are continued on the third year. Tottally, every trainee has a minimum of 18 hours of individual supervision for at least two patients. On the third year exept the individual supervisions, there are meetings of the group where presentation and analysis of important articles and publications on ISTDP take place.
Every trainee has to attend at least the 80% of the theoretical part of the program and the group supervisions and also to complete the minimum of the 18 hours of individual supervisions.
Every trainee has to
to learn the theoretical background of the ISTDP
to acquire the necessary skills to conduct a trial therapy, working through and termination of the therapy, by the standard or the graded format of the modality
to differentiate the three vertices of the triangle of conflict and to be able to work in the transference
to help patients to recognize their feelings
to assess the anxiety pathways and help the patients to regulate the pathological unconscious anxiety building the capacity to tolerate the excessive amount of it
to identify the defences and to help the patients to leave off their pathological defences and change them with more mature ones
to undersatand the complex transference feelings and the unconsious therapeutic alliance during the central dynamic sequence
to recognize and understand the structure of the pathological superego and to help the patients to modify it with a more benign form
All these in a very humanistic and caring context from the therapist side.
First year 1800 Euros, second and third year 900 euros for the group supervisions and at least 900 euros for the individual supervisionsRefund Policy: