ISTDP-UK was originally formed in 2006 in order to offer Core Training to appropriate candidates. Since then four groups have completed their training and currently we have 3 Core Groups running; one in its first year in London, one in its second year in London and one in its final year in Oxford. We will be starting a new group late 2017 in London.
ISTDP-UK training focuses on the work of Josette ten Have-de Labije and Robert J. Neborsky with particular emphasis on attachment.
We recognise that training in ISTDP can be daunting and challenging and that in order for trainees to reach their potential they need a safe and supportive environment. Working in a small group (maximum of 8 people) allows for close bonds to develop which can sustain colleagues throughout their training and beyond.
Program Name: Core Training in ISTDP with ISTDP-UKLocation(s):
CE Credits: Not Applicable
Contact Information for Registration
Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy - UK
18 Chiltern Business Centre
63-65 Woodside Road
Web site: http://www.istdp.org.uk
Responsible for Training
Lead trainer: Alexandra Knowles & Sharon LewisOther trainers:
Dr Robert Neborsky
Occasional other Master Clinicians
Who Should Attend
Eligibility for core training requires applicants to be registered with a recognised professional body as a psychotherapist, clinical psychologist, psychiatrist or counsellor.
Training is suitable for those working in the NHS and other organisations, as well as for those in private practice.
Other training offered: Introductory Course in ISTDP. Advanced supervision for ISTDP graduates. A programme for qualified ISTDP therapists to train as teachers and supervisors.
IEDTA Certified: yes
Format of Training
A small group (maximum 8 people) meet six times a year for 3 years. Each training block consists of 2 full days.
The primary focus of the training group is supervision and all trainees are expected to present audiovisual recordings of their psychotherapy work in each training block.
Trainers introduce core concepts and theory via powerpoint presentations illustrated by recordings of their own work.
Role-play is used to highlight technical issues and therapists’ difficulties.
Extensive background reading is expected of theory, published case reports, papers and relevant books.
Attendance at workshops and conferences is also encouraged.
Training group members are expected to meet together between the training blocks for mutual support and peer supervision of their work.
There is an ongoing discussion between trainee and teachers to access the progress of the trainee and to identify any areas of difficulty. If necessary, individual tutorial/supervision is offered.
The trainers will offer guidance to trainees wishing to undertake a personal ISTDP therapy or additional supervision of their work.
In addition to the time commitment listed above, trainees are expected to review their recorded work in order to develop their observational skills.
To have a solid understanding of the metapsychology of ISTDP
To use the ‘trial therapy’ in order to make a psychodynamic assessment and appropriate treatment planning
To development a strong therapeutic alliance - conscious and unconscious
Ability to assess anxiety pathways and develop skills for effective regulation
Ability to identify defences and develop skills to overcome maladaptive defence patterns and help develop more adaptive patterns of relating
To facilitate the therapeutic experience of emotions
To be able to conduct outcome evaluations after the termination of the therapy
£2400 per yearRefund Policy:
Commitment to one year at a time is required and fees are payable yearly in advance. Special arrangements can be made to pay in instalments. No refunds possible but if trainee has to miss any training bloc these can be made up at no extra cost.