Do you strive to be more effective as a therapist? Do you want to build your skills to be optimally responsive to your patients' therapeutic needs? Want to learn assessment and intervention skills that can improve outcomes and reduce dropout? ISTDP is an evidence-based therapy model that offers an attachment-focused system of assessment and intervention that can help you increase your attunement and effectiveness with a wide range of patients.
The focus on attachment and response-to-intervention in ISTDP training helps therapists to:
ISTDP has been found to be uniquely effective with treatment-resistant and somatoform conditions, and has been found to be cost-effective, with shortened treatment lengths, across a wide range of conditions. The faculty of the ISTDP program are committed to a culture of compassion in which we co-create with you a culture of compassion in which we can learn new ways to be with ourselves and our patients. Graduates of our program tell us that they not only learned theory and skills; they became more effective because they were helped to integrate the model with their own personal strengths and style.
Developed by Habib Davanloo, MD in the 1960’s, the theory and technique of ISTDP have been refined and elaborated by later generations of his students around the world. The efficacy of ISTDP has been widely researched and demonstrated with a variety of disorders. All ISTDP therapists understand that a patient’s problems result from defenses that arise in response to the anxiety that is coupled with unconscious feeling. The goal of therapy is to help the patient develop the ability to attend to internal experiences in order to regulate anxiety and give up maladaptive defenses. This allows unconscious emotions to emerge, become integrated, and pave the way for consistent, unfettered access to motivational feelings.
The Washington School of Psychiatry ISTDP Program is one of a few programs worldwide to teach this approach. The foremost clinician-researchers of ISTDP are frequent guest lecturers in the WSP program. Our program has become a leading center for the study of ISTDP and the program’s dedicated students and graduates form a community of supportive and interdependent co-learners.
Basic principles of ISTDP theory:
Each three-day weekend will address one ISTDP concept and corresponding techniques.
Examples of core training topics include:
The school year runs from September through May each year. The ISTDP program is a three-year certificate program. Students can opt to take year-one alone, or pursue the full three-year certificate. The ISTDP program’s emphasis on skill development makes it distinct among psychotherapy programs. Technique and the theory it rests upon are taught side by side throughout the certificate program.
During The first year of the program students will learn the metapsychology and techniques of ISTDP. Faculty share videos of their clinical work and utilise experiential teaching methods to engage students. The first year class meets 20 times in the academic year on Fridays from 3:30 to 5:30PM. Small group supervision follows from 5:45 to 6:45PM, 18 sessions per year.
The second and third year of the program emphasise technique and skill building. In-depth lectures and videotape demonstration are combined with role play and supervision of students’ videotaped sessions. Students present their clinical work in order to learn to apply techniques across the spectrum of suitable patients. Small group supervision for second and third year students is held Fridays, 4:00 to 6:00PM, 10 sessions per year. The second and third year classes meet for three 3-day core-training weekends.
All classes will be virtual for 2020-21.
Year 1: $1,200
Year 2: $1,900
Year 3: $1,900
The $50 application fee is nonrefundable.
Limited scholarship money may be available, based on need and merit.
First year: $40 per group session, 18 one hour sessions per academic year.
Second year: $80 per group session, 10 two hour sessions per academic year.
Supervision fees are invoiced at the same time as tuition.
Stuart Andrews, PhD, Chair
Janet Merkel, PhD, Co-Chair
Jon Fredrickson, MSW
Timothy Freitas, PsyD
Maurice Joseph, PsyD
Margo Silberstein, EdD
Jack Tawil, MSW
Michelle May, LPC
Joy McCrady, MS, LCPC
Diane Miller, MSW
Stephen Slatkin, MD
Anne Stephansky, MSW
Barbara Suter, PhD
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