Project Description

Key Information


Group A
London/Online – Course full

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10am – 5pm (GMT)

4-5 December 2020
5-6 February 2021
23-24 April 2021
25-26 June 2021
10-11 September 2021

3-4 December 2021
4-5 February 2022
1-2 April 2022
10-11 June 2022
9-10 September 2022

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Group B
Online – Course full

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10am – 5pm (London, UK time zone)

15 January 2021
20 February 2021
12 March 2021
8 May 2021
14 May 2021
12 June 2021
16 July 2021
18 September 2021
15 October 2021
20 November 2021

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Core Training

The ISTDP London core training is an IEDTA accredited programme that trains clinicians to achieve competency in ISTDP theory and psychotherapy skills. There is an emphasis on Attachment Based-ISTDP techniques.

This three-year training  comprises ten days of  teaching each year (split into 5 two-day blocks). Participants are asked to commit to the training for one year at a time, with progression to the following year by mutual agreement.

The syllabus will cover:

• Metapsychology of ISTDP
• Key therapeutic interventions
• The diagnostic spectrum and assessment process
• Working effectively with unconscious anxiety & maladaptive defence processes
• The punitive superego
• The Central Dynamic Sequence

Lectures and clinical presentations are used to teach key concepts and techniques. Supervision of participants’ own clinical work is a key element of the programme and trainees are required to present video of their work in progress.

A comprehensive reading list will be provided.

The lead trainer is Dr Lewis is a chartered clinical psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society and the Health Professions Council in the UK. She is an accredited IEDTA supervisor and trainer and has extensive experience in offering core training programmes in ISTDP, as well as introductory and advanced training. The ISTDP London training programmes have been designed in consultation with Dr Robert Neborsky, MD, who has developed the attachment-based ISTDP model. Experienced ISTDP colleagues may be invited to contribute on specialist topics.


The ISTDP core training programme is suitable for clinicians working in NHS as well as private settings. To be eligible, participants must be qualified mental health professionals registered with a professional body (eg: psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists or counsellors) or registered in an accredited training programme.

A maximum of eight places is available, with this small group format is designed to create a safe and stimulating environment for trainees. Commitment to one year’s training at a time is required. Acceptance into the following year will be by mutual agreement.

Course fee: £2000 per year (10 days training). Payment in instalments available on request.

If you are ready to apply for the programme, you can use the “Apply now” button at the top of the page. To discuss the programme further, please contact Dr Lewis at: [email protected]