Project Description

Key Information


21 January 2021
18 February 2021
18 March 2021
29 April 2021
20 May 2021
17 June 2021
15 July 2021
23 September 2021
21 October 2021
18 November 2021

Time: tbc

Venue: Online

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Israel Core Training

This 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.

The 3-year training programme consists of 10 days of  teaching per year. 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.

During the currently COVID pandemic, this course will take place fully online. There may be opportunity at a later date to hold some of the training dates in Tel Aviv.


This core training programme is organised in collaboration with ISTDP Israel and is primarily aimed at clinicians working in Israel. 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.

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

Participants are asked to commit to the training for one year at a time, with progression to the following year by mutual agreement.

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]