Core Training Program

The Melbourne Centre for ISTDP is the leading provider of treatment and training in Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy in Australasia

The Melbourne Centre for ISTDP offers a three-year, Core Training program in Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) that is accredited by the International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association (IEDTA).

ISTDP is appropriate for the treatment for 4 out of 5 referrals to a private psychiatric practice. It has been shown to be a clinically effective, and a cost effective, treatment for a wide range of psychological/psychiatric disorders, including: personality disorders, depression, somatisation, conversion, anxiety disorders, and bipolar disorder.

Participants will be provided with in-depth training in how to conduct ISTDP psychodiagnosis and treatment with patients across the entire range of psychological/psychiatric disorders.

Trainees will meet for two consecutive days, three times per year, for didactic and practical training. Core training makes extensive use of video recorded therapy sessions to teach all aspects of ISTDP. Trainees can commit to one, two or the full three years of Core Training. A new commitment is required at the commencement of each year.

In addition to the didactic and practice components, trainees will be allocated to small (3 participants) supervision groups that will meet, via online video-conferencing meetings, on 20 occasions per year, with each participant receiving 30 minutes direct supervision of their video recorded ISTDP sessions per meeting and viewing a further 60 minutes of other trainees' supervision per meeting. Each participant will therefore, receive 10 hours direct supervision per year, and receive a further 20 hours of indirect supervision per year. Supervision meetings will occur at mutually convenient times, approximately fortnightly, for participants and the supervisor.

Core Training will be led by Dr Stephen Arthey or Dr Dion Nowoweiski with additional contributions from experienced ISTDP practitioners.

If you are interested in joining a Core Training Program on the Gold Coast or New Zealand please send an expression of interest to Dr Stephen Arthey

If you are interested in joining a Core Training Program in Melbourne please send an expression of interest to Dr Dion Nowoweiski.

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