Nu är anmälan öppen för nästa omgång av ISTDP Academy, föreläsningar på avancerad nivå arrangerade av den svenska och den danska föreningen för ISTDP.

ISTDP Academy HT-2023:

6e september Kristy Lamb (US)”Using ISTDP to Understand and Work with Substance Dependence”

4e oktober Ola Berge (SE)”Superego pathology, Object relations and ISTDP – a perspective”

1a november Jon Anders Lied (NO)“Conscious Collaboration in iSTDP”

6e december Jeanne Isaksen (DK)“What to do when drowning in regressive defenses?”

Ni kan läsa mer om presentationerna på danska föreningens hemsida:

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ISTDP ACADEMY våren 2023

För fjärde terminen i rad kör vi ett samarbete med vår systerförening i Danmark (Dansk Selskab for ISTDP, med syfte att anordna digitala kvällsföreläsningar om ISTDP. En uttalad ambition är att bjuda in presentatörer från Norden och andra delar av världen samt att visa på bredd i olika tillämpningar av ISTDP. Alla presentationer sker på engelska med undertexter på filmklippen. Föreläsningarna kommer ske via Zoom och ligger kvällstid kl 17.00-19.30

Vårens schema ser ut så här: 

1:a februari: Patricia Coughlin (US)
1:a mars: Brian Kok Ravn (DK)
5:e april: Jody Clarke (CA)
3:e maj: Tami Chelew (US)
7:e juni: Niklas Rasmussen (SE)

Kostnaden är 1200 kr för alla fem föreläsningarna för medlemmar i Svenska Föreningen för ISTDP. Är du ännu inte medlem i föreningen kan du bli det i samband med anmälan. Medlem i föreningen blir du här: Förutom medlemsskap krävs även att du genomgått den tre dagar långa introduktionsutbildningen precore, samt att du har legitimation eller är student i slutet av din utbildning på legitimationsgrundande utbildning.

Observera att dessa presentationer kommer att visa ISTDP på avancerad nivå, utan att redogöra för grunddragen i metoden. Bakom interventioner som kan se enkla ut finns alltid komplexa bedömningar som avgör hur det är lämpligt att agera i stunden. ISTDP är en omfattande metod som tar tid att lära sig. Därför är denna seminarieserie endast öppen för dem som redan har gått en introduktionskurs (så kallad precore). Därutöver behöver du ha legitimation eller vara i slutet av din legitimationsgrundande utbildning. Är du nyfiken på ISTDP och vill lära dig mer om grunderna i metoden så kan vi varmt rekommendera att läsa mer om utbildning på vår hemsida.

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1. februari: Patricia Coughlin: “handling resistance without contributing to it”

About Patricia: Patricia Coughlin, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist with over 40 years of experience.  Having trained with Habib Davanloo, she developed a specialty in ISTDP and has been a prominent teacher and supervisor in the field since the 1990s.  In addition, she has written many articles, and four books, on theory and practice of ISTDP.

About Patricia’s presentation: In this webinar we will focus on the topic of “handling resistance without contributing to it”.  ISTDP is a method of psychotherapy based on the theory of unconscious conflicts.  All too often, therapists focus exclusively on defense and resistance and, in so doing, contribute to it. Davanloo taught us to identify and then intensify the patient’s conflict in such a way that they turn on and abandon their defenses in order to face their true feelings. This procedure is designed to create an intrapsychic crisis, which, when successful, unlocks the unconscious. Engaging in an interpersonal conflict with patients can lead to misalliances and drop outs. Learning to manage the twin forces of alliance and resistance, in order to facilitate an internal crisis and opening of the unconscious, is an essential skill to master.

1:a mars: Brian Kok Ravn: “The Stuck Electrician – Working with Syntonic Character Defenses”

About Brian: I have been in the field as a clinical psychologist since 2006 and got my initial training working with outpatient psychiatry specifically focusing on personality disorders. I finished my Core Training with Ph.d. Patricia Coughlin in 2012 and went on to participate in Jon Fredericksons “Training for Trainers”. I started out teaching my first core group in 2015 and has since then started a new core group each year. I’ve been in supervision with Dr. Allan Abbass since 2015 and has twice presented cases with both fragile and high resistant patients at the Copenhagen Immersion seminar taught by Dr. Allan Abbass. Currently I work solely as a private practitioner in Psykolog Kok Ravn ApS with a broad range of topics doing both Individual ISTDP Psychotherapy, ISTDP Informed Couples Therapy, Supervision, Training and Individual and Group Dynamic Coaching for Businesspeople.

About Brian’s presentation: Highly syntonic character defenses are quite a challenge for the therapist to work with. We will look into session fourteen in the fase of treatment where the patient through previous repeated clarification slowly begins to turn on his defenses and let feelings rise in the transference. It will be demonstrated how turning the patient against his own defenses with this kind of high resistance requires both pressure, clarification, challenge and head on collision in combination.

5:e april: Jody Clarke: ” Opening the Family Tomb: A Study of the Intergenerational Transmission of Psychopathology”

About Jody: Jody Clarke is certified as a Psychospiritual Therapist with the Canadian Association of Spiritual Care (CASC), he is also a Professor of Pastoral Theology, at Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax. Through a series of wonderful incidents he was invited to his first symposium in Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy two decades ago. From there he was invited to join Dr. Davanloo’s Supervision Group. Then from 2007 – 2020 Jody became a member of Dr. Davanloo’s Montreal Closed-Circuit Video Workshop. He has written and co-authored several papers integrating ISTDP with literature and events in history.

About Jody’s presentation: Exploring the nature of the intergenerational transmission of psychopathology is fascinating on numerous fronts. The pathogenetic figure or figures contribute directly to the to the character of the resistance. Essentially, the family tomb does not want to be open. In this presentation we will watch the application of Davanloo’s ISTDP and the subsequent breakthrough into the family crypt. Davanloo’s theories are designed to free patients from the destructive forces in their lives, but his technique also offers liberation for ancestor’s long since buried.

3:e maj: Tami Chelew: “ISTDP Informed Couples Therapy”

About Tami: I am a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice in San Diego, CA. I originally trained as a couple’s therapist. I am a certified Emotionally Focused Couple (EFT), Supervisor and Therapist, Dually Certified in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) for Individuals and Couples, and IEDTA Certified in Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP). My background in EFT for Couples, AEDP, and ISTDP have all served me well in shaping and expanding my clinical skills and developing my efficiency and art as a psychotherapist. I am passionate about teaching and training motivated therapists in helping them become more effective at what they do. I offer both individual supervision and an ISTDP Informed Couples Monthly Training. My colleague Matt Jarvinen and I co-created the ISTDP San Diego Community offering online training with master EDT trainers to therapists globally to help spread the love and efficacy of ISTDP. I am the president of the IEDTA and have served on the IEDTA Board for the past 4 years My husband and I have been married for 33 years. We have two grown, strong daughters and two precious grandsons. To learn more, visit me at

About Tami’s presentation: Many ISTDP and EDT therapists who work with both individuals and couples are naturally interested in learning how to effectively apply their work to couples from an ISTDP framework. Most current couples’ models do not work from a theory of unconscious anxiety, nor explicitly identify defense patterns and their costs as explicitly as ISTDP. Dr. Davanloo’s contribution to defense work and understanding the pathways of unconscious anxiety is incredibly relevant in working with couples; especially when the stimulus (often their partner) is sitting next to them in the room. Equally important is increasing a couple’s capacity towards experiencing and expressing their mixed feelings openly and honestly with one another. This builds capacity on many levels in both partners toward less defensiveness, greater anxiety regulation and affect tolerance toward emotional closeness in being less guarded and distant, and more open-hearted and connected, which is often their shared longings for couples’ treatment. The focus of this presentation is based both on theory and technique; ISTDP metapsychology and the application of ISTDP clinical skills by closely monitoring the response to intervention in each couple member. This will include monitoring each partner’s triangle of conflict and triangle of persons to better understand how each of their intrapsychic conflicts and/or low ego capacity is unconsciously contributing to their interpersonal conflicts causing their current symptoms and suffering. When each partner can better understand both their own and their partner’s dynamics, it helps build empathy between them and is a motivator for healthy change. We will view case material demonstrating how to effectively work with a couple when both partners have different ego capacities. Many couples are highly motivated and yet feel stuck in relational defeating patterns and high anxiety during times of conflict. We will look at how to work with the complexities of detachment, projective processes, repression, and cognitive-perceptual disruption in the room and we will witness the change processes as they unfold. We will be underscoring the 5 parameters in Dr. Allan Abbass’s work that comes from Dr. Davanloo’s Central Dynamic Sequence which serves as a road map for working with both individuals and couples. These include assessing the ego capacity of each partner by restructuring defense patterns of relating, moving from syntonic to dystonic defense patterns, restructuring anxiety pathways as needed, detecting any anxiety thresholds that are too high, and inviting the de-repression of feelings, to bring breakthroughs into the unconscious. Working actively on the “front of the system” activates both partner’s resistance systems, Complex Transference Feelings, along with the Conscious Therapeutic Alliance (CTA) and the Unconscious Therapeutic Alliance (UTA), which is the healing force in each couple member and therapist. This way of working offers a comprehensive psychotherapeutic couples treatment course that is effective and short-term. This presentation will show that working in this focused way, in the here-and-now, by monitoring anxiety dysregulation and building affect tolerance helps both partners to have more capacity to deal, feel and relate to one another in good times and in hard times. Also, honoring the urge of expressing loving impulses to reach out and hold hands or offer a much-needed comforting hug is welcomed. These tender, loving moments are meaningful to the couple and lead to further gains of deeper, honest communication and character change that offer corrective emotional experiences together. Learning Objectives include: 1. How to assess and psycho-diagnose the ego capacity of each couple member. 2. When and how to use Graded ISTDP interventions when detecting anxiety thresholds so that each partner can feel safe in their body and in the room with us and with each other to build more ego and relational capacity. 3. Witnessing the restructuring efforts so that resistances drop, and Alliance can grow and overcome resistance for both partners to feel more in contact with their mixed feelings and with each other. 4. How to explicitly privilege the felt emotion of love and other positive feelings to increase and deepen their emotional intimacy and attachment bond. You will witness and feel their love in the room. Reaching the couple stuck underneath their resistances by understanding and healing their unconscious wounds transforms their love through healthier ways of relating which positively impacts their children, their grandchildren, and the generations to come. To me, this is sacred legacy work. Working effectively with couples from an ISTDP framework can be a significant factor in contributing to the greater collective conscious healing in the couple and family system, society, and the world at large.

7:e juni: Niklas Rasmussen: “Undervalued functions of the head-on collision in ISTDP”

About Niklas: Niklas Rasmussen is a licensed psychologist, a certified ISTDP therapist, trainer and supervisor. He has 15 years experience of clinical work, mainly in outpatient psychiatric health care. Since 2019 he has a private practice in Stockholm offering ISTDP therapy, ISTDP-training and supervision. He also teaches ISTDP at Uppsala University and at Marie Cederschiölds högskola i Stockholm

About Niklas’ presentation: Head-on collision (HOC) is usually described as an effective intervention when the patient’s resistance is crystallized. It is defined by a therapeutic position of radical honesty about the prize of the resistance. In ISTDP-literature, the main goal with HOC is described as helping highly resistant patients towards emotional break-throughs. But the therapeutic stance associated with HOC can have multiple functions in the therapeutic process, such as: 1) assessing the patient’s suitability for ISTDP in trial therapy: 2) initiating termination of therapy when necessary. 3) establishing and reestablishing therapeutic borders in therapy. 4) a path to essential self-care for the therapist. 

In his presentation, Niklas will discuss these extended, and so far undervalued, functions of HOC based on his own experience as an ISTDP therapist, supervisor and supervisee. He will also talk about how HOC can be used at different stages of a therapist´s development and common countertransference reactions associated with the use of HOC.

Johannes Kieding: “ISTDP is uniquely vulnerable to misalliances”

In September, we have the great pleasure of welcoming Johannes Kieding to the ISTDP Academy, where he’s presenting on the theme of defiance. Johannes is a LCSW in private practice in Tuscon, Arizona. He was trained by Marvin Skorman and runs a much appreciated Youtube channel where he puts out educational material for ISTDP and ISTDP-informed therapists. He’s also the administrator of a large facebook community for ISTDP therapists, “ISTDP Peer Community“. We have previously published a text by him outlining some of his main ideas. In this interview we discuss alliance-ruptures, relational ISTDP, defiance, systems of resistance, challenges to learning ISTDP and a few other things.

What do you feel inside right now? 
Excited and ready for a day to see my wonderful clients and supervisees. This career is a dream come true. 

Johannes Kieding
Johannes Kieding

You’ve worked with Marvin Skorman for many years, and last year we published one of your texts about your take-aways from working with him. Marvin is now retired. How is work without Marvin coming along? Are you noticing changes? 
Indeed indeed. Initially it was a bit rough on me, but it’s also good to really find my own feet and experience my independence. Few people on this planet have influenced me like Marvin, so in a way I feel that I carry part of his signature in me, but it has molded itself into my own style. When I am with patients I am hearing more and more things come out of my mouth that I don’t know where they came from. So I seem to be finding my own way of doing things.

To me you represent a strong voice in the ISTDP community for the “real relationship” approach to ISTDP. Relational ISTDP if you will. Why do you think you came to approach ISTDP in this way? 
Before I answer how I came to it, I want to define our terms. What you think of as relational may not be what I have in mind. By ‘relational’ I mean I am trying to work with, not ‘on’ the patient. This means I am not laying a trip on the patient, not engaging my schtick, not just applying a technique. 

Instead I try to understand the patient on their terms, to look at things through their eyes and seek their feedback that I have understood their first person perspective. This is a big part of what dynamic exploration and inquiry is about — really getting to know the patient and the themes in their lives that relate to their chief complaints and to their strengths that I will want to capitalize on during the work. 

This part of the work is about developing a shared language together, short-hand references that may be totally unique to the particular patient. Though I attend to latent content, I do not ignore the manifest content, I do not ignore what the patient is actually saying.  When I offer alternative or new perspectives, I check in to see if what I am saying tracks for them, if they agree or disagree. 

I try to hone in on the patient’s will, their priorities, and go out of my way to ensure that I am not pushing my own agenda on the patient. So when I ask if they want to take an honest look at their feelings, I monitor the response to make sure the patient is really behind their “yes.” I try to ensure that I have a real collaborator and continuously stress the client’s autonomy and right to choose. 

To me this overall seems like standard ISTDP principles. But what do you think stands out in your approach?
Through the prism of what I think will further the patient’s goals, I may include some of my subjective responses to the patient. If I am asking the patient to be totally open, I don’t think it makes sense for me to be reticent about being self-revealing when that seems to be what the patient needs. Certainly not self-revealing for its own sake, but when the patient seems to need that. 

Even if I am working vertically, if the aforementioned ingredients have been established it’s a working with, not working on, even though at that stage I am blocking every single patient response until we get the unlocking — this can certainly look like I am working on, not with. But the key is whether or not I’ve built a foundation where the patient and I are truly on the same side, pulling in the same direction, both going after the resistance.

As for the question of why I came to stress this approach to ISTDP: one reason is that when I was not working relationally, I had a lot more misalliances. I had patients walk out of my office sometimes. I had clients who had repeated unlockings but still were not getting better. So I came to the conclusion that in order for unlockings to be truly healing, they have to occur within a context of a really trusting relationship. A secure attachment, if you will. 

If I am just applying techniques like a technician, I may get lucky and help the client have some unlockings, but this didn’t seem that helpful. 

Think of sex: you can mechanically produce an orgasm through skilled technical maneuvering, but this kind of orgasm is quite empty. The orgasm that comes from making love, where you are truly connecting with your whole being, is far richer and more meaningful. This is the difference between unlockings that come from merely applying techniques and unlockings that come after more relationship building and more clarity for the patient. 

I think the other reason is that my teacher and mentor, Marvin, was steering me in this direction based on his prior mistakes and experiences where his rigidity created less than optimal therapeutic outcomes. So I got it both from my own experiences with clients and from my mentor. 

Johannes and Marvin

Earlier this year you did a few presentations on repairing alliance ruptures. How come you emphasize this in your work? Do you think alliance ruptures are more common in ISTDP than in other schools of therapy? 
Hopefully my previous response gives you an idea of my response to this question. Based on my own experience, Marvin’s experience, and countless cases where trainees present their work to me, I do indeed believe that ISTDP is uniquely vulnerable to misalliances

This is greatly mitigated the better we become, the more we attend to the unique themes related to the patent’s difficulties, the less invested we become in a specific outcome, and the more we emphasize the conscious alliance, which of course includes clear, non-compliant agreements around problem and task

When I saw Davanloo’s work (especially from the 1980s and before), and when I read his transcripts, more often than not I see him being incredibly attuned to the patient. Truly meeting them where they are, then bringing the patient along with him so that they can truly see why they may want to face what they have been avoiding. 

Somehow when many of us try to do something akin to Davanloo, in our eagerness to have a breakthrough or unlocking we miss this part that has to do with really meeting the patient where they are, and step-by-step bringing the patient along with us to ensure real buy-in and conscious understanding of the therapeutic task. I can’t tell you how many times I have seen trainees try to drag a patient through the central dynamic sequence, without having a real collaborator. That is what I refer to as laying a trip on the patient. It’s exhausting for the therapist and typically not very therapeutic for the patient. 

I’ll never forget this one supervision session from some years ago where the trainee showed a case and where the patient was very forthcoming, collaborative and open, but because the trainee saw some tension and a moment where the patient looked away, the trainee labeled this rather undefended patient “highly resistant,” and thought it proper to begin repeated pressures to feeling. The patient was quite undefended actually. 

The triangle of persons

This suggests to me that there is an element in how people are being trained where the ratio of interpretation to experience is too high and too theory forward. For an accurate psychodiagnostic picture, there needs to be sufficient pressure, but accurately targeted to the front of the system. I see people decide on a psychodiagnostic category based on far too little data.

Davanloo’s diagnostic roadmap is an interactive one — I may have a patient in front of me aimlessly rambling, but this doesn’t tell me anything in and of itself. I need to bring this to the patient’s attention and see how they respond. The patient may bounce back and readily get back on track and focus again, or they may evade the issue.

Only by carefully monitoring the patient’s responses when I identify the main barrier to progress do we have meaningful psychodiagnostic information. I see people just look at an initial presentation, or patient responses to the therapist intervening but the intervention does not address the main progress-preventing behavior, and then come to diagnostic conclusions without availing themselves of sufficient data.

Here’s another example. A trainee labels the defense of diversification and changing the topic, but because of insufficient dynamic exploration, they are not linking these defenses into the larger themes. The patient may be changing the topic because they are pulling for a supportive relationship where they just want to be heard and have a fire-place chat, and are therefore trying to get away from goal focused work. If we are too narrowly focused we just see the most pronounced aspect of the defense (changing the topic and diversifying). But if we zoom out and attend to the larger themes, we might see that the defense of changing the subject ties into a life-long pattern where the patient is constantly looking for comfort and self-soothing. ‘Self-soothing mode’ would in this case be the actual major column of defense, but we don’t see that if we are not able to zoom out and get the bigger picture, the bigger themes that the individual defenses are rooted in. 

Over the last year we’ve had a few discussions on the problems with the conceptualization of fragility. I sustain the value of the “systems of resistance” approach suggested by Jon Frederickson, where we have three distinct diagnostic categories (resistance, repression, fragility) that each need different treatment approaches. And you, on the other hand, have come to stress the underlying similarities behind these difficulties, arguing that the dividing of these categories might introduce more conceptual complexity than needed. Can you say something about where you stand regarding this right now? 
I am for whatever helps the patient, so if using this theoretical construct helps, I am for that. 

I do not see resistance as a stable trait. The person of the therapist, the therapist’s approach, the particular zone in the unconscious that is being approached, the nature of what the patient is resisting, the strength of the stimulus that is evoking feelings, the particular juncture of the treatment — all of this impacts the picture of resistance.

Systems of resistance

And again, in the spirit of being clear on what we mean by our terms: I have heard resistance being defined by how a patient avoids (eg. high resistance being defined by resistance to emotional closeness), and I have heard resistance defined in terms of level of collaboration and openness (eg. is this patient willing to work hard and be open about what’s going on inside?). I tend to find the latter understanding more helpful. 

The issue I have taken with the implication of the theoretical model you refer to (at least as you described it to me) is the notion that a fragile patient is somehow less defended than a patient with higher ego-adaptive capacity. Surely a fragile client will not have access to a certain class of defenses, but defending against feelings and real contact through distortions (splitting and projecting) is just another way of defending. In other words, regressive defenses still amount to ways of defending and distancing from undistorted feelings and undistorted three-dimensional others. 

The most helpful and accurate way of defining the level or degree of resistance that I have heard comes down to how invested a patient is in defending their own defenses once these defenses are pointed out. If memory serves, I first heard of this conceptualization from Patricia Coughlin

The client’s capacity will determine what kind of defenses the patient will have in their arsenal, but I disagree with the idea that a fragile client is somehow by default less defended. Less access to higher order defenses, certainly, but regressive defenses still constitute forms of resistance. 

Though it’s important to be clear with our metapsychology and have a firm grasp on the principles that guide our work, at the end of the day I think that being overly focused on these conceptual frameworks can detract from the work. 

My heart is in the trenches where it’s about the patient in front of me, the trainee in front of me, and I do not always find these sort of theoretical constructs helpful when it comes down to it, when it comes down to where the rubber hits the road. But if others do, that is fine by me. 

The ‘systems of resistance’ lens can be very useful. I have it in the back of my mind and sometimes it comes in handy. But generally I rely more on the model that breaks down formal defenses into either repressive or regressive, and then also looks at tactical defenses — where the tactical defenses are either free-floating or tied into a major resistance. But really, as long as we do not allow our theoretical maps to get in the way of connecting with the patient, I am for whatever gets the job done. 

Related to the above question, do you think there is one ISTDP or many ISTDPs? And do you think ISTDP should be further developed or is it at this point more important that we try and comprehend what Davanloo was offering? 
I am having a hard time connecting to this question. Davanloo spent his life developing this incredible way of working, and since none of us are a carbon copy of Davanloo (and few even in good standing with Davanloo), everyone is doing some adaptation of what they learned from Davanloo or Davanloo’s students. 

As long as we acknowledge that we are engaging in some form of adaptation of Davanloo’s work and that none of us are some final authority on his work, I think we are above board. Spending time thinking about who is and who is not doing ISTDP does not seem like time well spent, to my mind. 

We are all engaged in some adaptation, as far as I am concerned. I encourage people to bring their own personality into their work and to do what works. If that looks like classic ISTDP, great, and if not, also great. Pointless turf wars about who is the real deal and who is not do not appeal to me. 

You work hard to make ISTDP available to a broader audience through your youtube channel. What’s driving that? 
I think I offer something unique and feel strongly about making that available to those that are interested. 

What are you struggling with right now as a therapist? What’s your learning edge? 
With highly resistant patients, when it’s time to ramp up with peppered pressures and challenges, it’s important to be very precise about the major column of defense and to not allow much time between the interventions and to not allow the patient to interrupt the process with their defenses, so my growth edge at the moment is to be more crisp and firm and really hit the major column with the right pressures and challenges in a way that blocks every single patient response short of an unlocking. That’s where I could improve a bit. 

In September at the ISTDP Academy you’ll be speaking on the theme of defiance. Why this topic? What can we look forward to in the presentation? 
Defiance, and its flip-side — compliance — is a universally common defense, and it can be difficult to work with. You will see how I work with deep-seated defiance that is more or less conscious, and you will see how much I stress undoing the omnipotent transference resistance, which involves not doing more than my part and not watering down the head-on collisions

You will see a different way of “reaching for the patient” that ensures that I do not give the patient anything to defy. You will see a kind of inverted pressure. 

I will also show the working through phase, and parts of the termination session, to really demonstrate what character change looks like. 

Where do you see ISTDP going in 5-10 years? Where do you want it to go? 
I hope that it will be more widely accessible to a larger swath of therapists, and that those who rely on other methods can still make use of some of the principles of ISTDP. 

I imagine that there will always be the true believers and I hope that these people will engage the model in a way that includes their humanity and the ingredients I referred to when I spoke of the relational approach to ISTDP, and that there will be room for the ISTDP-informed therapist who enhance their work through aspects of ISTDP, short of the kind of immersion of the true believer. 

Over the years, we’ve done a number of interviews with ISTDP therapists and teachers here at ISTDP-sweden. Here are the latest ones:

ISTDP Academy hösten 2022

För tredje terminen i rad kör vi ett samarbete med vår systerförening i Danmark (Dansk Selskab for ISTDP, med syfte att anordna digitala kvällsföreläsningar om ISTDP. En uttalad ambition är att bjuda in presentatörer från Norden och andra delar av världen samt att visa på bredd i olika tillämpningar av ISTDP. Alla presentationer sker på engelska med undertexter på filmklippen. Föreläsningarna kommer ske via Zoom och ligger kvällstid kl 17.00-19.30

Höstens schema ser ut så här: 

  • Johannes Kieding (September 7th): Working with Conscious Defiance and Character Transformation
  • Beata Zaloga (October 5th): Working with fragile character structure.
  • Rudolf Bleuler (November 2nd): The Head-On-Collision
  • Nithya Kalyani (December 7th): Titel kommer.

Kostnaden är 1200 kr för alla fyra föreläsningarna för medlemmar i Svenska Föreningen för ISTDP. Är du ännu inte medlem i föreningen kan du bli det i samband med anmälan. Medlem i föreningen blir du här: Förutom medlemsskap krävs även att du genomgått den tre dagar långa introduktionsutbildningen precore, samt att du har legitimation eller är student i slutet av din utbildning på legitimationsgrundande utbildning.

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Johannes Kieding

Johannes KiedingI trained with Marvin Skorman, LMHC, from 2012 to 2021. Marvin was one of Dr. Davanloo’s right-hand men in the late 1980s. I supervise faculty at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and I work intermittently with Arizona State University by supervising their master’s level social work interns. My clinical approach aims to be very collaborative and relational while still addressing resistance head-on. After being sanctioned to teach by Marvin in 2017, I have been supervising others in both individual and group format. I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Davanloo and seeing his work in 2012 and again in 2013. I have a special interest in making ISTDP more accessible to a wider swath of clinicians by emphasizing the flexibility of the model. My idea of a good time is to sit close to an ocean, hearing the clucking and crashing of waves while reading a good book.

Beata Zaloga

Beata Zaloga: Psychiatrist, psychotherapist in ‘Laboratorium Psychoedukacji’ Training and Psychotherapy Institute, in Warsaw. She is a holder of certificates granted by Polish Association for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and European Association for Psychotherapy. She is the chair of the ISTDP Section in Polish Society for the Integration of Psychotherapy. She completed the training for ISTDP trainers organized by Jon Frederickson and ISTDP Institute in Norway. She has been practicing and teaching Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy in Laboratorium Psychoedukacji for about 10 years. Presently she works with adults in private practice, runs introductory courses and core trainings of ISTDP and is involved in supervision of ISTDP therapists.

Rudolf Bleuler

Rudolf Bleuler: Rudolf Bleuler is a Medical doctor, born in 1950, specialized in psychiatry and psychotherapy. He is the representative medical director of a psychiatric state hospital, and in private practice since 1987. Rudolf Bleuler trained with Dr. Davanloo for 24 years, and has had extended therapeutic self-experience with him. He is a founding member and teacher of the Swiss Association of IS-TDP, with 10 years as its president.

Nithya Kalyani

Nithya Kalyani: Nithya is a mental health practitioner with a background and training in Social Work, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and ISTDP (Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy). Nithya has been practicing, teaching and supervising as a psychotherapist for 15 years. Her focus and passion centers around creating responsive and compassionate therapeutic relationships, that enable each individual client to be the drivers of change and healing in their own lives.

Fysiska platser för att följa ISTDP Academy

I dagarna höll den nya styrelsen för ISTDP-föreningen sitt konstituerande styrelsemöte. Då bestämdes bland annat att vi vill erbjuda fysiska platser för att följa vårens digitala föreläsningsserie ISTDP Academy. Detta kommer att inledas nu om ett par veckor, den 6:e april, då John Rathauser ska presentera “Man in the wrong place: A case involving projection and syntonic defense”.

Skriv till kontaktpersonen nedan och anmäl dig om du vill sitta där. Du måste kunna visa bekräftelse på att du betalat för ISTDP Academy för att bli insläppt, så se till att köpa din biljett genom följande länk:

Fysiska platser

Malmö ISTDP-mottagning (Amiralsgatan, Malmö). Kontakt:

Nina Samtalsgruppen (Sankt Göransgatan, Stockholm). Kontakt:

Multiversum (Fogdevägen, Bagarmossen). Kontakt:

Aperire psykoterapi (Timmermansgatan, Uppsala). Kontakt:

Om du har en fysisk lokal där du kan ta emot ett gäng intresserade kan du maila till vår hemsideansvarige ( och meddela detta, så läggs informationen upp på den här sidan. Styrelsen kan sponsra den som vill arrangera en fysisk plats med pengar till lokalhyra och till att köpa in fika. Skriv till oss om du har ett förslag om att hyra lokal!