Core Training in ISTDP




Dr. Robin L. Kay's IEDTA certified
Core Training Program will provide a strong education in ISTDP and AB-ISTDP in a learning environment which is collegial and encouraging. 


This Core Training Program will provide clinicians an opportunity to learn the theoretical and technical application of this empirically validated treatment modalityISTDP. 

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Type of Core Training Offered: IEDTA-certified Core Training in ISTDP and Attachment-Based ISTDP (AB-ISTDP)

Other Types of Training Offered: In addition to Core Training, I offer individual and small group supervision in person and over the internet. I also offer theoretical and clinical seminars, workshops, immersion courses, and conferences on a wide variety of topics in mental health and human behavior. 

Learning Objectives

The Core Training Program is intended to achieve at least two goals:

  • To train psychotherapists to achieve excellence in ISTDP
  • To create a peer network that promotes constructive collaboration between ISTDP and EDT psychotherapists

Core Training fundamentals will include the following teaching modalities: 

  • Interactive lectures that invite trainee questions, reactions and participation
  • Role-playing, skill building exercises and other active learning techniques
  • Studying video-recorded cases representing increasing levels of complexity
  • Individual supervision, at least some of which will occur in the group setting
  • Analysis of video-recorded cases presented by trainers and trainees 

Program Structure: Lessons and Practical Activities

Theoretical Components

  • Case formulation and treatment planning
  • Understanding and Managing Triangle of Conflict and the Triangle of Persons
  • Building, Bolstering and Maintaining a Therapeutic Alliance
  • Evaluating Achievements (of Trainees and Patients and goal setting in response to same)
  • Recognizing Feeling, Anxiety and Defense and associated interventions
  • Theory and Practice of Restructuring Ego Adaptive Capacity
  • Assessing patient's regulation of emotions
  • Uncovering patient's impulses, guilt, grief, and access to past trauma
  • Working through and promoting cognitive affective integration (post-breakthrough)
  • Termination and follow-up

Practical Components

  • Review and analysis of the Certified Supervisor’s video-recorded sessions
  • Review and supervision of video segments from each trainee’s psychotherapy sessions (at least 2 cases for each trainee)
  • Gradual transition from theoretical training and analysis of supervisor video segments to supervision of trainees’ video material
  • Individual or group training throughout the program determined by the needs of the individual and the group
  • Role-playing, skill building exercises and the encouragemnet of disciplined practice
  • Audio recording of non-confidential material will be available to trainees 


Format of Training (including duration and frequency)

Core training includes didactic presentations on theory and technique, readings, PowerPoint presentations, group supervision, and skill building exercises. Each member of the group must be willing to show a video tape of their work during each training session. The core group runs for 3 years. Each training group will either meet once a month for 9-10 months, 7-8 hours/day, on a Saturday or Sunday or the training group will meet for 4 training sessions per year (usually weekend modules) totaling 12 total training modules for the three-year program.

Cost:  Contingent upon type of training.

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