Introduction to ISTDP / EDT

Introduction to Experiential Dynamic Therapy (EDT) / Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP)

Early 2019, Birmingham, UK

Dr Jessica Bolton
Consultant Clinical Psychologist, IEDTA accredited Experiential Dynamic Therapist, Supervisor & Trainer

Dr Ricky Barrows
Clinical Psychologist, ISTDP Therapist & Trainer

Register here to apply and for more information

This is an exciting 3-day learning experience, focusing on a range of techniques involved in this highly effective type of therapy.  The course involves theoretical teaching, a range of video case material, and skill development exercises.  It also provides participants with therapeutic and practical resources.

This course:

  • Supports therapists to improve their therapeutic relationships and outcomes irrespective of their model
  • Helps therapists prepare for undertaking a core training in an EDT / ISTDP

Suitable for all mental health and psychological health care practitioners, it brings together experiential and intensive dynamic techniques, attachment theory and neuroscientific research, and compliments the skill set of practitioners using different psychological therapies.

Previous participants have said:

“Incredibly flexible and responsive as a training event. Truly inspiring. It was a joy and a privilege.” Consultant Clinical Psychologist

“…the focus on the theory was brilliant and really important – a really good balance between developing skills and understanding why these skills really help people – from a theoretical perspective. Really good group size, great atmosphere which really encouraged conversation, reflections and questions.” Clinical Psychologist, training to be an EDT therapist.

“The strategies and techniques I learnt on the three day intensive course has helped me to achieve a better focus with my clients.  It was also particularly useful in helping me to use greater precision in empowering individuals to identify defences and turn against them. Thank you again for a really enjoyable and valuable few days” Clinical Psychologist, no previous training in EDTs.

Specific learning objectives include:

Developing competency in

  • Facilitating identification and expression of feeling – physiological aspects, cognitive labelling and being present with action tendencies / impulses.
  • Assessing conscious and unconscious anxiety & how and when to regulate anxiety
  • Recognizing and relinquishing defenses

Improvement in these areas can make a huge difference to the success of the work we do.  As you may have experienced – working with a client who has a clear focus and mobilized will can be half the battle won.  But more often than not, clients have a more vague and shifting focus which can disrupt the sessions significantly.  By enabling skill development in these areas within a safe, supportive learning environment, you can develop your ability to co-engage the client in the task, which in turn enables more direct effective interventions targeted at the specific problem, in the context of a healthy alliance.

Suggested reading:

Frederickson, J (2013). Co-creating Change: effective dynamic therapy.  Seven Leaves Press.

Abbass, A. (2015) Reaching Through the Resistance. Seven Leaves Press.


Venue:  EmotiHealth Ltd, 50 Newhall Street, Birmingham, B3 3RJ

Cost: £500, £450 IEDTA members, £400 students

For more information and to apply please register here.


  • Pre-course reading list
  • All course participants have access to our resource area on here where you will find handouts, presentations and questionnaires to use with your clients.
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