Core Training – Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP)

The new edition of Core Training starts on March 14, 2020.

For psychotherapists, psychologists and psychiatrists

ISTDP (Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy) is an approach whose worldwide acknowledgment is constantly increasing. It enables achieving permanent change in psychological structure within a relatively short period of time. ISTDP is an evidence-based therapeutic approach confirmed by vast body of research.

We offer advanced training that grants qualifications for using ISTDP in clinical practice. The graduation certificate is issued by ISTDP Institute in Washington DC.

The new edition of Core Training will begin on 14th March 2020. In order to sign up please send your application to

Training program

First year of the training is focused on principles of ISTDP and practicing skills enabling establishing and maintaining effective work with all kinds of patients.

Second year is devoted to working with patients with fragile ego, depressed and somatising. Participants will learn how to work through defences of somatisation, projection and externalisation and build observing ego, identify and restructure defence mechanisms.

Third year of training refers to skills necessary to work with highly resistant patients. The teaching will focus on interventions referring to high superego pathology, character defences and transference resistance.

The training is designed to not only learn more, but also be able to do more, to become more effective as a psychotherapist. This is facilitated by devoting one hour of each day of training to process and assimilate feelings and group reactions to presented material, group and supervision experience.

Supervision implies watching, analysing and learning from video recordings of sessions conducted by supervisees. It is important to start bringing videotapes of own psychotherapeutic work from the very beginning of training. Initially participants tend to be afraid of doing this and it is a natural reaction since video recording and discussing work is still not common in the field of psychotherapy. Thus, participants are asked to remember that the main task is not only to learn from each other, but also build culture of empathy towards each other as people who are in the process of learning. Compassion, understanding and honesty present in the group will also be brought in to our work with patients. Before you enter the training, ask yourself whether you would like to treat yourself and your training fellows with empathy and understanding?

Jon Frederickson

Our teachers

Jon Frederickson
Supervisor, psychotherapist, university teacher, author of over 20 papers on psychoanalytic psychotherapy and short term dynamic psychotherapy, among them “Co-Creating Change: Effective Dynamic Therapy Techniques”. Founder of ISTDP Institute in Washington D.C.

Patricia Coughlin
Dr. Patricia Coughlin is a clinical psychologist with over 30 years of professional experience, therapist, teacher and writer committed to facilitating deep and lasting healing for her patients and training therapists to do the same. Her work integrates the theoretical understanding of normal and pathological development and incorporates the latest findings from psychotherapy research and neuroscience in order to elucidate techniques of proven effectiveness. Further, these techniques are woven into a coherent model of treatment known as Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP).

Tobias Nordqvist
Clinical psychologist and ISTDP therapist. He works at his private practice in Stockholm and teaches at several universities in Sweden. He also runs ISTDP core groups in Stockholm and Göteborg.

Beata Załoga
Psychiatrist, psychotherapist in Laboratorium Psychoedukacji. She holds psychotherapist certificates granted by Polish Association of Psychoanalytical 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. She has been practicing and teaching Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy in Laboratorium Psychoedukacji for over ten years. Presently, she teaches at introductory courses and Core Trainings of ISTDP.


ISTDP Core Training lasts 3 years and consists of 36 training days, divided into workshops (1-3 days). The course is conducted in English with consecutive translation to Polish.

In order to apply please send your CV to Laboratorium Psychoedukacji:

Price: entry fee 890 EUR, tuition fee 8380 EUR

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