ISTDP Australia

"Freud discovered the unconscious Davanloo has discovered how to use it therapeutically”. David Malan, 1980

Core Training in ISTDP – Europe

We are happy to announce a great opportunity for those living and working in Europe.

In 2023 we will start a three-year Core Training in Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) in Europe. One of the Blocks is scheduled to be in Lisbon, Portugal.

The teachers for this training are Julie Cochrane and Johanness Ermagan. Also, Jon Frederickson will be a guest teacher for some late Blocks.

Two Blocks a year will be held in person in one of the European countries, and two Blocks are entirely online. However, if you wish to attend all four Blocks a year online, you are welcome to do so.

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A three-year course provides training in the theory, technique and research of Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP); a method of treatment that is receiving increasing empirical support as both clinically effective across a wide spectrum of patients and as highly cost-effective. To be effective, very specific training in ISTDP is involved.

This three-year training program is designed for mental health professionals seeking expertise in the method of Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy

During this course, you will receive didactic lectures, watch the videotaped work of the trainers demonstrating the effective use of the technique with their own patients, participate in role plays to demonstrate the application of the technique, participate in skills-building exercises, show your own work for supervision and participate in the group process.

You will be taught how to use the principles of Deliberate Practice to review your own videos, between trainings and supervisions, to facilitate progress and are encouraged to spend a minimum of one hour per week reviewing your videos.

Readings and individual learning goals will be assigned for each block of training.

Eligibility Criteria

A currently registered mental health professional at all times during enrolment in the Core Training such as:
– Registered psychotherapist
– Psychiatrist
– MD
– Clinical psychologist

The capacity to video record therapy sessions with at least three adult or older adolescent patients


A three-year commitment is required for participation in this course. While your own psychotherapy is not a requirement, it is encouraged.

Want to know more or apply for this training, email us now

Trainers & Supervisors

Julie Cochrane is a Clinical Psychologist who has been practicing ISTDP for over 25 years, introducing it to Australia. She is certified by both The ISTDP Insitute and the InternaBonal ExperienBal Dynamic Therapy AssociaBon (IEDTA) to teach and supervise ISTDP. She completed Core Training and Advanced Training in Stockholm, Sweden, and has also completed a 3.5-year teacher training course in ISTDP.

Julie is the Director of Dynamic Psychotherapy in Carlton (Melbourne), which has over 26 therapists fully trained, or in training, in ISTDP and offers individual therapy to adults, adolescents and children, and couples therapy.

Julie teaches and supervises ISTDP in Australia and internationally, including mental health professionals in New Zealand, India, Iran, Israel, Lebanon, Malaysia, Portugal and Turkey.

Johannes Ermagan is a clinical psychologist from Sweden working in a psychiatric outpatient setting where the majority of patients are on the fragile spectrum. Johannes has many years of experience of practicing ISTDP all in the psychiatric environment and is teaching and supervising ISTDP in Sweden and internationally.

Jon Frederickson, MSW, is on the faculty of the Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) Training Program at the Washington School of Psychiatry. Jon has provided ISTDP training in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Poland, Italy, Switzerland, India, Iran, Australia, Canada, the U.S., and the Netherlands.

He is the author of over fifty published papers and four books, Co-Creating Change: Effective Dynamic Therapy Techniques, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Learning to Listen from Multiple Perspectives, The Lies We Tell Ourselves, and Co-Creating Safety: healing the fragile patient. His book, Co-Creating Change, won the first prize in psychiatry in 2014 at the British Medical Association Book Awards, and it has been published in Farsi, Polish, and Slovak, and is currently being translated into Hebrew and Spanish. His book The Lies We Tell Ourselves has been published in Polish, Farsi, Norwegian, and Danish, and is currently being translated into German.

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