Core Training in ISTDP

The Core Training in ISTDP program is a three-year course, with your commitment to the program renewable annually and dependent on your progress and attendance. Training spots are available for people in Year 1, Year 2 or Year 3 of their training. The program consists of two components:

1) Didactic Training is comprised of twelve (12) meetings per year where the core concepts (theory) of ISTDP will be discussed with the aid of video recordings from actual ISTDP sessions along with role plays and other training exercises. As the training group is ideally kept to a minimum (max 6 people), there is ample opportunity for questions and discussion to ensure that you fully understand each component.

You will not be permitted to audio or video record any aspect of these meetings due to the nature of material being presented and the need for confidentiality of patient information. You will be provided with the teaching material (e.g., PowerPoint slides) and an outline of the contents of the Core Training Program. Costs of attending the Didactic Training days (e.g., airfares, transfers, accommodation) are in addition to the fees for Core Training and are the responsibility of each trainee.

2) Practical Training is provided in a group setting and also consists of 12 meetings per year. You are required to present video of actual treatment sessions from your practice where you apply ISTDP principles/techniques. Therefore, patients will need to have consented to the use of their treatment for your training purposes. The video recording can be provided on a secure SD Card, USB Stick, or an external USB Hard Drive (all formatted to Mac OS X or exFat), or via DropBox. The practical training is typically conducted in a smaller group (3 people per group) depending on numbers, but participants are welcome to attend all groups as an observer. At a minimum, you must present at least once case per meeting.

Advanced Training in ISTDP

The Advanced Training in ISTDP program is offered on an ongoing basis to health professionals who have completed Core Training in ISTDP. The structure is similar to Core Training in ISTDP, but the Practical Training is more comprehensive. The Practical Training is offered either on an individual basis or in a group format with other advanced trainees. Each consultation is 60 minutes (not 30 minutes) and you are required to bring a range of cases over the course of the training with people classified on both the Resistant Spectrum and the Fragile Spectrum.

Dates for the 2025 Core Training/Advanced Training in ISTDP Program are to be set late 2024/early 2025.

Online or In Person

All training is conducted online (via Zoom), but opportunity for in-person attendance in Glen Iris (Melbourne) can be scheduled for local trainees. Members of the training program are required to attend all components of the training (i.e., didactic and practical).

The training is led by Dr Dion Nowoweiski with additional contributions from experienced ISTDP practitioners when available.

The dates for the annual training blocks are determined at the beginning of the calendar year (and are subject to change). Participants must be registered health care professionals and transfers from a different core training program may be considered. You must be able to video record your clinical work and to present this work for review purposes in order to attend core training. If you are interested in this training opportunity, please contact Dr Dion Nowoweiski and send your Curriculum Vitae.

2025 Fees: Core Training/Advanced Training in ISTDP Program fees will be available in December 2024.

2025 Dates: Core Training/Advanced Training in ISTDP Program dates will be set late 2024/early 2025.

Internet-based ISTDP Consultations

As an IEDTA certified Teacher/Supervisor, Dr Dion Nowoweiski also provides individual and group consultations to other ISTDP therapists. An “ISTDP consult” is available to any registered mental health professional with internet access and a webcam who has access to a broadband internet connection and a computer with a webcam (basically any reasonable computer purchased in the last 5 years). You need to have permission to video record at least one or two cases for consultation purposes. This is because consultations in ISTDP are conducted by reviewing the moment-to-moment interventions and responses of actual therapy sessions, rather than simply discussing cases from a theoretical perspective alone.

If you would like more information or to discuss commencing internet-based ISTDP consult, please contact Dr Dion Nowoweiski