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Mastering the ISTDP Trial Therapy: Reaching through Resistance

3-day masterclass by dr. Allan Abbas

online masterclass 17:00 - 23:59 at Leidseplein 5, Amsterdam
€ 500,-
online masterclass 17:00 - 23:59 at Leidseplein 5, Amsterdam

RINO amsterdam | Leidseplein 5 | Amsterdam

Davanloo’s Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) begins with an intensive and comprehensive evaluation and treatment session called the Trial Therapy. The trial therapy allows you to establish both a conscious and unconscious therapeutic alliance, gather a complete history of problem areas, past and present relationships, and related medical and social factors, while evaluating your client’s response to a session of ISTDP. By the end of the interview, both therapist and client should have information about the suitability of this treatment and what format of treatment may be most beneficial.

Using video cases that influenced Reaching-through Resistance, Dr Allan Abbass will provide a 3-day immersion course to study of the full spectrum of patients who can benefit from ISTDP. This course will detail the metapsychology of the ISTDP approach, how to initiate the process, how to assess systems of resistance and levels of anxiety, how to build capacity, how to mobilize the unconscious therapeutic alliance, and how to process complex feelings with patients.

If you are newer to ISTDP or are in current EDT Core training or supervision, this course will be a rich learning experience that will integrate your skills and deepen your understanding of ISTDP. Dr Abbass is a world renown master ISTDP teacher, researcher and author who takes complex material and breaks it down to make it easier to learn and applicable to your psychotherapy practices.


The main objective is to provide knowledge of this treatment system that you can use to inform your current psychotherapy practice. It will cover the following areas:

  • Overview of Metapsychology of the Unconscious
  • Overview of the spectrum of suitable patients with videotape illustrations
  • Psychodiagnostic assessment to determine manifestations of anxiety and resistances
  • Nature of interventions including pressure, challenge, and head-on-collision with resistance
  • Manifestations of the Unconscious Therapeutic Alliance
  • Timing and types of interventions
  • Various forms of Unlocking of the Unconscious

Target audience

  1. those who are in an ISTDP or EDT Core training or supervision program,
  2. those who have previously completed an ISTDP/EDT Core training program,
  3. trainers,
  4. Colleagues of all of these 3 groups who will attend the immersion while physically being present in the same room.

Practical information

The masterclass is taught by Allan Abbass via an online stream broadcasted at the RINO amsterdam at Leidseplein 5. Note that it's not possible to attend this course online from another location due to the sensitive nature of the course material.


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