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Therapist Events 2018

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Other Events

We hold a number of other events and training courses:

Experiential Dynamic Therapy Core Training – May 2018

Introduction to Experiential Dynamic Therapy (EDT) – Jan 2019

Experiential Dynamic Therapy core group training
Birmingham, 2018

With Dr Jessica Bolton
Consultant Clinical Psychologist, IEDTA accredited Experiential Dynamic Therapist, Supervisor & Trainer
& Dr Angela Cooper
Clinical Psychologist, ISTDP Therapist & IEDTA Supervisor in training

This is a 3 year core group training course starting in May 2018.

As trainers we aim to embody and encourage an ethos of lifelong learning whilst helping our trainees strive for clinical excellence. Working with human difficulties is a complex task and complex models of therapy are needed. EDT as a whole is an amalgamation of many theoretical models in one, to enable you to work with a broad spectrum of complexity. This makes it both rewarding and challenging to learn at the same time. This challenge is normal, healthy and unavoidable. As trainers we have been in your position and continue to be challenged daily! In this training, we aim to welcome and face into the many challenges along this learning journey whilst maintaining compassion for self and others throughout.

In this EDT core training program me, we teach EDT theory, technique and practice to help you:Develop and fulfil your potential

The accredited course lasts for three years and consists of

Cost of the course is £2200 per year.
We will invoice you on receipt of your application as we require an initial payment to hold your place. We offer 3 payment options – full payment, payment in two halves or monthly payments of £220. Any of these three payments are acceptable to hold your place on the course.

For more information or to apply please send your CV and covering letter to


Introduction to Experiential Dynamic Therapy (EDT)
January 2019, Birmingham, UK

This is an exciting 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:  Thrive; Station Road, Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield, B73

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

For more information or to apply please contact