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Training Opportunities and Events

In addition to offering individual supervision, Dr. Coughlin provides various training options for licensed mental health professionals interested in mastering the theory and techniques of Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy.


Eight to twelve participants are required for a core training group to form. Core training involves a three-year commitment and includes four three-day intensive blocks of training and supervision each year. These trainings are approved by the International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association (IEDTA). All participants must be licensed mental health professionals currently treating adult patients.

  • Maintain a high level of focus

  • Develop an atmosphere of trust by displaying skill and competence and being a resource for patients and students

  • Build a collaborative alliance in which both participants give 100% of their effort to the task

  • Facilitate intense involvement, in which multiple modes of experience (cognitive, emotional, physical, and interpersonal) are facilitated and integrated

  • Keep anxiety and stress in the moderate range, alternating with periods of calm consolidation

  • Encourage profound moments of meeting by encouraging the removal of barriers to intimacy and closeness

  • Develop meaning and a coherent life narrative


Watch Dr. Coughlin's Introductory ISTDP Training Course For Therapists 

In addition to core training, which provides practitioners with a foundation in the theory and technique of ISTDP, a number of advanced training options are available for those who have successfully completed core training with Dr. Coughlin or any other IEDTA approved supervisor and trainer.

These options include:

  1. an advanced clinical group, for those interested in continuing to hone their technical skills;

  2. teacher training, for those interested in teaching the basics to others, whether in a University setting or in private training groups; and

  3. supervisory training for those who want to train and supervise other mental health professionals in the application of ISTDP in clinical populations. This supervision group includes training on how to run cohesive groups that optimize the learning environment.

Currently, Dr. Coughlin conducts training and supervision groups in New York, Australia, Denmark and Poland. Contact Dr. Coughlin if you are interested or want more information.

All supervised work must be videotaped. Those who live a distance from Albany have the option of sending tapes or DVDs of sessions to Dr. Coughlin so that supervision can take place via phone or Skype.

Seminars, Lectures, and Conferences

Seminars, Lectures, and Conferences

Conferences and training workshops are available around the world - see the list below.

2022 Trainings:

Core Group Training at Laboratorium - Warsaw, Poland

May 27-29, 2022 

Core Group Training at University Hospital - Aarhus, Denmark

June 16-18, 2022 

October 20-22, 2022

Israeli Supervision Group

March 28, 2022

June 13, 2022

August 22, 2022

November 21, 2022

Presentations and Seminars:

Full Day Webinar with Dr. Jonathan Entis on Understanding and Resolving Conflicts Regarding Emotional Closeness

May 18, 2022 - Registration and Information

In this one day webinar, Patricia Coughlin, PhD and Jonathan Entis, PhD will:

1. Review the concept of Resistance against Emotional Closeness,

2. Determine factors involved in its origin (character resistance or transference resistance),

3. Employ the head on collision and other interventions to turn the patient against these defenses, while bolstering the conscious and unconscious alliance.

Full Day In-Person Seminar on Understanding Complexity and Multiple Causation at Laboratorium - Warsaw, Poland

May 31, 2022 - Registration and Information

IEDTA International Conference - Venice, Italy

October 13-15, 2022 - Registration and Information

Full Day In-Person Seminar with Dr. Brian Kok on Alliance Rupture and Repair - Aarhus, Denmark

October 28, 2022 - Registration and Information

Full Day Webinar on Understanding and Resolving Sexual Conflicts with ISTDP

Sponsored by ISTDP San Diego

Registration Information Coming Soon

Trainee Success Stories

Helping trainees to learn ISTDP, while facilitating the development of their own unique voice and talents in the process, is something I am passionate about and committed to. Many of my former trainees have gone on to make significant contributions to the field in their own unique way (over 20 at last count!). My ability to develop people, and support the very best in them, is something that gives me great pride and satisfaction.

Here are but a few of my former trainees, now contributing significantly to the field:


“Jon Frederickson”

Jon has taken what I offered him and ran with it. He has become an exceptional ISTDP therapist, sought after teacher and supervisor, and writer. His book, Co-Creating Change, is an award winning and best selling text that has been a major contribution to our field. In addition to offering training to mental health professionals around the world, he created an ISTDP training program at the Washington School of Psychiatry and developed the ISTDP Institute, with a strong online presence.


“David Wolff”

Dr. Wolff has developed his own voice in the field of ISTDP. His authentic, engaged presence, as both a therapist and teacher/supervisor, is highly valued by all who encounter him. He combines a keen intellect and high level of emotional attunement ,with a tremendous sense of integrity that informs all his work. He has conducted teaching and supervision groups for Psychiatric residents at UCLA and USC, as well as conducting private group training for licensed practitioners. His ability to create a safe but challenging atmosphere in which to learn, while facilitating strong and cohesive groups is a special talent of his.


“Laura Mott”

Dr. Mott is a Danish Psychologist who owned and operated a major consulting firm for many years. Through our work together, she developed a new and highly effective method of coaching, called Intensive Dynamic Coaching. She has contributed to the fields of both clinical and organizational psychology in her writings and teaching. Recently retired from the company, she continues to offer therapy to patients, supervision to therapists and training to executive coaches.


“Jeff Katzman”

Dr Katzman is a passionate advocate and talented ambassador for the practice of ISTDP in the field of Psychiatry. He has energized an entire department, and draws residents to the training program at the University of New Mexico with his talent for teaching, and enthusiasm for providing transformational therapy to patients. His presentations are highly engaging, as he often uses movie clips to illustrate key points about unconscious functioning and process of therapeutic change. He has adapted ISTDP for use in the emergency service, and co-edited a special edition of Psychiatric Annals (November, 2013) dedicated solely to ISTDP.

Trainee Successes


"Dr. Patricia Coughlin has been a life-transforming experience. Her unswerving commitment to the learning process of each trainee creates an environment that is both safe and challenging, allowing her students to reach deeply held goals for learning and personal growth. In the often emotionally intense process of ISTDP training, her steadfast and dedicated teaching and supervision anchors the learning process within a wealth of clinical experience and theoretical expertise.”

— Tor Wennerberg, Clinical Psychologist and Author

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