Specialty Applications

These hands-on experiential workshops provide a range of further practical training opportunities for using IDT with different client sectors. The two-day special application workshops apply IDT to particular aspects of selected professional interest. By the end of a two-day workshop, participants will be able to apply IDT to match the client’s particular degree of capability as well as earning you professional development points.


Using IDT with Children and Adolescents:

Child grassChildren and adolescents have different developmental capacities, and therefore require us to modify our use of IDT from the way that we work with adults. (Similar modifications can also be required when we find ourselves working with age-regressed adult clients). This course maps the key developmental stages of the young person, and provides guidelines for matching our IDT interventions with the child’s readiness and capabilities.


Couples & Family Work:

Using our basic IDT methodology with individuals tends to take them down into personal matters, and often into the past. Using that same IDT schema in a dyadic or family context will often dig up old family hurts and risk generating another round of accusation and defence, or regress the clients back into pre-couple times. We therefore need toYoung Family hiking use the IDT page in quite a different way when working with couples and families.

IDT-based Couples and Family work uses jointly-constructed visual metaphors to reframe conflict, generate insight, and start a spontaneous and remarkable process of collaborative conflict resolution and decision-making. This two-day workshop provides new tools for working with the various ‘couples’ that co-exist in a family situation.


Group Work:

The basic IDT method (taught in our Foundation Course) is designed to take the individual client into their inner world, whereas a ‘group client’ generally requires us to address matters of collective intent in the clients outer world.

Marathon runnersYou will leave this workshop with increased confidence and heaps of practical IDT skills that can be used during a group session and across the life of an ongoing group. IDT has a unique capacity for making groups more effective. Specifically this workshop will use IDT to address issues of group culture; contracting; multiple agendas; conflict and safety; differences in the level of participant readiness; group dynamics as well as issues of leadership and counter-transference.


IDT Supervision:

Storks nestThis two-day workshop outlines the unique aspects of using IDT in supervision (for both supervisor and supervisee), and covers strategies for Supervisor-led groups, Peer group supervision, One-to-one supervision, and Self-supervision. Participants are invited to bring drawings and case-notes of two current cases to share with the class. Please note that these IDT Supervision workshops are experiential and remain focussed around IDT practice, and will include matters of contract, counter-transference and transparency. This workshop is designed to supplement your ongoing regular supervision, not replace it.



What Previous Workshop Participants Say:

“These days are about speaking the same language, focusing on nitty-gritty aspects of practice. My practice around working with clients in T1 has deepened and I’m more fearless. My practice has improved tremendously. Extremely useful”

“The professional workshops are extremely valuable for a number of reasons: they help me to polish up on the various techniques and theories behind IDT (like oiling a bike); by being both the counsellor and the client when practicing at the workshop, they encourage me to reflect on my own practice and my own life; they give me new food for thought and plenty of Aha! Moments with reference to the work with my clients and my personal life; invariably I find them enriching and confidence-building”

“These professional series days are outstanding. They are searching, resourceful, somewhat demanding, but very rewarding. They keep me in touch with IDT, really enthuse and up-skill me, and I find I am doing more and more IDT work with clients. My skills and confidence are being enhanced”