About The Institute for ISTDP Training

The Institute for ISTDP Training and Research is a community of people who feel a calling to alleviate human suffering to build healthier communities.  We try to do this by helping people achieve their full potential through psychotherapy, psychotherapy training, and supervision.  We value personal integrity, commitment to excellence, and compassion for self and others.  Although the model of therapy we practice is intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy, we are not here to “fossilize” it, but rather to co-create the integrative therapy of the future.   We believe that the final answers of psychotherapy have not been found.  That’s why this community is “a place that keeps the questions open.”

If you are interested in being part of such a community, please join our webinars, trainings, conferences, blogs, and live community exchanges.  We are here to help you help others.


Jon FredericksonJon Frederickson, MSW is co-chair of the ISTDP Training Program at the Washington School of Psychiatry where he has been on the faculty since 1988.  He was previously chair of the Supervision Training Program and the Advanced Psychotherapy Training Program at the Washington School of Psychiatry as well as chair of their Faculty Clinical Council.

He is also chair of the Norwegian ISTDP Training Program, Co-chair of the Italian Core Training Program sponsored by the Italian EDT Society, and faculty of the ISTDP Training Program at the Laboratorium Psychoedukacji in Warsaw, Poland.

He has published over twenty five articles and book chapters as well as two books.  He has presented videotaped examples of his clinical work in the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Poland, Italy, Great Britain, Lebanon, Dubai, India, Australia, and throughout the United States.  Among the highlights of his presentations have been several at Oxford University at St. Johns College and Magdalen College, and at UCLA. 

Before he became a therapist, Jon was a professional musician for a number of years.  When he became a therapist he was struck by a big difference between therapy and music.  Music is taught in a far more structured, organized, and systematic fashion to help musicians develop practical performing skills so they can create great art.  Jon’s lifetime goal has been to learn to teach therapy as well as his music teachers taught music.

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