Course Information

Foundation Course

Days: 2 x 2 days (total of 4 days)

Price: AUD$700 + GST

“We continue to be delighted, excited and amazed at the wide use and effects of IDT with our clients in the Mental Health setting.”

“I am using IDT more and more in my work as a social worker and loving the results for the clients.  Thank you.”

“Great, like a breath of fresh air.  Very creative, I love the visual element.  Unlocks things I didn’t expect.”

“IDT feels so respectful in the way you follow the client; its feels safe and non-threatening.” 


The course has been excellent, very practical tools to use working with kids.
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In order to get a handle on IDT quickly and efficiently, do you suggest an advanced course OR professional development?
It is up to each applicant to assess their readiness and suitability for IDT training. IDT training contains both didactic and experiential components and you will regularly be pairing up to practice (in both client and counsellor roles) the topic at hand. When in the client role you will be doing real ‘work’, so we encourage all IDT trainees to engage in extra therapy and/or supervision sessions to assist you prepare and process matters that the course might bring up. Although IDT courses are carefully structured and designed to maximise your learning in a safe B118and supportive way, there is always the possibility that a participant is not ready for experiential training that might touch on traumatic matters, or access disturbing unconscious material. Please read the two 2006 articles by Russell Withers on IDT (see website) and discuss your concerns with your counsellor and supervisor before enrolling if you suspect you might have difficulties. In class, we rely on you to take care of your own safety by simply saying “pass” or “No thanks” if the class is having a sharing round or you are invited to participate in a role play. The IDT Unit One contains effective tools for helping a client if they become overwhelmed, and we will be teaching these as part of the curriculum. IDT training is essentially educational, and does not offer opportunity for individuals who are currently looking for sustained therapeutic support. Because the teacher has to look after the whole class and move ahead with the programme, they usually do not have the time to give ongoing personal attention to distressed class members. Please speak to the teacher in the breaks if you are finding the course too much at this time.
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