FAQs

Approximately how much time do I need to allow for the “homework” assignments, with self and with clients, for each unit?
The IDT Foundation Course has a section on one-to-one client sessions (4x 30minute sessions) with a brief comment on each. Secondly, there is a self-therapy session (4x 30minute sessions) with a brief comment on each section. On this basis, allow approximately 6 hours. Note that you are able to complete the assignments within your own time frame. Some participants elect to complete assignments immediately, and others take much longer. Assignments are done post-course, and we have allowed four hours all-up per unit for this additional time.
Are the assignments difficult?
No. They are practical, and include a written description. The purpose is to help you reflect on your use of IDT.
Are there any IDT academic publications?
Yes.  IDT has been published in academic journals presented at international conferences. Please see the ABOUT section of the websties for links to published articles 
Are there any prerequisites to the Foundation course?
Unit One must be completed before Unit Two. These two units can be attended at different venues by different teachers. Enrolment in the IDT Foundation Course presumes participants have a mature level of interpersonal competency, good communication skills, a working understanding of counselling frameworks, and are able to put their own needs and preoccupations aside while they attend supportively to their partner during class exercises. Participants of the IDT Foundation Course include both professional “helpers” and volunteers from a wide range of professions.
Are there any prerequisites to the Foundation course?
Unit One must be completed before Unit Two. These two units can be attended at different venues by different teachers. Enrolment in the IDT Foundation Course presumes participants have a mature level of interpersonal competency, good communication skills, a working understanding of counselling frameworks, and are able to put their own needs and preoccupations aside while they attend supportively to their partner during class exercises. Participants of the IDT Foundation Course include both professional “helpers” and volunteers from a wide range of professions.
Are there any pre-requisites to the Foundation Course?
No. But it is presumed participants have a mature level of interpersonal competency, a working knowledge of helping frameworks, and an ability to put their needs aside while attending to others.
Can I attend if I have a disability?
Most venues that we use are accessable by wheelchairs, but we advise checking as thi sis not possible for all locations. Participants are generally seated for the duration of each day – in the whole group, pairs and small groups (see previous question above). A degree of stretching could be incurred when moving your chair, or holding up the client’s drawing. If you have any questions please discuss the situation, in confidence, with the IDT Office.
Can I enrol if I am not currently working in the field?
Yes. We have a number of course participants that are students, volunteers, or looking for a new direction.
Can I pay by credit card over the phone?
No. For legal and security reasons we do not take credit card details over the phone. However our website uses paypal, an internationally recognised and secure line payment system which accepts credit cards.
Can I secure a place on a course while I wait for funding?
No. All registrations automatically generate an invoice. Early registration is recommended.
Can I transfer my enrolment to a different date?
Yes. But there is an administration fee of $50.
Can you tell me whether once trained in this therapy, are there jobs?
Interactive Drawing Therapy Ltd provides training in the IDT modality to a whole range of professionals employed in the “helping” field. Participants to IDT training are learning about the modality and how to use it to add to their existing knowledge and for use in their own work with clients. IDT is an effective tool to add to the skills you already have and in this way you may find it invaluable in your work. Attending and completing IDT courses does not guarantee you employment but will complement your existing skill set. IDT does not offer a basic training in counselling skills, but supplementary tools to add to your repertoire. Different market sectors need different sorts of training.
Could you please clarify what the IDT assignments are: practicum (observe & practice with coach/peers) or homework?
All IDT courses and workshops have hands-on post-course assignments. These contain simple experiential activities, designed to help you build confidence and some success in working with IDT at your current level of training. The Foundation Course assignments are generic and not targeted at specific or particular needs clients. Participants are free to ‘do’ their assignments alone or in groups. Foundation Course graduates are encouraged to join or form a local IDT Peer Support Group where they can meet and develop their IDT skills. Assignments are not marked or commented upon. We simply want you to give them a go. ‘Using IDT when working with Children and Adolescents’ is a special two-day workshop for Foundation Course graduates. It also contains a few simple assignments.
Do I need to have completed the Foundation Course assignments before enrolling in further IDT training?
You need to have participated in the full four-day Foundation Course, but it is not necessary for you to have completed the assignments in order to enrol in subsequent courses. Whilst the assignments aim to help consolidate your learning, they are not mandatory for enrolling in subsequent courses, – except for the Teacher training Programme which requires all assignments to be completed.
Does IDT issue a certificate of course completion?
An IDT certificate is issued on receipt of your assignments.
Does the counsellor interpret the client’s drawings for them?
No. The counsellor helps the client see things from different perspectives.
Does the Foundation Course contain practicum – such as working with children/adolescents?
All IDT courses/workshops have hands-on assignments. The Foundation Course assignments are generic and therefore not targeted at specific clients. Foundation Course graduates are welcome to enroll in the two-day Specialty Application workshops such as “Using IDT with Children and Adolescents”.
Has research been carried out that supports the effectiveness of IDT?
Yes.  Please see our ABOUT section for a list of articles on IDT that have been published in academic journals
How can I pay?
Payment options are Paypal (Visa or Credit Card), direct credit into our bank account, or post a cheque.
How do I know if my enrolment has been received?
You will receive within a week, an invoice and confirmation of registration. If you haven’t heard, please contact us by email.
How do I know if places are still available on courses?
If the workshop is advertised on our website, there will be spaces available.
How does IDT relate to other modalities? How similar or different is IDT from Art Therapy?
IDT differs significantly from traditional art therapy. Although IDT works with ‘pages of imagery’ as a central part of its technique, it is not interested in art-making and does not employ graphic techniques to enhance creativity or self-expression. Several art therapists who have attended IDT courses report that IDT provides a structure that was missing in their earlier training. You might like to read about Allan Schore, an American neuroscience researcher whose findings validate a lot of IDT principles. The IDT therapeutic process follows the client’s natural path from “left-brain processed and surface-level ” issues to “right-brain processed and deeper-level ” issues. Cognitive-behavioural practices tend to suit left-brained, surface- level issues, and psychoanalytic practices tend to suit deeper land work, so the IDT schema can be used alongside many other therapies.
How long until I can use IDT with clients?
You will be able to use IDT with clients on completion of Unit One.
How widespread is the use of IDT?
IDT has over 8000 enrolments since 1992, has run courses and workshops in 5 countries and has been presented at conferences around the world. (See Applications on About IDT)
I am a qualified Art Therapist working with a variety of clientele – aged care, parents, private psychiatric hospital and with children. I am interested in your Children and Adolescents training course however, I am not sure whether your pre-requisite Fou
IDT differs quite markedly from Art Therapy, and we have had quite a few overseas-trained and qualified art therapists do both our IDT Foundation and Advanced Course training, (with some of them now qualified as IDT teachers). IDT has no interest in art-making, aesthetics, design, unstructured emotional expression, meaning-making or psychoanalytic interpretation. Refer to the publication section of this website for more published articles relating to Interactive Drawing Therapy. I am confident you will find your investment in the IDT Foundation Course training will provide you with powerful new tools of excellent value and unique content.
I am a teacher and interested in IDT. Is it necessary that one is a Counsellor/Social Worker/Artist for IDT training to be of value?
People attending the IDT Foundation Course come from a wide range of professions including teachers. Other than normal interpersonal competency there are no formal prerequisites required to attend an IDT Foundation Course. As a teacher, you will already be experienced in communication skills and have an in-depth understanding of the “helping” relationship. As a professional teacher you will ‘fit in’ well with the class participants. The 4-day Foundation Course will give you practical tools for working with students, and our follow-up 2-day Children and Adolescents workshop will guide you to work in a more focused way with each age group. It is quite not uncommon for some participants to feel a degree of uncertainty about their suitability for IDT training. We know from course evaluations that 98% complete IDT training with confidence and enthusiasm for the use of IDT in their work.
I have a back problem which prevents me from sitting for long periods of time, so will need to stand up, stretch, and perhaps move a little from time to time (probably every 1 or 2 hours). Will I be able to do this without disturbing the other participant

You cannot miss any of the training days as the course is densely packed and it could be disruptive for the other course participants, however we were always moving to practice with new people or for well scheduled breaks. If required you can stand at the back of the class for periods.

I would like to enrol in an IDT course. Will I be refunded if I have to cancel close to the course start date due to family or health circumstances?
The policy regarding a cancellation is set out in the IDT Terms & Conditions accessible on the IDT website.
If I enrol with a number of colleagues, is there a discount available?
Yes. Please contact the office by email to discuss this.
If, during IDT training, personal issues come up for me, how will I be supported?
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.
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.
Is artistic ability required to work with IDT?
No. IDT requires no artistic talent, graphic skills or drawing ability.
Is IDT different from Art Therapy?
Art Therapy is a broad field, IDT has similarities and differences to some schools of Art Therapy. IDT has no interest in art-making, aesthetics, design or psychoanalytical interpretation.
Is it important to use crayons?
There are advantages in using crayons, but IDT can be used with any drawing materials.
Is morning and afternoon tea provided?
Yes. Lunch is not included.
Is there a ‘refresher’ course on offer?
Yes. In 2015 IDT is running a series of one day Refresher courses for the IDT Foundation Course. However all courses are available to be atteneded again, and we have reduced the fees as an incentive.
Is there a logical sequence for courses?
The Foundation Course must be completed first (Unit 1 then Unit 2). After completion of the Foundation Course workshops can be taken in any sequence. If you intend to make IDT a primary modality, we recommend you complete the Intermediate and Advanced courses as they will deepen your understanding. Children and Adolescents, and Group work workshops are for working with specific client groups.
Might IDT consider doing short half days or one day workshops so that there is less time taken off work?
The training days for all IDT courses are from 8:30am to 5pm each day. The courses are packed with information and experiential exercises, and experience has shown it is not suitable to minimise or shorten the workshops.
What are the workshop times each day?
Start at 8:30 am and finish at 5:00pm. Lunch is one hour but can be negotiated to be shorter for an earlier finish.
What is the difference between counselling and therapy?
Counselling is generally about addressing issues and conflicts we might have regarding our external world (such as relationships, career , finances, violence), and therapy is generally about addressing conflicts in our internal world (such as ambivalence, insecure identity, depression, unconscious instincts, age-regression into childhood material). Counselling is generally short-term and therapy is generally long-term. Counselling tends to be more directive and can include psycho-educational practices (such as the acquisition of new life skills). Therapy tends to be more non-directive and often works with unconscious matters (such as the changing relationship between client and therapist might be reflective of the client’s other significant relationships). The IDT therapeutic process covers both the behavioural and in-depth poles of psychological work.
Will I be reminded of the workshop closer to the date?
Yes. An email will be sent a week before.