Advanced Education Course in IoPT Therapy

This Advanced Education Course is open to anyone who has completed The Introductory Course, or has done a previous year of this Course or equivalent, and has a good basic understanding of the theory and practice of IoPT.


Those who have little knowledge and experience of the work are advised to consider the Introductory Course which starts in June 2018.

If you are uncertain of your eligibility please check with Vivian.


It is not necessary to have a psychotherapy qualification to do this course.


The Course provides an intensive exploration of the theory and therapeutic method now known as Identity-oriented Psychotrauma Therapy (IoPT) developed by Professor Franz Ruppert over the past 27 years.


As a one-year course this is suitable for personal and professional development purposes, and, for those interested, is a first step towards practice as a professional. Competence and expertise take time, and an ability to practice as a facilitator/therapist of this work would probably require a minimum of four years commitment to their personal and professional development, so it is possible, and beneficial, to repeat the course. After completing three years on the course it is possible to apply for Apprenticeship status for a subsequent two years.


By organising this course in this way it allows students to take their own time to develop into practitioners, if that is what they choose to do. It is not necessary therefore to do four years in sequence... i.e. a break of a year or two can be taken.


Each year is made up of eight 3-day modules, a total of 24 days, and offers a mixed learning environment of new students, continuing students and apprentices. The theory and therapeutic method are complex and this learning format allows students to tailor their own pace, continually deepening their understanding through collaboration with those more experienced. The trainer for this course is Vivian Broughton.


In order to take up an Apprenticeship place, students are required to have completed a minimum of three full years (72 full days) on the course, and can take up an Apprentice place for a maximum of two years. In order to take up an Apprentice place please contact Vivian direct.


For details of Eligibility, Dates, Costs & Cancellations click the relevant sub-page link.


Student Support

The day before each training module is a Ongoing Support Group day. This is open to past and present students and practitioners to do personal work with Vivian. The day runs from 9.30-6.00. The cost is £20 to attend (covers Centre costs and refreshments), and for those who do a personal exploration the cost is £100, which includes the £20 attendance cost (ie £80 for the personal work). See Regular Groups.


In addition current students are welcome to attend any open workshops with me for a basic cost as a further learning opportunity. See the Workshops page for more information.

Course Aims

The Course aims to provide a comprehensive education in Identity-oriented Psychotrauma Therapy, including the practice of the Intention Method.


Understanding trauma shows us the huge underlying influence it has in everyone's life, whether through personally experienced trauma, early attachment and identity trauma, or the entanglement with earlier historical traumas in the family. Consequently there is an urgent need to find good and effective ways of addressing these issues.


Professor Franz Ruppert's theories and method of practice provide the answer.  These developments are new, and  we need competent practitioners of the work in the UK, and so we are keen that this training course should develop professional, competent, well-informed and effective practitioners.


Course Curriculum

Experiential learning:

  • personal explorations
  • participating in others' explorations
  • observation of the work

There are two main strands of theoretical learning:

  • Theory presentations
  • Collaborative learning - discussions & questions

Topics will include:

  • Basic trauma theory
  • Theory of symbiosis and autonomy
  • Trauma of Love and Trauma of Identity
  • The Trauma Biography
  • Early traumas, including birth trauma
  • Perpetrator-Victim dynamics
  • Trauma and society
  • The Intention Method and the Sentence of Intention
  • The private one-to-one session
  • Working in the group

Please note that it is not possible to make up any missed days or modules in subsequent years.

 If you need further information on administration please contact Lucy and Maria on

*IMPORTANT: please be aware that at this time there is no formal accreditation procedure or authorising body. At the end of each year you will receive and Attendance Certificate certifying the number of full days attended. This may count towards already qualified psychotherapists' formal CPD requirements, and will be recognised within the informal international community of this work. It is the responsibility of participants to comply with the legal requirements of their own country in terms of the application and practice of this approach.

For more on Costs & Cancellations, Dates for the Course and How to Apply click the relevant link. 

The Collaborative Learning Approach

A collaborative learning environment means that we are all learning and contributing. The richness of Franz's approach is that he models an ongoing openness to increased understanding, experimentation and learning. Every person's exploration using the Intention Method is an experiment for the person, and always has the potential to teach us all more about our own personal situation, and about our professional involvement.