Advanced Training Course in IoPT Therapy

This Advanced Course is open to anyone who has completed the Introductory Course, or equivalent (for more on eligibility click here).


The Course provides a deeper insight into 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 it is suitable for personal and professional development purposes. We currently consider that four years' attendance of this course would constitute a full professional development training. The course aims to support competent professional facilitators and therapists of this work. 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.


Each year is made up of eight 3-day modules, a total of 24 training 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.


In order to take up an Apprenticeship place, students are required to have completed a minimum of two full years (48 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.


Course Aims

The Course aims to provide a comprehensive training 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
  • 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

*Please note 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. 

You can register online by clicking the Registration button, or you can download and print off an application form to send by post.