Virtual Conference
Psychiatry conference 2023

Przemyslaw Duchniewicz

ISTDP psychotherapist, IEDTA certified supervisor MD, Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology, Poland

Title: Singularity in intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy


The COVID-19 pandemic has revolutionised our thinking and opened up a range of new possibilities. It has forced us to make significant changes in our lives and in the way we work, and what once seemed impossible or even unimaginable is now the norm. The pandemic itself has become a point of transformation and integration enabling therapists to draw ideas and solutions from each other. In the following presentation, we will introduce the concept of 'Singularity', which stands for unpredictable, small changes leading to significant outcomes. We will then look at how these unpredictable, seemingly insignificant phenomena have influenced the development of ISTDP (Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy) therapy. Using examples of therapeutic work in the ISTDP approach, we will introduce the principles of deliberate practice. We will explain how ISTDP therapy relates to Deming's PDSA quality cycle (Plan-Do-Study-Act) and how the COVID-19 pandemic opened the door to the innovative use of the camera in therapeutic work. Recording sessions is fundamental to the ISTDP therapist's work and purposeful practice. It enables precise, second-by-second analysis of the therapist's interventions and the patient's verbal and nonverbal responses, thereby increasing the effectiveness of the ISTDP therapist's work. During this interactive presentation we will get to know fundaments of this very effective Experiential Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy approach and experience presentation of real case study of ISTDP work with highly fragile dissociating patient “Woman who detached from herself, lost hope and has decided ‘never, never, never show my pain, my vulnerability”


Przemys?aw Duchniewicz, doctor in the course of specialization in adult psychiatry (start of specialization 11.2017), master in human resources management, master and team coach, trainer and lecturer. IEDTA Certified psychotherapist, teacher and supervisor. Member of IEDTA education committee.  He works at the Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology in Warsaw, previously Department of Psychiatry at the Wolski Hospital. He has 13 years of corporate experience in health management in 18 Central European countries. He has been working in the ISTDP approach since 2013, completed a 3- year Core Training in Berlin, participated in international courses, ISTDP Advanced Core Training, and has been assisting in Core ISTDP training (Warsaw/Berlin) since 2017.

He has experience working with multicultural management teams to enhance their performance and shape organizational culture, engagement, and organizational effectiveness. 

He has helped organizations develop a healthy corporate culture based on the WHO model, Coaching Leadership Style, managing stress and building stronger personal adaptability to prevent unhealthy stress and burnout. Has also been working with patients as an ISTDP psychotherapist since 2013 and has been practicing psychiatry (as a medical doctor) in the hospital since 2016. 

Qualifications and expert knowledge not only in process consulting, group processes, surveys, facilitation, but also many multidimensional tools to support development and personal effectiveness such as MBTI, FIRO B, EQ-i 2.0, EQ-i 360, 16PF, TKI, Change Navigator, Change Style Indicator, Influence Style Indicator, Decision Style Profile, Discovery Learning Profile 360, Voices 360, Emerging Leader Profile 360, Paper Planes Inc. Simulation 

While working at Mars Inc. trainer with Mars University, implementing and training in the Coordinated Human Resources Information System (CHRIS), leading Essence of Mars, Leadership at Mars Level 1 and Level 2 trainings (6-month programs with 5 days of intensive interactive training for 24 people ‘in-class’)

Certified to provide “train the trainer” certification training in:

MBTI Step I – 16 unique dynamic developmental models
MBTI Step II – millions of ways to express a given personality type
FIRO B – a model of basic interpersonal relationship- oriented behavior
EQ-i 2.0 – a model and process for developing 15 universal emotional competencies
EQ -i 360 – a 360 degree assessment of emotional competence
8 times O – anti- stress program by Wojciech Eichelberger
Lean – basic training in improving process efficiency and quality
High Performing Teams – a program to develop teams focused on trust and results
High Performing Collabration – a program to develop collaboration within and between teams
Change Navigator – a model and process for approaching change,
Change Style Indicator – an indicator of personal style of approach to change,
Influence Style Indicator – an indicator of personal style of influencing others
Decision Style Profile – an indicator of personal decision- making style
Emerging Leader Profile 360 – an indicator of personal leadership style
Paper Planes Inc. Simulation – simulation of a paper airplane manufacturing factory
Experienced in dealing with the media, lecturing to large groups, and serving as chair of international events and conferences.

He served as a board member of the Polish European Mentoring and Coaching Council, then as president and a member of the EMCC international team developing coaching and mentoring supervisor competencies.