Advanced Training

– LEVEL 2 –

Advanced Training in Identity oriented Psychotraumatheory and – therapy, (IoPT)- Level 2 – with Marta Thorsheim, 2019-2020

We are happy  to welcome you to the 11 th Advanced Training Program in Identity oriented Psychotraumatheory and – therapy  – IoPT. 

The programme is composed of 12 modules and will last for one year and a half.  The location for the training in English and Norwegian  is in Stavanger (soth-west coast, with interntioanl flights). 


The objective of the programme is:

  • That the participants shall reach an understanding of Professor Ruppert`s groundbreaking theories and concepts on Identity development and how trauma does affect it. This refers to  the development of our I and our will and all other psychic structures including the growth of our body.
  • It will also be trained how to work with the split personality structures induced by trauma, both in goupr settings and in one-to-one setting.
  • A main objective is that the participants shall be able to get one  own identity constellation each module.
  • The key method is called  the Intention method.

Theoretical framework

The program builds on professor Rupperts theoretical framework of an Indentity oriented Psychotraumtheory – IoPT.

During the past 25 years Prof. Dr. Ruppert has devoted of his time to understand the living human organism (LHO), how trauma affects the whole LHO and how to recover from the affect of trauma- to gain a healthy self and a healthy will, despite traumatication.

IoPT – Identity oriented Psychotraumatheory

Based on established theories as well as his own research and through many therapeutic sessions with clients, both in individual and group situations, he has developed the theoretical framework Identity oriented Psychotraumatheory IoPT. This framework emanates from four theoretical building blocks and one practical method:

The Human Psyche: well-being, stress and trauma

Identity and the Trauma of Identity

The Trauma of Love and the Trauma of Sexuality

The Perpetrator-Victim-Dynamic in relations

The Intention Method and the Resonance Technique



What is the central reference point for our change process?

In the past we thought it must be the family or «the system». Today we know that only we can be our own point of reference for a substantial change. Therefore, our I must be the central focus for therapy. But what is I? How does it develop? What is blocking I development? And how does trauma affect it? What is the difference between a healthy identity and identification processes do harm to us?

Free will – fiction or reality?

The focus on our own will has been widely neglected in recent years as well.The focus has often been too rapidly directly on the trauma. But for lasting and sustainable change to happen, a deliberate decision is needed. Therefore, in working with the sentence or picture of intention thewill  plays an important role. And the question arises: How does our will develop? What promotes and what prevents its evolution? How do traumatic experiences influence the formation of a free human will?

Identity and free will

How does a healthy and a free will  interact with each other, and what happens when the survival I states together with the will to survive determine our behaviour? These basic patterns have to be examined in more detail using practical examples.

Who am I in relationships?

With whom do I want a relationship with? What is the work I really like to do? The questions regarding our identity and our own will are of central importance for our everyday life. How can we live in intimate relationships and in greater social unities, in constructive forms of love and stay healthy? What can make the development of a healthy Identity so difficult or even impossible? What impact do traumatic life experiences have on this? How do the trauma of love, early trauma and perpetrator-victim dynamics form and split our identity? And what options are available to overcome the splits in our psyche?

During the training modules we will learn what the benefits are, to have a closer look deep into the structure of  our human psyche. Together we will gain new insights on how a lost healthy I can be re-established, and how we can come into emotional contact with our healthy free will to improve our own life and the life of those we are professionally dealing with.


The method by which we implement the insights and objectives of the identity-oriented Psychotraumatherapy, is called Self Encounter with the sentence or picture of intention. Which means the following: A person who wants to work therapeutically on him- or herself first  considers his/hers intention: What do I want to achieve through this work? What is my goal? What would I like to look at more closely? What is the next steps in my therapy.

When the intention is clear, the client is asked to write it on a whiteboard or a flip-chart. He may reflect once again, while writing and if necessary, modify.

The intention is now for him and for all others visible and works as  the basis for the now following self-encounter process. The person who is going to work on herself selects one representative for each of the word of the sentence of intention,  and asks the person  to tune into resonance with this word. The representatives is free to resonate in silence with what comes up, every word reflects an essential part of the psyche. The client goes to whoever she choose, with no words, she resonatec with this part of her.Often uncounscious and repressed experiences from the biography can show up. This allows us, to counsciously get in touch with it. After about 10-20 min in silence, the therapist itervenes, and a process between client and therapist starts.A process of clarification. After this the representative is free to share what they experienced when in resonance.So a sustainable change process can take place in our psyche and body.



In the modules of this program we will teach, reflect and discuss the theory and in each module do  practical work with the intentions of the participants of the training. All modules are based on Franz Ruppert`s IoPT.

Module 1 February 8.-11
The psyche as a living organism. Latest development and general aspects in IoPT. Development of Identity.The phases of a session- in one-to one settings or in group settings.

Module 2 March 22.-25
Bonding and Love. Bonding patterns, what is relation, what is bonding? Development of Identity. How is the development of I and will influenced during early traumatisation. The way out of the traumabiography.

Module 3 May 10.-13.
Psychotrauma. What is stress? What is trauma? The different types of trauma, and the short-medium and long term affects. Split and dissociation as concequence of trauma.

Module 4  June 28 – July 1

Trauma of Identity. The core concept of IoPT
Psychotrauma from conception on-InUtero time-Birth and early childhood trauma.

Module 5  September 6.-9.
Trauma of Love. What is Love? 

Trauma of Sexuality. What is Sexuality?

Module 6  October 25.-28.
Identity, Identification and attributions.
Participants starts to find a theme for the thesis, and start training on facilitationg resonanceprocesses within the student group.

Module 7 December 13.-16.
The methodology and technic of IoPT
Development of the methodology and theory of IoPT.


Module 8 January 24.-27.
Couple relationships and other relations. Who am I in relations? How to grow good relationships. Who am I in a traumtised and traumatising society?

Module 9 March 6.-9.
Victim and perpetrator and victim-perpetrator identifications. Domestic violence.

Module 10  May 8.-11.
Psychotrauma of own actions. Perpetrator-victom dynamics – and the way out.

Module 11  June 19.-22.
Symtpoms, illnesses or trauma?
I, my body, my trauma
How to grow health and how to grow illnesses

Module 12  August 28.-31.
Conclusion. Presentation of thesis
Dilpoma and certificate of attendance

Time each module: Friday 11am-7 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am-6pm, Monday 10am – 5 pm
Price each module euro  640 incl coffe/tea, snacks in the breaks


When signing up for the training it is for all modules, otherwise something else is agreed upon.
Student agreement will be sent you upon request

Venue: Very nice house in Madlaveien 13, 4008 Stavanger

We have suggestions for good, non expensive B&B, many airbnb close by and also some private rooms for free.

Recommended reading

Publications in English and Norwegian by Franz Ruppert, most books also published in other languages:

  • Who am I in a traumatised society – in Norwegian November 2018- in English February 2019
  • My Body, My Trauma , My I. With the latest development and practical examples of working therapeutical with physical symptoms.
  • Barndomstraumer/Early TraumaTraumer, frykt og kjærlighet
  • Trauma, fear and loveSymbiose og Autonomi: Fra usunn til sunn selvstendighet/Symbiosis and Autonomy: Symbiotic Trauma – Love Beyond EntanglementForstå dine sår i sjelen. Traumer, tilknytning og familiekonstellasjoner/Trauma, Bonding and Family Constellations: Understanding and Healing Injuries of the Soul (2008).
  • Splits in the Soul: Integrating Traumatic Experiences(2011)