International Advanced Training

– NIVÅ 3 –

with Prof Franz Ruppert 

5th International Advanced Training in Identity oriented Psychotraumatheory and – therapy, (IoPT), and the Intention Method 2020-2021

All places booked.  Dates 6th International 2022-2023 please contact Marta Thorsheim at

Marta Thorsheim and her Institute for Traumawork is happy  to welcome you to the 5th Advanced International Training Program in Identity oriented Psychotraumatheory and – therapy (IoPT) with Professor Dr Franz Ruppert. This training is for Psychotraumatherapists, Psychologists, Psychiatrist. Social Workers, Medical Doctors and other health care professionals.

The programme is composed of five modules and will last for one year and a half, starting in July 2020 and ending in November 2021. We will meet all five modules in Munich, Germany.


The objective of the programme is that the participants shall reach a deeper 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. The key method is called Self Encounter by the sentence or picture of intention, the Intention method.

Theoretical framework

The program builds on professor Ruppert’s theoretical framework of an Indentity oriented Psychotraumtheory – IoPT.

During the past 30 years Professor Ruppert has devoted much of his work to get to a better understanding of psychological and mental disorders, as well as physical illnesses.

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 a theoretical framework which he calls Identity oriented Psychotraumatheory IoPT. This framework emanates from two theoretical building blocks and one practical method: The human psyche, Identity, love, sexuality, the perpetrator-victim-dynamic and the Intention Method.

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 its development? And how does trauma affect it? What is the difference between a healthy identity and destructive form of identification?

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 the will 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?

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 experiences with traumatised mothers and fathers do 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 persons from the group to resonate with the different parts of the intention, first nonverbal and then by asking them one by one about their experiences in the resonance. Step by step the underlying issues of her/his traumabiorgaphy show up and can be brought into a healing process. 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 do practical work with the intentions of the participants of the training.

If you wish, in addition to the training modules, participate in a supervision group day before or day after each module, please contact Marta Thorsheim at

Time each module:
1st day: 9 am – 6 pm, lecture 7pm – 8.30 pm
2nd day: 9 am – 7 pm
3rd day: 9 am – 4 pm


MODULE 1:  July 2-4 The Human Psyche in a living organism and what Psychotrauma means.

MODULE 2:  November 19-21 Identity, Identification and Attributions and The Trauma of Identity


MODULE 3:  March 11-13  Love, Bonding  and The trauma of Love

MODULE 4: July 8- 10 Sexuality and The Trauma of Sexuality

MODULE 5: November 18-20 Victims and Perpetrators and the Trauma of being a Perpetrator

When signing up, you book the complete programme.

The training is acknowledged as maintenance by The Norwegian Psychological Association (NPF) and as update by The Norwegian Traumatherapist Association (NTF). The training may be eligble for Professional Development Credits or Professional Continuing Education Credits from other professional accreditation and licensing organizations.

Certificate of Participations, stating hours and topics, in last module.

Recommended reading

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

  • Who am I in a traumatised society (Norwegian, English and Spanish autumn 2018)
  • Min kropp, mine traumer, mitt jeg. (IT mai 2018.)
  • My Body, My Trauma, My I. (Green Baloon Publishing October 2018)
  • Barndomstraumer (IT – 2015)
  • Early Trauma
  • Traumer, frykt og kjærlighet (norsk utgave 2013, nytt opplag 2016).
  • Trauma, fear and love (English edition 2015, Green Balloon Publishing, Uk)
  • Symbiose og Autonomi: Fra usunn til sunn selvstendighet (norsk utgave 2012, nytt opplag 2016).
  • Symbiosis and Autonomy: Symbiotic Trauma – Love Beyond Entanglement (2012).
  • Forstå dine sår i sjelen. Traumer, tilknytning og familiekonstellasjoner (norsk utgave 2013, Flux).
  • Trauma, Bonding and Family Constellations: Understanding and Healing Injuries of the Soul (2008).
  • Splits in the Soul: Integrating Traumatic Experiences(2011)

For more information please fill out the form below. We're looking forward to hear from you.

Fee and payment

The fee for the training programme will be:

Euro 2 700. The fee covers the Training Programme and coffee/tee and snacks/fruits in the breaks.

Payment will be done by invoice.

Venues and accommodation

All modules will be conducted in Munich, at Franz Ruppert’s office, Englmannstr. 2
81673 München

Recommendations for hotels, bed and breakfast in walking distance from the venue will be sent you after signing up for the training. Special rates are negotiated, and the code for the special rate will be sent you. Also private rooms are available.


The entire programme will be held in English.

Application and registration

Please send us an e-mail with some info about you, also about prior knowledge of Professor Ruppert’s work and current practice.

We will come back to you within a few days.

Prof. Dr. Franz Ruppert's office in München