Our Focus is North America but

Our Reach is Global

The Story of the Identity Development Institute 

In 2015, filmmaker Stephen Gyllenhaal was finishing work on the feature documentary, In Utero, a groundbreaking  chronicle of early imprinting on a fetus in utero. This documentary was creating a buzz in the IoPT community in Europe. The information revealed in the film echoed their findings and observations regarding the pre-birth experience...

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iD Work - Theory and Method - are based on the original work of Dr. Franz Ruppert

Professor of Psychology at Munich University of Applied Sciences, Dr. Ruppert is the Founder of Identity-Oriented Psycho-trauma Theory (IoPT) and the Intention Method. He is an expert in the field of trauma and has authored seven books including Early Trauma.

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The Identity Development Institute is led by a caring team of people who are deeply and personally invested in this work:

Stephen Gyllenhaal

Founding Director

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Alyssa Canann

Director of Training

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Director of Graduate Programs

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Our Mission

To grow a vibrant community of practitioners, researchers, and educators who are Early Trauma (the adverse and overwhelming experiences we encountered in utero, at birth and during pre-verbal development) aware and informed across North America.

To shine a light on the importance of how deeply Early Trauma affects us throughout our lives.

To offer comprehensive training in a unique modality that resolves and integrates this trauma.


 Solving the problems humanity faces today requires leaders who are cognizant of the profound and long-lasting impacts of Early Trauma. The way we begin is the way we develop. 

We are a global community of developed and developing humans. To move from traumatized and traumatizing societies to health-promoting and healthy societies requires:

  • A worldwide change in prenatal, perinatal, and early childhood care; and
  • Space and a framework for adults to process their Early Traumas¬†

Our aim is to contribute meaningfully to both these requirements to bring about positive change at both global and individual levels.

Our Values

Respect, kindness, growth, awareness, generosity, accessibility, creativity, and authenticity.

Our Strategy

OFFER world-class experiential training programs and certify Facilitators to utilize the iD Method and Theory as developed by Dr. Franz Ruppert. 

RAISE awareness of Early Trauma through mainstream media, conferences, books, and word of mouth.

SUPPORT research of any innovative modality engaged in processing Early Trauma. 

COLLABORATE with clinicians, practitioners, educators, and organizations engaged in processing all forms of trauma.          

REMAIN on the leading edge of Early Trauma theory through our affiliation with our global counterparts.

MAKE iD Sessions available to anyone in North America who wants it, no matter their life circumstance or personal issues.

iD sessions are not therapy, nor a substitute for therapy.