Taught by Polly Young-Eisendrath, Ph.D. and Jean Pieniadz, Ph.D.
Course Description: Part Two of a two-part certificate training program, based on psychoanalysis and mindfulness, will provide you with a new model and methodology for couple and relationship therapy in the 21st century.
Dialogue Therapy is a structured, time-limited couple therapy method that draws from psychoanalysis, mindfulness, and psychodrama. It can be applied to couples in conflict and to other dyadic relationships in conflict. This new model also can be used to defuse and resolve social or cultural conflicts between equals, in which the ideals of mutuality and reciprocity offer special challenges. Throughout this week, Polly will guide you through mindfulness practices, dyadic exercises, videos, and intensive sessions on dialogue therapy; pitfalls and shortcomings of contemporary couple therapy models; the nature of personal love; challenges of equality, reciprocity, mutuality; enemy-making factors in personal love; how personal love differs from pair-bonding, romance, idealization or desire; true love as a spiritual path; psychodrama technique; six questions and how to use them; conducting an empathy interview for personal history; the co-therapist model; and much more.
Session One provides an in-depth introduction and overview of the theory and practice of Dialogue Therapy with active skills training in the core competencies of this approach, including an overview and history of the conceptual framework and rationale for Dialogue Therapy along with video and live demonstrations of key components of the initial stages of the therapy. There will be an opportunity for participants to begin to practice with a demonstration couple, and to work with each other in developing their knowledge and skills. It also presents the solo-therapist model of Dialogue Therapy.
Session Two of Foundations in Dialogue Therapy builds on what was introduced and practiced in the first session with opportunities to apply and practice methods and skills. Participants are expected to read the materials presented and to practice the Evaluation method before returning to the second session of training.
CEs are being applied for. Parts One and Two must be taken together and have the potential of providing 81.5 credits for psychologists and other mental health workers.