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Foundational Training in Dialogue Therapy: Session 1 (Rowe, MA)


  • Rowe, MA - The Rowe Center 22 Kings Highway Rowe, MA 01367 (map)

Session #1
Taught by Polly Young-Eisendrath, Ph.D. with Jean Pieniadz, Ph.D.

Course Description:

Intimate relationship in the 21st century is uniquely stressed by ideals of equality and reciprocity. The skills involved in negotiation with an equal partner – such as dealing with conflict respectfully, transcending power struggles and authentically witnessing one another – are key elements of Dialogue Therapy.

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.


Certification and Continuing Education Credit

The completion of Sessions One and Two, as well as two hours of supervision by a Certified Dialogue Therapist, leads to certification as a Dialogue Therapist. Certification in Dialogue Therapy will be awarded upon completion of the entire training plus the two hours of supervision.

81.5 Continuing Education Credits are provided by Commonwealth Educational Seminars for the following professions: Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Social Workers and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists.

The program is open to anyone who would like to learn how to use Dialogue Therapy. Non-licensed professionals will receive a Real Dialogue Specialist certification.

Participants are strongly encouraged to take both sessions in order. Continuing Education Credits will be awarded after each session, however certification to practice as a Dialogue Therapist or Real Dialogue Specialist will be awarded only after the completion of the the entire program.

Foundational Training in Dialogue Therapy is appropriate for beginning and intermediate level practitioners.

Detailed description, fees and schedule for Foundational Training in Dialogue Therapy