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Foundational Training in Dialogue Therapy: Session 1 of 4 (Chicago, IL)


  • Chicago/Midwest Sessions of Dialogue Therapy 800 Roosevelt Road • Building A, Suite 111 Glen Ellyn, IL 60137 (map)

Session #1 of 4
Taught by Polly Young-Eisendrath, Ph.D.

Course Description:

Become nationally certified Dialogue Therapist in the newly revised Dialogue Therapy model, a structured, time-limited method that draws on psychoanalysis, mindfulness, and psychodrama. Dialogue Therapy can be applied with couples in conflict, as well as with any other dyadic relationships in conflict. This innovative 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.

Dr. Young-Eisendrath speaks directly about the ways in which loving well can heal individuals, as well as families, by valuing our differences as a means to greater intimacy. She believes that the greatest challenges today come from our desire for equality, mutuality, and witnessing in our close relationships. Effective psychotherapy with couples allows for the development of a mindful space in which individuals learn to speak for themselves and to listen and respond to each other with tolerance and curiosity. Too many people unnecessarily lose precious relationships because they do not have the skills of dialogue and witnessing. These skills support the individuals’ subjectivity in claiming their own experience of the relationship as well as taking responsibility for their contributions to the relationship dynamics. When we understand our relationships as spiritual practice, we understand that we are challenging each other in ways that can promote self-understanding and mutual growth. It is within this space of truthful conversation with ourselves and others that rupture and repair operate. This has been Dr. Young-Eisendrath's life work.

No matter how much or little experience you have with couples therapy, applying Dialogue Therapy to your practice will enhance your skills in helping couples maintain the emotional space to see/hear/feel each other with greater intimacy and accuracy, enhancing problem solving and resolving breaks in trust.


Certification and Continuing Education Credit

Up to 90 Continuing Education Credits that are co-sponsored by the IMHCA for the following professions: Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Social Workers and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists.

These four sessions of training are designed to offer 22.5 CEs per session, introducing participants to the history, theory and method of Dialogue Therapy. All sessions will be taught by Polly Young-Eisendrath, Ph.D.; sessions two and four will be taught by Polly and a co-therapist. The first session (November 7-10, 2019) is an overview that sets the conceptual framework and rationale of this method. The second session (January 30-February 2, 2020) provides an overview of the original co-therapist model of Dialogue Therapy with live demonstrations of key components of the initial stages of therapy. The third session (April 2-5, 2020) will be an opportunity for participants to begin to practice and to work with each other in developing their knowledge and skills. It will also introduce the solo model and its methods. The fourth and final session (May 14-17, 2020) will offer further opportunity to apply the methods and skills and to practice the techniques of doubling, coaching, and role reversal interviews.

This training provides an in-depth understanding of the theory and practice of Dialogue Therapy with active skills training in the core competencies of this approach. Each session will include theory, observations of videotaped and live demonstrations, in vivo skills training, and mindfulness practices that can be taught to couples and integrated into one’s therapeutic practice. Taken together, the four sessions in this Foundational Training in Dialogue Therapy lead to certification as a Dialogue Therapist.

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