Foundational Training in Dialogue Therapy in Four Sessions

New training designed for mental health professionals, students, mediators, and other professionals who want to learn the skills of Dialogue Therapy.


Taught by Polly Young-Eisendrath, Ph.D. (all sessions) & Jean Pieniadz, Ph.D. (sessions two and four)

 

Location: Vermont Center for Integrative Therapy
75 San Remo Drive, Suite 204
South Burlington, VT 05403
802-658-9440 | MAP IT

 

Nearby Hotels:
Green Mountain Suites (right across the street from VTCIT)
Comfort Inn & Suites (about 3/4 of a mile from VTCIT)
Homewood Suites by Hilton Burlington (about 3/4 of a mile from VTCIT)

 

Session One: September 27 – 30, 2018 $380

Session Two: November 29 – December 2, 2018 $360 (early bird rate in effect until 9/29/2018)

Session Three: February 7 – 10, 2019 (early bird rate in effect until 1/7/2019)

Session Four: April 11 – 14, 2019 (early bird rate in effect until 3/14/19)

 

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OVERVIEW: Intimate relationships in the 21st century are 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. This is the first full training in Dialogue Therapy to be offered in the new model which integrates mindfulness with psychoanalysis and psychodrama approaches. This model was revised to be consistent with Love Between Equals: Relationship as a Spiritual Path, by Polly Young-Eisendrath, to be published in January, 2019.

 

These four sessions of training, offering 17 CEs per session, introduce participants to the history, theory and methodology of Dialogue Therapy. The first session is an overview taught by Polly Young-Eisendrath, Ph.D., that sets the framework for entering into both learning and skill development. The second session will be taught by Dr. Young-Eisendrath and Jean Pieniadz, Ph.D. who is the co-therapist and psychologist/psychoanalyst who has worked with Polly for more than a decade in offering and writing about Dialogue Therapy. Together, they will give an overview of the original co-therapist model of Dialogue Therapy and go into the details of using that model.

 

The third session, taught by Polly, will be an opportunity for participants to begin to practice with a live couple 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 will be taught by Polly and Jean and will be a further opportunity to apply the methods and skills in working with a live couple and to practice especially the techniques of doubling, coaching, and role reversal interviews.

 

Completion of the four-session Foundational Training fulfills the requirements for full certification in Dialogue Therapy.

 

Participants may be mental health professionals who apply for the continuing education credits or other professionals (such as mediators, lawyers or educators) who want to learn the skills of Dialogue Therapy.

 

To learn more about Dialogue Therapy WATCH THE VIDEO SERIES.

 

The description below gives the schedule, learning objectives, and activities within each of the first two training sessions.

 

$380 per session (early-bird discount price of $360 until one month before each session start date)

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Session #1: Introduction and Overview
September 27 – 30, 2018

Taught by Polly Young-Eisendrath, Ph.D.
17 CE credits


Course Description: This session will introduce the theory and practice of Dialogue Therapy, a time-limited structured model of couple therapy that is rooted in aspects of psychoanalysis, mindfulness, and psychodrama. The didactic sessions will involve lecture, power point, video demonstration, and Q&A. Experiential sessions will involve dyadic exercises and mindfulness practice.

 

Dr. Young-Eisendrath is the originator of Dialogue Therapy and the reading for this first course is her 1993 book, You’re Not What I Expected: Love After the Romance Has Ended. In January, 2019, Young-Eisendrath’s new book, Love Between Equals: Relationship as a Spiritual Path will be released and will take the place of You’re Not What I Expected. The 1993 book can be purchased online or borrowed at library. Please be sure you read the section on projection and projective-identification. Although this book is dated, it still gives a good overview of the method.

 

At the end of this session, you will be able to:

 

1. Describe the basic intent and distinctive features of Dialogue Therapy
2. Describe the basic structure of sessions in the co-therapist and solo therapist models
3. Assess the major differences between Dialogue Therapy and other forms of couple therapy, such as Emotion Focused Therapy and the Gottman model
4. Evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of focusing the therapy on the dynamics of the couple relationship (as in Emotion Focused Therapy) instead of focusing on the conscious and unconscious communication of partners with each other
5. Assess the difference between “true love” and “cherishing”
6. Describe the change in the couple relationship, the aim of the therapy, in terms of “increased differentiation” as it leads to “increased intimacy”
7. Demonstrate an understanding of the contraindications for Dialogue Therapy as assessed through the Evaluation
8. Explain the rationale and use of psychodrama techniques of doubling or alter ego and role reversal
9. Describe the meaning of and skills of Mindfulness (concentration, equanimity and clarity of perception) in relation to clients’ capacity to use effective dialogue when emotionally activated
10. Explain and demonstrate the three skills of dialogue (Speaking for Yourself, Paraphrasing, Responding)
11. Identify and describe the differences between idealization and love in close relationships
12. Explain the important distinctions between idealization, romance, love and desire in terms of couple relating

 

Day One (Thursday, September 27: 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.)
Overview of Couple Therapy and Dialogue Therapy
2 CE credits

Didactic: Overview of Couple Therapy and Dialogue Therapy: 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. (2CEs)

  • What is Dialogue Therapy?
  • What is couple therapy?
  • Reviewing the two models: co-therapist and solo
  • Pitfalls and short-comings of contemporary couple therapy models
  • Ideals of equality in the 21st century
  • The nature of “personal love”

Experiential: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

  • Mindfulness practice (see/hear/feel)
  • Dyadic exercises

Day Two (Friday, September 28: 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.)
Introduction to Theory and Methods of Dialogue Therapy
The Meaning of Love and Witnessing
5 CE credits

 

Morning Session: 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (with a 15-minute break) (3 CEs)
Didactic: Introduction to Theory and Methods of Dialogue

  • Challenges of equality, reciprocity, mutuality in personal love
  • Enemy-making factors in personal love (projection/projective identification)
  • From disillusionment to intimacy: Witnessing and Minding the Gap
  • How personal love differs from pair-bonding, romance, idealization or desire

Lunch: 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Afternoon Session: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. (2 CEs)
Didactic: Meaning of Love and Witnessing

  • Development of personal love into true love
  • True love: Love on a two-way street
  • Cherishing: Love on a one-way street
  • Witnessing: Whole self to Whole self
  • Methods and theories: Psychoanalysis, psychodrama, mindfulness
  • Psychodrama technique: Alter ego or doubling
  • Psychodrama technique: Role reversal

Experiential: 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

  • Mindfulness: Concentration, Equanimity and Clarity of Perception

Day Three (Saturday, September 29: 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.)
Demonstration of Evaluation Session – Method and Video
Completing the Evaluation – Empathy and History
5 CE credits

 

Morning Session: 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (with a 15-minute break) (3CEs)
Didactic: Demonstration of Evaluation Session – Method and Video

  • Evaluation of couple: Co-therapist Model
  • Video demonstration
  • Six Questions

Lunch: 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

 

Afternoon Session: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. (with a 15-minute break) (2 CEs)
Didactic: Demonstration of Evaluation Session – Method and Video

  • Empathy Interview for Relational History
  • How to do the Relational History
  • Managing the time limits

Experiential: 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

  • Mindfulness practice (see/hear/feel)
  • Learning to do the Empathy Interview with a partner
  • Using the Six Questions

Day Four (Sunday, September 30: 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.)
Skills of Dialogue and Video Demonstration of Working on a Conflict
Methods of Coaching and Alter Ego in Relation to Chronic Projective Identification
5 CE credits

 

Morning Session: 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (with a 15-minute break) (2 CEs)
Didactic: Skills of Dialogue and Video Demonstration of Working on a Conflict

  • Dialogue: Speaking for yourself, paraphrasing, responding, being curious, expanding the story
  • Working on a conflict (Session One: Dialogue Therapy)
  • Video demonstration

Lunch: 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

 

Afternoon Session: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. (with a 15-minute break) (3 CEs)
Didactic: Methods of Coaching and Alter Ego in Relation to Chronic Projective Identification

  • Coaching and Alter Ego as Analysis and Interpretation
  • Projective identification in relationships and in therapy
  • Wrap-up

Experiential: 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

  • Mindfulness practice (concentration, equanimity, clarity of perception)
  • Alter Ego practice (two dyads, working together)
  • Feedback and processing of weekend

 

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Session #2: Co-Therapist Model
November 29 – December 2, 2018

Taught by Polly Young-Eisendrath, Ph.D. & Jean Pieniadz, Ph.D.
17 CE credits


Course Description: This session features extensive video of a couple in Dialogue Therapy. The video will be used in interaction with teaching. The main objective of the course is to clarify and explain the co-therapist model of Dialogue Therapy, the original model that was created by Dr. Young-Eisendrath and Ed Epstein, introduced to a clinical audience in 1984 and then developed over the next two decades. The co-therapist teachers will review the model and its strengths and weaknesses. The course will be relevant to anyone who wants to practice Dialogue Therapy, whether or not you want to use the co-therapist approach.

 

At the end of this session you will be able to:

  1. Analyze the advantages and disadvantages of the co-therapist set-up for Dialogue Therapy.
  2. Describe the set-up in the room and the interaction between co-therapists.
  3. Articulate the multiple strands of psychoanalytic research on relational concerns such as projective-identification and separation anxiety.
  4. Analyze the projective-identification as it is communicated in the demonstration couple on video.
  5. Recognize and analyze the effects of passive and active aggression in the couple in the demonstration video.
  6. Describe and explain the components of the empathy interview as they occur in the co-therapy model (e.g. set-up, handling of interviews with each partner, note-taking, and reflecting team).
  7. Describe and explain the uses of Unblocking through empathy interviews during the course of Working Through a Conflict.
  8. Describe and analyze issues of time management and therapeutic intervention in the co-therapist model (e.g. managing the Evaluation).
  9. Recognize and analyze the “repetition compulsions” as seen on the demonstration video and in other couples in therapy.
  10. Demonstrate understanding of the use of anger, not aggression (neither active nor passive aggression), in solving problems through respectful conflict.
  11. Discuss implications of attachment style research in relation to differentiation and intimacy.
  12. Describe the distinctive features of differentiation of individual affective meaning as a method of increasing intimacy in couple relationship.

Day One (Thursday, November 29: 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.)
Charting the Co-Therapist Model: Strengths and Weaknesses
2 CE credits

 

Didactic: Charting the Co-therapist Model – Strengths and Weaknesses 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. (2 CEs)

  • Review of co-therapist process in the seven sessions (review of each session)
  • Note-taking and use of notes with co-therapist, in evaluation and pre-briefing each actual session
  • Advantages of having a co-therapist

Experiential: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

  • Mindfulness practice (see/hear/feel)
  • Dyadic exercises

Day Two (Friday, November 30: 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.)
Co-Therapists Working Together
Co-Therapists “Working Through a Conflict”
5 CE credits

 

Morning Session: 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (with a 15-minute break) (2 CEs)
Didactic: Co-therapists Working Together

  • Choosing your co-therapist in the training/in your practice
  • Review of alter-ego and coaching with co-therapists
  • Review of projective identification in couples and how the co-therapist team handles it
  • Co-therapists as role models for communication of anger, not aggression and differentiation, not merging
  • Working Through a Conflict: video (begin)

Lunch: 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

 

Afternoon Session: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. (with a 15-minute break) (3 CEs)
Didactic: Video of Co-therapists “Working Through a Conflict”

  • The process of Dialogue Therapy with a co-therapist partner
  • Differences between therapists in Coaching and Alter Ego
  • Reflecting team
  • Empathy interview Unblocking (when therapist switches chair with partner)
  • Keeping no secrets
  • Wrap-up

Experiential: 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

  • Mindfulness practice (concentration, equanimity, clarity of perception)
  • Alter ego and reflecting team practice

Day Three (Saturday, December 1: 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.)
Co-Therapists in Role Reversal/Empathy Building
Developmental Issues for Couples (Working with Role Reversal)
5 CE credits

 

Morning Session: 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (with a 15-minute break) (3 CEs)
Didactic: Co-Therapists in Role Reversal/Empathy Building

  • Psychodrama technique of Role Reversal
  • Role Reversal: video

Lunch: 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

 

Afternoon Session: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. (15 minute break) (2 CEs)
Didactic: Developmental Issues for Couples (Working with Role Reversal)

  • Paraphrasing and stepping into someone else’s shoes: developmental issues
  • Empathy, sympathy, pity
  • Self-conscious emotions

Experiential: 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

  • Mindfulness practice (see/hear/feel)
  • Practicing Role Reversal and Wrap-Up

Day Four (Sunday, December 2: 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.)
Dialogue Therapy and Other Models of Couple Therapy
Problems and Benefits of Co-Therapist Model
5 CE credits

 

Morning Session: 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (with a 15-minute break) (3 CEs)
Didactic: Dialogue Therapy and Other Models of Couple Therapy

  • Comparing Dialogue Therapy with EFT, Imago Therapy and Gottman Method
  • Reviewing the videos of co-therapist model – interpretation and analysis

Lunch: 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

 

Afternoon Session: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. (with a 15-minute break) (2 CEs)
Didactic: Problems and Benefits of Co-therapist Model

  • De-briefing your sessions
  • Working with your own partner as co-therapist
  • Choosing which partner to work with and why
  • Wrap-up with co-therapist
  • Scheduling and payment
  • Learning and development with your co-therapist
  • Clinical discussion of differences and decisions as seen with the co-therapists present (who are on the video)

Experiential: 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

  • Mindfulness practice (concentration, equanimity, clarity of perception)
  • Practicing in co-therapist teams: Evaluation and Working through a Conflict
  • Feedback and processing of weekend

 

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Session #3: Solo Therapist Model
February 7 – 10, 2019

Taught by Polly Young-Eisendrath, Ph.D.


Course Description: Focusing on the details of the solo therapist method of Dialogue Therapy, this session examines the advantages and disadvantages of each model and provides an overview of the differences between Dialogue Therapy and other forms of couple therapy. Through working with an actual couple, we will provide intensive feedback to trainees on alter ego, coaching, and components of the practice.

 

Day One 

Didactic

  • Solo-therapist Model: 13 sessions, how it works
  • Therapeutic set-up and note-taking
  • Advantages and disadvantages of the two models
  • Demonstration of evaluation with solo therapist, using couple in group (either role play or real couple)
  • Discussion of evaluation with couple in solo model
  • Length of evaluation

Experiential

  • Mindfulness practice (see/hear/feel)
  • Evaluation session with “couple”

Day Two

Didactic

  • Clinical issues in solo evaluation of couple (debriefing with live demo couple)
  • Clinical issues of projective identification in solo Working through a Conflict
  • Demonstration of Working through a Conflict using demo couple

Experiential

  • Mindfulness practice (concentration, equanimity, clarity of perception)
  • Working through a Conflict, using a couple in the group
  • Having participants step into the roles of Alter Ego and Coach with couple

Day Three

Didactic

  • Differences between Dialogue Therapy (solo therapist) and other methods of couple therapy
  • Projective identification in solo therapist model: use of breakout empathy interviews
  • Second Session of Dialogue Therapy: Working Through a Conflict II (demonstration)
  • Clinical issues in second session of Dialogue Therapy
  • Clinical issues in third session of Dialogue Therapy

Experiential

  • Mindfulness practice (see/hear/feel)
  • Practicing alter ego, coaching and wrap-up

Day Four

Didactic

  • Role Reversal in solo model
  • Role Reversal session with demo couple
  • Debriefing role reversal
  • Different kinds of couples and empathy issues: hetero, same-sexed, trans, other differences

Experiential

  • Mindfulness practice (concentration, equanimity, clarity of perception)
  • Practicing role reversal and wrap-up
  • Feedback and processing of weekend

Session #4: Review of Clinical and Diagnostic Principles of Dialogue Therapy
April 11 – 14, 2019

Taught by Polly Young-Eisendrath, Ph.D. & Jean Pieniadz, Ph.D.


Course Description: An overview of the psychological, developmental and spiritual principles of Dialogue Therapy as a method of individual and relational development, this session will examine the theories and methods that undergird Dialogue Therapy. We will also investigate the process of development through Dialogue Therapy in comparison to individual psychodynamic psychotherapy and review and discuss participants’ videos of their own work.

 

Day One

Didactic

  • What is psychological development?
  • What is spiritual development?
  • How do individuals develop within a couple?
  • Jung’s psychological complex
  • Klein’s projective identification
  • Affective unconscious communication in couples (the problem of contempt)
  • Dialogue Therapy as individuation for partners
  • How does meditation help partners develop in couple relationship?
  • What are the limits of meditation for helping partners in couple relationship?
  • How does meditation harm couple relationship?
  • When do we refer for individual psychotherapy?
  • Should you tell a couple “You should separate”? Different approaches
  • How do you learn and develop as a Dialogue Therapist – in your own relationships, in your co-therapy relationship?

Experiential

  • Mindfulness practice (concentration, equanimity, clarity of perception)
  • Dyadic exercises

Day Two

Didactic

  • How do we use the evaluation of partners diagnostically to know whether or not a couple will benefit from Dialogue Therapy?
  • How do you look for the patterns of projective identification in your evaluation process?
  • Participants’ videos of Dialogue Therapy evaluation
  • Discussion of videos

Experiential

  • Mindfulness practice (see/hear/feel)
  • Evaluation practice in dyads – Empathy Interview, Relational History

Day Three

Didactic

  • Participants’ videos of First Session: Working Through a Conflict
  • Discussion of videos
  • Questions and concerns about Doubling and Coaching
  • Questions and concerns about Dialogue
  • Defenses: adaptive and maladaptive
  • Empathy
  • Participants’ videos of Role Reversal
  • Discussion of videos

Experiential

  • Mindfulness practice (see/hear/feel)
  • Doubling, Coaching and Dialogue practices

Day Four

Didactic

  • The follow-up of Dialogue Therapy Sessions (after the 6 months interval)
  • Diagnostics in the Follow-up: How do you evaluate the couple?
  • Questions about Dialogue Therapy
  • Questions about advanced training
  • Additional participants’ videos

Experiential

  • Mindfulness practice: (concentration, equanimity, clarity of perception)
  • Feedback and processing of training
  • Talking Circle

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