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Dialogue Therapy for Couples and Real Dialogue for Opposing Sides

Methods Based on Psychoanalysis and Mindfulness

About the Course:

This online courses is a required prerequisite for the Foundational Training in Dialogue Therapy and Real Dialogue (a live training). The course is based on the definitive manual on Dialogue Therapy and Real Dialogue, written by Jeannie Pieniadz and Polly Young-Eisendrath. Dialogue Therapy is a short-term, anxiety-provoking psychoanalytic psychotherapy for couples. Dialogue Therapy draws on psychoanalytic methods of interpreting and finding meaning in unconscious affective communication of implied or explicit emotional demands on a partner that originate in an individual’s early attachment bonds, relational trauma, or other trauma. These demands lead to “psychological complexes,” “repetition compulsions,” or implicit “blind spots” in an intimate relationship. Partners who come to therapy present their own unique dynamic field of transferences and counter-transferences to each other when they relate, especially on issues that cause threat or conflict. Dialogue Therapy also draws on Bowlby’s attachment model as it has been developed in relation to adult pair bonding.

This course is based on the , Dialogue Therapy for Couples and Real Dialogue for Opposing Sides created by Jean Pieniadz, Ph.D. and Polly Young-Eisendrath, Ph.D. in 2021.

Publication Date:

1st Edition Jul 2021

Course Material Authors

Jean Pieniadz, Ph.D.

Dr. Pieniadz is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Burlington, Vermont. She has practiced Dialogue Therapy since 2000. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in UVM’s College of Medicine, supervising psychiatry residents, graduate students, and established professionals in the field. She is also a founding, and current, faculty and board member at the Vermont Institute for the Psychotherapies (VIP). She has conducted research and published in developmental psychology, neuropsychology, feminist pedagogy, and ethics.

Polly Young-Eisendrath, Ph.D.

Dr. Young-Eisendrath is a Jungian analyst, psychologist, and psychotherapist in private practice. She is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Vermont and the founder and director of the Institute for Dialogue Therapy. Polly is the author or editor of eighteen books, ranging from parenting, adult development, intimate and parental love, Buddhist theory, Jungian psychology to women’s development, couple therapy, couple development, and various paths to awakening/enlightenment from meditation to personal love. She is past president of the Vermont Association for Psychoanalytic Studies and a founding member of the Vermont Institute for the Psychotherapies.

Recommended For:

Mental health professionals, including counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge as well as for non-mental health professionals, such as coaches, facilitators, mediators, human resource managers and leaders.

Course Objectives:

  1. Outline the concept of projective identification as it relates to the idealization and disillusionment phases of intimate relationships.

  2. Identify three techniques drawn from psychodrama in facilitation of development of communication skills and empathy in couples.

  3. Describe the function and application of mindfulness practices in reducing emotional reactivity and negative repetitions within couples and other relationships.

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