Foundational Training in Dialogue Therapy


 Polly Young-Eisendrath, Ph.D.

Author - Speaker - Therapist - Teacher - Relationship Expert - Innovator

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. 


Why this model?

I have been in the field of counseling for 25 years and have always done intensive personal work and professional training because I have a great respect for the impact that depth work can have on people. When continuing education time comes up, I am always hopeful to find a new way to do my work that has that depth, and I usually walk away feeling disappointed that the majority of presenters focus on more surface aspects. This year I was elated to hear Polly Young-Eisendrath present at the Freud meets Buddha conference in Chicago. I found her to be a seasoned therapist that has found a way for people to communicate and connect on a deeper level which can transform chronic conflict into greater closeness and development. Her work draws on her experience of 30 years as a Dialogue Therapist and Jungian psychoanalyst. Polly is also a Mindfulness teacher and has been a practitioner of Buddhism since 1971. After hearing her speak, I knew that I wanted to bring her to the Chicago area to train those who are also interested in something more than what is out there. I hope that you will join us in this valuable training. 

Celeste Ballard, LCPC, CMT

Within Holistic Counseling

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. Youn-Eisendraths 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.


Refresh and Refine Skills in Couple Therapy

Improve your clinical work with couples by learning Dialogue Therapy


Polly will guide you through:

• Pitfalls and shortcomings of contemporary couple therapy models

• Challenges of equality, reciprocity and mutuality

• The nature of personal love

• How personal love differs from pair-bonding, romance idealization or desire

• Enemy-making factors in personal love

• True love as a spiritual path

• Video demonstrations of Dialogue Therapy sessions

• Psychodrama technique

• Mindfulness practices

• The six questions of Dialogue Therapy and how to use them

• Conducting an empathy interview for personal history

• The co-therapist model and the solo therapist model


Who Should Attend

Mental Health Professionals, Social Workers, Psychologists, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Licensed Mental Health Counselors. However, the program is open to anyone who wants to learn the methods and skills of Real Dialogue for their own improvement and development. The completion of the four-session program, combined with two hours of supervision by a Certified Dialogue Therapist, leads to certification as a Dialogue Therapist, which will be linked to the Dialogue Institutes page for referrals. 



Polly Young-Eisendrath, Ph.D. is a psychologist, writer, speaker and Jungian analyst who has

published 18 books including The Self-Esteem Trap, The Cambridge Companion to Jung,

and Women and Desire. Her most recent book, Love Between Equals: Relationship as a Spiritual Path, offers new insights and practices to help couples and other equal partners renew intimacy and friendship by resolving repetitive conflicts that undermine trust.


Polly maintains a full-time clinical and consulting practice in central Vermont. She is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Vermont and was Clinical Supervisor at Norwich University until the psychoanalytic training program ended in 2018.

Sarah Brodie, MA is a psychotherapist with a specialty in art therapy, child psychoanalysis (Dipl. CICAPP), and Dialogue Therapy for parents in Burlington, Ontario, Canada. Sarah is the Associate Clinical Director of the Institute for Dialogue Therapy.



$2800 total/$700 per session 

Early registration discount is available before October 7, 2019.


Dates and Location

Session 1: November 7 - 10, 2019

Session 2: Feb 13th - 16th, 2020 

Session 3: April 2 - 5, 2020 

Session 4: May 14 - 17, 2020 

Registrants are encouraged to attend all four sessions.

Please click this link for a more detailed description of the course outline, certification requirements, and information about the facilities  Click Here

Chicago/Midwest Sessions of Dialogue Therapy 

800 Roosevelt Road • Building A, Suite 111 Glen Ellyn, IL 60137


Continuing Education

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 is an overview that sets the conceptual framework and rationale of this method. The second session 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 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 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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