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Friday, December 9th 2022 - Saturday, December 10th 2022

DBT with Reactive or High Conflict Couples

Alan E. Fruzzetti, Ph.D.
presented by Centre for MindBody Health

Online via Zoom 11am-4pm Fri/Sat

This training will focus on relationship distress including dysregulated emotion, particularly anger, hurt feelings, sadness, embarrassment and worry. It will examine ways of providing brief DBT family interventions, specifically: 1) how to think about couple transactions in a DBT way, with the role of emotion dysregulation as a central tenet alongside misunderstanding and invalidating responses; 2) DBT couple interventions that organize and manage reactive or dysregulated partners in the session, 3) how to help partners learn emotion management and relationship skills that reduce aversive conflict, increase collaboration and build closeness and connection. This approach has been shown to improve couple relationships in general, helping partners become less destructive, and more peaceful and loving.

Learning Objectives:

1. Describe how emotion vulnerability and invalidation transact to create emotion dysregulation in couples, including problematic patterns
2. Build a treatment target hierarchy relevant to couples in distress
3. Conduct a "double chain" to understand how partner transactions evolve and contribute to problem behaviors, and identify points of intervention
4. Teach and coach relationship mindfulness, accurate expression, and validation
5. Teach and coach collaborative problem solving
6. Utilize the double chain to weave in these skills as solutions
7. Manage in-session conflict and dysregulation

About the Presenter:

Alan E. Fruzzetti, Ph.D. is Director of Training in Family Services and Director of DBT Adherence for 3East DBT programs at McLean Hospital, and Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He received his B.A. from Brown University and M.S. & Ph.D. from the University of Washington in Seattle. Alan has adapted and implemented Dialectical Behavior Therapy for multiple underserved populations and developed many successful DBT programs for people with BPD, other problems with emotion regulation, and programs for couples, parents, and families. His research focuses on the connections between severe psychopathology and interpersonal/family processes, and their interplay with emotion dysregulation.

Dr. Fruzzetti is President of the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder, on the Board of Directors of the DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, and co-founder of the Center for DBT and Families. He has authored well over 100 research and clinical papers and book chapters, two books , is the editor of the Guilford DBT Practice series , and has lectured and trained professionals and the public in more than two dozen countries in BPD, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and/or in family interventions. Alan is the co-creator (with Dr. Perry Hoffman) of the NEA-BPD Family Connections (FC) program for parents, partners, and other loved ones of people with BPD and related problems, and the new FC adaptation for parents with trauma related to suicidality in their loved ones. He has received many honors for research, teaching, and for community service, and is married with four children.

Read what experts in the field say about Dr. Fruzzetti and his work:

“Dr. Fruzzetti is an expert in couple and family therapy and in research on intimate relationships. He is at the fore of work in this area, integrating mindfulness, emotion regulation, accurate expression, and validation into a coherent package.” – Marsha M. Linehan, Ph.D. – Developer of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

“Fruzzetti is a master clinician who does rigorous science in order to provide those of us doing treatment and those in need of something that works.”
– Suzanne Witterholt, MD – Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota

“Fruzzetti is a leader in work with high-conflict couples and families.” – Perry D. Hoffman, Ph.D. – President of National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder, New York

Course Fee:

Early Registration Fee (Before December 1)
Regular $400 CAD + HST
Student $325 CAD + HST

Regular Fee (December 1 onward)
Regular $425 CAD + HST
Student $350 CAD + HST
A 5% discount is available for groups of 5+ registering at the same time.

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