A Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Approach to Couples

Couples’ therapy presents many challenges, all the more so if one or both members of the couple becomes severely emotionally dysregulated, or there is high overt conflict within the couple. DBT therapy is an acceptable choice for work with this population in that it has an established research base. It provides clear direction for how to understand and treat emotional dysregulation and high conflict, and it provides clear guidance for the therapist on how to  remain focused, compassionate and nonjudgmental throughout. Participants will learn these skills through didactic material, behavioral practice and group discussion.


  • Attendees will learn DBT case conceptualization for couples.
  • Attendees will learn and practice basic problem solving strategies of Behavioral Analysis and Interpersonal Skills, and Validation and Dialectical Strategies.
  • Attendees will learn the various ways these strategies can be applied to couples.

Christine Foertsch, Ph.D, Trainer with Behavioral Technology Transfer Group; Private Practice; former Director of DBT Day Program at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital.

Date: Friday, May 19, 2017
Reception: 5:30-6:30
Presentation: 6:30-8:30
Admission: Free for Alumni, $15 for students, $30 for guests (non-alums). All attendees seeking CEUs will pay an additional fee of $20.

If you would like to apply online, click below.

Price Qty
Student (with CEUs) $35.00 (USD)  
Guests (non-alumni with CEUs) $50.00 (USD)  
Guests (non-alumni) $30.00 (USD)  
Student $15.00 (USD)  
Alumni with CEUs $20.00 (USD)  
Alumni $0.00 (USD)  

If you would like to mail or fax in your RSVP, please contact rtonthat@ackerman.org