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Dialogue in Therapy: The Art of Presence

Dialogue in Therapy: The Art of Presence



Product Description

Friday, June 21- Sunday, June 23, 2024

HYBRID–You can attend either online or in person.

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST

Tuition:  $ 1200.00

Continuing education credits from NASW-MA

The Institute For Dialogic Practice


June 21-23, 2024

10:00 am – 5: 00 pm Eastern Standard Time (with a lunch hour and 2 breaks – Sunday’s session ends at 1pm).

Hybrid:  You can participate either online or in-person.  To do in-person, we must have a minimum of 9 people attending in person.

In-person:  Dwight Center for Social Justice, Yale University, New Haven. CT.

Online:  Via Zoom

This is an introductory intensive in dialogic practice. It is experiential and hands-on. There will be an emphasis on two aspects.

(1) The Key Elements of Dialogic Practice.

This practice invites the creation of a “dialogic space,” or context for listening. The relational skill set, or set of key elements, is the foundation for  common language, understanding and the emergence of new possibilities of hope.

(2) The Presence of the Therapist.

The focus here is on the therapist’s presence or optimal way of being. We will examine how to sustain presence or what IFS developer Richard Schwartz cals “Self-Leadership, the eight Cs:” calmness, creativity, connectedness, curiosity, compassion, courage, confidence, and clarity in often challenging clinical situations.

My framework is integrative and humanistic. Within an emphasis on dialogical communication, I also incorporate elements of different relational approaches that have influenced me over the course of my career.  I am mainly rooted in open dialogue and reflecting-process work, which evolved from family therapy, but have also been trained in analytic and psychodynamic approaches, and most recently, the internal family systems approach, “IFS.”

Continuing Education Credits

CEUs are pending. Applications have been made to the chapter of the National Association of Social Workers in Massachusetts.  It is the responsibility of the attendee to check back to verify that these continuing education credits have been approved and are valid for their particular license in their particular state.


To register, please send a check in the amount of $1175.00 to

Mary Olson, PhD, 24 West Main Street, Suite 360, Clinton, CT,  06413.

If you wish to use PayPal above, there is an additional fee of $25: $1200.


The workshop will be given online with the option of an in-person component at Yale University, New Haven, CT.  For the hybrid component, we will need a minimum of 6 people who are able to attend in person at Yale.


The workshop will meet from Friday, June 21 – Sunday, June 23 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM with a lunch hour and 2 fifteen-minute breaks. Sunday’s session ends at 1pm.


Participants are responsible for finding accommodation but the Institute can supply some recommendations.

About the Instructor

Mary Olson, PhD is a psychotherapist, family therapist, educator, research and writer.  She is the director of the Institute for Dialogic Practice, a clinical faculty member of Yale School of Medicine, and a Fulbright Scholar in Clinical Psychology.  She maintains a private practice in Connecticut ( and Massachusetts (online).

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