We were thrilled to once again host Dr. Alan E. Fruzzetti, clinical psychologist, professor, and researcher in the field of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Following his two-day CMBH training in 2021 the call for his return was loud and clear. We are delighted to be making his thought leadership available to our community of practice once again. Dr. Fruzzetti provided a two-day online training, “DBT with Reactive or High Conflict Couples”.

Event Details

Record dates: Friday and Saturday, December 9 and 10, 2022

Location: Zoom

About the Workshop

Relationship distress typically includes a lot of dysregulated emotion, particularly anger, hurt feelings, sadness, embarrassment, and worry. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) has been shown in dozens of studies to be effective in treating the many problems associated with emotion dysregulation. DBT has been adapted for use with couples, parents, and families with multiple studies demonstrating successful outcomes.

This training will focus on:

  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.  DBT with high conflict couples 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 to 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

Target Audience

All health care professionals seeking to gain knowledge of and refine their skills in delivering family interventions.

Webinar Recording

This two-day webinar will be recorded. Recordings will be shared with all registrants within 5-7 days of the webinar taking place. These will be available for 60 days once the recordings are released.


Regular: $425 CAD + HST = $480.25 CAD


Alan E. FruzzettiAlan 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

Continuing Education (CE) Credits

OPA: Approved for 9.5 CE credits for psychological practitioners.

MDPAC: Approved for 9.5 hours of MDPAC Group CE credits and 1 hour of MDPAC CCI credits (automatically calculated when MDPAC member submits Group CE hours).

Participants must attend both days of the webinar in real-time to receive a certificate of completion detailing CE credits. Attendance will be noted manually by our workshop staff on both days. Participants who are unable to attend one or both days of the webinar may view the recordings once they are released and can be provided a questionnaire upon request to receive full CE credits.