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First Friday Forum: Dialogical Exposure Therapy for Adult PTSD
Metropolitan State University, St. Paul Campus – Auditorium
700 E 7th Street
St. Paul MN, 55106
Friday, October 06, 2017, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CST
Category: First Friday Forums

Dialogical Exposure Therapy for Adult PTSD

Friday, October 6, 2017
Registration: 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Program: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Friday Forums are cosponsored with the
Metropolitan State University Psychology Department

About the Program

This seminar introduces Dialogical Exposure Therapy (DET) for PTSD, integrating cognitive-behavioral aspects with gestalt therapy techniques. DET typically proceeds in four stages: safety, stability, confrontation, and integration. The first two stages are similar to CBT, but the 3rd is not about mere habituation. Instead it focuses on finding a way to preserve one’s self-processes while in contact with the imagined perpetrator/experience. The final stage of integration involves accepting the experience and the changes resulting from it and preventing relapse. A recent randomized clinical trial found that DET produced significant improvement in both self-rated PTSD symptoms and general psychological functioning. The first section of the workshop will introduce participants to the theoretical background for this integrative approach. The second section will explain the stages of the approach and the training program that is offered at the Munich Institute for Trauma Therapy. The third section will introduce and discuss the dialogical exposure techniques central to this approach. Participants will have an opportunity to practice these techniques.

This session qualifies for 3.0 continuing education credits. You must attend the full 3-hour program to get continuing education credit for the event.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the Dialogical Exposure Therapy theoretical assumptions and how they differ from other PTSD approaches.
  2. Explain the stages of Dialogical Exposure Therapy.
  3. Discuss when the therapeutic techniques of Dialogical Exposure Therapy are warranted and safe.
  4. Describe research relevant to the Dialogical Exposure Therapy approach.
  5. Describe the integration of existential and spiritual aspects into dialogical trauma therapy.

About the Presenters:

Almut Furchert, Dr. Phil, Dipl. Psych., is a Diplom.-Psychologist (Humboldt Universitat Berlin), philosopher, adult education and practicing psychotherapist.  She received her Dr. Phil. in philosophy of religion (summa cum laude) from the Jesuit School of Philosophy Munich.  During the past few years she has been a research fellow at the renowned Kierkegaard Research Library at St. Olaf College, Minnesota.  Dr. Furchert has received stipends from Friedrich Naumann-Stiftung, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Korber-Stiftung and the Hong Kierkegaard House Foundation.  She is also the founding director of cloisterseminars.org, a group offering contemplative and educational seminars at abbeys in the USA. 

Charles (“Chuck”) Huff, Jr., Ph.D., has been a professor of psychology at St. Olaf College for the past 16 years.  He was also a visiting scholar and instructor at the Hochschule für Philosophy in Munich for a year from 2015-2016 and from 2008-2009.  He obtained his Ph.D. in social psychology from Princeton University in 1987 and has two masters degrees in psychology – one from the College of William & Mary in 1982 and one from Princeton University in 1984.  

The Minnesota Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The Minnesota Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

ACCESSIBILITY ACCOMMODATIONS:  If you need disability related accommodations, including parking, to make this event accessible, please contact the Metropolitan State University Center for Accessibility Resources, 651-793-1549, or Accessibility.Resources@metrostate.edu

To Register:

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Refund/Cancellation Policy: A 100% refund will be made if the event is cancelled. Refunds, less a $5 handling free, will be given if a written cancellation is received at least two working days before the scheduled program begins. Transfer of fee to another program is granted if written cancellation notice is received at least one day before the program. No refund or transfer is given the day of the program.


Contact: info@mnpsych.org or (952)928-4657