An Introduction to the Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy

Presented by Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT on 12-02-2016 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern)

The Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy® (PACT) methodology utilizes a bottom-up versus a top-down approach to psychotherapy. The focus of PACT is on fast and often surprising interventions that allow the clinician access to implicit systems revealed in micro-expressions and micro-movements in the face and body, respectively.

In this two-hour continuing education web conference, Dr. Stan Tatkin will provide an overview of the principles of PACT including its three domains: attachment theory, arousal regulation, and developmental neuroscience. He will explore how early attachment patterns are somatically imprinted onto the development of the brain and nervous system as well as share basic PACT interviewing techniques.

Attendees will not only develop a better understanding of attachment types and working with arousal regulation, but also learn how to direct couples toward secure functioning. Dr. Tatkin will explain how clinicians can analyze moment-to-moment variations and shifts in affect and arousal in addition to therapeutically staging interventions that will trigger arousal and implicit somatoaffective experience and memory.

This introductory instructional level course is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Describe the three domains of Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy® (PACT).
  2. List the characteristics of secure functioning and explain its significance for the PACT therapist.
  3. Differentiate between autoregulation, self-regulation, and interactive regulation.
  4. Identify three primary attachment styles and explain their influence in couple relationships.
  5. Explain three basic PACT interviewing skills.

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How the Web Conference Works

Before the scheduled event, all registered attendees will be sent a reminder email from GoodTherapy.org with specific instructions on how to log in to the web conference center, as well as links to optional handout materials if applicable. 

To attend the event, registered attendees will log in to the web conference center using a computer or device (smartphone or tablet with internet access) and calling in to the teleconference line on a phone. Attendees will be able to ask live audio questions via phone and/or submit text chat questions via their computer or device. Attendees who are logged in to the event center will be able to see live streaming video and/or document sharing. Alternatively, attendees may dial in to the teleconference line only, though attendees dialing in by phone only will be unable to ask questions. 

At the conclusion of this event, participants will receive an email with information about how to request a CE certificate in the GoodTherapy.org Member's Area. To confirm attendance, participants must enter the start and end codes announced at the beginning and end of the live presentation. Participants will also be prompted to complete an online survey evaluating the event. Participants will need to complete this online survey within six days after the event. Once completed, participants will be able to download a copy of their CE certificate instantly. 

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Continuing Education (CE) Information

Two CE credits will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety.

GoodTherapy.org is an Approved Education Provider by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals (provider #135463). Of the eight counselor skill groups ascribed to by NAADAC, this course is classified within counseling services.

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GoodTherapy.org is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content and is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.

Registration Information

This web conference is available at no cost to GoodTherapy.org members.

This event has already taken place. An audio recording for this event may be available in the Member's Area.

Meet the Presenter

Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT

Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT

Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT, clinician and author, has a private practice in Calabasas, CA and also teaches at UCLA. Dr. Tatkin developed A Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT) and co-founded the PACT Institute with his wife, Tracey Boldemann-Tatkin, in order to train other therapists in the method.    

A member of the Lifespan Learning Institute’s board of directors, Dr. Tatkin also serves on the advisory board of the nonprofit organization Relationships First. 

For a time, he specialized in the treatment of adults and adolescents with personality diagnoses. His current focuses include the integration of early childhood attachment principles with romantic relationship principles and psycho-neurobiological relationship theories. He is trained in a number of modalities, including family systems, Gestalt, and object relations as well as Vipassana meditation and Morita and Naikan therapies, two Japanese approaches to treatment.  

Dr. Tatkin's publications include:

For more information about Dr. Tatkin and his work, please visit his websites www.stantatkin.com and www.thepactinstitute.com.

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Continuing Education Provider Approvals

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    GoodTherapy.org is Approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content. APA approval applies to all events listed after May 2011.
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    GoodTherapy.org has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GoodTherapy.org is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
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    This course has been approved by GoodTherapy.org, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. GoodTherapy.org is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
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    GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 03/30/2016 – 03/30/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.