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Saturday, November 23rd 2019

OAMFT Annual Conference 2019 - PACT: A Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy: Attachment, Arousal Regulation and Neuroscience

Stan Tatkin
presented by OAMFT: Ontario Association for Marriage & Family Therapy

November 23, 2019 – 9:00 am – 4:30 pm EST
YMCA Toronto – 20 Grosvenor St, Toronto ON

PACT is a poly-theoretical, non-linear approach that combines fusion of attachment theory, developmental neuroscience, and arousal regulation. It has gained a reputation for effectively treating even the most challenging couples. PACT focuses on early attachment and its effect on brain and nervous system development, as well as on specific neuroendocrine issues related to interpersonal stress. The PACT methodology emphasizes enactment of experience over cognition or psychological interpretation. Interventions often entail therapeutically staged moments intended to trigger arousal and implicit somatoaffective experience and memory. PACT training enables clinicians to discover and analyze psychobiological cues, or “tells,” and other bottom-up (implicit) processes that reveal what top-down (explicit) approaches cannot.

This one-day workshop is an introduction to PACT that provides an overview of the principles behind PACT through a combination of lecture and videos. Clinicians will deepen their knowledge of all aspects of PACT: attachment, arousal regulation, and neurobiological development.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:
1. Describe critical developmental periods for the three domains of PACT.
2. Differentiate secure attachment and secure functioning relationships
3. Apply at least three tools for discovering attachment organization within and between partners.
4. Apply at least three techniques for therapist self-regulation
5. Use at least three interview techniques
6. Employ at least three interventions for promoting secure functioning

About the Presenter:

Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT, is a clinician, researcher, teacher, and developer of A Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy ® (PACT). He has a clinical practice in Calabasas, CA, where he has specialized for the last 18 years in working with couples and individuals who wish to be in relationships. He and his wife, Tracey Boldemann-Tatkin, developed the PACT Institute for the purpose of training other psychotherapists to use this method in their clinical practice.

In addition, Dr Tatkin teaches and supervises first- through third-year family medicine residents at Kaiser Permanente, Woodland Hills, CA, and is an assistant clinical professor at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine. He is on the board of directors of Lifespan Learning Institute and serves as a core member on Relationships First, a nonprofit organization founded by Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Hunt.


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