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BT16 Workshop 31 - Informal Trance Induction in Couples Therapy: Partners in Chairs - Stan Tatkin, PsyD , MFT

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Couples Therapy |  Trance |  Workshops |  Hypnotic Induction |  Brief Therapy |  Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy (PACT)
Brief Therapy Conference |  Brief Therapy Conference 2016
Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT
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Original Program Date:
Dec 11, 2016
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This first of two workshops will demonstrate the use of informal trance in couple therapy. PACT therapists use rolling chairs (office chairs) as a major therapeutic tool for both the couple and therapist in managing arousal, attention, and for inducing trance states. Attendees will learn the basic tenants of PACT and a common approach to inducing informal trance states in partners using rolling chairs. Partners go into a deeper state whereby the therapist can probe, prod, and investigate more implicit issues that plague the relationship. Attendees will view clinical video demonstrations as well as live demonstrations to further illustrate this technique.

Educational Objectives:

  1. Describe the three theoretical domains of PACT.
  2. Apply interventions using cross-questions, cross-interpretations, going down the middle, and bending metal.
  3. Use at least two ways of getting the couple into a trance state using chairs and cross questions.
  4. Assess partner capacity for contact maintenance.
  5. Analyze partner response by reading the face, eyes, voice, heart rate, and body movements.

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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 15 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.