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BT18 Clinical Demonstration 07 - Lovers Pose - Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT

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Clinical Demonstrations |  Continuing Education |  Love |  Art and Creativity |  Brief Therapy |  Couples Therapy |  Memory
Brief Therapy Conference |  Brief Therapy Conference 2018 |  Online Continuing Education
Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT
Course Levels:
Master Degree or Higher in Health-Related Field
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Original Program Date:
Dec 08, 2018
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Few couple interventions are as elegant and beautiful as the lovers pose. It is like a surgical table for therapists to extract and repair deep, implicit memory issues between partners and, by proxy, original childhood caregivers. The therapist “casts” each partner into roles appropriate for the therapeutic direction as decided by the therapist. Though the lovers pose is as it sounds, for lovers holding one another, it is also the caregiver-infant pose, the Pietà pose (holding a dead loved one), and inner child pose. This demonstration will also provide instructions for getting into and out of the pose which involves a three-step process.

Educational Objectives:

  1. List at least four different ways to cast partners.
  2. Articulate the three steps for getting partners into and out of the exercise.
  3. Demonstrate how to get partners to get into the pose. 

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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.