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BT18 Workshop 13 - Dealing with Projective Identification in Couple Therapy: The PACT Approach - Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT

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Workshops |  Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy (PACT) |  Continuing Education |  Brief Therapy |  Couples Therapy |  Transference / Countertransference
Brief Therapy Conference |  Brief Therapy Conference 2018 |  Online Continuing Education
Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT
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Original Program Date:
Dec 07, 2018
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This two-hour workshop deals solely with the matter of projective identification (PI) as experienced in couple therapy. PI is perhaps one of the least talked about and most problematic issue in all modalities of psychotherapy. PI is also one of the most effective tools therapists can use to discover implicit information about the couple and accelerate the therapy forward. Attendees will learn how to become aware of this nonconscious process of communication and defense employed by all couples at some point. Through demonstration and video presentation, attendees will also learn what to do about PI – which strategic interventions will work and how to evaluate their effectiveness.

Educational Objectives:

  1. Describe why you’ve chosen which partner to be more likely to be using projective identification at any given time.
  2. Differentiate and describe the difference between projective identification and other forms of countertransference. 
  3. Describe raw thought, fantasies, urges, and feelings as a means for constructing an effective intervention.  
  4. Demonstrate understanding of crossing techniques for rooting out implicitly communicated material.  

*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*



2.0 credits available.

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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.