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CC08 Workshop 12 - The Loving/Warring Brain: How the Brain, Mind and Body Interacts and Reacts to Intimacy - Stan Tatkin, PsyD

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Workshops |  Couples Therapy |  Neuroscience |  Intimacy |  Attachment |  Neurobiology
Couples Conference |  Couples Conference 2008
Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT
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Original Program Date:
Apr 27, 2008
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Is our brain built for love or war, connection or self-preservation? The attachment drive for a secure base involves neurological and neuro-endocrine systems and subsystems that determine such things as proximity seeking and contact maintenance. Couples most commonly enter therapy due to repeated, anticipated, and intense periods of mutual dysregulation whereby attachment injuries and adaptations become reanimated. In order to make the most of attachment theory, the psychotherapist must incorporate a working knowledge of the neurobiological processes that underlie all primary attachment relationships.

Educational Objectives:

  1. To describe how to identify and treat dysregulated couples.
  2. To describe two interventions that promote interactive regulation.

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



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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.