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CC16 Keynote 03 - Sewing Partners Together: Techniques for Moving Couples Toward Secure Functioning

This one-hour presentation will demonstrate cross-dialogic and other strategic techniques for shepherding couples toward secure functioning, an attitudinal and behavioral expectation that couples operate as a two-person psychological system. Because the concept of secure-functioning is principle based and not personality based, the success of secure-functioning relationships does not depend upon attachment orientation. The presentation will endeavor to help the clinician utilize psychobiological strategies to help clarify partner attachment strategies, true desires, and unspoken agendas in couple therapy. 

Educational Objectives:

  1. List at least five characteristics of a secure-functioning relationship.
  2. Apply at least three interventions for moving couples toward secure functioning.
  3. Differentiate and describe the difference between secure attachment and secure-functioning relationships.


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Topic Areas:
Neuroscience |  Couples Therapy |  Keynote
Couples Conference 2016 |  Stream |  Couples Conference
Stan Tatkin
Course Levels:
Master Degree or Higher in Health-Related Field
50 Minutes
Audio and Video
Original Program Date:
May 13, 2016
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1 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.

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