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CC19 Keynote 03 - The Neuroscience Behind Doing the Right Thing - Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT

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Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT
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Apr 14, 2019
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We currently live in a time of great emotional stress around matters of fairness, justice, ethics, and morality. As couple therapists, we are working with the smallest unit of a society, the two-person system that is the primary attachment partnership. Therapists should have a strong understanding of their own moral and ethical compass when guiding partner behavior that occurs inside and outside of therapy. Therapists should also have at least a beginning knowledge of the psycho-neurobiological correlates of not only fairness, justice, and sensitivity, but of the ability to do the right thing for the self as well as the other. This keynote will attempt to cover very dense but vital topic that answers questions such as, why do we self-harm, do things that make use feel better at the cost of being better, as well as act first and think later.

Educational Objectives:

  1. List at least two areas of the brain involved in error correction.
  2. Describe at least three reasons people tend to do the wrong thing.
  3. Apply at least two techniques for getting partners in a couple to do the right thing.

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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.