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CC23 Workshop 01 - PACT: How to Orient Couples Toward Secure Functioning? - Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT

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Couples Conference |  Couples Conference 2023
Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT
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May 05, 2023
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This two-hour workshop will demonstrate how to foster secure functioning in your couple practice. Attendees will first get a deeper understanding of what is secure functioning versus insecure functioning in a couple system. We will answer the question as to why secure functioning is the only possible solution to relationship satisfaction and longevity. Then, through live demonstration, attendees will experience various challenges and opportunities to promote secure-functioning principles and orient partners toward a two-person psychological system of interdependency, teamwork, threat reduction, win-win outcomes, and protection of their union. We will also cover conflict management and why a couple system can be measured by how much load bearing it can take before the wheels start coming off.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To be able to list at least five characteristics of a secure-functioning relationship.
  2. To be able to name and describe the brain’s error potentials and why they matter.
  3. To be able to clarify and enforce principles of secure functioning with all couples.
  4. To be able to apply basic PACT interviewing/intervention crossing techniques.
  5. To be able to describe and implement therapeutic containers.



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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.