This workshop is approved for 6 CE Units.
PACT, a fusion of attachment theory, developmental neuroscience, and arousal regulation is quickly gaining a reputation for effectively treating couples typically thought of as untreatable.
PACT focuses on early attachment and its effect on brain and nervous system development, as well as on specific neuroendocrine issues related to interpersonal stress. The PACT methodology emphasizes enactment of experience over cognition or psychological interpretation. Interventions often entail therapeutically staged moments intended to trigger arousal and implicit somatoaffective experience and memory. PACT training enables clinicians to discover and analyze psychobiological cues, or “tells,” and other bottom-up (implicit) processes that reveal what top-down (explicit) approaches cannot.
This introduction to PACT gives an overview of the principles behind PACT through a combination of lecture, experiential exercises, demonstrations, and videos. Clinicians deepen knowledge of all aspects of PACT: attachment, arousal regulation, neurobiological development, and therapeutic enactments. Also included will be a brief introduction to neurobiological deficits that can affect the couple safety and security system.
Additionally, the second half of the presentation will focus on PACT interventions. We will cover the use of forensic-type interview skills, and bottom-up interventions that include the use of movement and posing (static positioning) in order to access procedural memory as evidenced through somatic experiencing. Attendees will also learn basic informal trance techniques to use with couples for accessing low arousal affects and autobiographical memories. Materials will be presented through a combination of videos, exercises, demonstrations, and lecture.
Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT is a clinician, author, PACT developer, and co-founder of the PACT Institute. Dr. Tatkin teaches at UCLA, maintains a private practice in Southern California, and leads PACT programs in the US and internationally. He is the author Wired for Dating, Wired for Love, Your Brain on Love, and co-author of Love and War in Intimate Relationships.
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