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Stan Tatkin: Threat, Trauma, & Secure Functioning in Romantic Relationships

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When: Friday 11/1 8:30-5 and Saturday 11/2 8:30-5 (note- registration will begin at 8:15/presentation at 9)

Trauma & the PACT Model with Dr. Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT

It should come as no surprise that trauma presentations in couple therapy are as common as complaints about “communication” and “intimacy.” Furthermore, evidence of trauma is often cloaked from the therapist, even when elicited by interview. Small “t” threats (i.e., threats of a nonviolent, non-life-threatening nature, much like small “t” trauma) in romantic relationships remain largely unexamined in the field, even as they are a ubiquitous problem in adult primary attachment relationships. Small “t” threat is evident in day-to-day interactions between partners in the form of threatening facial expressions, body gestures and movements, and vocal prosody, as well as threatening words and phrases. Small “t” threat is part of the human condition, and we can better understand it through the study of developmental neurobiology, memory, lightning-fast recognition systems, attachment organization, and arousal regulation issues.

This two-day presentation focuses on psychobiological conditions that can lead to the emergence of threat in any romantic partnership. Through clinical video examples, demonstrations, and lectures, we cover how small “t” threat presents and how to prevent it from accruing and becoming a biological or systemic problem. We will also cover relational trauma and complex PTSD, and how small “t” threat combines with and amplifies small “t” trauma in couple therapy. Attendees will learn various interventions for dealing with trauma in partners, as well as how to intervene with acting-out couples.

Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT

Clinician, author, PACT developer, and co-founder of the PACT Institute. Dr. Tatkin is an assistant clinical professor at UCLA, David Geffen School of Medicine. He 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, Relationship RX, We Do,andco-author of Love and War in Intimate Relationships.

Professional development hours: [12]

Level of learning activity: All

Learning outcomes:

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. 1. List at least five characteristics of a secure-functioning relationship
  2. 2. Apply at least three interventions for moving couples toward secure functioning
  3. 3. Describe small “t” threat and identify it in session
  4. 4. Use at least three interview techniques for getting accurate information from each partner
  5. 5. Use at least three interventions for working with trauma victims in couple therapy
  6. 6. Employ therapist self-regulation techniques for remaining relaxed and alert when working with highly dysregulated couples
  7. 7. Describe brain areas involved in threat detection and appraisal
  8. 8. Describe brain areas involved in social-emotional acuity
  9. 9. Describe and define attachment organizations and their contribution to threat sensitivity
  10. 10. Describe and define arousal states commonly involved in threat behavior and response
  11. 11. Define and identify acting-out behaviors and a lack of therapeutic alliance
  12. 12. Use at least three interventions for dealing with acting-out behaviors


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