PACT Training Overview

2017 Registration
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Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy

A Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy® (PACT), developed by Dr. Stan Tatkin, is a fusion of attachment theory, developmental neuroscience, and arousal regulation. PACT has a reputation for effectively treating the most challenging couples.

In-depth Training

The full training comprises three levels, spanning three years. The Level I (beginner) course is taught by the PACT core faculty. The  Level II (advanced) and  Level III (practicum) courses are taught by Dr. Tatkin. These courses are offered at various locations in the United States. Some levels are also available internationally.

Three 3-day Level I sessions and two 3-day Level II sessions feature a combined didactic and multimedia delivery of information, group discussion, experiential exercises, clinical video presentations, case consultation, and live case enactments. Trainings deepen knowledge about all aspects of PACT, including assessment of and interventions for attachment, arousal regulation, and neurological capacity. A manual, online forums, downloadable articles, webinars, and online quizzes and tutorials are included.

The Level III course is open to students who have completed Level II and who opt for the certification track. In addition to ongoing PACT work with patients in their own clinical practice, students attend two 3-day sessions with Dr. Tatkin. Upon successful completion of Level III, students can take the certification assessment.

PACT is currently offered in Austin, Berkeley, Boulder, Los Angeles, New York, Santa Fe, Seattle & Toronto.

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CE Credit Available

Professional training for PACT is intended for licensed and pre-licensed marriage and family therapists, social workers, counselors, psychologists, and psychiatrists. CE hours are offered at all levels through the PACT Institute (ACEP #6641 and PCE #5551) and Lifespan Learning Institute. PACT Institute SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0104.

  • PACT has been the most helpful training I have experienced in over 24 years of practice as a therapist.

    ~ Katie Graham, Level II 2015
  • The three weekends were all equally stimulating and engaging. The amount of new information and experiential activities felt perfectly balanced. 

    ~ Heather Gomez, Level I 2015
  • [The PACT training] completely supports and develops my skills as a therapist and as a human.

    ~ Ellen Boeder, Level II 2015
  • I have and will continue to recommend this course to my professional colleagues.

    ~ Susan Leeds, Level II 2015
  • This training has changed me in a really good way, both professionally and personally.

    ~ Elaine Maronick, Level II 2015
  • Every process in this course helps me in my marriage, my life, and my work.

    ~ Daniel Scrafford, Level I 2015
  • I do believe [the PACT training] is not only life changing but world shaping. I mean that.

    ~ Suzanne Forrester, Level I 2015
  • I’m super happy to have added PACT to my couple therapy skill set. 

    ~ Lynda Spann, Level I 2015

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