PACT Training Overview

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 

PACT training comprises three levels. The Level I (foundation) course is taught by PACT core faculty. The  Level II (advanced) course is taught by PACT founder, Dr. Stan Tatkin. A Level III master class with Dr. Tatkin is also in development.  

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 understanding 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 and help participants integrate PACT techniques into clinical practice. 

PACT is currently offered in Austin, Berkeley, Boulder, Los Angeles, New York, Santa Fe, and Seattle. Some years, courses are also available internationally. 

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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). 

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. 

The PACT Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The PACT Institute maintains responsibility for its conferences and their content.

  • 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