Sounds True presents

What Every Therapist
Ought to Know

Attachment, Arousal Regulation, and Clinical Techniques in Couple Therapy

with

Stan Tatkin

Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT

Welcome to What Every Therapist Ought to Know

Dear friends,

I am excited to invite you to join me in my new eight-week online course on What Every Therapist Ought to Know: Attachment, Arousal Regulation, and Clinical Techniques in Couple Therapy.

This course is based on a Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy® (PACT) and is created primarily with couple therapists in mind. However, the principles and skills taught in this course will easily translate for use by individual, family, and group therapists.

PACT is an innovative, nonlinear model that integrates attachment theory, arousal regulation, and developmental neuroscience. In this course, we will focus on attachment theory and arousal regulation.

Early attachment patterns influence brain and nervous system development, leaving lasting effects on relationships. Attachment theory identifies three main styles of interpersonal relating. We will examine each attachment style, including relevant developmental issues, common defense mechanisms, and how to identify these styles and work most effectively with people of each.

We will also explore how to assess arousal regulation. You will learn basic PACT interviewing skills, ways to help partners effectively regulate each other, and other simple but powerful intervention techniques used by PACT therapists.

What sets PACT apart from other models of couple therapy is its emphasis on what we call secure functioning. The PACT therapist’s primary goal is to move couples toward secure functioning—that is, toward a relationship characterized by true mutuality, collaboration, and equal power; one that is fair, just, and sensitive to the needs of each partner. In short, partners must care for each other while caring for the self.

In this course, you will discover the value of secure functioning and learn how to bring it home both with your clients and in your own relationships.

In addition to the weekly videos in the eight-week course, I look forward to the online sessions with you. In these meetings, we will have a chance to chat. I will be able to answer your questions and guide you as you begin to integrate PACT principles and skills into your own clinical practice.

Stan Tatkin

Warmly,

Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT

An Overview of the Training Program

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Here is everything that you will receive in the training:

  • An eight-week online video training program with six-plus hours of teaching
  • Two live question-and-answer sessions
  • Transcripts of ALL video teachings and calls
  • Downloadable videos for lifetime access
  • Ten Continuing Education credits will be available for purchase

What Every Therapist Ought to Know:

Relational Transformation, Nonverbal Experience, and The Psychology of The Therapist

Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT

We are pleased to present this psychotherapy professional training taught by Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT, covering the latest research and treatment approaches in the areas of couple therapy, attachment theory, and arousal regulation.

Stan is author of the acclaimed Wired for Love: How Understanding Your Partner's Brain and Attachment Style Can Help You Defuse Conflict and Build a Secure Relationship.

Stan will provide the theory and clinical tools you need to work more effectively with couples who are seeking more intimate, connected, and fulfilling relationships. Through both theoretical and experiential-based learning approaches, Stan will provide a foundational training in each of the primary attachment styles and how knowledge of our own and our partners' attachment histories is essential for a healthy relationship.

The training will focus on three primary areas of education, much of which was simply not included in graduate-level study:

  • The latest discoveries in developmental neuroscience and the relevance of these discoveries in clinical practice
  • Attachment theory and how an understanding of the theory is essential in helping our clients to flourish in relationship
  • The latest research concerning the regulation of arousal—our own and that of our partners

These three areas will be woven together in a very practical way so that you can promote and catalyze securely functioning relationships in your clinical practice.

What's Inside Your Curriculum

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Session #1: Overview of Attachment from a Psychobiological Perspective

In this session we will explore:

  • The purpose of using attachment theory in couple therapy
  • What attachment does and does not address
  • Attachment versus personality theory
  • Relabeling attachment categories for public consumption
  • The secure culture versus the insecure culture
  • Methods of attachment assessment
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Session #2: Overview of Arousal Regulation

In this session we will explore:

  • The purpose of understanding arousal theory in couple therapy
  • Arousal versus affect
  • Arousal dysregulation in one or both partners
  • Therapist self-regulation
  • Arousal bias
  • Methods of arousal assessment
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Session #3: PACT Interview Procedures

In this session we will explore:

  • Specific techniques and skills of the PACT interview
  • A sample dialogue between a therapist and a couple
  • How to interact with and assess a couple during the interview
  • The importance of acute attention to detail
  • Regulating couples and oneself during therapy
  • The challenge of pushing and engaging ourselves and our clients
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Session #4: Therapeutic Stance & Secure Functioning

In this session we will explore:

  • The therapist's beliefs and intentions in working with couples
  • Why taking a firm therapeutic stance is critical for success
  • How to articulate your stance to your clients
  • Guiding couples in the direction of secure functioning
  • The principles of secure functioning
  • How to set goals effectively—and measure success accurately
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Session #5: Working with Islands

In this session we will explore:

  • Gaining a therapeutic alliance
  • Developmental issues
  • The PAI as intervention
  • Differentials: personality disorder, culture, autistic spectrum, deficits
  • Therapist countertransference
  • Skills for working with Islands
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Session #6: Working with Waves

In this session we will explore:

  • Understanding Waves
  • Developmental issues with Waves
  • The PAI for information gathering for Waves
  • Differentials: personality disorder, culture, psychotic disorders, PTSD
  • Therapist countertransference
  • Specific skills for working with Waves
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Session #7: Avoiding Common Pitfalls

In this session we will explore:

  • The time and patience required with the PACT approach
  • What is it we're looking at? Making the right diagnosis.
  • The willingness to be wrong as a therapist, again and again
  • Our thoughts about what's happening versus the reality of what's going on
  • How stress affects communication, memory, and perception
  • The importance of clarity before action
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Session #8: Bringing It Home

In this session we will explore:

  • Gaining comfort and confidence as a couple therapist
  • Getting along cooperatively and collaboratively with others
  • Creating principles of engagement based on fairness, justice, and sensitivity
  • Empowerment through secure functioning
  • Becoming a voracious learner as a therapist
  • Changing the world one couple at a time

If there is a hallmark for the age in which we live, perhaps it will be our ability to take the complex findings of scientific research and apply them smoothly and effectively in our everyday lives, to better understand ourselves and to love more fully.

This is a powerful course that will give you tools and skills to work on for years to come.

PLUS RECEIVE THIS SPECIAL BONUS:

As part of this eight-week training with Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT, you will also receive:

  • A video session on the three organized attachment types.

ABOUT YOUR PRESENTER

Stan Tatkin

Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT, is a clinician, researcher, teacher, and developer of A Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy® (PACT). 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 of Wired for Dating, Wired for Love, Your Brain on Love, and coauthor of Love and War in Intimate Relationships. Dr. Stan Tatkin is a couple therapy innovator recognized all over the world. His coined catchphrases “couple bubble” and “secure functioning” refer to the therapeutic stance and goals of PACT.

Welcome to the What Every Therapist Ought to Know
Training Overview Summary

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  • An eight-week online video training program with six-plus hours of teaching
  • Two live question-and-answer sessions
  • Transcripts of ALL video teachings and calls
  • Downloadable videos for lifetime access
  • Ten Continuing Education credits will be available for purchase

Plus, receive the following presenter bonus:

  • A video session on the three organized attachment types

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I access What Every Therapist Ought to Know once I have purchased?

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  1. 1. Log in to your Sounds True account.
  2. 2. Click on “my library” (located in the navigation bar at the top right of the page)
  3. 3. Click on “Online Courses” (located on the left side of the page)
  4. 4. Find What Every Therapist Ought to Know
  5. 5. Click on “go to course.”

How do I access the presenter bonus files?

To access the bonus files through the course you will need to:

  1. 1. Log in to your Sounds True account.
  2. 2. Click on “my library” (located in the navigation bar at the top right of the page)
  3. 3. Click on “Online Courses” (located on the left side of the page)
  4. 4. Find What Every Therapist Ought to Know
  5. 5. Click on “go to course.”
  6. 6. Find and click on “Bonus.”

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  2. 2. Click on “my library” (located in the navigation bar at the top right of the page)
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