Introduction to a Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy (PACT)

Hans Jorg Stahlschmidt, PhD

Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Registration starts at 8:30 am.

Introduction to a Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy (PACT)

This course will be an introduction to the PACT model of couple therapy. The PACT model of couples-therapy is based on a conceptual framework of committed, intimate relationships referred to as secure functioning. Secure functioning relationships are based on a stance of relationship first and adherence to true mutuality, fairness, justice and sensitivity to each other’s needs. The three foundational underpinnings of PACT work: developmental neuroscience, arousal regulation and attachment theory are essential clinical perspectives for the therapist in their task to help the couple develop a secure functioning/co regulatory relationship. PACT therapists utilize a bottom-up or process-oriented approach to simultaneously promote in the couple the development of greater understanding and empathy for their own and their partner’s self-protective strategies while moving them towards a secure functioning relationship.

We will explore how attachment and arousal regulation shape the couple relationship and how these “fast brain systems” both regulate and also dysregulate the couple. Tools for assessing the couple as well as a range of interventions that help the two partners to move towards secure functioning will be presented. Dr. Stahlschmidt will engage the group in discussions regarding some of the common difficulties we face working with couples and also engage in some experiential exercises which help to deepen their understanding of attachment strategies in relationship as well as some tools for working in this bottom-up model with couples.

Hans Jorg Stahlschmidt, PhD received the foundation of his education and training as a psychologist in Germany. As a licensed psychologist in Germany he worked with individual and groups as well as provided training in various body therapies. Dr. Stahlschmidt also received a PhD in clinical psychology. He draws from a wide range of professional experiences as well as various disciplines and training's over the last forty years. His current approach is based on Dr. Stan Tatkin’s neurobiological PACT model. He has a private practice in Berkeley, specializing in couples work and leading several consulting groups. He is a core faculty member of the PACT Institute and trains therapists in California, Oregon and Washington in couples-therapy.

Date & Time:  March 14, 2020 at 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Registration opens at 8:30 am.

Location: TPI, 2232 Carleton St., Berkeley, CA 94704 (get map and directions)

 Fee if Registration Completed: by 02/28/20 after 02/28/20
TPI Members $104 $124
Nonmembers $128 $148
Prelicensed Students/Associates $80 $100

CE: 4 Credits. $10 additional fee for CE credits. The Psychotherapy Institute is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists, LMFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs (provider number PSY005). The Psychotherapy Institute maintains responsibility for these programs and their content (see Course Policies).

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