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Working with complex couples: An introduction to PACT – A Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (2 day workshop)

29 September 2017 - 30 September 2017 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Support couples to move towards secure functioning by integrating attachment theory arousal regulation and neuroscience into intervention.

A Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy (PACT) is a new and innovative approach to couple work developed by Dr Stan Tatkin, Clinical Psychologist and Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) and co-founder of the PACT Institute in California and is quickly gaining a reputation as a highly effective intervention for couples deemed as complex.

PACT integrates attachment theory, arousal regulation and neuroscience into assessment and formulation of the couple relationship and interventions that help the couple move towards secure attachment functioning.

Target audience 

This workshop is intended for clinicians who are interested in developing their range of therapies to include couple therapy as well as couple therapists who wish to expand their skill set with an innovative approach to couple work. 

The workshop provides beginner to intermediate level of training and would be suitable for final year trainee clinical and counselling psychologists, qualified clinical and counselling psychologists, family/systemic therapists, psychotherapists, couples therapists/counsellors, psychiatric social workers, counsellors, and psychiatrists. 

BPS London Office
30 Tabernacle Street

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  1. Be able to distinguish between a capacity model and a conflict model of couple therapy
  2. Be able to describe the three PACT domains (Attachment Theory, Arousal Regulation and Developmental Neuroscience).
  3. Be able to name at least three principles of assessment for the three PACT domains.
  4. Be able to distinguish between top-down and bottom-up interventions and basic PACT interviewing process.
  5. Be able to articulate the PACT therapeutic stance of secure functioning: collaboration, mutually, fairness, justice, and sensitivity.

Participants will be sent articles to read prior to the workshop.

Dr Rachel Holland CPSychol  

Rachel completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Queen’s University Belfast including an advanced practicum at the Department of Veterans Affairs, National Center for PTSD, Boston in 2004.

Rachel has specialised in psycho-oncology since qualifying, working clinically in Belfast, Cheltenham and currently in Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust. She has also been a service manager leading a multidisciplinary team that offered a range of psychosocial supports for people affected by cancer for five years. Rachel offers PACT as part of a range of psychological therapies in psycho-oncology.

Rachel is a PACT Trained Couple Therapist having completed Level I and II of the Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy (PACT) training with Prof Stan Tatkin (UCLA) at the Centre for Family Therapy in Valencia. She was invited to join the PACT Institute Core Faculty as a trainer in December 2014 and since then has delivered the PACT training nationally and internationally.

Inga Gentile 

Inga completed her education and professional training in Southern California. She became licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in 2009 by the state of California and is also licensed as a psychologist in Norway.

Inga serves as part of a multidisciplinary teams at Viken senter  providing intensive inpatient psychiatric services to couples and families from all across Norway. She is also currently contributing to the expansion of Viken senter’s inpatient trauma treatment program for adult individuals who have survived childhood developmental and relational trauma.

Inga is a PACT Certified Couple Therapist having completed Level I and II of the Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT) training with Dr. Stan Tatkin (UCLA) at the Center for Family Therapy in Valencia, Spain. She was invited to join the PACT Institute Core Faculty as a trainer in 2014 and has delivered training on the PACT model within Norway as well as internationally.

09:30 Registration
10:00 Workshop starts
12:30 Lunch
16:30 Workshop ends
Non-Members £384.00 (£320.00 + VAT)
Society Members £270.00 (£225.00 + VAT)

Please note: online bookings will close on 28 September 2017.

Please call +44 (0)1952 214065 for availability after this point.

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