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Digital Seminar

Balancing Love and Self

Exploring Secure Functioning with the PACT Developmental Approach

Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT
2 Hours 50 Minutes
Audio and Video
Mar 24, 2024
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Sometimes one person’s needs in a relationship conflict with what the partnership requires. How do you balance both? Romantic partnerships based in secure functioning—where partners make their connection a priority while also caring for themselves—must achieve this balance. In this workshop, you’ll learn the fundamentals of PACT, a developmental approach to couples therapy that combines neuroscience, arousal regulation, and attachment theory. We’ll explore: 

  • Live demonstrations of “containers,” a unique organization method for assessing, intervening, and measuring a couple’s progress 
  • Assess and treat developmental roadblocks that partners bring into adult relationships 
  • How to create a secure-functioning relational system, one that emphasizes shared power and authority as well as fairness, justice, and mutual sensitivity 


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This program is worth 3 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT, is a clinician, researcher, teacher, and developer of a Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT). He teaches and supervises family medicine residents at Kaiser Permanente, Woodland Hills, CA, and is an assistant clinical professor at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine.

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  1. List at least five characteristics of a secure-functioning relationship. 
  2. Name and describe the brain’s error potentials and why they matter. 
  3. Assess threat perception in partners and be able to apply techniques for reducing or eliminating threat. 
  4. Define and implement containers in couple therapy. 


  • The fundamentals of the PACT developmental approach to working with couples 
  • What is secure functioning and how does it relate to couples therapy 
  • An overview of the nature of human primates 
  • The difference between secure attachment and secure functioning. 
  • Defining and working within the two-person psychological system 
  • Helping couples co-create their relationship architecture, culture, purpose, and vision. 
  • Assessing developmental roadblocks to secure functioning 
  • Human brain error potentials and why they contribute to threat perception. 
  • The critical functions of containers when working with couples 
  • The core characteristics of a secure-functioning relational system 
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks. 

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Counsellors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counsellors
  • Social Workers

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