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Effects of Trauma on Relationships: A Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy

WHERE: 49 College Lane Northampton, MA 01060 (Far end of campus, by Paradise Pond)

WHEN: November 1, 2019

Stan Tatkin

2-Day Training with Dr. Stan Tatkin of the PACT Institute:

Effects of Trauma on Relationships: A Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy





Fri, Nov 1, 2019, 8:15 AM – Sat, Nov 2, 2019, 5:00 PM EST
Registration Starts at 8:15 on the 1st


Smith College Conference Center (Click Here for the Eventbrite Page and Google Maps link.)


$275 for Early Registration (before July 31st)

$295 for Regular Registration (August 1st and after)

Professional Development Hours

12 CE's

About the Training

It should come as no surprise that trauma presentations in couple therapy are as common as complaints about “communication” and “intimacy.” Furthermore, evidence of trauma is often cloaked from the therapist, even when elicited by interview. Small “t” threats (i.e., threats of a nonviolent, non-life-threatening nature, much like small “t” trauma) in romantic relationships remain largely unexamined in the field, even as they are a ubiquitous problem in adult primary attachment relationships. Small “t” threat is evident in day-to-day interactions between partners in the form of threatening facial expressions, body gestures and movements, and vocal prosody, as well as threatening words and phrases. Small “t” threat is part of the human condition, and we can better understand it through the study of developmental neurobiology, memory, lightning-fast recognition systems, attachment organization, and arousal regulation issues.

This two-day presentation focuses on psychobiological conditions that can lead to the emergence of threat in any romantic partnership. Through clinical video examples, demonstrations, and lectures, we cover how small “t” threat presents and how to prevent it from accruing and becoming a biological or systemic problem. We will also cover relational trauma and complex PTSD, and how small “t” threat combines with and amplifies small “t” trauma in couple therapy. Attendees will learn various interventions for dealing with trauma in partners, as well as how to intervene with acting-out couples.


Learning Outcomes


Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

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About Dr. Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT


Dr. Stan Tatkin is a clinician, researcher, teacher, and developer of A Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy® (PACT). He has a clinical practice in Calabasas, CA, where he has specialized for the last 18 years in working with couples and individuals who wish to be in relationships. He and his wife, Tracey Boldemann-Tatkin, developed the PACT Institute for the purpose of training other psychotherapists to use this method in their clinical practice.

In addition, Dr Tatkin teaches and supervises first- through third-year 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. He is on the board of directors of Lifespan Learning Institute and serves as a core member on Relationships First, a nonprofit organization founded by Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Hunt.

Dr. Tatkin's Published Works


We Do: Saying Yes to a Relationship of Depth, True Connection, and Enduring Love (published by Sounds True.

Relationship Rescue: published by Sounds True

Relationship Rx: published by Sounds True).

Wired for Dating: How Understanding Neurobiology and Attachment Style Can Help You Find Your Ideal Mate (published by New Harbinger).

Wired for Love: How Understanding Your Partner’s Brain and Attachment Style Can Help You Defuse Conflict and Build a Secure Relationship (published by New Harbinger).

Your Brain on Love: The Neurobiology of Healthy Relationships (published by Sounds True).

Love and War in Intimate Relationships: Connection, Disconnection, and Mutual Regulation in Couple Therapy (with co-author Marion Solomon, available through W. W. Norton’s Interpersonal Neurobiology Series).