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This workshop is also a fundraiser for World Teacher Aid.  All proceeds will be used to help fund building a school in Lemolo, Kenya.

$145 for early enrollment ($160 after January 16th)

$500 Divine Donor (*This donation comes with VIP Seating, signed copies of speakers books, and lunch with the speakers)

Crest Theater, Los Angeles

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Cultivating Loving Connections: What the Brain Tells Us About Attachment.

This integrative conference brings together relationship specialists from a range of treatment approaches, illuminating the processes that create change and the properties of healing relationships. We explore the complexities of attachment , mind and body, and taking into account the deeply social nature of the brain while examining effective communication strategies that facilitate the process of change.

This program is designed for Mental health practitioners including psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, psychiatrists, counselors, and other mental health professionals.

• Lessons from Kenya: The Transformative Power of Hope, Trust and Teamwork.
Ellyn Bader, PhD and Peter Pearson, PhD

• Imago as a vehicle for finding Hope and Connection in a Troubled World: Helping People Create Rupture Resilience.
Maya Kollman, MA

• Taking a Stand for Secure Functioning Relationships: A Psychobiological Approach To couple therapy (PACT).
Stan Tatkin, PhD

• Beneath the Words: Understanding and working with couples through the lens of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.
Pat Ogden, PhD and Bonnie Goldstein, PhD

• What Interpersonal Neurobiology Tells Us About Attachments.
Marion Solomon. PhD

All proceeds from this conference will go to World Teacher Aid to finance building another school classroom in Lemolo, Kenya, and we thank our speakers joining together volunteering their time at this collaborative presentation. 


Maya-smlr Maya Kollman, MA, is one of only five certified Master Trainers in Imago Relationship Therapy. She is a gifted therapist, a passionate and down-to-earth workshop presenter, and a powerful and dynamic clinical instructor of mental health professionals. She is warm and funny, knowledgeable and intuitive, which makes for learning that appeals to all styles.
 Ellyn Bader Ellyn Bader, PhD, since the early 1980s Dr. Bader has specialized in helping couples transform their relationships. She is considered by many to be the preeminent expert in couples therapy training. As a therapist, Ellyn combines her keen perception with her unparalleled command of theory and practical application. Learn more at
 peter pearson Peter Pearson, PhD, and his wife, Dr. Ellyn Bader, are pioneers in the field of couples therapy, creating The Developmental Model of Couples Therapy and founding The Couples Institute. He and his wife have been featured on over 50 radio and television programs including “The Today Show” and “CBS Early Morning News.” Learn more at
 stan tatkin Stan Tatkin, PsyD, author of Your Brain on Love, Wired for Love, and Love and War, is a clinician, researcher, teacher, and developer of a Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy® (PACT). He has a clinical practice in Calabasas, CA and developed the PACT Institute for the purpose of training other psychotherapists to use this method in their clinical practice. Learn more at
 pat ogden Pat Ogden, PhD, is a pioneer in somatic psychology and the Founder and Educational Director of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy® Institute, an internationally recognized school specializing in somatic–cognitive approaches for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and attachment disturbances. Learn more at
 bonnie goldstein Bonnie Mark-Goldstein, Ph.D., specializes in helping our younger clients navigate through life's complexities and transition into the next stage of life. She is the Director of the Center for Psychological Services, offering integrative treatment through the lens of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy®, Interpersonal Neurobiology & Attachment, and the dynamic interaction of group psychotherapy.. She is co-editor of the Handbook of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, Vol l & ll, and Treating Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder in Children and Adolescents, and is program director at Lifespan Learning Institute, a non-profit agency bringing together mental health professionals. for continuing education and training. Learn more at
 marion solomon Marion Solomon, PhD is Director of Training, Lifespan Learning Institute; Lecturer at the David Geffen School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry at UCLA, and Senior Extension faculty at the Department of Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences at UCLA. She also has a private practice in West Los Angeles, specializing in treating relationship issues. 



– Relate two ways that culture affects modern intimate relationships, and the implications for treatment. 

– Recognize the similarities and differences between therapeutic modalities presented to treat partners, parents and couples (PACT, Imago, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Psychodynamic Couple therapy etc.) 

– Discuss 4 ways of integrating physical sensations with emotional reactions and treatment implications for clinicians that foster healthy patterns of interaction. 

– Demonstrate three ways to use physical movement, in treatment of couples to increase understanding of sensorimotor implicit and explicit movement and integrate props such as chairs on wheels for partners and therapist in order to offer new treatment tools to clinicians who are treating couples.

– Summarize 3 ways to help partners improve their implicit and explicit responses to each other, in order to foster clear communication and enhance the quality of their relationship. 

– Distinguish five ways that interpersonal Neuroscience enhances partners understanding of one another and the impact of this on their relationship.

– Interpret issues of diversity within community and views of relationships therein, to offer a wider range of treatment in couple therapy. 

CE Credit

This Workshop offers 7 CE Hours

APA: Lifespan Learning Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Lifespan Learning Institute maintains responsibility for this conference and its content. This conference offers 7 hours of CE credit.

BBS: Lifespan Learning Institute is approved by California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) to provide continuing education for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs (provider #PCE 21). This conference meets the qualifications for up to 7 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs as required by the California BBS.

BRN: Lifespan Learning Institute is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (provider #03424) to offer this activity for up to 7 contact hours.

CMA: The Lifespan Learning Institute is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Lifespan Learning Institute designates this live activity for a maximum of 7 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CSCSW: Lifespan Learning Institute is approved by the California Society of Clinical Social Work to offer continuing education units. (Provider# CE137)

NBCC: Lifespan Learning Institute is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program(NBCC ACEP #5981).   This course offers up to 7 NBCC clock hours.


The schedule will be completed shortly

9:00 Welcome

9:15 What Interpersonal Neurobiology Tells Us About Attachments. 
         Marion Solomon, PhD

10:00 Lessons from Kenya: The Transformative Power of Hope, Trust and Teamwork.
          Ellyn Bader, PhD & Peter Pearson, PhD

11:00 Break

11:10 Beneath the Words: Understanding and working with couples through the lens of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. 
           Bonnie Goldstein, PhD & Pat Ogden, PhD

12:30 Panel discussion

1:00 Lunch

2:00 Imago as a vehicle for finding Hope and Connection in a Troubled World: Helping People Create Rupture Resilience. 
         Maya Kollman, MA

3:15 Taking a Stand for Secure Functioning Relationships: A Psychobioogical Approact To couple therapy (PACT). 
         Stan Tatkin, PhD

4:15 Afternoon break

4:25 Panel Discussion

5:30 Conclusion


World Teacher Aid

World Teacher Aid ~ Building Schools in Africa

All enrollment fees from this learning experience go towards building a school in Lemolo, Kenya, and all speakers are donating their time. The school will offer educational opportunities for a community of refugees who were displaced by political and tribal violence. Some of the 600 children have been out of school for 4 years, while others walk 12 kilometers each way to get to school. Join LIfespan Learning in making a difference in many children's lives while learning and improving your own professional skills.

World-teacher-aid All proceeds for this event go toward the building of schools in Africa. 












General Information

$145 for early enrollment ($160 after January 16th)
$500 Divine Donor (*This donation comes with VIP Seating, signed copies of speakers books, and lunch with the speakers)
Register Online or Call (310) 922-3868

Location - The Crest Theater, 1262 Westwood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90024

Hotel & Travel - contact Susan Lamishaw (310) 284-5160
Parking - validated parking at reduced rate behind the theater.
Lunch - There will be morning and afternoon refreshments, however, lunch is NOT included. 

Cancellations and Refunds: If Lifespan Learning Institute cancels or postpones a program, a full refund will be issued. If you need to cancel: Cancellation must be made in writing (by mail or by email) and received in our offices at least 10 days prior to the first date of the program. All cancellations are subject to a 20% cancellation fee or $30, which ever is greater. The cancellation fee is applicable even if you selected "pay later" and have not yet paid.

Grievance Policy: Lifespan Learning Institute is fully committed to conducting all activities in strict conformance with the Ethical Principles of the APA, BBS, BRN, CMA CSCSW, and NBCC. Lifespan Learning Institute will comply with all legal and ethical responsibilities to be non-discriminatory in promotional activities, program content and in the treatment of program participants. The monitoring and assessment of compliance with these standards will be the responsibility of the Education Chair in consultation with the members of the continuing education committee and the program Chairperson. 

Students with Disabilities: In accordance with the American with Disability Act (ADA), please contact our office (310.922.3868) at least 2 weeks before the program if you need special accommodations.

Disclosure: The Lifespan Learning Institute has implemented a process where everyone who is in a position to control the content of any educational activity must disclose any relevant financial relationship with a commercial interest. The speakers, presenters and planning committee members for this educational activity disclose that they have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests.