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Psychobiology is the developmental study of human beings from cradle to grave, focusing on the developing mind, brain, and body. This two-hour presentation will cover a bit of science and a lot of how therapists can organize their couple work in a manner that makes sense. Underneath the hood, PACT is an amalgam of developmental theories (neurobiology, arousal regulation, and attachment) and a combination of multiple therapeutic approaches and techniques (structural/strategic family systems, object relations, somatic tracking of face and body, psychodrama, informal trance, and more). 

However, the heart of this approach is quite simple, straightforward, and elegant. Partners are expected to behave in a manner that is secure functioning: two autonomous individuals, fully interdependent, always operating collaboratively and cooperatively. Very difficult to do, particularly under stress. Secure-functioning partners operate under principles of fairness, justice, and sensitivity to one another. They co-create a unique culture of their own with a clear sense of shared purpose and vision as all free and fair unions must. 

We will cover such matter as, what is a secure functioning relationship and how is it more effective than insecure models? What is the difference between secure functioning and secure attachment? How does the couple therapist promote secure functioning? What is the automatic brain and what implications does it have for pair bonding? What is PACT and how is it different from other couple approaches? What are the three theoretical domains of PACT? What are PACT interview tools and interventions?

100% of proceeds go to Maple Counseling's mental health training and services.
Presented by Maple Counseling, Lifespan Learning Institute, and PACT Institute.


Stan Tatkin, Presenter

Stan Tatkin 2022Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT, 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.

In addition, Dr. Tatkin 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. Dr. Tatkin is on the board of directors of Lifespan Learning Institute and serves as a member on Relationships First Counsel, a non-profit organization founded by Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Hunt.

Dr. Tatkin received his early training in developmental self and object relations (Masterson Institute), Gestalt, psychodrama, and family systems theory. His private practice specialized for some time in treating adolescents and adults with personality disorders. More recently, his interests turned to psycho-neurobiological theories of human relationship and applying principles of early mother-infant attachment to adult romantic relationships.

Dr. Tatkin was a primary inpatient group therapist at the John Bradshaw Center, where among other things, he taught mindfulness to patients and staff. He was trained in Vipassana meditation by Shinzen Young and was an experienced facilitator in Vipassana. He was also trained by David Reynolds in two Japanese forms of psychotherapy, Morita and Naikan. Dr. Tatkin was clinical director of Charter Hospital’s intensive outpatient drug and alcohol program and is a former president of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Ventura County chapter. He is a veteran member of Allan N. Schore’s study group. He also trained in the Adult Attachment Interview by way of Mary Main and Erik Hesse’s program through UC Berkeley.
 The PACT Institute

Disclosure: The Lifespan Learning Institute, The Maple Counceling Center and The PACT Institute have implemented a process where everyone who is in a position to control the content of any educational activity must disclose any potentially relevant financial relationship with a commercial interest.  The presenter listed above have been determined to be free of conflict for the purposes of this workshop.


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

  • List at least five characteristics of a secure-functioning relationship
  • Name and describe the brain’s error potentials and why they matter
  • Clarify and enforce principles of secure functioning with all couples
  • Apply basic PACT interviewing/intervention crossing techniques
  • Identify secure and insecure attachment organizations in partners

CE Credit

Continuing Education Credit: The Lifespan Learning Insitute, The Maple Counceling Center and The PACT Institute are cosponsors of this Continuing Education program.  Lifespan Learning Institute is approved by APA and CAMFT to offer Contiinuing Education Credit for our programs. Your eligibility for CE Credit is based upon the information contained in your Zoom Conference log-in/ log-out and engagement time.  You must also complete the online Evaluation form by 6/17/2022. 

This Conference offers 2 CE Hours.

Psychologists (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 2 hours of CE credit.

LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, & LEPs (CAMFT): Lifespan Learning Institute is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, & LEPs. Lifespan Learning Institute maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. (provider # 050085)


Friday, June 10, 2022
all times are PST (GMT-8)

7:45 Sign-in
8:00 Secure Functioning and the Human Condition

We cover the primary, simple premise of secure function, brain error potentials, and basic PACT polytheoretical approach

8:45 Q&A
9:00 Break
9:15 Crossing Techniques

We will cover the basic PACT interventions of crossing questions, interpretations, and going down the middle

10:00 Q&A
10:15 Conclusion 
     Complete the online Evaluation form within 7 days in order to receive your CE credit

Cost & Details

Fee: $39.00 thru May 22, $50.00 Thereafter.  You also have an opportunity to include a tax-deductable donation to The Maple Couseling Center.
Excluding the cost of the webinar, all amounts donated are tax deductible.  The Maple Counseling Center is a tax exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN 95-2753118. Please consult with your tax advisor with any questions.

Enroll: Online or by phone: 310.474.2505

Access: Online via Zoom - the link will be provided to you.  

Attire: Dress comfortably.

Tech Requirements: You will need a stable internet connection and the most recent version of Zoom Client for Meetings (available free here)

Tech Courtesy: we want your experience to be positive, so please

  • Log-in to the session a few minutes early
  • Mute your audio while in the conference sesson except when you are speaking.
  • Submit questions via the chat feature
  • Limit chat submissions to workshop topics only.

Communications: All pre-conference and post-conference communications will be via email or online. This includes but is not limited to: Registration confirmation, digital syllabus, Evaluations, CE certificates, etc.

Cancellations and Refunds: If Lifespan Learning Institute cancels or postpones a program, a full refund will be issued. If you need to cancel: Cancella;on 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. 

Grievance Policy: Lifespan Learning Institute is fully committed to conducting all activities in strict conformance with the Ethical Principles of the APA & CAMFT  The full policy and filing procedure are available at

Students with Disabilities: In accordance with the American with Disability Act (ADA), please contact our office (310.474.2505) at least 2 weeks before the program if you need special accommodations.


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LLI logoLifespan Learning Institute is a non-profit organization founded by a group of senior clinicians who sought to impact the direction of mental health training by providing training in classic and cutting-edge research. Our board members search internationally for presenters with the newest research in the field. As a result we have a vast collection of programs with leaders and legends in mental health.

For over 30 years Lifespan Learning Institute has been dedicated to providing advanced continuing education for marriage family therapists, social workers, psychologists, psychotherapists, physicians, nurses, and counselors. From psychotherapy legends (e.g. John Bowlby, Heinz Kohut, D.W. Winnicott), to Mindfulness Leaders (e.g. Jack Kornfield, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Thich Nhat Hanh) to today's integrative pioneers (e.g. Daniel J. Siegel, Allan Schore, Pat Ogden, Diana Fosha, Mary Main & Erik Hesse) in the mental health field, we continue to provide the latest research and critical thinking. Continuing education credit offered through conferences, workshops and home study programs. We cover areas that interest you: Attachment Theory, Self Psychology, Trauma Treatment, Mindfulness, Development, Psychoanalytic Theory, Couples Therapy and more.  Lifespan Learning Institute

Logo PACT Institute wholeA Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy® (PACT), which was developed by Dr. Stan Tatkin, draws from more than 30 years of cutting-edge research in three areas: neuroscience, attachment theory and human arousal.

PACT teaches clinicians how to "catch people in the act of being themselves." PACT-trained therapists help couples understand their individual attachment styles and to moment-to-moment shifts in arousal states to build secure-functioning relationships built on compassion, love and understanding. The PACT Institute offers professional training for licensed and pre-licensed marriage and family therapists, social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists. The PACT Institute

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