In Each Other’s Care: The Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy (PACT)
Saturday, April 27, 2019
8:45 am – 12:15 pm
Julia Jones Daniels Center, Raleigh
NCSCSW will announce its 2019 scholarship recipients at the beginning of the program. This conference provides 3 contact hours of continuing education credit for social workers. Certificates will be provided onsite.
Nothing is more important in our lives than our relationships, and as therapists, we work diligently with couples to improve and enhance their relationships. Please join us for an exciting cutting-edge program for couples therapy. The Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy (PACT) was developed by psychologist, Dr. Stan Tatkin. It is a fusion of attachment theory, developmental neuroscience, and arousal regulation to effectively treat couples, including the most challenging couples (e.g., personality disorders, trauma-related issues, high conflict couples). By understanding the human need for connection, couples can form and deepen more secure attachments by developing secure-functioning relationships based on mutuality, sensitivity, collaboration, and fairness. PACT therapy is an interactive and experiential approach which involves the therapist’s use of self as part of the couple-therapist triad.
- Distinguish the four types of arousal regulation (autoregulation, self-regulation, interactive regulation, and external regulation) and their functions.
- Describe how default strategies for managing conflict can lead to disengagement or adversarial engagement (pro-self vs. pro-relationship strategies).
- Learn five co-regulation strategies to use in the couple relationship.
- Define window of tolerance as it relates to the therapist’s arousal regulation. Identify and practice three self-regulation skills.
Meet the Presenters:
Beth Newton, LCSW, LCAS
Beth Newton is a licensed clinical social worker and founder of Newton Counseling in Durham, North Carolina. She received her MSW from Augsburg College and completed post-master’s work at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Ms. Newton has worked in child-development and abuse prevention programs, intensive in Home services, and out-patient counseling. She has advanced training in: Substance Abuse, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, Structural Family Therapy, Stan Tatkin’s Psychobiological Approach to Couples Counseling (PACT), Sex Therapy, and is beginning her training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.
Susan Orenstein, Ph.D.
Susan Orenstein is a licensed psychologist and the founder and director of Orenstein Solutions iin Cary, North Carolina. Dr. Orenstein received her Doctoral Degree in Counseling Psychology from Temple University. She has pursued advanced training in family mediation, Gottman’s Marital Therapy, Stan Tatkin’s PACT Model (Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy), Psychodrama, and Sex Therapy. Her specialty areas include Couples Counseling, Sex Therapy, Affair Recovery, Coping with Divorce, and Blended Families.