CPPNJ - The Center for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy of New Jersey

CPPNJ/NJCTTP Couples Therapy Conference

Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis of New Jersey
The New Jersey Couples Therapy Training Program

October 30, 2010: 9AM - 4PM


Attachment Approaches to Couple Therapy

Stan Tatkin, PhD

The attachment drive for a secure base involves neurological and neuroendocrine systems and subsystems that determine such things as proximity seeking and contact maintenance. Couples most commonly enter therapy due to repeated, anticipated, and intense periods of mutual dysregulation whereby attachment injuries and adaptations become reanimated. In order to make the most of attachment theory, the psychotherapist must incorporate a working knowledge of the neurobiological processes that underlie all primary attachment relationships. The Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy is quickly gaining a reputation for its effectiveness in treating couples typically thought of as untreatable. An explanation for this success is partly attributed to an emphasis in arousal regulation. Dr. Tatkin will focus on the crucial role of arousal and affect regulation in the adult primary attachment relationship. His approach integrates mother-infant attachment, developmental neuroscience, psychobiological regulatory systems, and therapeutic enactment, as well as the therapeutic frame and therapeutic stance necessary to such an undertaking. Attendees will be able to: (1) utilize at least three methods to identify and treat insecure avoidant, insecure angry-resistant, and disoriented/unresolved individuals and couples. Extensive videos will be shown to illustrate.

Stan Tatkin is a clinician, researcher, teacher, and developer of A Psychobiological Approach To Couple TherapyŽ which integrates neuroscience, infant attachment, arousal regulation, and therapeutic enactment applied to adult primary attachment relationships. He lives in Calabasas, California, with his wife and daughter where he also runs his couple therapy practice. He runs a monthly clinical study group for medical and mental health professionals (www.ahealthymind.org) and training programs in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Austin. Dr. Tatkin received his early training in developmental object relations, Gestalt, psychodrama, and family systems theory.

He is a veteran of Allan Schore's study group and has studied with Mary Main on the clinical uses of the Adult Attachment Interview. He is a Contributing Editor of Allan Schore's Reader's Guide to Intersubjective Neurobiology; and is co-author with Marion Solomon of Love and War in Intimate Relationships: A Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy due to be released in May of 2010.

Location: Lenfell Hall, The Mansion, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, NJ
Cost: Faculty and Others: $165 at the door/$150 pre-registration by September 16
Candidates: $65/$55; Students with ID: $35

6 CEU's for Social Workers will be offered.
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The NJ Couples Therapy Training Program (NJCTTP) offers a comprehensive clinical training program in systemic psychodynamic couples therapy, a unique multitheoretical program including a thorough grounding in the theory of couples relationships from both family systems and diverse psychoanalytic points of view. During the two-year program, intensive classroom work and clinical supervision integrates readings with students' own clinical material. For further information contact Daniel Goldberg, PhD at dcgphd@yahoo.com. We are now accepting applications for our 2011 class to begin January, 2011.