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An Introduction to PACT Therapy

  • 11 Jan 2019
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • DePelchin Children's Center, 4950 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77007
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An Introduction to PACT Therapy

Krista Jordan, Ph.D., ABPP

Licensed Psychologist

"An Introduction to PACT Therapy" will cover the fundamental aspects of PACT therapy that make it so distinctly different (and arguably more effective!) than other forms of couple's work. If you have avoided working with couples for fear of the complexity this talk will help excite you to the possibilities and show you a clear and coherent model that is elegantly simple. If you already work with couples and find that there are particular couples, dynamics or situations that you struggle with this talk may help you see how to work in a new and different way that taps implicit learning and deep emotional patterns, creating fast and lasting change.  

Learning objectives:

  1. Introduction to the Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy and the origins of PACT (8 Areas of Influence) 
  2.  Three Domains of PACT  
  3. The therapeutic stance of PACT-- What are we selling? 
  4. Overview of attachment in children
  5. Attachment in adult primary/romantic relationships
  6. Neurobiological components of PACT- triune brain, limbic system, window of tolerance
  7. 3 types of arousal regulation -- Auto, Interactive and Self and how to assess in couples
  8. Examples of PACT verbal interventions-- cross-tracking, cross-questioning, cross-commenting, down the middle, leveling the playing field
  9. Examples of PACT nonverbal interventions-- staging, posing, their song, throw the ball, rolling in/out, lover's pose, toward and away

Dr. Jordan obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas in 1996. She is board certified in Clinical Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and has been studying with Dr. Stan Tatkin, the originator of PACT, since 2009. Dr. Jordan is one of only 3 Level 3 PACT trained couples therapists in Austin. She is passionate about training and offers a post-doctoral residency for recent graduates interested in learning about fee for service private practice for individual and couples therapy. Originally allergic to treating couples, Dr. Jordan has come to see her work with PACT as shoring up the most basic unit of society, the romantic pair bond. She feels honored to participate in helping these dyads to strengthen their connection, thereby creating a union that can enhance everyone that comes in contact with it. Working with couples is now one of her greatest joys!

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