But even the most dramatic and dysfunctional couples’ interactions are driven ultimately by instantaneous, psychobiological signals between them, communicated in movements, expressions, and shifts in tone so subtle and fast that neither the couple nor the therapist is consciously aware of them. In this workshop, we’ll investigate a revolutionary new way of using digital audio-visual equipment to capture the ephemeral, psychophysiological signals between partners that reveal their emotional process as it unfolds. Through this technology, therapists can analyze and share with the couple the actual record of their mutual dysregulation. You’ll learn how to use the video equipment, organize and analyze the data, and recognize the neurobiological processes as they happen. Most important, you’ll learn how to use this material to devise specific psychobiological interventions that can dramatically change couples’ interactions. (This session will continue with Workshop 505.)
Stan Tatkin, Psy.D., is associate clinical professor at the UCLA School of Medicine and the coauthor of Love and War in Intimate Relationships: Connection, Disconnection, and Mutual Regulation in Couple Therapy.