615 Threat in Couples Therapy

Stan TatkinStan Tatkin • Sunday All Day
Neuroscience has taught us the basic lesson that our brains are wired for attachment. Just as important, however, is learning to understand the automatic responses unconsciously aroused by threats and conflicts in intimate relationships. This workshop will show you which facial, vocal, and bodily cues the automatic social-emotional brain interprets and responds to as immediate threat—and how to pass that knowledge along to couples, to help them defuse conflict and build secure relationships. We’ll view and analyze recorded clinical sessions and participate in role-play exercises that will make clear the moment-by-moment reactions and chain reactions when one partner’s behavior is perceived as dangerous by the other. You’ll leave knowing the physical “tells” that reveal subtle arousal changes in partners and being able to apply techniques for quickly shifting each partner’s arousal state

Stan Tatkin, Psy.D., is associate clinical professor at the UCLA School of Medicine and the coauthor of Wired for Love: How Understanding Your Partner’s Brain and Attachment Style Can Help You Defuse Conflict and Build a Secure Relationship.

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