Monthly Online Seminar
Transforming Couple Therapy Integrating ISTDP & PACT Therapies
Facilitate rapid relationship change with your couples when you bring together components of these natural partners. Join PACT-certified, ISTDP-trained therapist Margaret Martin, LCSW, for a three-part exploration of the powerful effect of combining these two dynamic models.
Meet online three hours per month for three months.
Discover the impact of combining core tenets from ISTDP with PACT principles and interventions. Through didactic lecture, group discussion, and session video recordings you'll enhance your ability to:
- describe how partners' individual inner conflicts feed a couple's interpersonal conflicts
- provide step-by-step clarification of the identified problem & therapeutic task
- understand partners' symptoms, character structure, & capacity
- emphasize the cost of maintaining the status quo
- maintain a firm therapeutic stance
The shared elements of Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) and a Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT) make these two models natural partners for working with couples. Points of intersection include theoretical underpinnings, therapeutic technique, and training, application of technique and theory, and therapeutic stance. In both models, the therapist takes a direct approach, actively leverages pain to motivate change, and uses recordings of sessions for training and self-supervision. Read more about ISTDP here, here, and here. Learn more about PACT here, here, and here.
Developed for working with individuals, this model
- identifies & challenges destructive behavior
- attends to unconscious client communication
- presents a framework for the moment-to-moment understanding of the system
- articulates the intrapsychic conflicts & impact on interpersonal relationships
- provides language and framework to address helplessness & passivity
- emphasizes the cost of the status quo
- provides a clear method to identify anxiety & early signs of dysregulation
- offers techniques for client regulation & capacity building
Developed for working with challenging couples, this model
- leverages pain to motivate change
- challenges impediments to a secure functioning relationship
- emphasizes the here-and-now experience in session
- teaches partners to attune to each other
- creates pressure for collaboration between partners
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This training meets for three hours one Friday a month for three months (May 12, June 9, & July 14 2:00-5:00 p.m. Central Time). Non-clinical portions of sessions will be recorded for later viewing in case of absence. Instruction methods include didactic lectures, presentation of session recordings, and group discussions. The fee is $345, paid in one installment, or $135, paid in three installments. Reduced rates are available for students, clinicians serving low-income and/or marginalized populations, and clinicians working in communities where session fees average $60 or below.
To the best of my ability, I seek to create a trauma-informed group experience. This includes awareness of and sensitivity to racial and cultural trauma, encouraging an anti-oppressive, anti-racist training environment, and inclusivity of marginalized voices.