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PACT Certification Program

The PACT Certification Program represents the highest level of PACT training. 

With a focus on individual mentoring from PACT faculty, the certification program serves as the culmination of your PACT training. 

Completion of the program will confer the distinct title of PACT Certified Therapist.

About the PACT Certification Program

Work closely with PACT founder Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT, and Senior Core Faculty Member Hans Stahlschmidt, PhD, to strengthen and support your practice and understanding of PACT, building on everything you’ve learned through your training and clinical work to date. 

A hands-on experiential program, the PACT Certification Program consists of:

  • Individual mentoring sessions with Dr. Stan Tatkin and Dr. Hans Stahlschmidt 
  • Case presentations with feedback from Dr. Tatkin and Dr. Stahlschmidt
  • Training on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
  • Training on digital communication and collaboration 
  • A two-day in-person training session in Southern California with your certification cohort 
  • Final meeting via Zoom

A note about training on DEI and digital communication: As a Certified PACT Therapist, you will be poised to become a leader within the PACT community and within our field. We provide training on DEI to help foster a more equitable and inclusive culture within our field. And training on digital collaboration will help you expand your reach and share your good ideas effectively with the larger community.

Benefits of Certification

When you become PACT Certified, you will enjoy a number of benefits:

  • Earn the distinct title of PACT Certified Therapist
  • Become recognized as an expert in PACT therapy
  • Serve as an official representative of the PACT Institute for presentations, in the media, and teaching at other institutions
  • Qualify to teach through the PACT Institute:
    • Assistant teach PACT Level 1, including specific topics
    • Teach stand-alone courses based on your expertise or passion
  • Qualify to offer case consultation through the PACT Institute
  • Become a top-tier PACT clinician in the PACT Therapist Directory
  • Earn a badge for your website with the “PACT Certified” designation

Requirements for the PACT Certification Program

After completing Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 training, qualified PACT therapists may now be invited to become PACT Certified. Our goal is to help you grow your knowledge and skills in the process, gain professional credibility, and be recognized as an expert in PACT therapy. 

To enroll in the PACT Certification Program, you must have completed the following:

  • PACT Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 Training 
  • Full licensure as a marriage and family therapist, professional counselor, social worker, psychologist, or psychiatrist (or those who have earned an equivalent degree outside of the United States)
  • Minimum of 3 years using PACT to treat couples 
  • PACT treatment with a minimum of 30 couples 
  • Completion of all PACT Level 3 training within the last two years 

In addition, before completing PACT Certification, you must:

  1. Provide your professional license type and number
  2. Confirm your office setup includes rolling chairs and video capabilities
  3. Confirm your malpractice insurance is current and in good standing


The PACT Certification Program is by invitation only. We limit each certification cohort to a small group of experienced PACT clinicians. Please refer to our policies, terms, and conditions for further information.

We will offer a PACT Certification Program in 2023. PACT Certification lasts two years. You will need to renew your certification every two years to maintain the PACT Certified designation.

Interested in PACT Certification?

Weā€™d love to keep you up to date on the latest developments. Register your interest in the PACT Certification Program below.

Renewal of PACT Certification

To maintain the designation as a PACT Certified Therapist, clinicians need to renew their certification through the PACT Institute every two years.Ā 

Renewal of PACT Certification may include a combination of the following:

  • Participating in Case Analysis Labs with Dr. Stan Tatkin or Dr. Hans StahlschmidtĀ 
  • Attending a class offered by the PACT InstituteĀ 
  • Writing for the PACT blogĀ 
  • Writing a journal article about PACT
  • Coaching during a PACT Level 1 or Level 2 Training
  • Presenting PACT at a conference

Register your interest in the PACT Certification Program