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PACT Level 3

Reaching Greater Heights 

Welcome to Level 3: Reaching New Heights

The PACT Institute’s commitment to training and collaboration has long helped psychotherapists advance in education and practice. In 2019, we received overwhelming community feedback requesting Level 3 training. As a result, PACT founders, Dr. Stan and Tracey Tatkin, along with the Institute’s core faculty and ambassadors, reevaluated PACT trainings to continue to improve the quality and depth of our teaching, research, and education. This exploration led us to overhaul Level 3 training for prospective students.

We have revised and updated Level 3 to provide an advanced curriculum and organizational structure. This level of training and support prepares you to become a top PACT provider. Successful completion of Level 3 training also enables you to seek PACT certification.

Level 3 is a one-year training program, with high academic expectations and faculty support. The training is a hybrid of online learning along with two four-day, in-person experiential process teaching blocks with Dr. Tatkin and core faculty member, Dr. Hans Stahlschmidt.

Level 3 has been designed for the committed candidate who has incorporated PACT in their practice and is ready for in-depth teaching to integrate their knowledge and skills and to develop mastery of PACT. To determine if you qualify for this advanced training, please read about PACT Level 3 prerequisites, requirements, and application process here.

The PACT Institute will accept applications through February 7, 2020 and will commence its all-new Level 3 training in the spring of 2020. Dates for Level 3 in-person trainings are July 23-26 and October 8-11. 

Basic Requirements for Level 3 Applicants

  • Completion of all modules of Level 2 training within the last two years
  • Fulfillment of the program’s prerequisites and application process
  • Scheduled evaluation with PACT faculty to determine the skills and general expertise of all applicants

To determine if you qualify for advanced training at Level 3, find a complete checklist of  information regarding prerequisites, requirements, and application process here.

About PACT Level 3 Training

Level 3 Training includes all Level 1 and 2 materials and resources, plus:

  • Learn with PACT creator Stan Tatkin and PACT faculty member Dr. Hans Stahlschmidt in all 2020 PACT Level 3 trainings. 
  • Have an orientation and access to course criteria before course commencement.
  • Attend two 4-day weekends in person at Pepperdine University in Culver City, California. Dates: July 23rd - 26th and October 8th - 11th. 
  • Participate in online and in-person learning.
  • Work on case consultation with PACT faculty and have at least 3 consultations, (3) hours.
  • Explore handling difficult situations, including: sexual issues, personality issues, acting out, staging, betrayal, deal breakers, Islands and Waves, disorganized presentation, additions, and situations where one partner doesn’t want to play.
  • Research and write a 3- to 5-page paper during the training.
  • Participate in exit interview with standardized questions.
  • Obtain 48 CE hours.

View Training Objectives

Cost: $5,700

PACT Level 3 training emphasizes skill mastery and deepening the integration of PACT into your clinical practice.  

Building on what you learned in Level 2, you’ll gain new insight, expand your assessment strategies and intervention techniques, and learn when and how to work more deeply with the most conflicted couples.

Successful completion of Level 3 training rewards you with the designation as a PACT Level 3 clinician/therapist, indicating knowledge of and proficiency in integrating basic and advanced PACT skills and principles in a clinical setting.

The deadline to apply for 2020 Level 3 training has passed. Sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date on upcoming trainings.

Level 3 Training Objectives

  1. Be able to assess and treat issues related to sex and intimacy.
  2. Be able to assess and manage issues related to various behavioral and chemical addictions as a mismanaged third.
  3. Be able to assess and adapt treatment to the needs of gender-related issues.
  4. Be able to assess and adapt treatment to the needs of various cultures.
  5. Be able to assess and adapt treatment to the needs of various alternative relationships (e.g. polyamory).
  6. Be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of neuropsychological deficits, to assess and make appropriate referrals.
  7. Be able to demonstrate the ability to teach PACT theory and techniques.
  8. Be able to demonstrate competency in case conceptualization.
  9. Be able to demonstrate competency in treatment planning.
  10. Be able to assess for acting out behaviors and apply appropriate interventions.
  11. Demonstrate ability to assess and improve insufficient therapeutic alliance.
  12. Be able to establish a therapeutic frame.
  13. Be able to demonstrate ability to use video recording and playback for therapeutic purposes.
  14. Be able to demonstrate self-regulatory skills.
  15. Be able to demonstrate recovery under stressful conditions.
  16. Be able to demonstrate competency in working with difficult couples (disorganized, high arousal and personality disorders).
  17. Be able to demonstrate ability to differentiate between defensive structures and how to work with them.
  18. Be able to demonstrate competency in identifying countertransference and utilize transference and countertransference material.
  19. Be able to demonstrate competency in identifying and working with projective identification.
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