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PACT Level 2 Global Online Training

Level 1 graduates, are you ready to increase your confidence and take your PACT skills to the next level?

PACT Level 2 Global Online Training teaches more advanced skills and helps you increase self-confidence while integrating PACT into your clinical practice.  

Building on what you learned in Level 1, you’ll gain new insight, hone your assessment strategies and intervention techniques, and learn when and how to work more deeply with the most conflicted couples.

High-Level Training

PACT Level 2 is a rigorous training program. You will have a number of reading assignments and videos to watch even before the first meeting, and you will have assignments between course modules. These assignments allow you to clarify your understanding of PACT principles and participate more meaningfully while in the live training with instructors and colleagues.

Curious about Level 2?

Listen to hear more from our PACT Level 2 graduates.


High-Level Participation

PACT is an experiential model of therapy. As a PACT therapist, you must bring your whole self into the therapy room — face, mind, body. When learning to use PACT, you must do the same in class — as an engaged, active participant. 

As a result, PACT Level 2 is a highly participatory training. Students get the most out of the training when they engage with their peers and colleagues. The focus and value of the live training is in the practice of new skills and receiving constructive, respectful feedback. 

PACT training encompasses demonstrations, small group processing, large group processing, and role playing, in which you will play a therapist as well as a member of a couple. Participation in these exercises is required, and video cameras must be on throughout the training. Only those who are willing to be active learners and participate in the exercises should register for the training.

Our Inclusive Student Culture at the PACT Institute

When we bring our whole selves into our training — face, mind, body — we also bring our hearts. Everything we do as PACT faculty and staff, we strive to do with kindness, empathy, and respect for all.

In the past year, as the PACT Institute has grown, our training has gained a wider national and international audience from diverse cultures. We have also made a commitment to serve systemically marginalized communities in the mental health field. We’re truly honored to teach PACT to therapists with different backgrounds, perspectives, and lived experience. 

While PACT is a highly rigorous and experiential training, our instructors and staff strive to create safe and supportive learning environments. We expect PACT students to join us in wholehearted learning and in their support of a positive and  inclusive student culture for all colleagues.

Rich Training Resources 

PACT Level 2 training includes a comprehensive training manual and an extensive library of videos that accompany each module. Take advantage of these resources before, during, and after training.

When you register, you gain access to course materials so you can watch the videos in advance and fully prepare for the live training. This will help you remain focused and on-topic so you are ready to engage with the material — and your colleagues in class — and remember what you learn. Watching the videos at your own pace helps you better retain the information shared and also helps cut down on screen fatigue.

As a student, you’ll have access to PACT training assistants and opportunities in between modules to ask questions and get answers to real-life issues. You’ll also have access to the PACT video library for an entire  year, so you can go back and watch any video even after the training, if you want to review a specific concept or see an intervention in action again.

Here’s the value you receive with PACT Level 2 Online Training:

  • Three 2-day live online training sessions (30 hours of live training), taught by PACT founder Dr. Stan Tatkin
  • Assessment strategies that get to the real issues, no matter what the couple tells you
  • Advanced interventions that work more deeply — learn exactly when and how to use them
  • Clinical video presentations and case enactments designed to show you more advanced skills for assessment and intervention 
  • Experiential exercises and small group discussion to help you integrate PACT techniques into your clinical practice
  • Opportunities to ask questions and get answers to real-life issues
  • Digital copy of the PACT training manual
  • One year of access to the PACT Institute’s video library, including recordings from the live training and 34 PACT training videos that demonstrate new techniques and skills
  • Membership in an online discussion group so you can connect with colleagues from around the world
  • 30 CE hours sponsored by APA, NBCC or NYSED

Detailed training objectives 

Welcome to Level 2 from Stan Tatkin


Early Registration Advantage

 Sign up early for PACT Level 2 training to gain access to course materials as soon as they are available — including the PACT manual and video library — so you can be prepared for the live training. 

Because of the work we know you need to prepare for the first module, we will close registration two weeks before the start of Level 2 training. Sign up now to gain the earliest possible access to course material and get a jump start on your training.

Level 2 Structure

Smaller Class Sizes This Year

PACT training encompasses demonstrations, small group processing, large group processing, and role playing. This year, we’re keeping class sizes small. Smaller classes allow for more individual attention and more time to practice new skills. Smaller classes also mean seats are limited, so sign up early to ensure your spot!

More Time for Students

We are also adding one half hour to each of the clinical training sessions. This new structure will allow longer breaks for students in an effort to support learning and retention of information. 


Taking Level 2 More Than Once

Because the PACT Level 2 training is a rigorous training and includes more advanced skills and techniques, it’s common for clinicians to take the Level 2 training multiple times. Level 2 training and resources are so packed with rich content that clinicians say they get more out of the Level 2 course each time they take it. They also say that taking Level 2 more than once helps them feel more comfortable and confident integrating PACT into their clinical practice. 

Especially if you’d like to take PACT Level 3 at some point, the PACT Institute recommends taking Level 2 more than once.

2023 PACT Global Level 2 Days/Times

Find a time that's convenient for you to attend, no matter where you are in the world. Join PACT Level 2 Online Training in one of two different cohorts in 2023.

Afternoon Cohort  - Registration for this cohort is closed.

Ideal for students in the US and Australia. 

September 9-10 | October 7-8 | November 11-12

All times are 2pm - 7:30pm (Pacific)

 Convert to your time zone here

Morning Cohort - Registration for this cohort is closed.

Ideal for students in the US, Europe, and Turkey

August 26-27 | September 30 - October 1 | November 4-5

All times are 7am - 12:30pm (Pacific)

 Convert to your time zone here

The PACT Institute offers a 15% discount for those who repeat Level 2 and those who take Level 1 & Level 2 in the same calendar year. Please email us at [email protected] for details.

Train with your colleagues! We are offering a 15% discount for groups of 5 or more. Email [email protected] for details

2023 Scholarship Offerings

The C. Nathan Bergeron Memorial Scholarship 

The C. Nathan Bergeron Memorial Scholarship was established in 2021 in honor of Nathan Bergeron, who was a beloved member of the PACT community. Nathan was a caring and insightful therapist, committed to his clients’ health and well-being in mind, body, and spirit.

Nathan died in 2020 after suffering a stroke. A guiding principle in Nathan’s life was a commitment to honor human diversity and sexuality. To recognize his dedication, this scholarship in Nathan’s memory seeks to support and encourage clinicians who demonstrate a similar commitment to empower all people regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, or ability. 

All candidates who apply for any PACT Institute Scholarship will be considered for the C. Nathan Bergeron Memorial Scholarship, which will cover the full cost of PACT Level 1 or PACT Level 2 training. In 2023, the PACT Institute will award one C. Nathan Bergeron Memorial Scholarship for Level 1 and one for Level 2. Applicants do not need to complete a separate application to be considered for this scholarship. 

PACT Level 2 Requirements

The training is intended for licensed and prelicensed marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists.  

To qualify for attendance in the PACT training, a pre-licensed clinician must (a) be in the final year of graduate school, (b) actively see clients as a supervisee and/or intern, and (c) have a supervisor’s approval to attend the training.


PACT Attendance & CE Eligibility Policy

When you successfully complete Level 2 training, you can identify yourself as a PACT Level 2 clinician/therapist, indicating a strong foundation in PACT skills and principles.

To receive a status of PACT Level 2, along with a certificate of completion, and be eligible to move on to the next level of PACT training, students must attend training with their camera on and fully participate in all live training sessions and breakout room practices. Students must also complete all coursework in their student portal, including training videos and module quizzes.

To receive CE credit for PACT Level 2 training, students must attend all modules with their camera on and fully participate in all live training sessions and breakout room practices. Students must also complete all module quizzes in their student portal.

CE credits are awarded for the full training. As per accreditation board requirements, PACT is unable to offer partial CE credits for partial completion of the training.

"I remain astounded by your capacity to make hours of virtual learning compelling. "

PACT Level 2 Online student

"I have taken PACT Level 2 many times. Each time I learn more. The course material is more refined and relevant....I was really looking forward to hearing how PACT is being adapted for telehealth. I came out of the training feeling so much more confident!"

PACT Level 2 Online student

"I don’t think the [online] format handicapped us at all. The training weekend was much less expensive than traveling… and much less disruptive for both work and family time. I’d gladly sign onto this format again without any worry of loss of educational content or collegial experience. Many thanks to all!"

PACT Level 1 Online student

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CE Information 

Level 2 training is sponsored by the PACT Institute (ACEP #6641, PCE #5551, and SW CPE #0104) for 30 continuing education hours.  

New York Social Workers: PACT Institute SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0104. 

New York Social Workers & Mental Health Practitioners: PACT Institute, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0114

Psychologists:The PACT Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.The PACT Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 

Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, Licensed Educational Psychologists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, and Certified Counselors: 


Training Objectives:

After completing Level 2 Online Training, you will be able to: 

Module 1

  1. Justify the use of containers in couples therapy. 
  2. Demonstrate the skills to put a couple in a container. 
  3. Explain the overarching principles for the first session of PACT.
  4. Apply the principles for forming a therapeutic alliance.
  5. Identify and describe couple acting out behaviors.
  6. Practice the mindset of a PACT therapist.
  7. Demonstrate the skills for supportive confrontation.
  8. Apply basic PACT principles when working with a couple. 

Module 2

  1. Analyze a client’s defenses. 
  2. Identify and question when transference is occurring in session. 
  3. Demonstrate the skills for assessment with projections and projective identification.
  4. Demonstrate the skills for intervention with projections and projective identification.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to apply PACT principles when working with clients with narcissistic personality disorder.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to apply PACT principles when working with clients with borderline personality disorder.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to apply PACT principles when working with clients with schizoid personality disorder.
  8. Demonstrate the ability to apply PACT principles when working with clients with anti-social personality disorder.

Module 3 

  1. Integrate PACT skills into clinical practice.
  2. Assess and formulate interventions when working with betrayal.
  3. Assess and formulate interventions when working with deal breakers.
  4. Demonstrate the skills for assessment and intervention with empty chair work 
  5. Compare and contrast approaches to working with trauma.
  6. Demonstrate advanced skills for assessment and intervention with PACT posing and staging.
  7. Apply the principles and demonstrate the skills for the end session of PACT.
  8. Create a treatment plan based on PACT principles.
  9. Justify the distinguishing characteristics of a PACT therapist.

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