Gottman Level 1&2 Combo


5-Day Gottman Level 1 & 2 Combo Training

Details & Registration

Help couples in your practice manage conflict and deepen intimacy! This is the first step in learning Gottman Method Couples Therapy. A truly inspiring workshop, Level 1 Training will give you new insights into treatment for couples who struggle, using research-based assessments and effective interventions. Level 2 will help you deepen your understanding of Gottman Method Couples Therapy and expand your strategies & interventions with couples! Presented by Senior Certified Gottman Master Trainers.

Registration Fee: $999* (payment plans available). Save $270 when registering for a 5-Day Level 1&2 combo training. Additional discounts not eligible. 
*Cost includes: Live Training | 300-page Clinical Manual | Certificate of Completion of Level 1 Training | 500-page Clinical Manual | Certificate of Completion of Level 2 Training | Earn 32.25 CE hours available for purchase ($40) | Ability to be listed on the Gottman Referral Network | Qualified to continue to Level 3

This training provides continuing education hours (CEs) for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT), Psychotherapists, Psychologists, Social Workers and other mental health professionals.


Day 1-2: Bridging the Couple Chasm

Workshop Description:

When couples enter the therapy office, they sting with pain and despair. They look to the clinician to referee chronic conflicts, fix their partners, and rebuild burned bridges. Now, based on Dr. John Gottman’s 40 years of compelling research with over 3,000 couples, there’s a practical and highly effective approach to guiding couples across the chasm that divides them.

In this workshop, you will be provided with a research-based roadmap for helping couples compassionately manage their conflicts, deepen their friendship and intimacy, and share their life purpose and dreams.

Apply Gottman Method Couples Therapy to help couples strengthen:

  • The Friendship System – the foundation for intimacy, passion, and good sex
  • The Conflict System – the basis for helping couples identify and address solvable problems, and understand and manage irresolvable differences
  • The Shared Meaning System – the existential foundation of the relationship that helps partners discover their shared purpose for building a life together

As a result of taking this training, you will learn:

  • Utilize research-based strategies and tools to help couples successfully manage conflict
  • Demonstrate skills to empower partners to dialogue about their worst gridlocked issues by uncovering their underlying dreams, history, and values
  • Describe methods to help couples process fights and heal their hurts
  • Practice techniques for partners to deepen their intimacy and minimize relapse
  • Select new assessments and effective interventions to help understand couples’ struggles

Program Objectives:

  1. Summarize the research that allows us to predict future relationship stability.
  2. Describe the seven levels of the Sound Relationship House theory.
  3. Conduct a couple’s therapy assessment using elements of the couple’s narrative, the Oral History Interview, written questionnaires, observations of conflict and individual interviews.
  4. Describe two interventions to help strength a couple’s conflict management.
  5. Describe two interventions to enhance a couple’s friendship system.
  6. Describe two interventions to explore a couple’s system of shared meaning.
  7. Explain why physiological self-soothing is essential for a healthy relationship.
  8. Create a therapeutic contract with a couple, discuss and decide on goals and include a summary of the couples strengths and areas that need improvement.
  9. Describe the Philosophy of Therapy including assumptions, overview of techniques, and goals of therapy
  10. Describe the Rapoport Intervention and when to use it.
  11. Describe the process of therapy, including the structure of a session.

Day 3-5: Assessment, Intervention, and Co-Morbidities

Now featuring new clinical films and interventions

Deepen your understanding of Gottman Method Couples Therapy…Expand your strategies & interventions with couples!

  • View new demonstration films from the Gottmans’ clinical office
  • Refine your clinical skills and expand your strategies and interventions in your work with couples
  • Learn to internalize and integrate the powerful, research-based Gottman Method Assessment and Intervention techniques.
  • Gain insight as to when to use these methods and when couples therapy is contraindicated.
  • Gain confidence in using the techniques

Participants will be able to:

  • Assess a couple’s “Friendship Profile,” “Conflict Profile,” and “Shared Meanings Profile”
  • Develop interventions that couples can use as antidotes to the “Four Horsemen”
  • Find ways to help couples to soothe physiological flooding
  • Apply six modes of changing the “Attack/Defend System” in a couple’s interactions
  • Organize how to assist couples in establishing dialogue about their grid-locked conflicts
  • Select and implement interventions to help couples deepen their “Friendship System” with rituals of connection
  • Select and implement interventions to help couples create a shared system of values and meaning
  • Identify and implement five different co-morbidities common to couples using Gottman Assessments and Interventions

Program Objectives:

  1. Describe the three qualities every therapist needs.
  2. Explain the basics of observation including why it’s important to recognize Emotions on the Human Face, Tension in the Voice, the Importance of Words and the use of the SPAFF coding system.
  3. Describe the seven levels of the Sound Relationship House theory.
  4. Describe how to recognize Bids and Turning Towards.
  5. Explain and demonstrate how to conduct an Oral History Interview.
  6. Assess a couple’s “Friendship Profile,” “Conflict Profile,” and “Shared Meanings Profile”.
  7. Explain and demonstrate how to use the 3 profiles to choose appropriate interventions for the couple.
  8. Describe the use of the core assessments with couples, including the Locke-Wallace, Weiss-Cerretto, Gottman Sounds Relationship House Questionnaires, Gottman 19 Areas Checklist, EAQ, SCL-90, Detour Scales, CAGE, b-Mast, and Supplemental Assessments.
  9. Formulate a treatment plan and present it to the couple including using the Sound Relationship House model.
  10. Develop interventions that couples can use as antidotes to the “Four Horseman.”
  11. Help couples to physiologically soothe when flooded.
  12. Select and implement interventions to help deal with conflict.
  13. Apply different modes of changing the “Attack/Defend System” in a couple’s interaction.
  14. Assist couples to establish dialogue about their grid-locked conflicts.
  15. Select and implement interventions to help couples deepen their “Friendship System” with Rituals of Connection.
  16. Select and implement interventions to help couples create a shared system of values and meaning.
  17. Use and describe the Stress-Reducing Conversation to minimize relapse.
  18. Identify and formulate a plan for different co-morbidities common to couples using Gottman Method Couples Therapy Assessment and Intervention.
  19. Describe how to apply Gottman Method Couples Therapy to a couple who has experienced an affair
  20. Describe when it is appropriate and inappropriate to use Gottman Method Couples Therapy with a couple dealing with substance abuse.
  21. Describe the differences between situational and characterological domestic violence and when it is appropriate and inappropriate to use Gottman Method couples therapy with a couple dealing with domestic violence.

Participants working in the following fields will benefit from this training:

  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Professional Counselors
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Other Mental Health Professionals
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