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Gottman Method Couples Therapy

Level 1: Bridging the Couple Chasm: A Research-Based Approach for Providers

May 30, 2014 – June 01, 2014
Rhinebeck, NY
John Gottman, Julie Schwartz Gottman
Materials Fee:
SM14-1702-904John Gottman, Julie Schwartz Gottman,

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Learn the acclaimed Gottman Method Couples Therapy from its creators, doctors John Gottman and Julie Schwartz Gottman, cofounders of the Gottman Institute.

This special training, designed for therapists and mental health professionals, provides proven strategies to share with your clients, including communications skills to manage serious conflict and ways of looking at relationships as they grow and change. Gain insight into a range of topics, including approaches for multiple presenting co-morbidities, how relationships affect overall health and wellness, and the importance of understanding that all (even happy) couples experience problems in their marriages.

Through lectures and films, you also learn techniques to help couples increase their friendship and intimacy levels to avoid relapse; understand common myths and misconceptions about relationships; grasp how relationship problems change over time; and use strategies and tools to manage conflict, even around the most challenging issues.

Integrate the Gottman Method Couples Therapy principles and interventions into your work with couples, and elevate your professional reputation through your connection with The Gottman Institute.

At the end of this workshop participants will be better able to:

  • Summarize the research that allows prediction of future relationship stability.
  • Describe the seven levels of the Sound Relationship House theory.
  • 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.
  • Identify two interventions to help strengthen a couple’s conflict management.
  • Describe two interventions to enhance a couple’s friendship system.
  • Discuss two interventions to explore a couple’s system of shared meaning.
  • Explain why physiological self-soothing is essential for a healthy relationship.
  • 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.
  • Describe the Philosophy of Therapy including assumptions, overview of techniques, and goals of therapy
  • Review the Rapoport Intervention and when to use it.
  • Describe the process of therapy, including the structure of a session.

 Students save $50 off tuition (use code MFT when registering).

Continuing Education
  • NBCC - Certified Counselors
  • ACCME - Physicians
  • NAADAC - Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors
  • BRN/ANCC - Nurses
  • APA - Psychologists
  • SW/MFT - Social Workers and Counselors
More Information

This workshop begins Friday at 7:30 p.m. 

There is a $100 materials fee; please include when you register. This workshop fulfills the first of three levels in the Gottman Method clinical training to become a Certified Gottman Therapist and is appropriate for professionals and students involved with counseling couples; see for details. 

The faculty recommends you read the following book in preparation for the course:

  • The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country’s Foremost Relationship Expert by John Gottman and Nan Silver
  • Why Marriages Succeed or Fail: And How You Can Make Yours Last by John Gottman
  • The Marriage Clinic: A Scientifically Based Marital Therapy by John Gottman
  • The Marriage Clinic Casebook by Julie Schwartz Gottman
4:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m.Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
7:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.Workshop
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
1:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.Workshop
9:00 a.m.–NoonWorkshop
Noon–1:00 p.m.Check Out

The Children's Program is generally available during standard workshop hours only. Contact Omega registration at 800.944.1001 for details.

The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty


John Gottman, PhD, voted one of the top 10 Most Influential Therapists of the past 25 years by the Psychotherapy Networker, has conducted 40 years of research with thousands of couples and has been widely published.

Julie Schwartz Gottman, PhD, is president and cofounder of The Gottman Institute. A highly respected clinical psychologist and author, she was voted Washington State Psychologist of the Year.