• Online 4 and 6 April 2022
  • Cologne 7, 8 October 2022 (sign up here)
  • Amsterdam 7, 8 December 2022

Registration Fee: €425 per participant

Trainer: Julie Sharon-Wagschal

Take the first step in learning the gottman method

A truly inspiring workshop, Gottman method Level 1 Training will give you new insights into treatment for couples who struggle, using proven assessment techniques and intervention strategies.

Our practical, emotion-focused, and highly effective approach is based on Drs. John and Julie Gottman’s four decades of research with more than 3,000 couples. It is the most extensive study ever done on marital stability and divorce prediction.

This introductory two-day training provides an overview of the four decades of research on what makes relationships succeed or fail. It teaches the research-based theory of the Sound Relationship House that Drs. John and Julie Gottman developed and offers an integrated method of couples therapy based on that theory, which includes assessment and therapeutic interventions.

training description

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 based on the Sound Relationship House Theory.

You will be introduced to Dr. Gottman’s breakthrough research on thousands of couples to understand the difference between the “Masters” and “Disasters” of relationships. If you are not already doing assessment, this training will teach you how to assess a relationship’s strengths and areas of concern using empirically validated questionnaires.

You will view original videos of real couples from the famous Gottman “Love Lab,” as well as videos of Dr. Julie Gottman demonstrating assessment and interventions in a case example from her private practice.

what will i learn?

You will learn research-based strategies and tools to help couples successfully manage conflict. You will gain skills to empower partners to dialogue about their worst gridlocked issues by uncovering their underlying dreams, history, and values. You will gain tools to help couples process fights and heal their hurts, and techniques for partners to deepen their intimacy and minimize relapse. Click here to read the full workshop outline.

Who is the training for?

This training is for mental health providers, allied professionals and clergy, students and interns, family clinic staff, professors/teachers of couples therapy, researchers in the social sciences, and employee assistance professionals. There are no prerequisites.

What is included in the price?

Included in the registration price is a clinical training manual, which contains the core Gottman Method Couples Therapy assessments and interventions. You will be awarded a Certificate of Completion from The Gottman Institute.

  • 11 hours of video from a recent live workshop conducted by Drs. John and Julie Gottman
  • 352-page PDF Level 1 Clinical Training Manual, with the content, assessments,  interventions, and references discussed in training videos
  • 63-page PDF of lecture slides
  • Online quiz and downloadable certificate for 11 CE hours awarded by PESI
  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 1 Training Certificate of Completion from the Gottman Institute (after completion of online assessment)
  • Eligibility to continue to Level 2 Training
training objectives

At the completion of this training, you will be able to:

  • Summarize the research that allows us to predict 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.
  • Describe two interventions to help strengthen a couple’s conflict management.
  • Describe two interventions to enhance a couple’s friendship system.
  • Describe 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 and including assumptions, overview of techniques and goals of therapy.
  • Describe the Rapoport Intervention and when to use it.
  • Describe the process of therapy, including the structure of a session.
  • A 10% student discount is available. E-mail julie@centerforrelationshiplearning.com for a discounted invoice;
  • Register for Level 1 and 2 at the same time and get a 125 euro discount (only available when both courses are offered).
cancellation policy
  • Up to 2 weeks before the workshop: Refund minus 50 euros administrative fee;
  • Within 2 weeks of workshop: No refund, but participants can attend a future training (within one year).
Important notice for online trainings

If the Level 1 training is held online, your training will consist of independent study time (which you can start as soon as you receive access to your online training, or do on the dates of the training in the unscheduled time), as well as online group meetings.

Online live meeting times for both days of the training:

11:30 – 13:00 CET
15:30 – 17:00 CET
Participants in online trainings do not receive a printed manual; rather they receive all course materials (including video’s, manual and interventions) digitally.
During your independent study time, you watch the provided video’s of John and Julie Gottman’s lectures and demonstrations of their clinical work (totalling 11 hours). You can use the digital manual that is provided online. You can take notes and make sure you write down all the questions that come up for you to discuss during the online meetings.
During the online meetings, your trainer will provide additional Level 1 information about the Gottman method and research, there will be a roleplay and plenty of time for Q&A.
Please note that in order to get your certificates of completion, you will need to complete and pass an online quiz (provided in your online materials).

Completion of Level 1 training is a prerequisite for Level 2 training and is the first step toward certification as a Gottman Couples Therapist.

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