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Dates: 8, 11, 13 April 2022

Registration Fee: €650

Location: Online

Trainer: Julie Sharon-Wagschal

 

Gottman Method couples therapy: Assessment, intervention and comorbidities

After you’ve been introduced to the fundamentals of Gottman Method Couples Therapy presented in Level 1 Training, the Level 2 Training will expand your assessment strategies and intervention techniques. This is the next step toward certification and designation as a Certified Gottman Therapist.

At the completion of Level 2 Training, you should have the clinical familiarity, knowledge, and resources to integrate Gottman Method Couples Therapy assessments and interventions into your clinical work.

This three-day workshop deepens your knowledge and understanding of the Gottman Method. You will learn more about how and when to use the interventions and how to handle co-morbidities that complicate couples counseling, such as depression, affairs, PTSD, addictions and domestic violence. You will also be given ample opportunity to practice many of the couple therapy exercises.

Training description

This workshop provides a wealth of information about relationship theory, observation, couple dynamics, relationship assessment, treatment planning, when and how to use interventions, and working with co-morbidities. All materials may be used in clinical settings.

You will view original videos of couples from the famous Gottman “Love Lab,” as well as video of Drs. John and Julie Gottman demonstrating assessment and interventions in real case examples from their private practice. Live workshop participants will practice using the interventions in role play sessions to help gain confidence using them with couples.

This training dives deep into the Gottman Method approach for treating complicated cases involving co-morbidities, including affairs, PTSD, addiction, and domestic violence.

What will I learn?

Building on what you learned in the Level 1 Training, you will review how to assess a couple’s Friendship Profile, Conflict Profile, and Shared Meaning Profile. You will be provided with a toolkit of interventions that couples can use as antidotes to the Four Horsemen and soothe physiological flooding. You will apply six modes of changing the Attack/Defend System in a couple’s interactions, and learn how to assist couples in establishing dialogue about their gridlocked conflicts.

You will learn how to 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, and identify and implement five different co-morbidities common to couples using Gottman assessments and interventions.

Click here to read the full workshop outline.

During the training, you will:

  • sharpen your clinical skills;
  • integrate research-based Gottman Method
  • assessments and intervention techniques with your personal therapy style;
  • learn when to use particular interventions;
  • assess when couples therapy is contraindicated or might be harmful;
  • be able to use your Level 2 Clinical Manual, which includes revised Gottman Core Assessments, Gottman Supplemental Assessments and more than 50 Gottman Interventions.
As a result of this training I 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 comorbidities common to couples using Gottman Assessments and Interventions.
Training Objectives

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

  • Describe the three qualities every therapist needs.
  • Explain the basics of observation including why it is important to recognize emotions on the human face, tension in the voice, the importance of words and the use of the SPAFF coding system.
  • Describe the seven levels of the Sound Relationship House theory.
  • Describe how to recognize Bids and Turning Towards.
  • Explain and demonstrate how to conduct an Oral History Interview.
  • Assess a couple’s “Friendship Profile,” “Conflict Profile,” and “Shared Meanings Profile”.
  • Explain and demonstrate how to use the 3 profiles to choose appropriate interventions for the couple.
  • Describe the use of the core assessments with couples, including the Locke-Wallace, Weiss-Cerretto, Gottman Sound Relationship House questionnaires, Gottman 19 Areas checklist, EAQ, SCL-90, Detour Scales, CAGE, b-Mast, and Supplemental Assessments.
  • Formulate a treatment plan and present it to the couple including using the Sound Relationship House model.
  • Develop interventions that couples can use as antidotes to the “four horseman.”
  • Help couples to physiologically soothe when flooded.
  • Select and implement interventions to help deal with conflict.
  • Apply different modes of changing the “Attack/Defend System” in a couple’s interaction.
  • Assist couples to establish 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.
  • Use and describe the Stress-Reducing Conversation to minimize relapse.
  • Identify and formulate a plan for different comorbidities common to couples using Gottman Method Couples Therapy Assessment and Intervention.
  • Describe how to apply Gottman Method couples therapy to a couple who has experienced an affair
  • Describe when it is appropriate and inappropriate to use Gottman Method couples therapy with a couple dealing with substance abuse.
  • 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.
Important notice for online trainings

If the Level 2 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 19 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 information about the Gottman method and research, there will be roleplays (held in separate Zoom rooms) 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).

Who is it for?

  • psychologists
  • social workers
  • marriage and family therapists
  • professional counselors
  • addiction counselors
  • other mental health professionals

Includes:

  • Live training and recorded lectures/sessions
  • 500-page clinical manual
  • Certificate of Completion of Level 2 training
  • Option to be listed in the Gottman Referral Network
  • Qualification to continue to Level 3

You must have completed Gottman Level 1 (Live or Home Study) to register. If you haven’t done Level 1 with Relationship International, you need to present your Level 1 certificate before the course starts.

Discounts

  • A 15% student discount is available. E-mail julie@centerforrelationshiplearning.com for a discount code;
  • Register for Level 1 and 2 at the same time and get a 125 euro discount.

Cancellation policy

  • Up to 2 weeks before the workshop: Refund minus 50 euros administrative fee;
  • Within 2 weeks of workshop: No refund, but participants will receive full credit to attend a future training.

Registration

  • Closes two weeks before start of training.

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