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Level I: Bridging the Couple Chasm

Gottman Couples Therapy - A New Research-Based Approach!

Next Workshop - Friday, May 18th - Saturday, May 19th, 2018

2 Day Training - 9am to 5pm - 12 CE Hours* for MFT’s, LCSW’s, Psychologists, and RN's

This two-day workshop will prepare you to begin using the Gottman Method in your practice immediately.

Acqua Hotel - Mill Valley, Marin County, California - 5 minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge!

     Register Early - Assure your place at these reteat style trainings on the SF Bay

Marriage Counseling

Gottman Method Professional Training

Level 1 Workshop Outline and Objectives

Research-based instruction on the Gottman Method

Presented by Lisa Lund, CRC, MFT

Master Certified Gottman Therapist

Couples Workshop Leader

Lisa Lund, CRC, MFT

Master Certified Gottman Therapist

Couples Workshop Leader



8:30 am - 8:50 am:  Registration Check-In

9:00 am - 5:00 pm:  Level 1 Workshop

(Lunch on your own)

The Research - What Makes Relationships Succeed or Fail?

• What is different about Gottman Method Couples Therapy

• What is dysfunctional about relationships when they are ailing

• The “Masters” and Disasters” of relationships: Exploding some common myths

• Negative and positive sentiment overrides

• Friendship, Inimacy, Positive Affect System

• The Shared Meaning System

• The Sound Relationship House Theory

The Assessment Sessions

Session 1 - Assessing the Couple Together

• Couple’s Narrative

• Oral History Interview

• Videotape: A 10 minute Conflict Interaction

• Ending Session 1 - Preparing Couple for Individual Sessions - No secrets

• Assessment: Written Questionnaires

Session 2 - Individual Sessions

Session 3 - The Therapeutic Contract:

• Discussing and Deciding about Goals.

• Summary of Strengths and Areas that Need Improvement.

• Assessment and film.

Day One Conclusion - Q and A


9:00 am - 5:00 pm:  Workshop

(Lunch on your own)

Introduction to Intervention

• Assumptions of the Therapy

• Overview of the Therapy

• Goals of the Therapy

Conflict Management

• Rapoport Intervention and film

• Ending the Four Horsemen and film

• Dreams Within Conflict and film

• Building the Basic Skills (Softened Start-up, Accepting Influence, Repair and De-escalation,

   Physiological Soothing, Compromise)

• Aftermath of a Fight and film

Building Friendship and Shared Meaning

• Build Love Maps and film

• Turn Towards: The Stress-Reducing Conversation and film

• Build Rituals of Connection and film

• Create Shared Meaning and film

Process of the Therapy

• Structure of a Typical Session

• What the Therapist Can Say

• The Domino Theory of Emotion


• What’s Next: Additional Training

• Workshop Conclusion - Q and A

Workshop Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

1. Summarize the research that allows prediction of future relationship stability with 94% accuracy

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 for each: to help strengthen a couple's management of conflict; to enhance a

    couple's friendship system; and to explore a couple's system of shared meaning.

Who Should Attend?

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

• Mental health providers

• Allied professionals and clergy

• Students and interns

• Family clinic staff

• Professors/teachers of couples therapy

• Researchers in the social sciences

• Employee assistance professionals

Note:  For More Info on Continuing Education Credits - CE Credits - CE’s - See Registration Page

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The Level 1 workshops are presented in a “Professional Retreat” setting just minutes north of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge at the Acqua Hotel in Mill Valley along the Richardson Bay - part of the greater San Francisco Bay waterfront. Please see registration for venue photo’s and more information. See our “Retreats” page for lodging suggestions and make your Gottman Training a Professional Retreat!

Level 1 Workshop Outline and Objectives... Who Should Attend

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Marriage Counseling
Marriage Counseling

You’ll Learn

The Gottman Method...

Integrate research-based methods to maximize your competence and inspire transformation.

Receive a 300-page

Clinical Manual featuring

new relationship assessment questionnaires and clinical interventions - a $150 value.

See on film

Dr. Julie Gottman

use all of the main

interventions with

a real couple.

Receive a certificate of completion from the

Gottman Institute.

For those interested in

pursuing Gottman certification,

this 2-day workshop fulfills

the Level 1 requirement.