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Level I: Bridging the Couple Chasm

Gottman Couples Therapy - A New Research-Based Approach!

Next Workshop - Please see ~ No trainings are scheduled in San Anselmo.

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.

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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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These Level 1 workshops are presented in a “Professional Retreat” setting just minutes north of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge at the SF Theological in San Anselmo. Please see registration for venue photo’s and more information.

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

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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.

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