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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

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A Professional Retreat in the San Francisco Bay Area

Level I: Bridging the Couple Chasm

Gottman Couples Therapy - A New Research-Based Approach!

Next Workshop - Friday, September 15th - Saturday, September 16th, 2017

New Dates Coming Soon!

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 retreat style trainings on the Bay!



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

9:00 am - 5:00 pm:  Workshop

(Lunch on your own, 1.5hr)

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, Intimacy, 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 1.5hr.)

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

  1. Structure of a Typical Session

  2. What the Therapist Can Say

  3. The Domino Theory of Emotion


  1. What’s Next: Additional Training

  2. 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

  1. 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

  1. *Note:  For More Info on Continuing Education Credits -

  2. *CE Credits - CE’s - See Registration Page

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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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