You’ll fine-tune and master
your understanding of the
Internalize and integrate
Gottman Method Assessment
and Intervention techniques.
Clinical Manual featuring
new relationship assessment questionnaires and clinical interventions.
See on film
Drs. John & Julie Gottman
demonstrating assessment and interventions in case examples
pulled from their private practice.
View original videos
of couples from
Gottman's famous "Love Lab"
Receive a certificate of completion from the
For those interested in
pursuing Gottman certification,
this 3-day workshop fulfills
the Level 3 requirement.
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The Level 3 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!
Gottman Method Level 3: Practicum Workshop and Training
Workshop Objectives and “Road Map” to Gottman Therapist Certification
Workshop Outline and Objectives
At the end of this workshop participants will understand how to:
• Choose an intervention that is appropriate for the clients at the moment.
• Recognize the “Four Horsemen” when one member of a couple exhibits that behavior.
• Stop the couple’s dyadic interaction when one member exhibits one of the “Four Horsemen”.
Describe the “Four Horsemen” to the couple.
• Explain the antidote to the relevant horsemen clearly and accurately.
• Coach the person with an alternative way to express him or herself using an appropriate antidote.
• Re-direct the couple to resume communication in a dyadic way. Continue to monitor for the “Four
Horsemen” and intervene if they reemerge.
• Identify when one of both partners are physiologically flooded (and not just upset) and stop the
interaction between the couple.
• Provide a brief explanation of flooding in clear, sensitive language.
• Intervene by guiding one or both partners through a relaxation technique before continuing.
• Explain the “Dream Within Conflict” process and goals clearly.
• Instruct couple on “Dreams Within Conflict” intervention.
• Assist one partner to ask the other partner questions about the dream or deeper meaning embedded
in their specific grid-locked issue.
• Provide “The Dream Catcher Questions” handout and coach one partner to ask the other questions
from the handout to increase understanding of their partner’s underlying dreams or deeper meaning
embedded in the specific grid-locked issue; help the couple hold to the questions to go deeper vs.
getting into their own point of view.
• Introduce the concepts of softened start-ups and explain why it helps (ie it is easier for their
partner to hear and understand their point).
• Explain research showing that the first three minutes of a discussion predicts whether that
discussion will go well and whether their overall relationship will go well.
• Explain the importance expressing needs in positive terms and instruct the partner to restate their
point without criticism and then direct them to resume dyadic interaction.
• Stop couple’s interaction when one or both partners are not accepting influence.
• Explain the need for accepting influence (which may include references to research). This includes
finding a way to understand and honor some aspect of their partner’s position, with a focus on
yielding and accepting influence rather than on persuading.
• Stop couple and instruct in the concept of offering and accepting repairs and why it is useful.
• Provide the “Repair Checklist” and explain its use.
• Ask appropriate Gottman “Oral History” questions and stay on track with sensitivity to couple’s
issues and building rapport.
• Conduct “Oral History” interview with sensitivity to issues of Co-Morbidity.
• Integrate assessment information from the “Oral History” session, “Individual Relational Interviews”
and “Assessment Questionnaires” to summarize the couple’s strengths, weaknesses, and primary
• Interpret assessment findings accurately.
• Share Gottman research findings accurately when relevant.
• Explain each level of “The Sound Relationship House” and then provide feedback on that level
before describing the next level.
• Formulate therapy goals that are consistent with :The Sound Relationship House” model as
appropriate for the couple.
Gottman Road Map to Certification
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Lisa Lund, CRC, MFT
Master Certified Gottman Therapist
Couples Workshop Leader