Level 1 Clinical Training

Gottman Method Couples Therapy

A New Research Based Approach: Bridging the Couple Chasm

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Ever struggle when working with couples? Wonder how to be more effective?
Could you use practical interventions you could use right away?
Do you want to adopt proven research-based methods to help your couples?

Level 1 Training will give you new insights into treatment for couples who struggle, using proven assessment techniques and intervention strategies.

Our practical, emotion-focused, and highly effective approach is based on Drs. John and Julie Gottman’s four decades of research with more than 3,000 couples. It is the most extensive study ever done on marital stability and divorce prediction.

This workshop equips you with new methods and tools to help couples break the cycle of criticism, defensiveness, contempt and stonewalling. Through demonstrations and films from the clinical office, you’ll see how to apply the research-based principles and interventions of the Gottman Method Couples Therapy to strengthen:

  • The Friendship System – the building block for intimacy, passion, and good sex.
  • The Conflict System – the basis for helping couples manage solvable problems and understand and manage unresolvable differences.
  • The Shared Meaning System – the existential foundation of the relationship that helps couples create shared purpose in building a life together.

Included is a 300-page Clinical Manual Featuring new relationship assessment questionnaires and clinical interventions that you’ll be able to use immediately with your clients.

In this two-day workshop you will learn:

  • How to help understand couples’ struggles using new research-based assessments and effective interventions
  • Research-based strategies and tools to help couples successfully manage conflict
  • Skills that empower couples to dialogue about their worst gridlocked issues by uncovering their underlying dreams, history, and values
  • Techniques to help couples presenting with multiple co-morbidities including incest, the effects of poverty, PTSD and infidelity
  • Methods to help couples process their fights and heal their hurts Techniques for couples to deepen their intimacy and minimize relapse
  • Methods to help couples feel a renewed sense of caring and partnership through emotional connection.

Upon completing the workshop you will be able to:

  • Summarize the research that allows prediction of future relationship stability.
  • Describe the seven levels of the Sound Relationship House Theory.
  • 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.
  • Describe two interventions to help strengthen a couple’s management of conflict.
  • Describe two interventions to enhance a couple’s friendship system.
  • Describe two interventions to explore a couple’s system of shared meaning.
  • Explain why physiological self-soothing is essential for a healthy relationship.
  • Create a therapeutic contract with a couple, discuss and decide on goals and include a summary of the couples strengths and areas that need improvement.
  • Describe the Philosophy of Therapy, including assumptions, overview of techniques and goals of therapy.
  • Describe the Rapoport Intervention and when to use it.
  • Describe the process of therapy, including the structure of a session.

Choose the Option That Suits You Best

All options include

  • Access to the lectures online (11 hours of video with Drs. John & Julie Gottman)
  • Level 1 Manual (PDF) with the content, assessments, interventions and references discussed (352 pages)
  • Eleven (11) Continuing Education (CE) hours, at no additional cost, after completion of the online assessment
  • Certificate of completion from The Gottman Institute

The Moderated and Live options include an online bonus session with your cohort one month after the training. This consultation provides you an opportunity to make sure you are taking advantage of the techniques you learned.

If you register for the Level 1 + Level 2 package, you also get access to Therapy Sessions: Live–a $75 value! This on-demand course includes an additional six CE hours. It is ten hours of video from live couples therapy sessions with Dr. Julie Gottman.

  • Self-Paced
  • Access to office hours
  • $299
  • Complete the video training at your own pace.
  • Access to three office hours sessions (9:30 to 10:30 a.m. PT on the first and third Thursday of the month).
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  • Combine with Level 2 and save!
  • $629
  • Self-Paced Level 1 + Level 2 is a savings of $119 over purchasing them separately.
  • An additional three office hours sessions (9:30 to 11:00 a.m. PT on the second and fourth Thursday of the month).
  • Access to Therapy Sessions: Live, a $75 value!
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  • Moderated
  • Live online work sessions
  • $349
  • Complete the video training ahead of the live online sessions.
  • Live online sessions on May 12 & 14, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PT.
  • Bonus: A 45-minute online session for your cohort, one month after the workshop.
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  • Combine with Level 2 and save!
  • $829
  • Moderated Level 1 + Level 2 is a savings of $149 over purchasing them separately.
  • Live online sessions on May 17, 19 & 21, 2021 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PT + bonus session.
  • Access to Therapy Sessions: Live, a $75 value!
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  • Live (online)
  • Full live workshop experience
  • $449
  • Live online training is on June 11-12, 2021.
  • The workshop is 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PT each day (with a break for lunch).
  • Bonus: A one-hour online session for your cohort, one month after the workshop.
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  • Combine with Level 2 and save!
  • $1,098
  • Live Level 1 + Level 2 is a savings of $200 over purchasing them separately.
  • Live Level 2 Workshop is June 17-19, 2021, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PT each day (with a break for lunch) + bonus session.
  • Access to Therapy Sessions: Live, a $75 value!
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For the self-paced training options, access to the on-demand materials will be provided within 48 hours of purchase. For the moderated and live (online) training options, access to the on-demand materials is provided seven days before the online sessions.

Continuing Education

All Level 1 and Level 2 training options include Continuing Education (CE) hours. All are through PESI and require completion of the corresponding online assessment. Level 1 training includes 11 CE hours, and Level 2 includes 19 CE hours. The Level 1 + Level 2 package provides additional on-demand training with a further six CE hours.

Cancellation Policy

Self-paced training purchases are final. We reserve the right to modify the office hours' dates and times, with prior notice to the participant.

For the Moderated and Live (online) training options, you may cancel your paid registration no less than 21 days before the event for a refund minus a 15% fee. If you cancel between 8 to 21 days before the workshop, you will get a 50% refund. There will be no refund or credit for cancellations made seven days before the workshop or later.

If you register for the Level 1 + Level 2 package, the cancellation policy applies based on the Level 1 dates.

Workshop Cancellation

For the Moderated and Live (online) training options, if the workshop gets canceled for any reason, and the attendee is unable or unwilling to attend on a rescheduled date, the attendee will receive a full refund if access to the on-demand training has not yet been provided. If access to the on-demand training has been provided, the retail cost of the on-demand training will be deducted from the refund.

By registering you agree to these terms.

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LeMel Firestone-Palerm, LMFT, LPCC, CGT
LeMel Firestone-Palerm, LMFT, LPCC, CGT About LeMel...
Helping Create Healthy Relationships Since 1997
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist MFC 42162
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor LPC 1534
Certified Gottman Therapist