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.

Upcoming Workshops

Workshop is $449.00. If you pay for your registration no less than 21 days prior to the event the early bird cost is $399.00. CEUs are offered for those interested.

A $25 student discount is available; contact us to get the discount code (you will need to provide us with proof of student status).

Workshop runs Friday: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Saturday: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Morning and afternoon coffee breaks, light snack included. Lunch is on your own.

August 30-31, 2019

  • $449
  • Level 1 Workshop in Cupertino, CA
  • Sign up by 8 August 2019 and use coupon code EBLEVEL1 to get a $50 early bird discount.

Continuing Education

In partnership with R.Cassidy we offer up to 12 CE Hours to qualified professionals. There is a charge payable directly to R.Cassidy – go to R.Cassidy for details.

Cancellation Policy

You may cancel your paid registration no less than 21 days prior to the event for a refund minus a $60 processing fee. If you cancel within the 21 days prior to the date of the workshop you will get a credit for a future workshop offering, from us, within one calendar year, and subject to availability; there will be a $100 processing fee collected at the time you reschedule.

Workshop Cancellation

If the workshop is canceled for any reason and the attendee is unable or unwilling to attend on a rescheduled date, the attendee will receive a full refund on the amount paid for the workshop. We are not responsible for, nor will we reimburse, any travel expenses the attendee may have incurred in the event of a canceled workshop.

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