Level 2 Clinical Training

Gottman Method Couples Therapy

Assessment, Intervention, and Co-Morbidities

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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?

Expand your assessment strategies and intervention techniques. Dive deep into the Gottman Method approach for treating complicated cases involving co-morbidities, including affairs, PTSD, addiction, and domestic violence.

This workshop provides a wealth of information about relationship theory, observation, couple dynamics, relationship assessment, treatment planning, when and how to use interventions, and working with co-morbidities. All materials may be used in clinical settings.

You will view original videos of couples from the famous Gottman “Love Lab,” as well as video of Drs. John and Julie Gottman demonstrating assessment and interventions in real case examples from their private practice. Live workshop participants will practice using the interventions in role play sessions to help gain confidence using them with couples.

Building on what you learned in the Level 1 Training, you will review how to assess a couple’s Friendship Profile, Conflict Profile, and Shared Meaning Profile. You will be provided with a toolkit of interventions that couples can use as antidotes to the Four Horsemen and soothe physiological flooding. You will apply six modes of changing the Attack/Defend System in a couple’s interactions, and learn how to assist couples in establishing dialogue about their gridlocked conflicts.

You will learn how to select and implement interventions to help couples deepen their Friendship System with rituals of connection, select and implement interventions to help couples create a shared system of values and meaning, and identify and implement five different co-morbidities common to couples using Gottman assessments and interventions.

In this three-day workshop you will:

  • Practice using Assessments and Interventions in group role-plays
  • Engage the presenter in vital dialogue and receive personalized coaching
  • View demonstration films
  • Gain insight as to when to use the various methods and when couples therapy is contraindicated
  • Gain confidence in using the techniques through personal immersion

Upon completing the workshop you will be able to:

  • Describe the three qualities every therapist needs.
  • Explain the basics of observation including why it’s important to recognize Emotions on the Human Face, Tension in the Voice, the Importance of Words and the use of the SPAFF coding system.
  • Describe the seven levels of the Sound Relationship House Theory.
  • Describe how to recognize Bids and Turning Towards.
  • Explain and demonstrate how to conduct an Oral History Interview. Assess a couple’s “Friendship Profile,” “Conflict Profile,” and “Shared Meanings Profile.”
  • Explain and demonstrate how to use the three profiles to choose appropriate interventions for the couple.
  • Describe the use of the core assessments with couples, including the Locke-Wallace, Weiss-Cerretto, Gottman Sound Relationship House Questionnaires, Gottman 19 Areas Checklist, EAQ, SCL-90, Detour Scales, CAGE, b-Mast, and Supplemental Assessments.
  • Formulate a treatment plan and present it to the couple including using the Sound Relationship House model.
  • Develop interventions that couples can use as antidotes to the “Four Horsemen.”
  • Help couples to physiologically soothe when flooded.
  • Select and implement interventions to help deal with conflict.
  • Apply different modes of changing the “Attack/Defend System” in a couple’s interaction.
  • Assist couples to establish a dialogue about their gridlocked conflicts.
  • Select and implement interventions to help couples deepen their “Friendship System” with Rituals of Connection.
  • Select and implement interventions to help couples create a shared system of values and meaning.
  • Use and describe the Stress-Reducing Conversation to minimize relapse.
  • Identify and formulate a plan for different co-morbidities common to couples using Gottman Method Couples Therapy Assessment and Intervention.
  • Describe how to apply Gottman Method Couples Therapy to a couple who has experienced an affair.
  • Describe when it is appropriate and inappropriate to use Gottman Method Couples Therapy with a couple dealing with substance abuse.
  • Describe the differences between situational and characterological domestic violence and when it is appropriate and inappropriate to use Gottman Method Couples Therapy with a couple dealing with domestic violence.

Upcoming Workshops

The workshop is $849.00. If you attended the Level 1 workshop through us you get a special discount of $125; contact us if you do not have the discount code.

A $100 student discount is available; contact us to get the discount (you will need to provide us with proof of student status).

As a bonus I offer one free online session for your cohort, one month after the workshop. This consultation will provide you an opportunity for you to make sure you are taking full advantage of the techniques you learned.

The workshop runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Special for June!

Due to shelter-in-place the workshop will be on-line (via Zoom). As a one-time event, we are including the following:

  • A digital Level 2 Manual (PDF version), including the lecture slides.
  • Complete access to an on-demand Gottman Level 2 Certificate 19-hour course led by Drs. John and Julie Gottman (can be accessed online for future reference).
  • Nineteen (19) Continuing Education (CE) hours, at no additional cost. There is an online assessment which you will need to complete for the CE hours, as well as the official Gottman Level 2 Certificate of Completion.

Take advantage of this special opportunity to attend a live Level 2 training from the comfort of your home! Last day to register is June 3rd!

June 4-6, 2020

Live Online Training

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Continuing Education

In partnership with R.Cassidy we offer 20.25 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 before the event for a refund minus a 15% fee. If you cancel between 6 to 21 days before the workshop, you will get a 50% refund. There will be no refund or credit for cancellations made five days before the workshop or later.

If you register for the Level 1 and Level 2 workshops together, the cancellation policy will apply to each workshop independently, with the package discount amount subtracted from any refund due. The early bird discount applies only to the cost of the Level 1 workshop.

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...
Helping Create Healthy Relationships Since 1997
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist MFC 42162
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor LPC 1534
Certified Gottman Therapist