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.

Choose the Option That Suits You Best

All options include

  • Access to the lectures online (19 hours of video with Drs. John & Julie Gottman)
  • Level 2 Manual (PDF) with the content, assessments, interventions and references discussed (734 pages)
  • Nineteen (19) 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 attended the Level 1 workshop through us, you get a special 10% discount; contact us if you do not have the discount code.

  • Self-Paced
  • Access to office hours
  • $449
  • Complete the video training at your own pace.
  • Access to three office hours sessions (9:30 to 11:00 a.m. PT on the second and fourth Thursday of the month).
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  • Moderated
  • Live online work sessions
  • $629
  • Complete the video training ahead of the live online sessions.
  • Live online sessions on May 17, 19 & 21, 2021 from 9:30 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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  • Live (online)
  • Full live workshop experience
  • $849
  • Live online training is on June 17-19, 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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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.

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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