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Level 1 Training

Help couples in your practice manage conflict and deepen intimacy! This is the first step in learning Gottman Method Couples Therapy. A truly inspiring workshop, Level 1 Training will give you new insights into treatment for couples who struggle, using research-based assessments and effective interventions.


WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

When couples enter the therapy office, they sting with pain and despair. They look to the clinician to referee chronic conflicts, fix their partners, and rebuild burned bridges. Now, based on Dr. John Gottman’s 40 years of compelling research with over 3,000 couples, there’s a practical and highly effective approach to guiding couples across the chasm that divides them.

In this workshop, you will be provided with a research-based roadmap for helping couples compassionately manage their conflicts, deepen their friendship and intimacy, and share their life purpose and dreams.

 

Apply Gottman Method Couples Therapy to help couples strengthen:

  • The Friendship System – the foundation for intimacy, passion, and good sex
  • The Conflict System – the basis for helping couples identify and address solvable problems, and understand and manage irresolvable differences
  • The Shared Meaning System – the existential foundation of the relationship that helps partners discover their shared purpose for building a life together

 

As a result of taking this training, you will learn:

  • Research-based strategies and tools to help couples successfully manage conflict
  • Skills to empower partners to dialogue about their worst gridlocked issues by uncovering their underlying dreams, history, and values
  • Methods to help couples process fights and heal their hurts
  • Techniques for partners to deepen their intimacy and minimize relapse
  • New assessments and effective interventions to help understand couples’ struggles

 

Participants working in the following fields will benefit from this training:

  • Mental health providers
  • Allied professionals and clergy
  • Students and interns
  • Family clinic staff
  • Professors/teachers of couples therapy
  • Researchers in the social sciences
  • Employee assistance professionals

As a result of this training, you will receive:The Level 1 Home Study

Upon completion of this training, attendees are awarded a Certificate of Completion. Included in the registration price is a clinical manual, which contains the core Gottman Method Couples Therapy assessments and interventions.

  • 300+ page Level 1 Clinical Training Manual
  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 1 Training Certificate of Completion
  • Up to 12 CE Hours available

 

Level 1 Clinical Training Workshop Outline

DAY ONE

THE RESEARCH

● What Makes Relationships Succeed or Fail?

● What is different about Gottman Method Couples Therapy?

● What is dysfunctional about relationships when they are ailing?

● The “Masters” and the “Disasters” of relationships. Exploding some common myths

● Negative and Positive sentiment overrides

● Friendship, Intimacy, Positive Affect Systems

● The Shared Meaning System

● From a checklist to The Sound Relationship House Theory

HOW TO ASSESS A RELATIONSHIP

● Using The Sound Relationship House Theory to assess a relationship’s strengths and areas that need improvement

SESSION #1: ASSESSMENT

● Couple’s Narrative

● Oral history interview

● Conflict evaluation

● Discuss the Shared Meaning System

● Preparing the couple for Individual Sessions

● Written questionnaires

● Session 2: Individual interviews

● Session 3: Therapeutic Contract – Discussing and Deciding about Goals.

● Summary of strengths and areas that need improvement

● Treatment planning

● Demonstration film

DAY TWO

INTRODUCTION TO INTERVENTION

● Philosophy of the therapy – Six assumptions

CONFLICT MANAGEMENT

● Rapoport Intervention and demonstration film

● Ending the Four Horsemen, Dealing with Flooding and demonstration film

● Dreams within Conflict Intervention and demonstration film

● Building the Basic Skills

● Softened Startup

● Accepting Influence

● Repair and De­escalation

● Physiological Soothing

● Compromise

● Aftermath of a Fight or Regrettable Incident and demonstration film

BUILDING FRIENDSHIP AND SHARED MEANING

● Build Love Maps and demonstration film

● Turn Towards: The Stress­Reducing Conversation and demonstration film

● Build Rituals of Connection and demonstration film

● Create Shared Meaning and demonstration film

PROCESS OF THE THERAPY

SUMMARY

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