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Gottman Method Couples Therapy – Level 1

Help couples learn to manage conflict, deepen friendship and intimacy, and share their life purpose and dreams. Discover research-based assessments and effective interventions you can start practicing immediately.

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What you will learn

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this training, you will be able to:

  1. Summarize the research that allows us to predict future relationship stability
  2. Describe the seven levels of the Sound Relationship House theory
  3. 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
  4. Describe two interventions to help strengthen a couple’s conflict management
  5. Describe two interventions to enhance a couple’s friendship system
  6. Describe two interventions to explore a couple’s system of shared meaning
  7. Explain why physiological self-soothing is essential for a healthy relationship
  8. 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
  9. Describe the Philosophy of Therapy and including assumptions, overview of techniques and goals of therapy
  10. Describe the Rapoport Intervention and when to use it
  11. Describe the process of therapy, including the structure of a session

What you get:

When couples enter the therapy office, they sting with pain and despair. They look to you, the clinician, to referee chronic conflicts, fix their partners, and rebuild burned bridges. Our practical, emotion-focused, and highly effective approach is based on Dr. John Gottman’s 40 years of compelling research with over 3,000 couples. Join the worldwide network of more than 50,000 mental health professionals who have completed Level 1 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy.

This inspiring learning experience will give you new insights into treatment for couples who struggle. In this self-paced online course, you will discover a research-based method for helping couples manage conflict, deepen friendship and intimacy, and share their life purpose and dreams.

Included Content
This online course includes:
  • 11 hours of video from a recent live workshop conducted by Drs. John and Julie Gottman
  • 352-page PDF manual with the content, assessments,  interventions, and references discussed in training videos
  • 63-page PDF of lecture slides
  • Online quiz and eligibility for 11 CE hours awarded by Cognitive Behavior Institute
  • Certificate of Completion from The Gottman Institute
  • Hebrew translations available. Additional translations coming soon.
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course. 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
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This course is approved for 11 Continuing Education (CE) credits from the Cognitive Behavior Institute. To receive the CE credits, complete the quiz with 80% or better. To purchase CEs: STEP 1: Create an account on CBI Center for Education STEP 2: Follow the link to purchase CEs from our CE co-sponsor – (complete the quiz with 80% or better before purchasing CEs) The on-demand CEs are for APA. Cost: $40.  “Cognitive Behavior Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Cognitive Behavior Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content.”  
John Gottman, Ph.D.John Gottman, Ph.D.
World-renowned for his work on marital stability and divorce prediction, Dr. John Gottman has conducted 40 years of breakthrough research with thousands of couples. He is the author of over 200 published academic articles and author or co-author of more than 40 books, including The New York Times bestseller The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work. Dr. Gottman’s media appearances include Good Morning America, Today, CBS Morning News, and Oprah, as well articles in The New York Times, Redbook, Glamour, Woman’s Day, People, Self, and Psychology Today.      
Julie Gottman, Ph.D.Julie Gottman, Ph.D.
Dr. Julie Gottman is the co-founder and President of The Gottman Institute. A highly respected clinical psychologist, she is sought internationally by media and organizations as an expert advisor on marriage, sexual harassment and rape, domestic violence, gay and lesbian adoption, same-sex marriage, and parenting issues. She is the co-creator of the immensely popular The Art and Science of Love weekend workshops for couples, and she also co-designed the national clinical training program in Gottman Method Couples Therapy.      
Faculty Disclosures
Financial: Dr. John Gottman is a co-owner of The Gottman Institute and receives dividends from profits earned. Non-financial:  Dr. John Gottman has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose. Financial: Dr. Julie Gottman is a co-owner of The Gottman Institute and receives dividends from profits earned. Non-financial: Dr. Julie Gottman has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
What is an On-Demand course?
On-Demand courses are self-paced online courses you can access any time from any computer or mobile device with a current browser and a reliable internet connection. Courses include streaming video lectures and downloadable PDFs of manuals and supplemental content. There are no required assignments or scheduled events, and there is no interaction with faculty or other students. On-Demand courses that are eligible for self-study CE credits include online quizzes, as well as certificates you can download once you have viewed all the content and passed the quiz. These courses do not expire. You can take as long as you need to pass, and you still have access once you have completed the course.
What kind of computer skills do I need?
In order to be successful with online learning, you must have basic computer or mobile device and internet skills. You should be able to use a browser, such as Chrome or Firefox, and keep it updated to the most recent version. You will need to be able to create an account at, complete the purchase process, and visit your account again to launch your courses. You will need to understand how to click buttons, use video controls, such as pause and play, and download and open PDF files.
How do I access the course content once I have purchased a course?
Log in at and visit your My Account page to see a list of your online courses. Each course will include a button to launch the course viewer. The viewer button takes you to a page that contains all the course content, including links to take your CE quizzes and download certificates.
Do online courses come with the printed manuals?
No. Online courses that include manuals come with a downloadable PDF manual. When you purchase an online course that has a printed manual available for purchase, you can add the manual to your order for an additional fee. If you would like a printed manual but did not select it during purchase, you can order it later from our online store.
Do I need the printed manual?
We highly recommend you purchase the printed manual for online courses. Every printed manual includes a binder with tabs for each chapter, so it’s easy to flip through the materials as you watch the videos. Manuals are an important reference during and after the courses as you learn to apply the methods.
Can I share my login with colleagues so we can learn as a group?
No. Logins may only be used by the individual who purchased the course. If you would like to learn as a group, please ask the other members to purchase the course.
Can I share the manual and handout PDFs with colleagues?
No. All files included with the course may only be used by the individual who purchased the course.
Can I purchase Online Learning products for someone else?
No. Purchases are associated with user accounts and linked to CE credits and certificates. You can allow someone to use your credit card to purchase, but they need to be logged into their own account so it can be associated with their credits for the course.

Featured Reviews

Professional from
Houston, TX

Review of Level 1
This was the best seminar I have ever attended. It not only provided me a wealth of valuable tools in my practice, but challenged some ideas I have held.

Professional from
San Francisco, CA

Review of Level 1
I particularly enjoyed the excellent clinical films and found them especially useful in understanding the assessments and interventions that were taught. Appreciated seeing actual examples of sessions and examples of different ideas/thoughts of what to say and how to implement interventions.

Professional from
Seattle, WA

Review of Level 1
This was the single most useful conference I have attended in twenty-three years of clinical practice. Clear, concise, useful! Thank you so much for your presentation, your work, and your humor.

Professional from
Chicago, IL

Review of Level 1
You have convinced me that your methods and interventions are intelligent, responsible, and compassionate. I believe they will endure over time as a true gift to children and families.
Level 1 Clinical Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy


Help couples learn to manage conflict, deepen friendship and intimacy, and share their life purpose and dreams. Discover research-based assessments and effective interventions you can start practicing immediately.

Gottman Method Couples Therapy – Level 1

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