• Level 2 Clinical Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy
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Gottman Method Couples Therapy – Level 2

Internalize the powerful, research-based Gottman Method Couples Therapy assessment and intervention techniques as you integrate them in your clinical work. Gain insight as to when to use these methods and when couples therapy is contraindicated.

Level 1 Training is required.

Course price $399.00

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  • Faculty: Julie Gottman, Ph.D. John Gottman, Ph.D.
  • Duration: 19 Hours
  • Format: On-Demand
  • CE Credits: 19 Credits


Immerse yourself in the Gottman Method and gain confidence using the techniques in your clinical work. Level 2 Training provides an in-depth exploration of assessment and intervention with advanced practical guidance for clinical observation and identifying co-morbidities, including PTSD, affairs, and addiction.

This advanced, self-paced online course includes engaging lecture content from a recent four-day Level 2 workshop conducted by Drs. John and Julie Gottman. During the workshop, the Gottmans share in-session clinical videos that demonstrate practical application of assessment and intervention techniques. Special guest lecturer, Dr. Robert Navarra, presents relevant data and clinical findings incorporating Gottman Methods in treatment of couples in addiction recovery.

Learning Objectives

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

  1. 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
  2. Describe the seven levels of the Sound Relationship House theory
  3. Describe how to recognize Bids and Turning Towards
  4. Explain the components of the first three Assessment sessions
  5. Explain and demonstrate how to conduct an Oral History Interview
  6. Explain and demonstrate how to conduct a Feedback Session, including how to formulate a Treatment Plan and how to present it to the couple using the Sound Relationship House model
  7. Describe the use of the core assessments with couples, including the Locke-Wallace, Weiss-Cerretto, Gottman Sounds Relationship House Questionnaires, Gottman 19 Areas Checklist, EAQ, SCL-90, Detour Scales, CAGE, and b-MAST
  8. Explain and demonstrate the rules for Gentle Start Up
  9. Develop interventions that couples can use as antidotes to the “Four Horsemen”
  10. Prepare couples to physiologically soothe when flooded
  11. Select and implement interventions to help deal with conflict
  12. Apply different modes of changing the “Attack/Defend System” in a couples interaction
  13. Assist couples to establish dialogue about their gridlocked conflicts
  14. Instruct couples on how to work towards compromise on perpetual problems using the Two Oval method
  15. Describe the five steps of processing a fight or a regrettable incident using the Aftermath of A Fight intervention
  16. Use and describe the Stress-Reducing Conversation to minimize relapse
  17. Select and implement interventions to help couples deepen their “Friendship System” by working on Fondness and Admiration
  18. Select and implement interventions to help couples Build Shared Meaning with Rituals of Connection Identify and formulate a plan for different co-morbidities common to couples using Gottman Method Couples Therapy
  19. Assessment and Intervention
  20. Describe how to apply Gottman Method Couples Therapy to a couple who has experienced an affair
  21. Describe when it is appropriate and inappropriate to use Gottman Method Couples Therapy with a couple dealing with substance abuse
  22. Describe how to apply Gottman Method Couples Therapy to a couple experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  23. 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


Included Content
  • 19 hours of video from a recent live workshop conducted by Drs. John and Julie Gottman
  • 734-page PDF manual with the content, assessments, interventions, and references discussed in training videos
  • 262-page PDF of lecture slides
  • Certificate of Completion from The Gottman Institute
  • Hebrew translations available. Additional translations coming soon.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Gottman Method Couples Therapy – Level 1.

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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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.

CE Credits

This course is approved for 19 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  www.cbicenterforeducation.com

STEP 2: Follow the link to purchase CEs from our CE co-sponsor – www.cbicenterforeducation.com. (complete the quiz with 80% or better before purchasing CEs)

On-Demand CEs for Level 2: Assessment, Interventions, and Co-Morbidities are approved by both the American Psychological Association (APA) and the New York State Education Board (for Psychology, Social Work, and Mental Health Practitioners).

 Almost all state counselor, social work and MFT boards accept APA-approved courses. Check with your board to be sure. 

 “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.”

 “Cognitive Behavior Institute, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0098 and the State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0646 and the State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0216.”


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 gottman.com, 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 gottman.com 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.

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