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Level 3 – Digital Materials

Building on the knowledge obtained from Level 1 Training and Level 2 Training, you will master how to effectively explain a couple’s strengths and challenges to them in terms of the Sound Relationship House, how to help couples manage conflict, and how to successfully employ Gottman interventions


  • Faculty: The Gottman Institute
  • Duration: 21 Hours
  • Format: On-Demand
  • CE Credits: None


Building on the knowledge obtained from Level 1 Training and Level 2 Training, you will master how to clearly explain a couple’s strengths and challenges in terms of the Sound Relationship House and apply the appropriate interventions.

You will also learn:

  • How to effectively use the Oral History Interview during a couple’s assessment and understand its implications.
  • How to help partners identify the “Four Horsemen” in their relationship and understand the antidotes.
  • How to select and utilize appropriate tools to help a couple deepen their Friendship System.
  • How to clarify a couple’s conflicts in terms of solvable, perpetual, and gridlocked problems.
  • How to use the “Dreams Within Conflict” technique to help a couple feel hopeful and to achieve break-through with their perpetual conflict.
  • How to successfully intervene when one or both partners are flooding.
  • How to help a couple reach solutions using the Compromise Ovals intervention
  • Ways to sensitively intervene when co-morbidities are present.

This includes:

  • 200+ page Level 3 Clinical Training Manual (PDF)
  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 3 Training Certificate of Completion w/completion of the full practicum through a Master Trainer
  • Eligibility to continue to the Certification Track

Who is this training for?

This training is for psychologists, social workers, Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs), professional counselors, addiction counselors, and other mental health professionals. Completion of Level 1 Training and Level 2 Training is required, as well as a master’s degree, doctoral degree, or current enrollment in a graduate program within a mental health-related field is required. Therapy experience is highly recommended, but not required.

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Choose an intervention that is appropriate for the clients at the moment.
  2. Recognize the Four Horseman when one member of a couple exhibits that behavior.
  3. Stop the couple’s dyadic interaction when one member exhibits one of the four horseman. Describe the Four Horseman to the couple.
  4. Explain the antidote to the relevant horseman clearly and accurately.
  5. Coach the person with an alternative way to express him- or herself using an appropriate antidote.
  6. Re-direct the couple to resume communication in a dyadic way. Continue to monitor for the four horsemen and intervene if they reemerge.
  7. Identify when one or both partners are physiologically flooded (and not just upset) and stop the interaction between the couple.
  8. Provide a brief explanation of flooding in clear, sensitive language.
  9. Intervene by guiding one or both partners through a relaxation technique before continuing.
  10. Explain the Dreams Within Conflict process and goals clearly.
  11.  Instruct couple on the Dreams Within Conflict intervention.
  12. Assist one partner to ask the other partner questions about the dream or deeper meaning imbedded in their specific gridlocked issue.
  13. Provide The Dream Catcher Questions handout and coach one partner to ask the other questions from the handout to increase understanding of their partner’s underlying dreams or deeper meaning embedded in the specific gridlocked issue; help the couple hold to the questions to go deeper vs. getting into their own point of view.
  14. Introduce the concept of softened start-ups and explain why it helps (i.e., it is easier for their partner to hear and understand their point).
  15. Explain research showing that the first three minutes of a discussion predicts whether that discussion will go well and whether their overall relationship will go well.
  16. Explain importance of expressing needs in positive terms and instruct the partner to restate their point without criticism and then direct them to resume dyadic interaction.
  17. Stop couple’s interaction when one or both partners are not accepting influence.
  18. Explain the need for accepting influence (which may include reference to research). This includes finding a way to understand and honor some aspect of their partner’s position, with a focus on yielding and accepting influence rather than on persuading.
  19. Stop couple and instruct in the concept of offering and accepting repairs and why it is useful.
  20. Provide the Repair Checklist and explains it use.

Video Participation

Case Discussion in Certification Practicum
Participants are asked to bring a short (approximately ten minutes) video segment (on DVD or USB thumb drive) of difficult and challenging couples to the Level 3 Training. The therapist’s work with the couple will not be critiqued. In fact, the video does not even need to show the therapist, just seeing the couple is all that is needed.

The purpose will be to use these couples to illustrate how the Gottman Method can be applied to these tough cases. The trainer(s) will describe how they would treat these couples and then participants from the audience will volunteer to role play these couples with the trainer(s) demonstrating using a variety of interventions with these couples. Participants will then have the opportunity to practice using these interventions in a supportive small group setting with other participants’ role playing the couples from the videos.

Bringing a video tape isn’t required, but it will help make the training more meaningful for everyone. If you cannot bring a taped segment, it would help to bring a brief written description of a challenging couple for the same purpose. This is for Case Discussion within the context of Certification Practicum ONLY and is not related to the videotaped interventions submitted for final Certification Review.

Your Certified Gottman Therapist, Master Trainer will have an established HIPAA compliant File Transfer system available fo you to share your Level 3 Practicum Session. This link will be disabled after your event.

We are not able to support the following video formats: Mini DVD’s, “High-8,” alternate or nonstandard international formats, such as “Super-8.”