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The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work – Leader Training – On-Demand

Based on Dr. Gottman’s revised New York Times bestselling book, this flexible, on-demand course will give you the skills to host workshops  and small groups virtually or in-person in your community, teaching couples proven and effective strategies for making their relationships work.

Whether at your church, community center, place of business, or home, the material you learn in this virtual training can be taught by anyone interested in making a difference in couples’ lives.

Course price $399.00

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  • Faculty: Dr. David Penner, PHD
    Laura Heck, LMFT, MA
  • Duration: 8 hours (Estimated)
  • Format: On-Demand


The Seven Principles Leader Training On-Demand, based on The New York Times bestseller The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, was developed from Dr. Gottman’s four decades of research with more than 3,000 couples. Over the years, Drs. John and Julie Gottman have continued to fine-tune their innovative method of disrupting negative behaviors that send relationships onto the rocks.

Showing partners how to work with the small daily moments that make up the heart and soul of any relationship, the Seven Principles Leader Training On-Demand will enable you  to teach couples proven, practical, and effective strategies for making relationships work. The on-demand format allows you to access the training at any time and complete on your own schedule. 

Training Objectives

This training will prepare you to teach couples via in-person or virtual formats on how to use Gottman Seven Principles Program materials in their relationships. 

As a result of this training, you will be able to:

  • Plan, budget, market, and organize your own Gottman Seven Principles Program for couples.
  • Gain practical strategies for presenting the Gottman Seven Principles Program, in both in-person and virtual formats, in your community.
  • Learn how to present the lectures and content to your students.
  • Know how to support and encourage your class.
  • Develop skills to handle difficult situations and make referrals.
  • Understand how to use box and digital couples set materials to enrich the workshop experience.
  • Be able to market yourself as a “Gottman Seven Principles Leader”.


Any professional who works with couples in their community would benefit from this training, including:

  • Therapists
  • Life Coaches
  • Family Clinic Staff
  • Employee assistance professionals
  • Social workers
  • Community Leaders
  • Allied professionals and clergy

Continuing Education Credits

The Gottman Institute was notified that R. Cassidy Seminars is no longer providing Continuing Education (CE) credits; this impacts the Seven Principles Leader Training. If you need CEs for this course, we will not be able to provide access. We are working diligently to obtain a new CE provider, but as of right now, CEs are not available. This does not impact your ability to be a 7 Principles Leader or to utilize the psychoeducational curriculum with couples. Registrants will receive a certificate of completion.

Questions? Read more about the workshop here or reach out to us at [email protected].


Included Content

  • Access to an on-demand Seven Principles Leader Training. In this training, you will learn how to guide couples toward harmonious and long-lasting relationships using essential skills and tools developed from over 40 years of research by Dr. John Gottman.
  • One (1) digital copy of the Gottman Seven Principles Leader Manual. This Leader Guide contains the core items facilitators need to present a productive and engaging workshop.
  • One (1) digital copy of the Gottman Seven Principles Couples Guide. This Couples Guide serves as course material for the Seven Principles couples workshops. Leaders can bulk order this guide to use in a class or group setting if desired. Your couples can follow along closely as you teach the Seven Principles curriculum.
  • One (1) set of the digital Love Maps and Open Ended Questions card decks. These card decks can help couples connect emotionally, open up communication in the relationship, and increase intimacy and understanding a fun, gentle way.
  • Marketing and other resource material to create your own Couples Workshop. Market yourself as a “Gottman Seven Principles Leader” and organize your own Gottman Seven Principles workshops for couples.
  • One (1) Certificate of Completion. Upon completion of the training, registrants receive an official Gottman Seven Principles Leader certificate of completion and badge.


David Penner, Ph.D.

David Penner, Ph.D. was the Clinical Director of The Gottman Institute from 2005 until he retired in 2017. In that role, he oversaw clinical aspects of the Institute including providing consultation to clinicians, managing quality control of new programs and products, training and supervising consultants, certification video reviewers and roving therapists at The Art & Science of Love Couples Workshop led by Drs. John and Julie Gottman, and responding to questions about the Gottman Method to the media, clinicians, and the public.

David authored the Leader’s and Couples Guides to John Gottman’s book, The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, and co-developed the Gottman Seven Principles Program for Couples. He has conducted numerous workshops on the Gottman Method across the U.S. and internationally.

Laura Heck, LMFT

Laura Heck is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Gottman Therapist in private practice working exclusively with couples. Laura co-hosts Marriage Therapy Radio where you can be a fly on the wall while two marriage therapists hash out some of the most common issues couples encounter and how each approaches them in their office. She is the co-developer and master trainer for the Gottman Seven Principles Program and consults as a relationship expert for corporations and media outlets. 

CE Credits

Up to 7.5 Continuing Education hours are available for this on-demand training.


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.

The Seven Principles Leader Training On-demand course includes an online quiz for you to be eligible for your certificate of completion that 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 quiz and download your certificate of completion.

What is required in order to earn CE credit?

You will need to complete the entirety of the on-demand course and pass the assessment of knowledge. You would then be eligible for up to 7.5 CE hours, for an additional purchase.

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 by contacting The Gottman Institute’s customer service team.

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.