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Professionals Online Course

Treating Affairs and Trauma

Dive deep into the proven, research-based Gottman Method approach for treating couples impacted by affairs and trauma. This in-depth course will provide you, the clinician, with an unbiased roadmap to compassionately serve your clients and provide hope as they struggle to rebuild a collapsed Sound Relationship House.

NOTE: Level 1 Training is required.

Course price $199.00

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  • Faculty: Julie Gottman, Ph.D.
    John Gottman, Ph.D.
  • Duration: 17 hours
  • Format: On-Demand
  • CE Credits: 17


Treating Trauma

Dr. Julie Gottman describes the impact of PTSD on committed relationships using real examples of trauma caused by early abandonment, childhood abuse, and military combat. She demonstrates a therapeutic approach that interweaves individual PTSD treatment with Gottman Method Couples Therapy. Watch Paul and Shantel, the couple featured in our Level 1 Clinical Training and Therapy Sessions: Live videos, as they return to therapy with the Gottmans eight years later. These new films demonstrate powerful couples interventions for PTSD and trauma.

Treating Affairs

Dr. John Gottman unfolds the science behind trust and betrayal and provides the tools needed to create trust and commitment in love relationships. The Gottmans describe their impactful “Atone, Attune, and Attach” model for treating affairs. This model provides clinicians with an unbiased approach that compassionately serves both partners as they struggle to rebuild a collapsed marriage. See brand new films of the Gottmans in their clinical office engaging in intensive therapy with a military couple, a case in which the husband had an affair and suffered from PTSD following his 12 back-to-back deployments overseas. Learn the important variations in assessment and intervention techniques that empower couples to not only rebuild their relationship, but also create immunity from future betrayals.

Learning Objectives
  1. At the completion of this training, you will be able to:
  2. Compare and contrast the psychometric soundness of assessment instruments used to diagnose PTSD, including tools for structured interviews, self-report scales, and psycho-physiological assessment methods.
  3. Distinguish between the neurobiological changes associated with PTSD that occur in the amygdala, anterior cingulate cortex, prefrontal cortex and hippocampus.
  4. Evaluate the effectiveness of popular individual therapies for treating PTSD.
  5. Compare and contrast research studies on couples therapy methods for treating PTSD.
  6. Defend the practice of conducting conjoint therapy to address PTSD during couples therapy by referencing the relevant research findings on the impact of PTSD on relationships, as well as the relationship outcomes associated with individual PTSD treatment.
  7. Implement clinical strategies that help “surface” trauma when working with a couple with PTSD.
  8. Select clinical interventions that help “explore” trauma at a deeper level once it has surfaced.
  9. Facilitate movement from the individual to the dyad when processing a trauma.
  10. Teach couples how to conduct a Stress-Reducing Conversation when PTSD is involved.
  11. Teach couples how to conduct an Aftermath of a Regrettable Incident Exercise when PTSD is involved.
  12. Compare and contrast popular therapies for treating infidelity.
  13. Explain how the 24 steps of the “Gottman-Rusbult-Glass” cascade toward betrayal lead to a blurring of boundaries between self and potential others.
  14. Explain how a betrayed partner may develop PTSD as a result of their partner’s affair.
  15. Apply the Gottman Method Couples Therapy Assessment process with couples who have experienced an affair.
  16. Incorporate appropriate additional details when conducting an Assessment feedback session for treating affairs.
  17. Facilitate the Atonement phase of Gottman Method Couples Therapy for affairs.
  18. Defend the practice of allowing the hurt partner to express anger, insecurity, resentment, fear and feelings of rejection, rather than down-regulating their expression of emotion.
  19. Implement appropriate clinical tools to strengthen an affair couple’s Attunement to each other.
  20. Teach affair couples how to effectively process Regrettable Incidents.
  21. Select appropriate clinical interventions to deepen an affair couple’s Attachment to one another.
  22. Apply effective clinical strategies to help affair couples prevent relapse.

DISCLAIMER: This course is designed for clinical professionals and it exposes participants to video of therapy sessions that include discussion of topics such as domestic violence, combat violence, and complex family planning choices.


Included Content

This online course includes:

  • More than 17 hours of video from a recent live workshop conducted by Drs. John and Julie Gottman
  • 285-page printable PDF manual with the content, assessments, interventions, and references discussed in training videos
  • 165-page printable PDF of lecture slides
  • Online quiz and downloadable certificate for 17 CE hours awarded by PESI
  • Certificate of Completion from The Gottman Institute

Prerequisites: As this is an advanced Gottman Training, we expect learners to have a basic understanding of the Gottman Method. Clinical training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy (at least Level 1 Training) is required.

This training provides continuing education hours (CEs) for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT), Psychotherapists, Psychologists, Social Workers, and other mental health 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