A one-day specialty training presented by Dr. Bob Navarra
in collaboration with
Drs. John and Julie Gottman and The Gottman Institute
Statistics show that 1 in 10 people who enter a therapy office or clinic have an addictive disorder, yet only about 10% receive treatment. While addiction is often referred to as a “family disease,” current approaches in recovery typically do not provide treatment approaches that address or account for the relationship between the person with an addiction and their partner. To help move our clients from addiction to recovery, professionals need to know how to assess and treat addictive disorders, and to feel comfortable using tools and strategies to help couples address addiction and support recovery. Outcome research informs us that couples counseling is more effective than individual therapy in identifying addiction and in moving the person with the addiction and family into recovery.
Couples and Addiction Recovery is a new workshop for therapists, counselors, and professionals who work with couples that struggle with substance use and compulsive behavioral disorders. This workshop draws from the fields of addiction treatment, mental health, and couples counseling, and integrates current research findings with knowledge from clinical practice.Couples and Addiction Recovery integrates Dr. Robert Navarra’s research-based “Couple Recovery Development Approach” with the Sound Relationship House model, developed by Drs. John and Julie Gottman. Dr. Navarra has worked in addiction recovery for over 25 years. He holds an Advanced Drug and Alcohol Certification and a national certification as a Master Addiction Counselor through the Association of Addiction Professionals (NAADAC.)
This training provides interventions and tools for a relational approach to healing that addresses three different but overlapping recoveries to include: the person with the addictive disorder, the partner, and their relationship.
The Training Program
The training is presented by Dr. Bob Navarra, Master Certified Gottman Trainer. It includes lecture, live and video demonstrations, role-plays, and discussion.
Participants learn a research-based approach to help couples:
- Identify addiction
- Break through denial
- Navigate the challenging road from active addiction to recovery
- Improve conflict management skills
- Learn the difference between “codependency” and “interdependency” and how to identify and set appropriate boundaries
- Develop a relationship recovery, while supporting their partner’s recovery and strengthening their own individual recovery
- Heal from the aftermath of addiction
- Move toward wellness as individuals and as a couple
The tools and interventions taught in this workshop are adapted from Gottman Method Couples Therapy to help develop a Couple Recovery plan through increasing communication and understanding, establishing appropriate boundaries, and healing from the impact of addiction and recovery. Participants will be provided with tools to use immediately in their offices or clinics to work more effectively with individual couples and/or with small groups of couples.
Who is This Training For?
This workshop is for mental health therapists, counselors, social workers, clergy, military family life chaplains, life coaches, recovery coaches, professors, students, and professionals who work with couples affected by alcohol, drugs and/or behavioral addictions.
- Therapists and professionals who work with couples and would like additional training in addiction disorders and addiction and recovery work.
- Addiction counselors or professionals that would like to learn how to effectively work with couples.
- Executive directors or clinical directors of treatment programs or facilities that are interested in developing or integrating couple recovery into your services and applying a “Couples Recovery” component to treatment programs.
No prior experience or training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy is required; however, therapists who work with couples will greatly benefit from having at least completed Level 1 Gottman Method Couples Therapy.
See what others are saying
“Couples affected by addiction are hungry for a framework to help heal their relationship. I highly recommend this important training for addiction treatment centers running family programs. It provides new research, insights, clinical structure and effective materials that can be used by therapists and staff to help couples build new relationship bridges.”C.S., Clinical Director, Edgewood Health Network, Seattle
“Since I am already trained in the Gottman method, it was really helpful to learn new, yet similar, interventions that can be applied specifically to couples working through addiction and recovery.”- anonymous survey respondent
Included in the Registration Price:
Each participant will receive materials designed to help therapists and counselors effectively facilitate assessments, interventions, and exercises with their couples that can be used immediately following the workshop. All addiction assessments and exercises may be photocopied as handouts for couples.
Each participant will receive:
- A 170+ page training manual, which includes:
- A framework for couples assessment and treatment
- Tools to help assess for addiction
- Strategies to help break down denial and resistance to identifying addiction
- 14 new powerful and effective interventions to help build a “couplerecovery”
- Techniques to increase your confidence regarding couples dynamics
- Recovery Card Deck Set: My Recovery, Your Recovery, Our Recovery, and Developing Rituals of Connection. These new interactive cards are integrated into interventions specifically designed for couples in recovery.
Continuing Education Credits
This training is worth 6 CE hours via the sponsoring organization. When planning your Couples and Addiction Recovery workshops, The Gottman Institute will refer you to Continuing Education providers offering credits for this course.
Dr. Navarra has been a Research Associate for over 10 years at the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto, California, where he created the “Couple Recovery Development Approach (CRDA). He is also a Master Certified Gottman Therapist, who, in collaboration with Drs. John & Julie Gottman, has created a relational approach to recovery by blending his research with the research-based Gottman Sound Relationship House Model.
Specific therapy interventions will be taught at the workshop, many based on modified or adapted Gottman Method Approaches. While previous Gottman training is not required to attend this workshop, counselors, therapists and recovery professionals who have completed Level 1 training will find previous Gottman Couples Therapy training helpful and relevant to both the theory and interventions covered in this training.
Yes. This training offers service providers of all types, the concepts and skills needed to help couples understand and talk about recovery so that recovery does not replace addiction as the “new elephant in the room.” Participants interested in receiving the introductory training in Gottman Couples Therapy may purchase a home study course or attend a live two-day workshop.
This training is appropriate for experienced addiction treatment professionals as well as those professionals less familiar with the field. Participants will learn:
- How to assess for substance use disorders and behavioral addictions in the context of working with couples
- Techniques for explaining addiction “brain science”
- Strategies for breaking denial
- Tools for assisting couples in developing and strengthening couple recovery
There is no empirical evidence that working with couples in early recovery is contraindicated. In fact, there is growing evidence that early intervention with couples is associated with better treatment outcomes. Couple recovery does not replace individual recovery; rather, this approach supports individual recovery and provides tools for couples to integrate both individual and relationship recovery concurrently.
We cover approaches relevant to behavioral (process) addictions as well as addiction to alcohol and other drugs.
Your organization sponsors the staff training and couples workshop and invites The Gottman Institute to present. The program takes place over three days:
- Day One, Staff Training: Dr. Navarra provides a full day of training to your professional staff. He covers many of the topics included in the training, Couples & Addiction Recovery. In addition, he provides an overview of the couples workshop and guidance on how to support couples during their workshop exercises and small group discussions.
- Days Two and Three, Workshop for Couples in Recovery: The couples workshop includes brief presentations, PowerPoint, role-play demonstrations, couples exercises and small group discussions. Your trained staff will help provide support to couples during the workshop.
Your organization markets the workshop and brings couples and staff together for the 3-day program. For more information, please contact Etana Kunovsky at Etana@gottman.com.