Thank you for your interest in the Seven Principles Leader Training. In-person trainings are temporarily unavailable due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We are in the process of developing a virtual training option, so please check back Summer 2021 for an update. Contact the Professional Development Department with any questions in the meantime at

The Seven Principles Leader Training, 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 marriages 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 will train you how to teach couples proven, practical, and effective strategies for making marriage work.

Training Description

This training provides the tools and know-how to take small groups of couples through Dr. Gottman’s revised, groundbreaking book The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work.

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

What will I learn in the Seven Principles Leader Training?

This training will prepare you to teach couples how to use Gottman Seven Principles Program materials. You will learn how to lead couples through The Seven Principles book, with a combination of lecture, multi-media presentations, interactive exercises, role-plays, and discussions. You will also learn how to teach couples lecture content by integrating research from The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, and how to educate couples through relationship enhancing exercises. 

Who is this training for?

If you plan on co-presenting workshops, bring your co-presenter and get trained together. Whether you have years of experience as a clinically trained therapist or are a layperson, this training will give you tools to facilitate a Gottman Seven Principles Program for couples in your community.

  • Clergy
  • Educators
  • Life coaches
  • Therapists
  • Community leaders
  • Social workers

What is included in the price?

Upon completion of the training attendees receive an official Gottman Seven Principles Leader certificate, seal, and access to our online Seven Principles Leader Resource Library. Included in the registration price is the Seven Principles Couples Set and a Seven Principles Leader Guide, which contains the core items facilitators need to present a productive and engaging workshop. The Couples Set also serves as course material for the Seven Principles couples workshops, which leaders can bulk order to use in a class or group setting. Your couples can follow along closely as you teach the Seven Principles curriculum. The set includes:

  • One (1) Gottman Seven Principles Program Leader Guide*
  • One (1) copy of The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work book
  • Two (2) Gottman Seven Principles Program Couples Guides
  • One (1) set of Love Map & Open-Ended Card Decks

*Completion of the Seven Principles Leader Training is required to recieve the Leader Guide.

Training Objectives

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

    • Know how 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 your community

    • Participate in experiential role play and practice Gottman Seven Principles Program exercises

    • Learn how to present the lectures and content to your students

    • Know how to support and encourage the class

    • Develop skills to handle difficult situations and make referrals

    • Understand how to use box set materials to enrich the workshop experience

    • Be able to market yourself as a “Gottman Seven Principles Leader”

Frequently Asked Questions

  • While both workshops are based on the Gottman Method, there are some key differences. The Art and Science of Love

    • Workshops led by Certified Leaders who are Certified Gottman Therapist (CGT)
    • CGT roving therapist support
    • Couples formally screened for co-morbidities
    • Requires participant manuals
    • No PowerPoint available
    • Does not offer different approaches Solvable vs. Perpetual Problems
    • Participant anonymity
    • Typically offered on a weekend
    • Flexible, modular approach
    • Sound Relationship House Model included

    Seven Principles Program

    • Workshops led by lay people
    • No therapist support
    • No formal screening, relies on self-screening from publicized criteria
    • Seven principles book and workbook used
    • Includes PowerPoint
    • Emphasizes differences between Solvable and Perpetual Problems with different skills
    • Encourages participant community-building
    • Sound Relationship House not directly stated
    • Please read The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work book prior to attending the training. You will want working knowledge of the exercises and research in order to learn how to lead a class in your community.
    • No, this training is intended for leaders who want to teach a class to couples. Many leaders choose to attend the training with their business partner so that they can teach the Seven Principles class as co-leaders.
    • Due to the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) outbreak, we are relaxing our standard cancellation and transfer policy (below). Cancellations and transfers from workshops affected by social distancing or large event bans can be made at any time, and for no cost.

    • All registrations are final. If you are unable to attend this event, you may transfer your funds to a future training for an additional $50 administrative fee. To obtain a transfer, please notify us at least 21 days before the event. Within 21 days of the workshop, no transfers will be issued. Transfers will expire one year from the date of the notification, and cannot be transferred to another attendee.