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Seven Principles Leader Training

Teach The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work to couples in your community.

About Seven Principles Leader Training

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 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 will train you how to teach couples proven, practical, and effective strategies for making marriage work.

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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 via in person or virtual formats on 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.

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

Who is this training for?

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. 

This is for:

What is Included in the Price?

Upon completion of the training, attendees receive an official Gottman Seven Principles Leader certificate and seal. Registration includes all digital materials: Seven Principles Couples Set, Card Decks 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 digital set includes:

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

Training Objectives

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

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between the Seven Principles Program and The Art and Science of Love?

The Art and Science of Love workshop is led by Certified Gottman Therapists (CGTs) with additional training to lead the workshop.  Every partner is screened via telephone interviews to evaluate for appropriateness of attending the training. Certified Gottman Therapists rove during exercises and additional exercises are included.

Before attending, attendees should read “Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work” by John Gottman and Nan Silver. The course focuses on teaching the content of the book to couples.

  • No, this training is to teach how to facilitate teaching the workshop to couples. If you plan to co-teach the course with a peer professional or a partner, they are required to attend the workshop. Please have them register to attend. Anyone teaching the workshop needs to have access to the material via their account page.

Refunds are offered for the workshop until one week prior to the training event, which is when materials are made available. If you need to cancel, please contact [email protected]. You will be able to register for the workshop until the day before the event. Please wait to register if you are unsure of your availability during the scheduled times, which are all in the Pacific Time Zone.

Please contact [email protected] for parties of 3 or more.

You can purchase or download The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country’s Foremost Relationship Expert by John Gottman and Nan Silver. There was an update in 2015. Please purchase the updated edition.  Also, consider checking your local library, although you will reference the book frequently when you teach the workshop. 

The Gottman Institute has a suite of products available depending on your application.  If you are a group leader and this training will be used to prepare you further for group sessions you should purchase one for every attendee of the Seven Principles Couples Set.  Available in digital or the popular physical formats.

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The 7P training itself is a live training available on Zoom. The online, digital materials are available on demand after the training. A recording of the training will also be made available.

All times listed are in the Pacific Time zone. Here is a resource to see the time for your area:

The Seven Principles Leader Training is offered as a live virtual training in the Pacific Time Zone. We highly recommend this format as trainers will take audience questions, and you may have the opportunity to have your questions answered live. If you are unable to attend the training in real-time, you will have access to the digital recordings after the event. 

Event recordings will be posted within two weeks of the original training dates. You will find these recordings in your digital training materials, which are available on your account page.

Alternatively, we are now offering an on-demand streaming version of The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work Leader Training. This version contains all of the same content, however there are no CEUs available for this version of the training.

The Seven Principles Leader Training, Guides, Card Decks, and other materials are provided in English. The Gottman Institute is not currently accepting requests to translate the Seven Principles materials into additional languages.

Cognitive Behavioral Institute, LLC is offering up to 7.5 Continuing Education Credits (CEs) for this course. A link will be provided to participants who have attended the entire live, online session. CEs are optional and are an additional $40. They are optional and do not impact your ability to be a Seven Principles Leader or to utilize the psychoeducational curriculum with couples.

The materials are delivered directly to your account upon registration and payment. Please reach out to [email protected] if you are unable to access your materials.