A New Gottman Specialty Training!
Dr. John Gottman and Dr. Julie Gottman
Two of the most challenging problems professionals face when working with couples are affairs and trauma. Both rupture trust and undermine the very foundation on which committed relationships are built.
An affair rocks the couple’s world by bringing into the relationship a third party, causing a huge rift between partners that feels impossible to repair.
In a similar way, trauma acts like a metaphorical third party in the room – disrupting connection, bewildering the couple, and calling into question the very nature of reality itself.
Step into the private practice of Drs. John and Julie Gottman and watch how they work with some of the most complex relationship issues of our time.
Drs. John and Julie Gottman have revolutionized our understanding of relationships and couples therapy. In this new, 3-day training, Drs. John and Julie Gottman explore the roles affairs and trauma play in wreaking havoc on a relationship, and show professionals how to transform the resulting pain into forces that can be used to help couples heal and rebuild trust.
This training will teach you the skills necessary to help couples overcome these challenges and provide you with the knowledge and tools for doing so.
The Training Program
This 3-day training includes videos of Drs. John and Julie Gottman working with actual couples in their private practice, as well as engaging presentations and discussions about Gottman Method Couples Therapy. Participants will receive a clinical training manual filled with interventions that can immediately be put into practice, plus Powerpoint slides, presentation material, and articles. All participants will receive a Certificate of Completion for this workshop, from The Gottman Institute.
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 Patu, the couple featured in our Level 1 Clinical Training films, as they return to therapy with the Gottmans eight years later. These new films demonstrate powerful couples interventions for PTSD and trauma.
Days two and three:
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.
Participants working in the following fields will benefit from this training:
If you work with couples where there’s been an affair, or where either partner has experienced trauma, this training is for you! It is intended for professionals who want to enhance their competence in conceptualization, assessment, treatment planning, and intervention with couples where an affair and/or trauma has created pain and struggle in their relationship.
- Mental health counseling providers
- Clergy / Military Chaplains
- Students and interns
As a result of this training, you will learn how to:
- Recognize the signs of trauma and PTSD and the impact it has on a relationship
- Identify the role trauma plays when there’s been an affair
- Assess the impact of an affair on the Sound Relationship House
- Suspend your own moral judgment when extramarital affairs are revealed
- Determine where and how to begin rebuilding a new foundation of trust
- Immunize the couple’s relationship from future betrayals
As a result of the training, you will be able to:
- Help one or both partners surface and describe past trauma
- Foster the couple’s transformation of trauma into greater compassion for each other with deeper insight and meaningful growth
- Encourage atonement in the affair partner without judgment or criticism
- Help the betrayed partner express emotions constructively and frame his or her questions to the affair partner without triggering a traumatic response
- Help the couple process past emotional injuries leading up to the affair
- Help the affair partner listen non-defensively
- Teach the couple new conflict management skills
- Help the couple create new rituals of connection
- Recognize when it’s appropriate for an affair couple to restore physical intimacy in their relationship, and learn how to help them do so carefully
- Identify the role trauma plays when there’s been an affair
As this is an advanced Gottman Specialty Training, the Gottmans expect participants to have a basic understanding of Gottman terminology and interventions upon arrival. Core training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy (at least Level 1 Clinical Training) is required. Click here for the Level 1 Clinical Training home study or click here to find a live Level 1 Clinical Training near you.
Dr. John Gottman is world renowned for his work on marital stability and divorce prediction, involving the study of emotions, physiology, and communication. He has conducted nearly 40 years of research with over 3,000 couples. He was recently voted as one of the Top 10 Most Influential Therapists of the past quarter-century by the PsychoTherapy Networker publication. His breakthrough research on marriage and relationships has earned him numerous major awards. Click here to learn more.
Dr. Julie Gottman is a highly respected licensed clinical psychologist and the President and Co-Founder of The Gottman Institute. She is sought internationally by media and organizations as an expert advisor on marriage, sexual abuse and rape, domestic violence, trauma, gay and lesbian adoption, same-sex marriage, and parenting issues. She was also voted WA State Psychologist of the Year. Click here to learn more.
Additional Training Info
This training is worth 18 CE hours. This training provides continuing education hours (CEs) for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (MLFT), Psychotherapists, Psychologists, Social Workers and other mental health professionals. Available for purchase at the workshop ($39.99). Read more about receiving Continuing Education credits here.
Training Schedule, Location, and Hotel Info:
There are no trainings scheduled at this time.
All registrations are final within 21 days of the workshop. If you are unable to attend this training, please notify us at least 21 days before the event, in order to receive a refund, minus a $50 administrative fee. Within 21 days of the workshop, no refunds will be issued.
Please contact Professional Development at The Gottman Institute by phone at (206) 523-9042 ext. 152 or by email at email@example.com.
No, you do not need to be certified in Gottman Method Couples Therapy to attend this training. Because this is an advanced Gottman Specialty Training, it requires participants to have a basic understanding of Gottman terminology and interventions upon arrival. Core clinical training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy (at least Level 1) is recommended. Click here for the Level 1 Clinical Training home study or view a calendar of live trainings.
No. This two-day workshop is designed as an adjunct clinical training that provides additional intensive focus and experience working with co-morbidities in couples therapy. The training sequence to become a Certified Gottman Therapist requires that you complete the full Level 1, 2, and 3 Clinical Trainings before entering the Certification Track.
This training is specifically designed to help professionals work more effectively with complex couples in distress. It provides expanded and specialized training for the treatment affairs and trauma.
We recommend that you take the Gottman Level 2 Clinical Training in Assessment, Intervention, and Co-Morbidities first. The Level 2 Clinical Training provides a more complete understanding of Gottman Method Couples Therapy and provides an introduction to treating co-morbidities, which this workshop expands upon.
Professionals who completed the Level 2 Clinical Training as a home study may particularly benefit from taking this live training. This live experience can help you hone your skills in Gottman Method Couples Therapy before entering the Level 3 Practicum Training.
National Marriage Seminars is an independent organization that offers training for mental health professionals. They have partnered with The Gottman Institute to help expand the locations where this new training will be offered.
Yes, at the Seattle workshop we will provide light refreshments during the morning and afternoon break. You will also have 75 minutes to get lunch at one of the nearby restaurants or grocery stores.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org 30 days or more before the event to request accommodations. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification.
No. We understand there is great international interest in this event; however, at this time we are NOT planning to film it and release a video for purchase.
We anticipate this event to sell out. If you would like preferred seating, we are offering a $50 upgrade on our registration page. Otherwise, we recommend arriving 60 minutes early to claim a seat closest to the stage.
Yes! This training will teach you practical skills and tools that you can begin using immediately with couples.
Many people prefer to dress in business casual attire for professional event events. Please dress in layers to help regulate your preferred body temperature. Lunch will be on your own during the 75 minute lunch break. Consider wearing comfortable walking shoes for getting around.