What is the University Outreach Program?

The University Outreach Program is an expansion of the Gottman Method Couples Therapy core clinical training program. This program is designed to make Level 1 Clinical Training and Level 2 Clinical Training accessible and affordable to graduate and decorate-level students by helping universities offer the trainings as a supplement to their courses and programs.

Join the hundreds of schools around the nation that are participating in the University Outreach Program, including:


“The training exceeded my expectations. There was a depth to the theory that I had been longing for as well as practical interventions that were clearly explained.”

Gottman University Outreach Program Student

What is Online Level 1 and Level 2
Clinical Training?

The University Outreach Program combines lecture footage from live training presented by Drs. John and Julie Gottman, actual video footage from Dr. John Gottman’s “Love Lab” research, and film clips of the Gottmans working with real couples in their clinical practice. The program also incorporates opportunities for group discussions (Level 1), role play exercises (Level 2 only) and the opportunity to have questions answered by an experienced Certified Gottman Therapist.

Students will learn:

  • Proven strategies and tools to help couples successfully manage conflict
  • Skills that empower partners to dialogue about their worst gridlocked issues
  • Methods to help couples process their fights and heal their hurts
  • Techniques for couples to deepen their intimacy and minimize relapse

Level 1 Clinical Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy will give participants new insights into treatment for couples who struggle, using research-based assessments and effective interventions based on the Sound Relationship House Theory. For more information on the Level 1 content and curriculum, click here.

Level 2 Clinical Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy will help participants integrate and internalize Gottman Method Couples therapy and expand upon the assessments and interventions taught in Level 1. Participants are required to complete Level 1 before moving on to Level 2. For more information on the Level 2 content and curriculum, click here.

Need a demo? To request free faculty access to Level 1 or Level 2 Clinical Training, click here.

Click here to read a student perspective on the impact of the University Outreach Program.

Who would benefit from this training?

The University Outreach Program is designed for graduate and doctoral-level students pursuing clinical degrees, and is also open to faculty, staff, and recent alumni within two years of graduation.

Over 200 graduate programs across the country have already taken advantage of this program, providing training to over 10,000 students⁠, and equipping them to thrive in their career and help their clients bring positive change to their marriages and lives. 

Note: We strongly recommend Level 2 only be offered to participants who are in the clinical phase of their degree and are already seeing clients, so they can begin implementing and practicing Gottman Method techniques immediately.

How Does the Program Work?

The University Outreach Program is entirely virtual. Students receive a custom coupon code and will have unlimited access after they activate their account to finish and revisit the material. You can easily integrate Gottman trainings into a university course or incorporate them as supplemental learning for your students. 

  • Same training used by professionals and clinicians, with a deeply discounted price for groups of students.
  • Available for groups of students as small as 5!
  • No in-class time needs to be spent training – it can be done individually by each student, online and from the comfort of their own homes.
  • Free access for the instructor or administrator who is implementing Level 1 or 2 in their course(s) or program(s).

50% off for groups of graduate students!
Level 1 – $140 per person (normally $279)
Level 2 – $200 per person (normally $399)

If you don’t have a group of 5 students, we offer an individual student discount of 20% off. Simply email [email protected] from your student email address to get started!

Students can purchase the training themselves via a custom, discount code that we will create specifically for you.

Length of Access. Each student will own their online training. Students will create their own accounts on Gottman.com, can watch on their own time, and will have long-term, unlimited continued access to the videos and content, for future reference. 

Manuals are provided immediately via digital download. Students can get started immediately, as everything they need is included online in the training. Buying a physical copy of the manual is still an option, and is available at a discounted price for students.

Proctoring is not needed, but there are integrated opportunities to come together as a group. This takes up none of your time in-class, unless you would like to arrange time for integrated group discussions or role-play exercises (instructions included). The training videos themselves can be watched entirely at home.

There is an assessment at the end of the training to test for completion. Students must receive at least 80% on the assessment, and those students will receive their certificates immediately. The assessment can be taken multiple times.

There are opportunities to attend Q&A sessions with a Certified Gottman Therapist. Our experienced therapists love answering student questions! These are pre-scheduled roughly every two weeks, and we will share registration links with your students.