What is the University Outreach Program?

The University Outreach Program is an expansion of the Gottman Method Couples Therapy core clinical training program, designed to make Level 1 Clinical Training and Level 2 Clinical Training accessible and affordable to master’s & doctoral level university students by helping universities offer the trainings on their campus.

These group video trainings are commonly held as proctored, two-day (Level 1) or four-day (Level 2) weekend workshops at a university location, or are integrated into an existing class curriculum. As hosts of the program, you will receive free access to training films, be able to provide training manuals to your students at a discounted University Outreach Program price, and facilitate a free Q&A session with one of our highly experienced Certified Gottman Therapists.

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

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Level 1 Clinical Training 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 will help participants integrate and internalize the Gottman Method Couples therapy and expand upon assessments and interventions taught in Level 1. We strongly recommend this training only be offered to participants who are in the clinical phase of their degree and already seeing clients so they can begin implementing and practicing Gottman Method techniques immediately. For more information on the Level 2 content and curriculum, click here.

The University Outreach Program combines lecture footage from live trainings 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 a real couple in their clinical practice. The program also incorporates small group discussions and a Q&A session with a Certified Gottman Therapist to enhance learning opportunities. Your 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

Who Should Attend?

Students and professors alike will receive great benefit from this program. Offering a Level 1 or Level 2 Clinical Training will increase the intellectual value of your curriculum and diversify the coursework offered to your students. Upon completion of the full course, students will receive their Gottman Level 1 Clinical Training or Gottman Level 2 Clinical Training Certificate of Completion. The Level 1 and Level 2 Clinical Trainings are eligible for continuing education credits through PESI.

Participants are required to complete Level 1 Clinical Training before moving on to Level 2 Clinical Training.

NOTE: While we do not limit the registration to currently enrolled students, we have created this special program to reach students, faculty, alumni, and others closely involved with universities. In order to host a program at your university we require a minimum of 10 participants.

What Do I Get for Participating?

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With your participation in the Level 1 University Outreach Program, you receive the following:

  • Exclusive streaming access to the Level 1 Clinical Training films ($200 retail value) at no cost to the university.
  • The 300-page Level 1 Clinical Training manual for each participant at a discounted University Outreach Program rate of $99 ($150 retail value). Each participant is required to have their own manual so they can refer to and use the Assessment Questionnaires and Clinical Interventions following the training.
  • Marketing materials and email copy to promote your University Outreach Program trainings to your students, staff, and alumni.
  • A one-hour question and answer session with a Certified Gottman Therapist through video or phone call.
  • A detailed, step-by-step Proctoring Guide.

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With your participation in the Level 2 University Outreach Program, you receive the following:

  • Exclusive streaming access to the Gottman Level 2 Clinical Training films ($325 retail value) at no cost to the university.
  • The 500-page Level 2 Clinical Training Manual for each participant at a discounted University Outreach Program rate of $179 ($249 retail value). Each participant is required to have their own manual so they can refer to and use the Assessment Questionnaires and Clinical Interventions following the training.
  • 10 role-plays integrated into the video and manual curriculum to help participants deepen their understanding and practice implementing Gottman Method Couples Therapy.
  • Marketing materials and email copy to promote your University Outreach Program trainings to your students, staff, and alumni.
  • Two, one-hour question and answer sessions with a Certified Gottman Therapist through video or phone call.
  • A detailed, step-by-step Proctoring Guide.

How Does the Program Work?

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You let us know you’re interested:
Once you have contacted The Gottman Institute (TGI) and expressed interest in proctoring a Level 1 or Level 2 Clinical Training for your students, we will request further information from you to establish University Outreach Program Letter of Agreement to be signed including dates you wish to host your training. The Letter of Agreement will serve as the program’s formal contractual agreement between the participating university and TGI.

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We schedule a training:
The 11-hour (Level 1) or 28-hour (Level 2) streaming video training can be scheduled according to your convenience. For example, it can be proctored as a two-day (Level 1) or four-day (Level 2) weekend workshop, over the course of multiple weekends, or over the course of the academic quarter or semester. A two-day (Level 1) or four-day (Level 2) intensive weekend workshop is recommended. The dates you chose will be integrated into your Letter of Agreement. 

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You advertise the event to students and alumni:
It is your responsibility to advertise the event and manage registrations. All trainings require a minimum of 10 participants. We will provide marketing resources to assist your outreach efforts. We recommend a student registration fee of $99 per student for Level 1 ($299 retail value) and $179 per student for Level 2 ($550 retail value), which covers the cost of the training manual.

  • Note: If the participant is seeking Continuing Education (CE) hours, there is an additional $29.99 (Level 1) and $39.99 (Level 2) processing fee to be paid to PESI Inc.

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We provide online streaming access to clinical training films:
We will provide you with exclusive online access the the complete set of Level 1 ($200 value) & Level 2 ($300 value) Clinical Training films at no cost. You will be granted a time limited membership with login credentials, which will be activated starting two weeks prior to the start date of the training and remain active for one week following the end date of the training. This protocol will be explicitly outlined in the Letter of Agreement.

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You submit an order for clinical training manuals:
We will provide Level 1 and Level 2 Clinical Training manuals for each University Outreach Program participant at a discounted student rate of $99 ($150 retail value) for Level 1 or $179 ($249 retail value) for Level 2. You will order their manuals through TGI two weeks prior to the training.

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We print and deliver the clinical training manuals:
We will coordinate the printing and delivery of the clinical training manuals order through a local FedEx Office and will send an invoice to you directly. Payment will be due 30 days following the completion of the training. Students pay the proctor or university, and we accept one payment per training either by check or credit card.

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You host a proctored video training:
You will provide an appropriate venue and proctor for the training. The main responsibilities of the proctor are to distribute clinical training manuals, oversee the registration and sign-in sheets, monitor the schedule of the workshop, and run the clinical training films. The proctor must agree to abide by the terms agreed upon in the Letter of Agreement. To ensure that the integrity of the material is maintained, proctors are not to answer clinical content-related questions posed by students and will direct any and all questions regarding Gottman Couples Method Therapy to the Q&A session with a Certified Gottman Therapist (CGT) or to The Gottman Institute.

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We send you certificates:
We send out certificates of completion. Once we receive sign in sheets from the proctor we send certificates of completion to those participants who signed in to each training session. Continuing Education credits are offered separately at an additional cost.

  • Click here to preview the UOP Level 1 Proctoring Guide
  • Click here to preview the UOP Level 2 Proctoring Guide
  • Click here for a student perspective on the impact of the UOP