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Gottman Trainings

The following are a collection of upcoming Gottman Method: Level 1 Clinical Trainings that Smithey Counseling Services provides. To stay up-to-date on the latest changes and schedule of clinical trainings, subscribe to our mailing list. 

Due to the current COVID-19 Pandemic, I am now offering a hybrid online and on-demand Gottman Level 1 Clinical Trainings. 

Developed by Drs. John & Julie Gottman 

Facilitated by:

Dr. Adam R Smithey, LMFT


Upcoming ONLINE Trainings:

  • Summer Cohort:
    • August 22-23, 2020
  • Fall Cohort:
    • Nov 4 & Nov 11, 2020


$400 - General Registration

$350 - Early Bird Registration (30 days prior to first Q&A session)

Call for Group Rates  (3+) or Private Group Trainings

Training Location:

Your couch, your computer, your PJs

-- You will be granted access to watch pre-recorded trainings at your leisure

and invited to join two Live Q&A sessions via Zoom. --

For a LIMITED TIME ONLY, learn to integrate very accessible, applied, research based methods to maximize your competence and inspire transformation in your couples from the comfort of your own couch!


With the challenge of isolation in working from home remotely, and in order to keep everyone as healthy and free from any exposure to the COVID-19 Virus, we are moving the training to a combined live and online-video platform with self-study format. 

Because the majority of live conferences have been cancelled, we have developed a model to help our attendees master The Gottman Method in a small collaborative group format, while connecting with other therapists and Indiana's first Certified Gottman Therapist. 

You will be provided with:

  1. Complete access to an on-demand Gottman Level 1 Certificate 11-hour course led by Drs. John and Julie Gottman (can be 

  2.  An on-line downloadable 352-page PDF Digital Level 1 Manual including the 63-page PDF Lecture slides 

  3. After successful completion of the online assessment, you will be provided with a Gottman Level 1 Certificate of Completion making you eligible to proceed to an in-person, or online Level 2

  4. Eleven (11) Continuing Education (CEUs) credits provided (upon completion of the assessment). At no additional cost to you!

  5. Two 1-hour LIVE Conference (via Zoom) Video Q&A classroom sessions with Certified Gottman Therapist, Dr. Adam R Smithey

  6. The additional option of scheduling one or two 1-hour private coaching sessions to experience 1:1 specifically tailored advice and support in implementing the Gottman Method with your couples. (see below)

Self-Paced Learning:

Within 48 Hours of registration, you will be granted access to On-Demand videos of the Level One Clinical Training. You are welcome to watch these videos at your leisure - just make sure to watch Day 1 prior to the first Q&A Session and Day 2 prior to the second Q&A session. 

There are no refunds once you have been granted access to the videos. 

Live Q&A Sessions:

I have scheduled two different Cohorts to provide flexibility in timing and scheduling. Please only register for one Cohort and make sure to attend the scheduled Q&A sessions for your Cohort. 

Summer Cohort

Q&A Session 1 - Saturday August 22, 2020 @ 4pm Eastern
Q&A Session 2 - Sunday August 23, 2020 @ 4pm Eastern

Fall Cohort

Q&A Session 1 - Wednesday November 4, 2020 @ 630pm Eastern 
Q&A Session 2 - Wednesday November 18, 2020 @ 630pm Eastern


Attendance to the Q&A is optional but is strongly advised. The Q&A session will deepen your knowledge of the materials in Level 1 and can include questions asked on the Gottman Level 1 assessment of knowledge. We will also cover the key information from each of the respective days.


Additional Support:

You can schedule one or two 1-hour Private Coaching sessions (at a special price) to get 1:1 advice and support in helping you implement the Gottman Method with your couples. You are also encouraged to attend the Live Q&A sessions. Must be purchased prior to final Q&A session and used within 6 months of final Q&A session of your cohort. 

ADD-ON - One 1-Hour Private Coaching Session = $200 (reg. $250)

ADD-ON - Two 1-Hour Private Coaching Sessions = $400 (reg $500)

Purchase ADD-ONs here


Group Rates:

If you would like to have a "watch party" with your colleagues, or wish to have your entire staff trained, you each must register individually to: 1) receive CEUs, 2) be recognized by The Gottman Institute and granted access to Level 2 in the future. For groups of 3 or more, I have a special discount available. Please email me at adam@smitheycounseling.com before registering online. 


Training Details:

When couples enter the therapy office, they sting with pain and despair. They look to the clinician to referee chronic conflicts, fix their partners, and rebuild burned bridges. Now, based on Dr. John Gottman’s 40 years of compelling research with over 3,000 couples, there’s a practical and highly effective approach to guiding couples across the chasm that divides them.

In this workshop, you will be provided with a research-based roadmap for helping couples compassionately manage their conflicts, deepen their friendship and intimacy, and share their life purpose and dreams.

Who Should Attend?

  • Mental health professionals
  • Allied professionals and clergy
  • Students and interns
  • Family clinic staff
  • Professors/teachers of couples therapy
  • Researchers in the social sciences
  • Employee assistance professionals

Training Objectives

Apply Gottman Method Couples Therapy to help couples strengthen:

  • The Friendship System – the foundation for intimacy, passion, and good sex

  • The Conflict System – the basis for helping couples identify and address solvable problems and understand and manage irresolvable differences
  • The Shared Meaning System – the existential foundation of the relationship that helps partners discover their shared purpose for building a life together

What You'll Learn:

  • Research-based strategies and tools to help couples successfully manage conflict
  • Skills to empower partners to dialogue about their worst gridlocked issues by uncovering their underlying dreams, history, and values
  • Methods to help couples process fights and heal their hurts
  • Techniques for partners to deepen their intimacy and minimize relapse
  • New assessments and effective interventions to help understand couples’ struggles

What You'll Take Home:

In addition to a greater understanding of how to help couples build friendship, manage conflict, and create shared meaning, you will receive:

  • 300+ page digital Level 1 Clinical Training Manual which contains up-to-date relationship assessments and research based clinical interventions
  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 1 Training Certificate of Completion
  • 11 CE Hours available (included with registration)



Watch the videos at your own pace then join the scheduled Live Zoom Q&A session.



Facilitator Bio:

Dr. Adam Smithey is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Indiana’s only Certified Gottman Therapist. Since 2005, he has dedicated his career to helping to build, maintain, and repair lasting relationships. He specializes in Couples Weekend Workshops and Retreats. 

Meet Dr. Adam


Discounts & Savings

Specials discounts and/or payment plans may be available for First Responders, Military, K-12 Teachers, and Clergy. Please email adam@smitheycounseling.com for more info. 

Group Rates:

Take advantage of special savings If you are a part of a group practice, or have a group of people that would like to attend this training together. Simply email adam@smitheycounseling.com for group rates to attend a training privided by SCS or to schedule a private training onsite of your group practice. 


Already attended a Level 1 Training and want a refresher?

If you attended Level 1 in the past and would like a refresher course, you may attend our Level 1 for a minimal fee of $300. Must show proof of previous attendance. Email adam@smitheycounseling.com for a special discount code. 


Additional Information


Therapists who complete this training have taken the first step toward certification as a Gottman Method Couples Therapist. Click here for more information about this certification and the Gottman Institute.


Continuing Education

11 CEUs are provided in the cost of your registration. 


Transfer/Cancellation Policy:

Since this is an On-Demand training, there are no cancellations. However, if you are unable to attend the Live Q&A sessions, you can request a private Q&A session (extra cost) or can request to attend the Q&A section of a future training.