Gottman Trainings

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Gottman Level 1

In-Person Events
Upcoming Dates/Locations:
(Most dates below are also open to virtual attendance)

July 20-21, 2023 (Thu/Fri) -- Indianapolis, IN

$450 per person / $425 Early Bird 
ends 30 days prior to event

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Presented by
Dr. Adam Smithey
Certified Gottman Therapist

Can't make it to an in-person event? Email [email protected] to inquire about virtual attendance or view on-demand options.

A truly inspiring workshop, Level 1 Training will give you new insights into treatment for couples who struggle, using proven assessment techniques and intervention strategies.

This practical, emotion-focused, and highly effective approach is based on Drs. John and Julie Gottman’s four decades of research with more than 3,000 couples. It is the most extensive study ever done on marital stability and divorce prediction.

Training Description

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 based on the Sound Relationship House Theory.

You will be introduced to Dr. Gottman’s breakthrough research on thousands of couples to understand the difference between the “Masters” and “Disasters” of relationships. If you are not already doing assessment, this training will teach you how to assess a relationship’s strengths and areas of concern using empirically validated questionnaires.

You will view original videos of real couples from the famous Gottman “Love Lab,” as well as videos of Dr. Julie Gottman demonstrating assessment and interventions in a case example from her private practice.

What will I learn in Level 1?

You will learn research-based strategies and tools to help couples successfully manage conflict. You will gain skills to empower partners to dialogue about their worst gridlocked issues by uncovering their underlying dreams, history, and values. You will gain tools to help couples process fights and heal their hurts, and techniques for partners to deepen their intimacy and minimize relapse. Click here to read the full workshop outline.

Who is this training for?

This training is for mental health providers, allied professionals and clergy, students and interns, family clinic staff, professors/teachers of couples therapy, researchers in the social sciences, and employee assistance professionals. There are no prerequisites.

What is included in the price?

Included in the registration price is a digital clinical training manual, which contains the core Gottman Method Couples Therapy assessments and interventions. You will be awarded a Certificate of Completion from The Gottman Institute.

  • 352-page PDF manual with the content, assessments,  interventions, and references discussed in training videos
  • 63-page PDF of lecture slides
  • 11 hours of video from a recent live workshop conducted by Drs. John and Julie Gottman
  • Online quiz and downloadable certificate for 11 Self-Study CE hours awarded by PESI
  • Certificate of Completion from The Gottman Institute

Purchased Separately:

Continuing Education: 
While your registration includes 11 self-study  CE hours, many licensing boards require live CE hours. You can purchase 11 Live CE hours through R.Cassidy here

Physical Training Manual: 
Your registration includes a digital manual. If you would like a physical training manual to supplement your learning, you can purchase here.

On-Demand Training Only:
Your registration to a live training includes access to the Gottman Institute's Level One On-Demand  video training. If you wish to complete the on-demand self study program only, you can purchase here.  Purchasing the On-Demand Training Only does not register you for a live training.  

Training Objectives:

At the completion of this training, you will be able to:

  • Summarize the research that allows us to predict future relationship stability.
  • Describe the seven levels of the Sound Relationship House Theory.
  • Conduct a couple’s therapy assessment using elements of the couple’s narrative, the Oral History Interview, written questionnaires, observations of conflict and individual interviews.
  • Describe two interventions to help strengthen a couple’s conflict management.
  • Describe two interventions to enhance a couple’s friendship system.
  • Describe two interventions to explore a couple’s system of shared meaning.
  • Explain why physiological self-soothing is essential for a healthy relationship.
  • Create a therapeutic contract with a couple, discuss and decide on goals and include a summary of the couples strengths and areas that need improvement.
  • Describe the Philosophy of Therapy and including assumptions, overview of techniques and goals of therapy.
  • Describe the Rapoport Intervention and when to use it.
  • Describe the process of therapy, including the structure of a session.

Discounts & Savings

First Responders, Military/Veterans, K-12 Educators, Clergy, and Unlicensed Mental Health Professionals (ie, students) as a "thank you" for all you do, are eligible to save 10%. Please email ad[email protected] for a special discount code. 

Therapists, Counselors, Coaches and Students are able to save an additional $150 by attending a Gottman Level 1 Clinical Training and  the Art & Science of Love Workshop. Please email [email protected] for details. 

Group Discounts are available for 3 or more attendees registering from the same agency. Please email [email protected] for a special discount code. 

Private Training Options 

If you have a group of clinicians at your agency and would like your whole staff trained privately, and on your schedule, please contact [email protected] for special rates, scheduling options, and for further details. The Level One Training is great for clinicians, interns, contractors, admin and support staff.

Event Policies

Transfer/Cancellation Policy: If cancellation is made on or before the Early Bird Registration deadline, a full refund minus a $75 processing fee will be given. Once you have been granted access to the On-Demand course, there are no refunds.  If your cancellation occurs after the Early Registration deadline, your registration will be converted to a credit, good for a full year, that can be applied to future workshops.

COVID-19 Policy: All couple’s workshops and clinical trainings (“events”) hosted by SCS adhere to the following policy: * Presently all events are presented without limits or restrictions. * Live In-Person events will follow any social distancing mandates as well as any local ordinances, including but not limited to the recommendation of face coverings. If local statutes change and prevent a scheduled in-person event, -or- low attendance is projected, the event will be held virtually on the same dates. Should an In-Person event be switched to an online event, you may either a) attend the online event, b) request a full refund, or c) request your registration be applied toward a future event within the next 12 months. 

Inclement Weather Policy: All couple’s workshops and clinical trainings (“events”) hosted by SCS adhere to the following policy: Events will be cancelled due to inclement weather ONLY if the Venue where the event is being hosted is closed, if there is a government ordered travel ban, or if the presenters are prohibited by weather from being there. If the event is cancelled due to inclement weather, you may either a) request a full refund, or b) request your registration fee to be applied to a rescheduled date or to another SCS event of your choosing in the next 12-month period. Any travel expenses that may have been incurred cannot be refunded. If the event is held, but weather conditions or other factors prohibit your safe travel so you are unable to attend, your registration fee will be applied to another SCS event of your choosing in the next 12-month period.  

Questions: For any additional questions, please email [email protected]. 

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Already attended a Level 1 Training and want a refresher?

If you attended Level 1 in the past and would like a refresher course, or completed the On-Demand Training you may attend our Level 1 for a discounted rate. Must show proof of previous attendance. Email [email protected] for a special discount code.

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