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Digital Seminar

The Gottman Method Approach to Better Couples Therapy

In recent years, research has identified key, measurable elements of happy and stable long-term relationships. They include trust, attunement, listening compassionately and nondefensively within conflict, a relational safe haven, and emotional commitment. In this workshop, you’ll acquire tools for approaching couples therapy more effectively. You’ll discover:

  • How to enhance a couple’s capacity for gratitude, cherishing, and commitment
  • Interventions that increase couples’ ability to deescalate anger, manage conflict, and repair ruptures in the relationship
  • How to stay calm in the midst of couples’ relationship conflicts and have hope when they feel hopeless

*Please note this is the same content as The Magic Trio: What We Know Makes Couples Therapy Work at the 2018 Psychotherapy Networker Symposium, you cannot receive self-study credit for this program if you have already attended the live activity.


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John M. Gottman, Ph.D. |  Julie Schwartz Gottman, Ph.D |  William Bumberry, Ph.D. |  Vagdevi Meunier, Psy.D.
1 Hour 59 Minutes
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Mar 24, 2018
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Continuing Professional Development Certificates - PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 2.0 hours CPD.



John M. Gottman, Ph.D.'s Profile

John M. Gottman, Ph.D. Related seminars and products

John Gottman, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Washington, where he established “The Love Lab” and conducted much of his award-winning research on couple interaction and treatment. Dr. Gottman has studied marriage, couples, and parent relationships for nearly four decades. He has authored or co-authored over 200 published articles and more than 40 books, including: The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, The Relationship Cure, Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child: The Heart of Parenting, and The Man’s Guide to Women.

World renowned for his work on marital stability and divorce prediction, Dr. Gottman’s research has earned him numerous national awards, including: Four five-year-long National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Awards; The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Distinguished Research Scientist Award; The American Psychological Association Division of Family Psychology Presidential Citation for Outstanding Lifetime Research Contribution; The National Council of Family Relations 1994 Burgess Award for Outstanding Career in Theory and Research.

Dr. Gottman, together with his wife Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman, is the co-founder of The Gottman Institute, which provides clinical training, workshops, services, and educational materials for mental health professionals, couples, and families. He is also the co-founder and Executive Director of the Relationship Research Institute which has created treatments for couples transitioning to parenthood and couples suffering from minor domestic violence.

Dr. Gottman has presented hundreds of invited keynote addresses, workshops, and scientific presentations to avid audiences around the world including Switzerland, Italy, France, England, Israel, Turkey, South Korea, Australia, Canada, Sweden, and Norway. A wonderful storyteller and expert, Dr. Gottman has also appeared on many TV shows, including Good Morning America, Today, CBS Morning News, and Oprah, and he has been featured in numerous print articles, including Newsweek, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Ladies Home Journal, Redbook, Glamour, Woman’s Day, Men’s Health, People, Self, Reader’s Digest, and Psychology Today.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. John Gottman is the co-owner of The Gottman Institute. He is an author and receives royalties.
Non-financial: Dr. John Gottman has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

Julie Schwartz Gottman, Ph.D's Profile

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Julie Schwartz Gottman, Ph.D., is the co-founder and President of The Gottman Institute, and Clinical Supervisor for the Couples Together Against Violence study. A highly respected clinical psychologist, she is sought internationally by media and organizations as an expert advisor on marriage, sexual harassment and rape, domestic violence, gay and lesbian adoption, same-sex marriage, and parenting issues. Creator of the immensely popular The Art and Science of Love weekend workshops for couples, she also designed and leads the national certification program in Gottman Method Couples Therapy for clinicians. Her other achievements include: Washington State Psychologist of the Year; Author/co-author of five books, including, Ten Lessons to Transform Your Marriage, And Baby Makes Three, The Marriage Clinical Casebook, 10 Principles for Doing Effective Couples Therapy, and The Man’s Guide to Women; Wide recognition for her clinical psychotherapy treatment, with specialization in distressed couples, abuse and trauma survivors, substance abusers and their partners, and cancer patients and their families.

Inspiring, empowering, respectful, and kind, Julie’s leadership of The Gottman Institute has made it possible to identify and integrate the expertise of her staff, therapists, and the wider research and therapeutic community. Her commitment to excellence and integrity assures that as The Gottman Institute grows, it continues to maintain the highest ethical and scientific standards.

She is in private practice in the Seattle area, providing intensive marathon therapy sessions for couples. She specializes in working with distressed couples, abuse and trauma survivors, those with substance abuse problems and their partners, as well as cancer patients and their families.

Drs. John and Julie Gottman currently live on Orcas Island, near Seattle, Washington. They conduct weekly and intensive couples therapy sessions, provide small group retreats, teach workshops and clinical trainings, and give keynote presentations around the world.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Julie Gottman is the co-owner of The Gottman Institute. She is an author and receives royalties.
Non-financial: Julie Gottman has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.


William Bumberry, Ph.D.'s Profile

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William Bumberry, PhD, is a psychologist, a Gottman Therapist and Master Trainer, and an adjunct professor in the psychology department at St. Louis University.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: William Bumberry is in private practice. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: William Bumberry has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

Vagdevi Meunier, Psy.D.'s Profile

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Vagdevi Meunier, PsyD, is a psychologist, a Gottman Therapist and Master Trainer, and the founder and executive director for The Center for Relationships in Austin, TX.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Vagdevi Meunier is in private practice. She is a clinical assistant professor at The University of Texas at Austin.
Non-financial: Vagdevi Meunier has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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Access for Self-Study (Non-Interactive)

Access never expires for this product.


  1. Demonstrate how to enhance a couple’s capacity for gratitude, cherishing, and commitment
  2. Apply interventions that increase couples’ ability to deescalate anger, manage conflict, and repair ruptures in the relationship
  3. Employ personal calming techniques in calm in the midst of couples’ relationship conflicts and have hope when they feel hopeless


  • Sharpening Concepts of What Works
    • Get the Data
    • Love Lab Creation
  • Gottmans’ New Love Lab
      Gathering the Narrative and Physiological Measures
    • Gottman Relationship Checkup Questionnaire
  • What Predicts Future of a Relationship?
    • Masters versus Disasters
    • Positive to Negative Ratio
    • Roach Hotel Model
  • Phase Space Plots of Relationships
    • Attractors
    • Vectors
    • Case Study
    • Influence Functions
    • Parameters
      • Change the Eight “Sliders”
  • Sound Relationship House
    • Scales
    • Seven Mechanisms with Interventions
  • Conflict and Physiology
  • Three Gottmans’ Couples’ Interventions
    • Power of Positive Startup
    • Power of Turning Toward and Accepting Influence
    • Power of Repair
  • Building Trust
  • Building Commitment
  • Summary of The Magic Trio and Making Couples Therapy Work
  • Questions and Comments

Target Audience

Psychologists, Physicians, Addiction Counselors, Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, and other Behavioral Health Professionals



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