Drs. John and Julie Gottman, the world’s leading couples research and therapist duo, developed the ten core principles for doing effective couples therapy, which is the basis for one of their bestselling books. In this all new video, you’re invited into the Gottman consulting room where you’ll see each of the ten principles in action with never seen before video footage. Through in-session videos and detailed case studies, you’ll go on a moment-by-moment journey with the Gottmans as they apply their interventions with clients. You’ll also hear insightful commentary as John and Julie pause and reflect on their thoughts and decisions – to further guide you in your clinical sessions.
John Gottman, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Washington, where he established what the media called, "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 119 published articles as well as 44 books, including: The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, The Relationship Cure, Why Marriages Succeed or Fail, and How You Can Make Yours Last, Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child: The Heart of Parenting, And Baby Makes Three and The Marriage Clinic.
World renown 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 story-teller 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 written up 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.
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 presentations and training workshops around the world.
Financial: Dr. John Gottman is the Co-Founder of The Gottman Institute and has an employment relationship with the University of Washington. Dr. Gottman receives royalties as a published author. He receives a speaking honorarium, book royalties, and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. John Gottman is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the American Psychological Association. He has no relevant non-financial relationships.
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.
Financial: Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman is the co-founder and president of the Gottman Institute. She is the clinical director of The Relationship Research Institute, and she maintains a private practice. Dr. Schwartz Gottman is the owner of Gottman Couples' Retreat. She is a guest lecturer of the University of Puget Sound and Seattle Community Colleges, and she receives compensation as an international speaker. She is a published author and receives royalties, and she receives a speaking honorarium, recording royalties, and book royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman is a member of the American Psychological Association.
Dave Penner, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and was the Clinical Director of The Gottman Institute from 2005 to 2017. He is the author of the Leader’s Guide for Teaching the Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, based on teaching John Gottman’s Seven Principles book to couples for over a decade. From these experiences, he co-developed the Seven Principles for Couples Leader Training Program and has led workshops training clinicians and lay leaders in the Gottman Method in North America, Australia, Europe, and Asia.
In his role as the Clinical Director, Dr. Penner managed clinical aspects of the Institute, including providing consultation to Certified Gottman Therapists and clinicians in training; selecting and training consultants for clinicians pursuing certification; training and supervising video reviewers who certify therapists in the Gottman Method; training and supervising roving therapists at couples workshops; overseeing quality control of new programs and products; and answering clinical questions from clinicians, researchers, the media, and the public.
Dave has practiced for over 35 years as an individual and couples therapist working in private practice, university, mental health and hospital settings.
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Introduction to Speakers and their Experience
Overview of Gottmans’ 10 Principles
Principle 1: Use Researched Based Methods for Doing Couple Therapy
The Importance of Research in Couple Therapy
Common Relationship Myths
Limits to Research on Compatibility
Factors that Predict Relationships
What Couples Fight About Most
Role of Conflict in Divorce Prediction
Impact of Loss of Admiration
Domestic Violence in Relationships
New Research on Treating Affairs
Principle 2: Assess First, Then Decide on Treatment
The Assessment Process
Relationship Checkup Online Assessment
Providing Therapist Feedback on Couple Strengths & Challenges
The Value of Assessment Prior to Treatment
Impact of an Affair on the Assessment
Modifying assessment to short term treatment constraints
Relationship Assessment Questionnaire
* Video Case Study (Mike & Marilyn):
Principle 3: Understand each partner’s world
Determining which partner to see first
No secrets policies
Identifying when Couple therapy is premature
Asking about Domestic Violence
* Video Case Study:
Principle 4: Map your Treatment Route
Preparing to Give Feedback to Couples
When Partners view their relationship differently
When One Partner is engaged and the other is checked out
* Video Case Study: Assessment
Therapist as Holder of Hope
Sitting with the Couple’s Truth
Giving Feedback to Couples
Sound Relationship House
Duration of Therapy Process
* Video Case Study
Principle 5: Soothe Yourself and then Intervene
Two Aspects of Soothing
Helping Flooded Couples
Preventing Flooded Therapists
Principle 6: Process Regrettable Incidents
Managing Conflict: The Aftermath of a fight or regrettable incident
The Benefit of Processing an Incident to Let Go of the Past
Confronting the Barrier of Rightness
Addressing Unequal Responsibility
Recent and Distant Past Conflict Resolution
Conflict Resolution Modifications
* Video Case Study: Attunement
Principle 7: Replace the Four Horsemen with Gentle Conflict Management Skills
How to Replace the 4 Horsemen with Gentle Conflict Management
Power of Emotions
Video Case Study
Criticism & Defensiveness
Gottman Rapport Intervention
Dreams Within Conflict Intervention
Principle 8: Strengthen Friendship & Intimacy
Friendship Interventions / What Kind of Friends Are the Couple
3 Components of Friendship
Open Ended Questions
Principle 9: Dive Deep to Create Shared Meaning
Establishing a Stronger Bond
Case Study: Rituals of Connection
Difference Between Creating Shared Meaning & Deepening Friendship
Principle 10: Suspend Moral Judgment When Treating Affairs
Misconceptions About Affairs
The Stance/Internal World of Therapist
Three Step Process for Treating Affairs
Hold the Hope
Helping the Therapist to Hold the Hope for their Couple Clients
Tying It Together
Outline of a Typical Session
Dyadic vs. Triadic Treatment
How to Minimize Relapse
Gottman Approach Appropriateness for Specific Problems
Cross Cultural Applicability
Myths About the Gottman Approach
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