The Art & Science of Love - 11/14/20 & 11/15/20

The Art & Science of Love - 11/14/20 & 11/15/20

A Weekend Workshop for Couples
Held at the Doubletree Hilton, Skokie

The Art & SCIENCE of Love: A Weekend Workshop for Couples

Presented by: Mike McNulty, PhD (onsite), with co-presenters Sinead Smyth, LMFT & Tom Ryan, LCPC via live stream

Onsite Presenter

Mike McNulty, PhD is the longest standing master trainer, certified Gottman therapist (2005), and certified Gottman workshop leader (2007) sponsoring and presenting "The Art & Science of Love: A Weekend Workshop for Couples" in the Chicago area.  He has presented this workshop locally and in other parts of the USA 50 plus times since 2007.  Dr. Mike has trained and consulted with hundreds of therapists seeking to learn The Gottman Method in the USA, Ireland, and Sri Lanka. He has been quoted on parenting issues in the Business Insider,, Thrive Global, and other media platforms. He loves bringing the method to couples and clinicians to help them improve relationships.  His recent post on addresses how to cope with uncertainty caused by COVID-19.

Presenters Appearing via Life Stream

Tom Ryan, MS, LCPC, is a certified Gottman Relationship Therapist and Couples Workshop Leader. He comes to the task of healing relationships after years of skepticism about the effectiveness of couples counseling. Originally trained in the sciences, he was intrigued by the research done by the Gottman Institute and decided to take a closer look. Since then his practice, once focused on victims of trauma, has become largely directed to helping couples create solid, lasting and satisfying relationships. He has worked with over 100 couples using the Gottman method, even conducting Marathon Therapy sessions for couples too far away to take advantage of weekly therapy sessions. Tom has offices in Oak Park, Downer's Grove, and Plainfield, IL. To learn more about Tom Ryan, visit his website here.

Sinead Smyth, LMFT, is the founder and owner of the East Bay Relationship Center.  As a certified Gottman Therapist and master trainer, Smyth trains and gives professional talks on relationship-related topics for Employee Assistance programs, church and community groups and to therapists, both in the USA and Europe.  She is often quoted on relationship and parenting issues on major media platforms including the Washington Post, New York Times, and To learn more about Sinead Smyth, visit her website here.

Other Presenters Who Co-Present The Art & Science of Love for The Chicago Relationship Center

Dori Krasnopolsky, LCPC is a licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois and a Licensed Professional Counselor in Pennsylvania.  She is also a Certified Gottman Therapist and Couples Workshop Leader.  Besides presenting at The Chicago Relationship Center, she has brought "The Art & Science of Love: A Weekend Workshop for Couples" to Veteran's and their partners. Dori has been practicing for 21 years and currently is in private practice. She specializes in creating and presenting tailor made Gottman "7 Principle Workshops" for churches and organizations. To learn more about Dori Krasnopolsky, and her practice, visit her website here.

Workshop Fee and Discounted Rates for All 2020 Couples Workshop: 

Standard Registration Fee: $750 per couple (within 1 week of the workshop.)

Early Bird 2:  $700 (1 to 8 weeks before the workshop)

Rate for Mental Health Professionals: $600 therapist (license # required)

Registration Link

(Please see cancellation policy before you register. See below.)

November 14 - 15, 2019 - Skokie, IL

Link to register for Nov ASL

Cancellation Policy

Couples who cancel prior to 21 days before the workshop for which they registered will receive a full refund minus a $50 administrative fee. Couples who cancel with less than 21 days notice before the workshop for which they registered will not receive a refund. Instead, they will receive a credit to attend any couples workshop held by The Chicago Relationship Center within 2 years of the date of the workshop for which they originally registered. This credit may be given to another couple if the couple that registered and canceled wishes to do so.  

Location and Social Distancing Policies

DoubleTree Hilton - Chicago North Shore Conference Center

9599 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie, IL 60077

DoubleTree Hilton - Chicago North Shore Conference Center is 30 minutes or less from O'Hare Airport, a major transportation hub.  This makes our workshop ideal for people from out of state, looking for affordable flights. 

Hilton's CleanStay

For more information about DoubleTree Hilton's CleanStay, a program developed in collaboration with Lysol and The Mayo Clinic, click here.  

Workshop Meeting Rooms and Social Distancing

The September workshop will be held in a 4000 square foot ballroom.  The November workshop will be held in a 1000 square foot meeting room. Up to 13 couples will attend each event.  The sizes of both rooms provide for ample space for social distancing. Participants will be required to wear masks in all public areas. Each couple will have a designated space with a table and chairs, and additional chairs for breakout sessions. Partners may take their masks off in their designated space, except when staff enter their space to provide coaching during breakout sessions.

Workshop Times

Saturday 8 AM Registration, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM 

Sunday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM 

There will be a lunch break each day at around 12 PM that will last from one hour and fifteen minutes. 


There a number of affordable hotels within 5 miles of the conference center. Please use your favorite travel search engine to identify the best deals. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about area hotels. 

Insurance Coverage:

Some Couples have asked if their insurance would cover the cost of the workshop. It is unusual for insurance companies to pay for marriage workshops. Couples should consult their insurance provider for more information. There are no insurance codes for couples workshops. All couples must pay for the workshop in advance.

ADA Accommodations:

Special needs? Please let us know how we can serve you.

R. Cassidy will provide CE Credits for the following Clinicians:

The workshop meets the qualifications for 13.5 hours of continuing education credit. The CE certificate fee is $40.00, paid online to R. Cassidy after completing the workshop. A link will be provided.  Please contact Dr. McNulty if you have questions. 

Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often, and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.


Workshop attendees come from all over the United States due to the convenience and affordability of flying into O'Hare Airport.  They also come from nearby midwest cities such as Indianapolis, Indiana; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Nashville, Tennessee; the Quad cities and others. 

For further information on the Couples Workshop, please contact:
Michael McNulty, PhD    -

Phone:  (847) 328-0106
Fax:  (847) 328-5497

The Chicago Relationship Center - 2 offices to serve you...
708 Church Street, Suite 258
Evanston, IL 60201

735 St. Johns Avenue, Suite 100
Highland Park, IL 60035 

Gottman Couples Therapy

Serving the Chicago Metropolitan area with offices located in Evanston, IL. and Highland Park, IL., The Chicago Relationship Center provides individual counseling services and psychotherapy. Locally for counseling and therapy, both offices serve the counties of Cook County, Lake County, and DuPage County and the Chicago neighborhoods and surrounding communities including Waukegan, North Chicago, Grayslake, Wauconda, Mundelein, Libertyville, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Vernon Hills, Highwood, Lincolnshire, Lake Zurich, Barrington, Buffalo Grove, Wheeling, Highland Park, Northbrook, Winnetka, Arlington Heights, Hoffman Estates, Schaumburg, Elk Grove Village, Des Plains, Glenview, Evanston, Park Ridge, West Ridge, Norwood Park, Bartlett, Roselle, Itasca, Bloomingdale, Addison, Franklin Park, North Side, Uptown, Lake View, Logan Square, Northlake, Elmhurst, Lombard, the Lower West Side, Cicero, Brookfield, La Grange, Downers Grove, Wheaton, West Chicago, and Carol Stream, Illinois.