The Art & Science of Love - Nov 16 & 17, 2024 - Summer Flash Sale - Ends July 15, 2024

The Art & Science of Love - Nov 16 & 17, 2024 - Summer Flash Sale - Ends July 15, 2024

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

The Art & SCIENCE of Love:

A Weekend Workshop for Couples

Presented by: Gottman Master Trainers Mike McNulty, PhD & Sinead Smyth, LMFT

Mike McNulty, PhD is the longest standing advanced clinical 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 in the Business Insider,, Thrive Global, and many 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.

Sinead Smyth, LMFT, is the founder and owner of the East Bay Relationship Center.  As a certified Gottman Therapist and advanced clinical 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.  For her bio, click on this link. For Sinead’s articles on the Gottman blog, click here.

With our special guest, 

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.

Workshop Fee and Discounted Rates for All 2023 Couples Workshop: 

Standard Registration Fee: $850 per couple (within 2 weeks of the workshop start date.)

Early Bird:  $750 (Prior to 2 weeks before the workshop of the workshop start date.)

Summer Flash Sale: $650 (July 11. 2024 - July 15, 2024)

Rate for Mental Health Professionals: $700 (license # required)

Registration Link

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


November 16 & 17, 2024 Skokie, IL

To register for the November 2024 couples workshop, please click here.


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 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.

National Marriage Seminars 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 at: 

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.