Level 1 Workshop Outline - Next Workshop, March 2021

Level 1 Workshop Outline - Next Workshop, March 2021

March, 2021 - Register Today!
Level 1 Clinical Training - Gottman Method Couples Therapy: Bridging the Couples Chasm
Dr. McNulty will be teaching a live online version of Gottman Level 1 Clinical Training - Gottman Method Couples Therapy: Bridging the Couple Chasm through the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration's Professional Development Program.  This training will be taught over 4 Wednesday  mornings, March, 3, 10, 17, and 24, 2021 from 9 AM - 1 PM. For more information and to register, click here.


Level 1 Workshop Outline and Objectives... Who Should Attend


8:30 am - 8:50 am:  Registration Check-In
9:00 am - 5:00 pm:  Workshop 
(Lunch on your own, 1 hr)

The Research - What Makes Relationships Succeed or Fail?

  • What is different about Gottman Method Couples Therapy
  • What is dysfunctional about relationships when they are ailing
  • The “Masters” and Disasters” of relationships: Exploding some common myths
  • Negative and positive sentiment overrides
  • Friendship, Intimacy, Positive Affect System
  • The Shared Meaning System

The Sound Relationship House Theory

The Assessment Sessions

Session 1 - Assessing the Couple Together

  • Couple’s Narrative
  • Oral History Interview
  • Videotape: A 10 minute Conflict Interaction 
  • Ending Session 1 - Preparing Couple for Individual Sessions - No secrets
  • Assessment: Written Questionnaires

Session 2 - Individual Sessions

Session 3 - The Therapeutic Contract: Discussing and Deciding about Goals.
                  Summary of Strengths and Areas that Need Improvement.
                  Assessment and film.

Day One Conclusion - Q and A


9:00am - 5:00 pm: Workshop 
(Lunch on your own 1 hr.)

Introduction to Intervention

  • Assumptions of the Therapy
  • Overview of the Therapy
  • Goals of the Therapy

Conflict Management

  • Rapoport Intervention and film
  • Ending the Four Horsemen and film
  • Dreams Within Conflict and film
  • Building the Basic Skills (Softened Start-up, Accepting Influence, Repair and De-escalation, Physiological Soothing, Compromise)
  • Aftermath of a Fight and film

Building Friendship and Shared Meaning

  • Build Love Maps and film
  • Turn Towards: The Stress-Reducing Conversation and film
  • Build Rituals of Connection and film
  • Create Shared Meaning and film

Process of the Therapy

  • Structure of a Typical Session
  • What the Therapist Can Say
  • The Domino Theory of Emotion


  • What’s Next: Additional Training
  • Workshop Conclusion - Q and A

Workshop Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to:
  2. Summarize the research that allows prediction of future relationship stability with 94% accuracy
  3. Describe the seven levels of the Sound Relationship House theory
  4. 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
  5. Describe two interventions for each: to help strengthen a couple's management of conflict; to enhance a couple's friendship system; and to explore a couple's system of shared meaning.

Who Should Attend?

Participants working in the following fields will benefit from our training:

  • Mental health providers
  • Allied professionals and clergy
  • Students and interns
  • Family clinic staff
  • Professors/teachers of couples therapy
  • Researchers in the social sciences
  • Employee assistance professionals

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For further information on the Couples Workshop, please contact:
Michael McNulty, PhD    -    MikeMcNultyPhD@gmail.com

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

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Highland Park, IL 60035 

Gottman Couples Therapy

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