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CPD Mental Health: Level 1- Gottman Couples Therapy: Bridging the Couples Chasm, A New Research-Based Approach

Friday, November 22 at 9:00 AM to Saturday, November 23 at 4:30 PM

Course # - CPSY x274
Loyola Hall Room 160
Credit Hours: 12

Register Here for In-Class or Live Stream!

**PLEASE NOTE** Additional Costs for this Course: 300-page Gottman Clinical Manual: $90
The price of this mandatory manual is not included in the course registration price; students will be required to buy one of these manuals with cash or check or credit card the day of the course. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Course Objectives:

  • Name the four negative interactions predictive if divorce.
  • Describe the three components of relationship functioning in the Sound Relationship House Theory.
  • Describe three interventions in Gottman Method Therapy to strengthen the couples friendship system.
  • Describe and explain the Dream Within Conflict intervention to help couples manage a perpetual gridlocked problem. 

Course Description:

       When couples enter the therapy office, they sting with pain and despair. They look to the clinician to referee chronic conflicts, fix their partners, and rebuild burned bridges. Now, based on Dr. John Gottman's 40 years of compelling research with over 3,000 couples, there's a practical and highly effective approach to guiding these couples across the chasm that divides them. In this workshop, Dr. Navarra provides clinicians with proven, research-based roadmap for helping couples to compassionately manage their conflicts, deepen their friendship and intimacy, and share their life purpose and dreams.  

       This inspirational two-day workshop focuses on 1) understanding couples' struggles using new research-based assessments and effective interventions,  2) empirically supported strategies and tools to help couples successfully manage conflict, 3) skills that empower couples to dialogue about their worst gridlocked issues by uncovering their underlying dreams, history, and values, 4) Methods to help couples process their fights and heal their hurts and 5) techniques for couples to deepen their intimacy and minimize relapse
        You’ll receive a 300-page Clinical Manual featuring new relationship assessment questionnaires and clinical interventions that you’ll be able to use immediately with your clients.

       Clinicians who take this workshop will be equipped with new methods and tools to help couples break the cycle of criticism, defensiveness, contempt and stonewalling. Through demonstrations and films from the clinical office, you'll see how to apply the research-based principles and interventions of Gottman Method Couples Therapy to strengthen the Friendship System - the building block for intimacy, passion, and good sex; the Conflict System - the basis for helping couples manage solvable problems and understand and manage irresolvable differences and the Shared Meaning System - the existential foundation of the relationship that helps couples create shared purpose in building a life together.


Bob Navarra, Psy.D., M.F.T., trained with Drs. John and Julie Gottman and is Certified by the Gottman Institute to teach Level 1; Level II: Assessment, Intervention, and Comorbidities; and the Art & Science of Love: A Weekend Workshop for Couples. Dr. Navarra and Dr. Gottman recently co-authored a chapter titled Gottman Method Therapy: From Theory to Practice, in Case Studies in Couple Therapy: Theory-Based Approaches (2011).  He has also written extensively and published in the areas of alcoholism and drug addiction co-Morbidity. Dr. Navarra is a Research Scientist at the Gottman Relationship Research Institute and Research Associate at Mental Research Institute, where he co-founded the Center for Couples. He has presented his original research at conferences for AAMFT, CAMFT, and the Gottman Institute.

This is a two day event - 11/22/13 - 9am-4:30pm & 11/23/13 - 9am-4:30pm

Cost: $290 (+ $90 day of course)


Loyola Hall

Christina Enquist, Ed.D.
Tel 408-551-1981