Training in the Gottman Method for Couples Therapy 2024 – First Level

led by William Bumberry

A truly inspiring training course, Level 1 training will give you new insights into treatment for couples who struggle, using proven assessment techniques and intervention strategies. The practical, emotion-focused, and highly effective approach is based on Drs. John and Julie Gottman’s four decades of research with more than 3,000 couples. It is the most extensive study ever done on marital stability and divorce prediction.

3 days Training
🕐 Based on London timezone 🕐
19 April 2024 from 14:00 to 18:00
21 April 2024 from 14:00 to 18:00
🕐 Based on London timezone 🕐
20 April 2024 from 14:00 to 18:00



How do I join online?
This event will take place via Zoom. After purchasing, you will receive an e-mail with the instructions for how to join.
Learning outcomes
  • Summarize the research that allows us to predict future relationship stability.
  • Describe the seven levels of the Sound Relationship House Theory.
  • 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.
  • Describe two interventions to help strengthen a couple’s conflict management.
  • Describe two interventions to enhance a couple’s friendship system.
  • Describe two interventions to explore a couple’s system of shared meaning.
  • Explain why physiological self-soothing is essential for a healthy relationship.
  • Create a therapeutic contract with a couple, discuss and decide on goals and include a summary of the couples strengths and areas that need improvement.
  • Describe the Philosophy of Therapy and including assumptions, overview of techniques and goals of therapy.
  • Describe the Rapoport Intervention and when to use it.
  • Describe the process of therapy, including the structure of a session.
Training Breakdown

In this training course, you will be provided with a research-based roadmap for helping couples compassionately manage their conflicts, deepen their friendship and intimacy, and share their life purpose and dreams based on the Sound Relationship House Theory.

You will be introduced to Dr. Gottman’s breakthrough research on thousands of couples to understand the difference between the “Masters” and “Disasters” of relationships. If you are not already doing assessment, this training will teach you how to assess a relationship’s strengths and areas of concern using empirically validated questionnaires.

What does this Training consist of?

You will view original videos of real couples from the famous Gottman “Love Lab,” as well as videos of Dr. Julie Gottman demonstrating assessment and interventions in a case example from her private practice.

You will learn research-based strategies and tools to help couples successfully manage conflict. You will gain skills to empower partners to dialogue about their worst gridlocked issues by uncovering their underlying dreams, history, and values. You will gain tools to help couples process fights and heal their hurts, and techniques for partners to deepen their intimacy and minimize relapse.

Included in the registration price is a clinical training manual, which contains the core Gottman Method Couples Therapy assessments and interventions. You will be awarded a Certificate of Completion from The Gottman Institute.

  • 300-page Level 1 Clinical Training Manual
  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 1 Training Certificate of Completion
  • Up to 12 CE Hours available

Eligibility to continue to Level 2 Training and Level 3 Training


Who would benefit from this Training?

This training is for mental health providers, allied professionals and clergy, students and interns, family clinic staff, professors/teachers of couples therapy, researchers in the social sciences, and employee assistance professionals. There are no prerequisites.

Discover the program of this Training
19 April 2024 from 14:00 to 18:00

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 the “Disasters” of relationships: exploding some common myths
  • Negative and positive sentiment overrides
  • Friendship, Intimacy, Positive Affect Systems
  • The Shared Meaning System
  • From a checklist to The Sound Relationship House Theory

How to assess a relationship: Using The Sound Relationship House Theory to assess a relationship’s strengths and areas that need improvement.

The assessment sessions:

  • Session 1 – Office Disclosure and Office Policy Reviewed, How Therapy Works, Assessing the Couple Together: Couple’s narrative
  • Oral History Interview: Relationship history and philosophy
  • Videotape a 10-minute conflict interaction and physiology (pulse oximeter)
  • Discuss the Shared Meaning System
  • 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.

Film: Assessment

Question and answer session

20 April 2024 from 14:00 to 18:00

Introduction to intervention: The Philosophy of the Therapy

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

Conflict management

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

Question and answer session

21 April 2024 from 14:00 to 18:00

Building friendship and shared meaning

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

Process of the therapy


What’s next: additional training

Question and answer session

William Bumberry

William Bumberry, PhD, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with more than 25 years of experience working with couples. He has been with the Gottman Institute for more than a decade and is a Senior Certified Gottman Couples Therapist, Trainer and Consultant. Dr. Bumberry is a member of the American Psychological Association and is an adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at St. Louis University. Since becoming a certified Trainer for the Gottman Institute, Dr. Bumberry has presented Gottman professional training throughout the U.S. and abroad. In addition, Dr. Bumberry is certified in Emotionally Focused Therapy. He has worked closely with Dr. Carl Whitaker. He is co-author of “Dancing with the Family: A Symbolic-Experiential Approach, A Different Kind of Caring” (videotape) and “Reshaping Family Relationships: The Symbolic Therapy of Carl Whitaker”.


Prices in USD, we accept all currencies without fees*

Dr. Bill Bumberry, Senior Certified Therapist and Trainer in the Gottman Method for couples therapy, teaches you the skills and tools from this highly effective approach. Join him in his engaging and one-of-a-kind training in John & Julie Gottman’s approach.

Training in the Gottman Method for Couples Therapy 2024 – First Level

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