Training in the Gottman Method for Couples Therapy – Second Level (2024)

led by William Bumberry
4 days Training
🕐 Based on London timezone 🕐
10 October 2024 from 13:00 to 18:00
12 October 2024 from 13:00 to 18:00
🕐 London Timezone 🕐
11 October 2024 from 13:00 to 18:00
13 October 2024 from 13:00 to 18:00

This four-day online workshop is your next step to achieve certification and be recognised as a Gottman therapist.
At the end of the Second Level workshop, you will have acquired the familiarity, knowledge and clinical resources needed to integrate the assessment strategies and therapeutic interventions of the Gottman Method for couples therapy within your own clinical practice.


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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.
After the event you will have access to registration for 28 days
Learning outcomes

Part 1

  • Describe the three qualities needed for each therapist.
  • Identify the most important aspects to observe and explain why it is crucial to recognise the following: the emotions on the partners’ faces, the tension in their voices, the importance of their words and the use of the SPAFF coding system.
  • Describe the seven levels from which the Sound Relationship House is composed.
  • Knowing how to recognise ‘offers’ and moments when one partner ‘turns’ towards the other (Bids and Turning Towards).
  • Explain and demonstrate how to carry out an oral interview on the history of the couple.
  • Evaluate the different profiles of the couple: friendship, conflicts and shared meanings.
  • Explain and demonstrate how to use these three profiles to choose the most appropriate interventions for each couple.
  • Describe the main instruments to perform cop-assessment: Locke-Wallace test; Weiss-Cerretto test; the Gottman Method’s ‘solid relationship house’ questionnaires; the Gottman Method’s 19-area checklist; EAQ; SCL-90; Detour Scales; CAGE; b-Mast, and further assessment techniques.
  • Formulate a treatment plan and present it to couples using the ‘solid relationship home’ model.
  • Develop a series of interventions that couples can use to combat the “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse”.
  • Helping partners to calm down (on a physiological level) when they feel overwhelmed.
  • Select and implement a range of conflict management interventions.
  • Use different ways of changing the ‘attack/defence system’ present in the couple’s interactions.

Part 2

  • Helping couples to have a dialogue about conflicts they are stuck on.
  • Select and implement interventions to help couples develop a deeper ‘friendship system’, creating rituals to establish connection.
  • Select and implement interventions to help couples create a shared system of values and meanings.
  • Use and describe conversations that reduce stress and minimise possible relapses.
  • Identify and formulate a treatment plan for the most common comorbidities in couples, using the Gottman Method’s interventions and assessment techniques for couples therapy.
  • Describe how to use the Gottman Method for couples therapy when infidelity histories are present.
  • Describe when it is (or is not) appropriate to use the Gottman Method for couples therapy when substance abuse problems are present.
  • Describe the differences between situational and character-based domestic violence; explain when it is (or is not) appropriate to use the Gottman Method for couples therapy when domestic violence has occurred.
Training Breakdown
If the First Level of the course allows you to learn the elements fundamentals of the Gottman Method for couples therapy, the Second Level Training offers you the opportunity to further expand their assessment strategies and therapeutic intervention techniques.
This workshop will enable you to acquire a wide range of information on fundamental aspects such as relationship theory, the observation of couple dynamics, the evaluation of relationships, the programme of treatment, the specific ways in which different interventions can be used and the work on comorbidities. All materials that will be presented can be used within different clinical contexts.
During the workshop you will view screened footage originals of real couples, taken from the famous “Dr Gottman’s ‘Love Lab’, as well as a series of videos demonstrative drawn from the clinical practice of John and Julie Gottman, in which they use multiple assessment techniques and therapeutic interventions. Furthermore, thanks to role plays, you will be able to put the learned interventions into practice by acquiring the necessary security to be able to use them with couples.
This workshop will provide an in-depth illustration of the approach adopted by the Gottman Method to treat more complex cases, such as those marked by comorbidities, infidelity, addictions, domestic violence or psychopathologies (e.g. PTSD).

Building on what was learnt in the First Level, you will now review techniques for evaluating the several couple profiles: friendship, conflict and shared meaning. Furthermore, you will acquire new tools to implement therapeutic interventions that can act as an antidote against the “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” and calm physiological overactivation. You will also learn how to use six different modalities to change the attack/defense system within the couple’s interactions, in addition to supporting the couple to talk about the conflicts they are stuck on.

Level 3 training is also available to buy on our website.


What is included in the price?

The registration fee includes a clinical training manual containing assessment techniques and the main therapeutic interventions used by the Gottman Method for couples therapy. Each participant will also receive a certificate of completion from the Gottman Institute.

This includes:

  • Unlimited and free access to an asynchronous video course by John and Julie Gottman, provided by the Gottman Institute.
  • The certificate of completion of the Second Level of the Gottman Method course for couples therapy, issued directly by the Gottman Institute.
  • The possibility of enrolling in the Third Level of the course (December 2024).
Who would benefit from this Training?

In order to enroll, you must have completed the First level of the course.

Discover the program of this Training
10 October 2024 from 13:00 to 18:00

The schedule is subject to change 

Welcome and orientation

  • The basics of Observation
  • ‘Bids and Turning’ which will include watching two clips; ‘Spain Without Interest – Bread With Interest’ and ‘Greg and Jennie’

Session 1 – assessment

  • You will watch the clip ‘Oral History Interview Samples’
  • Evaluating Conflict and Repair
  • Putting it all together which will include watching the film  ‘Initial Session including Couple’s Narrative, OHI, Conflict Discussion’ as well as a Group Role Play practice with an oral history interview and a Q&A session

Sessions 2 – individual interviews

  • You will watch the film ‘Assessment Individual Sessions (Michael & Trudi: individual interviews)’ followed by a Q&A session on this.
  • You will complete assessment questionnaires & scoring with another Q&A session
11 October 2024 from 13:00 to 18:00

Session 3 – giving feedback & treatment planning

  • You will watch the Film clip ‘Masters and Disasters followed by a Q&A session
  • Role Play Demonstrations with feedback session
  • Group Role Play practice with feedback session
  • Intervention – overview
  • Intervention – gentle startup
  • Q&A on the interventions
  • Case Introduction including the watching the clip ‘Family Dinner’
  • Intervention – the four horsemen including watching a clip and a Q&A session .
  • Intervention – flooding aided by the clip ‘Flooding & Soothing – Gina & Dave’ and a Q&A session
  • Group Role Play practice – flooding with a Q&A
12 October 2024 from 13:00 to 18:00
  • You will learn the Dan Wile intervention using the clip ‘Dan Wile Intervention’ and a Q&A session
  • Group Role Play practice on the Dan Wile intervention followed by a Q&A
  • Intervention – internal working model aided by the watching of a video clip and a Q&A session.
  • Intervention – compromise which will include watching a video clip and a Q&A session.
  • Group Role Play practice on compromise followed by a Q&A
  • Intervention – dreams within conflict aided by the watching of a video clip and a Q&A
  • Group Role Play practice on dreams within conflict followed by a Q&A
13 October 2024 from 13:00 to 18:00
  • Intervention – aftermath of a fight or regrettable incident which will include watching a video clip and a Q&A.
  • Group Role Play practice – aftermath of a fight followed by a Q&A
  • Overview of friendship and romance
  • Working on fondness and admiration
  • Intervention – “I appreciate…” adjective checklist aided by the film ‘Working on Fondness & Admiration’
  • Intervention – stress reducing conversation aided by a video clip and a Q&A.
  • Group Role Play practice on stress reducing conversation followed by a Q&A
  • Intervention – creating shared meaning and building rituals of connection aided by the film ‘Rituals of Connection’ and a Q&A
  • Relapse prevention
  • Dealing with affairs followed by a Q&A session
  • Dealing with addiction followed by a Q&A session
  • Dealing with PTSD followed by a Q&A session
  • Dealing with domestic violence. Your learning will be aided by the films ‘Pitbulls’, ‘Cobras’ and ‘CTAV Collage’
  • Final Q&A 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”.

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