Continuing Education Workshops

Continuing Education: Opportunities for Counselors

Registration closed 3/21/17.


Gottman Method Couples Therapy

Video-based Level 1 Training: Bridging the Couple Chasm

Date: Friday, March 31, 2017 and Friday, April 7, 2017

Time: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location: Esker 118

Cost: Current Student - $99; Professional - $120

Online registrations accepted until 3/21/17.  Onsite registration not available.

Workshop Listing:

Workshop 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 couples across the chasm that divides them.

In this workshop, 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.

Apply Gottman Method Couples Therapy to help couples strengthen:

  • The Friendship System – the foundation for intimacy, passion, and good sex
  • The Conflict System – the basis for helping couples identify and address solvable problems, and understand and manage irresolvable differences
  • The Shared Meaning System – the existential foundation of the relationship that helps partners discover their shared purpose for building a life together

As a result of taking this training, you will learn:

  • Research-based strategies and tools to help couples successfully manage conflict
  • Skills to empower partners to dialogue about their worst gridlocked issues by uncovering their underlying dreams, history, and values
  • Methods to help couples process fights and heal their hurts Techniques for partners to deepen their intimacy and minimize relapse New assessments and effective interventions to help understand couples’ struggles

Each participant in the training will be given a 300-page clinical training manual written by Drs. John and Julie Gottman. The manual includes the latest research in Gottman Method Couples Therapy plus 25 new Relationship Assessment Questionnaires and eight key Gottman Method Interventions. Clinicians will be able to use and apply the Assessments, Interventions, and clinical tools immediately with their couples. At the conclusion of training, participants are able to state that they are “Gottman Level 1 trained.”

Continuing Education Credit

There are a total of 10.75 hours of Continuing Education (CE) credit available for the Level 1 Training. Participants seeking CE credit must complete and send in their Level 1 Assessment of Knowledge along with the processing form (both found in the “Continuing Education Information” tab in the manual) to our certification agency, PESI, within 2 days of the completion of the training. Participants should expect to receive their certificates from PESI within 2-3 weeks from the date PESI receives their assessment. Please have participants seeking CE credits send in their own completed Assessments of Knowledge plus their processing fee ($29.99 per participant in the form of a check or CC information) to the following address:

PESI Inc. Attn: Dawn Messing, CE Department
PO Box 1000
Eau Claire, WI 54702

Participants may also fax the completed document(s) along with payment (credit card payments only) to PESI at (800) 554-9775 with “Attention: CE Dept”. Please direct all questions regarding Continuing Education credits or processing to PESI customer service at (800) 844-8260. 

Day 1: Friday, March 31, 2017 Schedule

8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Sign-in and Instructions
8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Part 1 – Welcome & Research and Theory
10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 - 11:30 a.m. Part 2 – Assessment
11:30 - 12:00 p.m. Lunch
12:00 - 1:15 p.m. Part 3 – Assessment, cont.
1:15 - 1:45 p.m. Small Group Discussions
1:45 - 2:00 p.m. Break
2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Part 4 – Assessment, cont.

*All times are subject to change


Day 2: Friday, April 7, 2017 Schedule

8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Sign-in and Instructions
8:30 - 10:15 a.m. Part 5 - Intervention
10:15 - 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 - 11:35 a.m. Part 6 – Intervention, cont.
11:35 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Lunch
12:15 - 1:45 p.m. Part 7 - Intervention, cont.
1:45 - 2:15 p.m. Recommended Small Group Discussion
2:15 - 2:30 p.m. Break
2:30 - 3:00 p.m. Wrap-up and Final Thoughts

*All times are subject to change.