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Level 1 Clinical Training: Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Bridging the Couple Chasm

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About the Event

Cognitive Behavior Institute is excited to welcome Jonathan Impellizzeri, PhD, LPC, LMFT, ACS for a live interactive webinar on: Level 1 Clinical Training: Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Bridging the Couple Chasm

April 26th, 2024 from 9:00am - 4:30pm EST
May 3rd, 2024 from 9:00am - 4:30pm EST
Location: online via zoom meeting
*Participants will have access to their camera/microphone for participation
Cost: $299
Level: Introductory to Intermediate
Credit Hours: 12 clinical CEs


A Research-Based Approach 2-Day Seminar

A truly inspiring workshop, Level 1 Training will give you new insights into treatment for couples who struggle, using proven assessment techniques and intervention strategies.

Our 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.

What will I learn in Level 1?

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. Click here to read the full workshop outline.

Who is this training for?

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.


The registration price includes a downloadable PDF clinical training manual containing the core Gottman Method Couples Therapy assessments and interventions. You will be awarded a Certificate of Completion from The Gottman Institute.
  • 300-page downloadable PDF Level 1 Clinical Training Manual
  • On-Demand Level 1 training for reference indefinitely pre-recorded by Drs. John and Julie Gottman.
  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 1 Training Certificate of Completion (you must pass a post assessment through your Gottman account to obtain certification)
  • 12 CEs available
  • Eligibility to continue to Level 2 Training


9:00 – 10:30 am
The Research: What Makes Relationships Succeed or Fail?
What is different about Gottman Method Couples Therapy?
What is dysfunctional about relationships when they are failing?
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

10:30 – 10:45 am Break

10:45 – 12:00 pm How to assess a relationship:
Using The Sound Relationship House Theory to assess a relationship’s strengths and areas that need improvement.

12:00 – 1pm Lunch

1pm – 2:30 pm 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

2:30pm-2:45 pm Break

2:45pm – 3:30 pm Film: Assessment

3:30pm – 4:30 pm Question & Answer

9:00 – 9:45 am
Introduction to Intervention—The Philosophy of the Therapy
Assumptions of the Therapy
Overview of the Therapy
Goals of the Therapy

9:45 – 10:15 am Conflict Management
Rapoport Intervention and film

10:15 – 10:30 am Break

10:30 – 11:50 pm Conflict Management, continued
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

11:50 – 12:00 pm Questions and Answer Session

12:00 – 1pm Lunch

1pm – 2:45 pm Building Friendship and Shared Meaning
Love Maps and film
Turn Towards: The Stress-Reducing Conversation and film
Build Rituals of Connection and film
Creating Shared Meaning and film

2:45– 3 pm Break

3pm – 3:25 pm Process of the Therapy

3:25pm – 3:45pm Summary

3:45 – 4pm What’s Next: Additional Training

4pm – 4:30pm Question and Answer Session

Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will summarize the research that allows us to predict future relationship stability.
2. Participants will describe the seven levels of the Sound Relationship House theory.
3. Participants will organize a couple’s therapy assessment using elements of the couple’s narrative, the Oral History Interview, written questionnaires, observations of conflict and individual interviews.
4. Participants will describe two interventions to help strengthen a couple’s conflict management.
5. Participants will describe two interventions to enhance a couple’s friendship system.
6. Participants will describe two interventions to explore a couple’s system of shared meaning.
7. Participants will explain why physiological self-soothing is essential for a healthy relationship.
8. Participants will 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.
9. Participants will describe the Philosophy of Therapy including assumptions, overview of techniques, and goals of therapy.
10. Participants will describe the Rapoport Intervention and when to use it.
11. Participants will describe the process of therapy, including the structure of a session.

Instructor Bio:

  Dr. Impellizzeri also known as “Dr. J.” is the first Certified Gottman Couple Therapist (CGT) in Western Pennsylvania. He is also trained in Emotion Focused Therapy which is an empirically supported treatment for couples. CGT’s have extensive and specialized training in a research-based approach to treating distressed couple relationships. In 2017, Dr. J launched the Center for Marriage and Family at CBI which focuses on providing high-quality relationship-oriented therapy that is research-informed, client directed, and peppered with a healthy dose of compassion. Dr. J specializes in working with couples who are struggling with just about anything under the sun including infidelity, gridlocked conflict, pre-marital enrichment, grief & loss issues, trauma, faith conflicts, emotionally-distant relationships, and parenting differences. In addition to providing the more conventional one-hour therapy session per week, Dr. J also conducts marathon therapy (2-day intensive) with couples who are interested in taking a deep dive into relationship healing. Dr. J also serves as a Clinical Director of the Cognitive Behavior Institute where he provides clinical supervision, training, and consultation for a staff of more than 80 mental health professionals. He has extensive counseling experience in community based, outpatient, and group private practice settings. Outside of his clinical office, Dr. J is a full-time professor and Director of the Marriage and Family Counseling Program at Geneva College. He teaches a variety of graduate-level courses including Faith-Based Counseling, Marriage and Family Counseling, Professional Ethics, and Psychopathology.

Course bibliography:
See below for attached document

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