Training in the Gottman method for couples therapy - Level 3 2024
withWilliam Bumberry
Dates: Dates available soon *
Time: from 1pm to 7pm
Live streaming available on Zoom Meetings
Recordings of the course available without time limits
Video recording available
Available in Italian (simultaneous translation), English
🪙 You will receive 20 crediti ECM *


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There is no better way to learn how to apply Gottman Method Couples Therapy than the Level 3 Training.

This advanced, practicum workshop is only offered in real-time, in virtual and in-person training events.

Through videotaped cases of real couples, hands-on role plays, demonstrations of assessments and interventions, and nuanced discussion of technique, the Level 3 Training significantly expands your understanding of when and how to use Gottman Method strategies.

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Training Description 

In a small-group setting, you will have the opportunity to practice and refine your use of Gottman Method therapy and receive personalized guidance in developing a roadmap for making sound clinical decisions. roadmap which, once completed, will help them make wise clinical decisions.

The Level 3 Training content represents the true resistances and co-morbidities we face as therapists and how we can transform them into effective healing methods for the couple.

The workshop is structured to help create a safe and secure environment so participants can learn and practice while feeling free of criticism and negative judgment.

What will I learn in Level 3?

– Building on the knowledge obtained from Level 1 Training and Level 2 Training, you will master how to effectively use the Oral History Interview during a couple's assessment and understand its implications. You will learn how to clearly explain to a couple their strengths and challenges in terms of the Sound Relationship House, and how to help partners identify their own "Four Horsemen" and understand the antidotes.

– You will learn how to select and utilize appropriate tools to help a couple deepen their Friendship System. You will learn how to clarify a couple's conflicts in terms of solvable, perpetual, and grid-locked problems, and use the "Dreams Within Conflict" technique to help a couple feel hopeful and to achieve break-through with their perpetual conflict.

You will learn how to successfully intervene when one or both partners are flooding, help a couple reach solutions using the Compromise Ovals intervention, and sensitively intervene when co-morbidities are present. Click here for the Level 3 preparation checklist.

What is included in the price?

  1. 200+ page digital Level 3 Clinical Training Manual
  2. Certificate of Completion for Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 3 Training upon completion of the event
  3. Eligibility to continue on to the Certification Track

Training Reviews

Thousands of clinicians worldwide have completed Level 3 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy.

Here's what some of them have said about the workshop.

"The Gottman Method is so useful and relevant to my work and marriage. I am incredibly grateful for the instruction and guidance. It's been my privilege to have participated in the Level 3 practicum workshop."

– Anonymous evaluation from Santa Cruz, CA

"This has been the best training I have ever attended. I appreciate all the research that has been done, which makes it easier to sell to individuals who are skeptical about couples counseling. This theory is so practical. I am excited about the opportunity to become a Certified Gottman Therapist. Thanks for such a wonderful experience."

– Anonymous evaluation from Portland, OR

"I loved the feedback from the consultants during the role plays. They were all excellent. I also loved the roles plays when John and Julie were the therapist. So helpful to see this in person. This was a great overall experience! I can't wait to get to work helping couples!"

– Anonymous evaluation from Seattle, WA

What will you learn?

At the completion of this training, you will be able to:

  • Choose an intervention that is appropriate for the clients at the moment.
  • Recognize the Four Horsemen when one member of a couple exhibits that behavior.
  • Stop the couple's dyadic interaction when one member exhibits one of the four horsemen. Describe the Four Horseman to the couple.
  • Explain the antidote to the relevant horseman clearly and accurately.
  • Coach the person with an alternative way to express him- or herself using an appropriate antidote.
  • Redirect the couple to resume communication in a dyadic way. Continue to monitor for the four horsemen and intervene if they reemerge.
  • Identify when one or both partners are physiologically flooded (and not just upset) and stop the interaction between the couple.
  • Provide a brief explanation of flooding in clear, sensitive language
  • Intervene by guiding one or both partners through a relaxation technique before continuing.
  • Explain the Dreams Within Conflict process and goals clearly.
  • Instruct a couple on the Dreams Within Conflict intervention.
  • Assist one partner to ask the other partner questions about the dream or deeper meaning embedded in their specific gridlocked issue.
  • Provide The Dream Catcher Questions handout and coach one partner to ask the other questions from the handout to increase understanding of their partner's underlying dreams or deeper meaning embedded in the specific gridlocked issue; help the couple hold to the questions to go deeper vs. getting into their own point of view.
  • Introduce the concept of softened start-ups and explain why it helps (i.e., it is easier for their partner to hear and understand their point).
  • Explain research showing that the first three minutes of a discussion predicts whether that discussion will go well and whether their overall relationship will go well.
  • Explain the importance of expressing needs in positive terms and instruct the partner to restate their point without criticism and then direct them to resume dyadic interaction.
  • Stop a couple's interaction when one or both partners are not accepting influence.
  • Explain the need for accepting influence (which may include reference to research). This includes finding a way to understand and honor some aspect of their partner's position, with a focus on yielding and accepting influence rather than on persuading.
  • Stop the couple and instruct in the concept of offering and accepting repairs and why it is useful.
  • Provide the Repair Checklist and explain its use.
  • Ask appropriate Gottman Oral History questions and stay on track with sensitivity to couple's issues and building rapport.
  • Conduct the Oral History interview with appropriate timing.
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Who is this event aimed at?

This training is for psychologists, social workers, Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs), professional counselors, addiction counselors, and other mental health professionals. Completion of Level 1 Training and Level 2 Training is required, as well as a master's degree, doctoral degree, or current enrollment in a graduate program within a mental health-related field is required. Therapy experience is highly recommended, but not required.

About the Speaker

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William Bumberry
WILLIAM BUMBERRY, PH.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist with more than 25 years 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 trainings throughout the U.S. and abroad. He is an experienced, clear, energetic speaker with the ability to present complicated material in a practical, easy to use manner. Dr. Bumberry is passionate about helping clinicians bring the Gottman Method into their life’s work … “making the world a better place, one couple at a time”. His presentations are highlighted by a blend of humor, creativity and accessibility. In addition to his expertise in the Gottman Method, Dr. Bumberry is certified in Emotionally Focused Therapy. For many years, he 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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