Training in the Gottman Method for Couple Therapy - First Level
(4 customer reviews)
withWilliam Bumberry
Dates: November 10th, 11th and 12th, 2023
Time: From 3pm to 7pm (CET Time)
Duration: 12h
Live streaming available on Zoom Meetings
Video recording available
Available in Italian, English
🪙 You will receive 25 crediti ECM *
(ECM Credits valid on 2023)
🪙 You will receive 12 CPD credits
🪙 You will receive 12 CE credits


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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.

Workshop description

1st level workshop: Healing rifts within the couple

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 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.

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.

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.

What is included in the price?

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 ..
  • unlimited and free access to an asynchronous video course created by John and Julie Gottman, provided by the Gottman Institute
  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 1 Training Certificate of Completion
  • Eligibility to continue to Level 2 Training

Training Reviews

More than 50,000 clinicians worldwide have completed Level 1 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy. Here’s what some of them have said about the workshop

“This was the best seminar I have ever attended. It not only provided me a wealth of valuable tools in my practice, but challenged some ideas I have held.”

“I particularly enjoyed the excellent clinical films and found them especially useful in understanding the assessments and interventions that were taught. Appreciated seeing actual examples of sessions and examples of different ideas/thoughts of what to say and how to implement interventions.”

“This was the single most useful conference I have attended in twenty-three years of clinical practice. Clear, concise, useful! Thank you so much for your presentation, your work and your humor.”

“You have convinced me that your methods and interventions are intelligent, responsible and compassionate. I believe they will endure over time as a true gift to children and families.”

What will you learn?

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

  • 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 the Philosophy of Therapy and including assumptions, overview of techniques and goals of therapy
  • 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 Rapoport Intervention and when to use it.
  • Describe the process of therapy, including the structure of a session.

Who is this event aimed at?

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.

This event is divided into 2 parts

Find out the details of each part

First Part

THE RESEARCH: what determines the success or failure of a relationship?

  • What makes the Gottman Method different from other approaches to couples therapy?
  • What is the dysfunctional aspect of a relationship in crisis?
  • The "masters" and "disasters" of relationships: debunking some common myths.
  • The prevalence of negative/positive feelings (negative/positive sentiment override).
  • Friendship, intimacy, positive affective systems.
  • The shared meaning system.
  • From the checklist  to the "sound relationship house" theory (Sound Relationship House).

HOW TO EVALUATE A RELATIONSHIP: Use the "house of solid relationship" theory to evaluate the strengths and areas for improvement of a relationship.


  • The first session - review of confidentiality conditions; description of therapy functioning; evaluation of the couple:
  • The story of the couple.
  • Oral interview: the history and philosophy of the relationship.
  • Video record a confrontational interaction for 10 minutes, monitoring the physiological aspects (through a pulse oximeter).
  • Talk about the shared meaning system.
  • Close the first session: prepare the couple for the individual sessions (no secrets).
  • Assessment: written questionnaires.
  • The second session – individual sessions.
  • The third session - the therapeutic contract: talking and making decisions about the goals. Summary of strengths and aspects that need to be improved.

VIDEO: The assessment phase


Second Part


  • The foundations of therapy
  • An overview of therapy
  • The therapeutic goals


  • Rapoport's method: explanation and video.
  • Stop the “4 horsemen” and manage the “flood” (video).
  • Dreams within a conflict: explanation and video.
  • Acquire key skills (begin softer, accept flu, repair and de-escalate, physiological comfort, reach compromise).
  • The consequences of an argument: explanation and video.



  • Maps of love: explanation and video.
  • Turning towards your partner: A conversation to reduce stress (explained and video).
  • Creating connection rituals: explanation and video.
  • Creating shared meaning: explanation and video.





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.
* If different types of credits are available (ECM, CPD and CE), please choose them according to your needs.

What are CPD and CE Credits?

CPD and CE credits are internationally recognised units that demonstrate your commitment to ongoing professional development and the acquisition of new knowledge and skills. These credits serve as a testament to your dedication to maintaining the highest standards of practice and staying up-to-date with the latest advancements in your field.

In which countries are CPD and CE Credits valid?

CPD and CE credits are valid in various countries around the world. We understand the importance of global recognition and strive to provide you with credentials that hold value wherever your professional journey takes you. Whether you practice in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, or other countries, our credits offer you the flexibility and credibility you need.

Which organisations recognise our CPD credits?

CPD credits are recognised by any organisation and any country (use CPD credits).

Which organisations recognise our CE credits?

Each CPD credit is converted into a CE credit. The CE credits, are recognised by any organisation and any country (use CE credits).

Some examples of organisations that recognise our CE Credits.

As mentioned above, our CE credits are accepted by any organisation. They are therefore accepted by ASWB, NBCC, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, American Psychological Association, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and all organisations that ask for them.

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4 reviews for this item

  1. Simonetta Betti -

    I have completed many training courses in the USA and the UK. This one was certainly of a high methodological level and clarity of exposition. The subject matter is very complex, the lecturer took me by the hand through the stages of couples therapy but above all made me aware that many couples in crisis, if well guided, can still go a long way together.

  2. Stefania Brotto (verified owner) -

    Very interesting course, and definitely enriching for my profession. The lecturer is very helpful and clear in his explanations. I will definitely also do Level II and Level III. Thank you

  3. Andrea Marchese -

    It was a very formative experience to have been able to delve into the Gottman method, which I have known for years and use on several occasions in couples therapy, or with groups of couples.

  4. Guendalina (verified owner) -

    Very useful training that makes a practical difference

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