Training & Education

Gottman Clinical Training

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2018 Gottman Method Couples Therapy Clinical Training

Level 1:
12 – 13 November 2018
9AM - 5.30PM

Level 2:
14 – 16 November 2018
8.30AM - 5.30PM

Level 3:
7- 9 November 2018
8.30AM - 5.30PM
Levels 1 and 2 will be held at:
Lifelong Learning Institute
11 Eunos Rd 8,
Singapore 408601

Level 3 will be held at:
177 River Valley Road
#05-19 (Level M5) Liang Court
Singapore 179030
  • Details
  • Fees
  • Speakers

Registration for Gottman 2018 is OPEN


12 – 13 November 2018

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

In this two-day workshop clinicians learn:

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

Who should attend:

  • Mental health providers
  • Allied professionals and clergy
  • Students and interns
  • Family clinic staff
  • Professors/teachers of couples therapy
  • Researchers in the social sciences.


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14 – 16 November 2018

Scaffold upon Level 1, the Level 2 clinical training further explores and expands on the professional clinical skills and techniques for working with couples. During the three-day training, participants would learn to internalise and integrate the research-based Gottman Method Assessment and Intervention techniques through group role plays and active discussions in order to become more competent in using them.

In this 3-day workshop clinicians will:

  • Assess a couple’s “Friendship Profile,” “Conflict Profile,” and “Shared Meanings Profile”
  • Develop interventions that couples can use as antidotes to the “Four Horsemen”
  • Help couples to soothe physiological flooding
  • Apply six modes of changing the “Attack/Defend System” in a couple’s interactions
  • Assist couples in establishing dialogue about their grid-locked conflicts
  • Select and implement interventions to help couples deepen their “Friendship System” with rituals of connection
  • Select and implement interventions to help couples create a shared system of values and meaning
  • Identify and implement five different co-morbidities common to couples using Gottman Assessments and Interventions


  • Registrants signing up for the Level 2 workshop must have completed the Gottman Couples Therapy Level 1 workshop. (You are required to upload your certificate during the registration as proof of your completion)

Who should attend:

  • Mental health providers
  • Allied professionals and clergy
  • Students and interns
  • Family clinic staff
  • Professors/teachers of couples therapy
  • Researchers in the social sciences.


 7- 9 November 2018

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

At the end of this workshop participants will understand how to:

  • Effectively use the Oral History Interview during a couple’s assessment and understand its implications
  • Clearly explain to a couple their strengths and challenges in terms of the “Sound Relationship House”
  • Help partners identify their own “Four Horsemen” and understand the antidotes
  • Select and utilize appropriate tools to help a couple deepen their “Friendship System”
  • Clarify a couple’s conflicts in terms of solvable, perpetual, and grid-locked problems
  • Use the “Dreams Within Conflict” technique to help a couple feel hopeful and to achieve break-through with their perpetual conflict
  • Successfully intervene when one or both partners are flooding
  • Help a couple reach solutions using the Compromise Ovals intervention
  • Sensitively intervene when co-morbidities are present



  • Completed Level 1 Live Training or DVD Home study
  • Completed Level 2 Live Training or DVD Home study
  • Therapy experience highly recommended, but not required

Important Points to Note:

  1. Your registration will not be confirmed until you have made full payment of your selected level/s.
  2. Registration closes on 12 Oct 2018
  3. Prices stated here are in Singaporean Dollars.
Course Standard Course Fees (after 16 Jun ’18) Returnee** Refresher***
Without VCF With VCF Funding for Sporeans/PR* With VCF Funding for WEP/EP/SP holders* Without VCF With VCF Funding for Sporeans/PR* With VCF Funding for WEP/EP/SP holders*
Gottman Level 1 S$989.00  S$543.95 S$741.75 S$300
Gottman Level 2 S$1,789.00 S$1,069.00 S$1,341.75 S$1,449.00 S$796.95 S$1086.75 S$300
Gottman Level 1 & 2 S$2,500.00 S$1,379.50 S$1,875.00
Gottman Level 3 S$2,299.00 S$1,632.00 S$1,954.15 S$300
Course For Gottman Community Members
Without VCF With VCF Funding for Sporeans/PR*
Gottman Level 2 S$1,521.00 $836.55
Gottman Level 3 S$1,954.00 $1,367.80
*VWO Charities Capability Funding (VCF) is for eligible staff/volunteers from NCSS member VWOs and MSF-funded VWOs.
**Returnees refer to individuals who have completed lower levels of training (e.g. Level 1/Level 2) with EMCC and are returning to EMCC to complete the next level with us. 
***Refreshers refer to individuals who have completed particular level/s of training either with EMCC or other institutions, and want to sit through the same level/s to refresh their learning. Please note that there are limited spaces available for Refreshers


Group Registration Promotion:

Missed the early bird promotion? Fret not for you and your friends can register as a group of minimum 4 people to get up to 10% discount off your final bill! Register today to enjoy the following promotions:

  1. 10% discount for groups of 4 or more participants for from now till 15th September 2018
  2. 5% discount for groups of 4 or more participants from 16th September 2018 till the close of registration on 12th October 2018
  3. Student discount*: 10% discount for groups of 4 or more STUDENTS from now till the close of registration on 12th October 2018
    1. We will require matriculation cards for such application. Please scan your matriculation cards and attach them to your registration email when you register.

To register, please appoint a group representative to register on behalf of your group (minimum of 4 people). This representative will be our future point of contact. Download and fill up this group registration form and submit it to, after which we will email you an invoice for payment.

Payment Methods

1. PayPal

Choosing to pay via PayPal will direct you to the PayPal payment page.

2. Cheque

Cheque payments should bear the following information and be mailed out to the following address:

Name of Payee: EMCC
Address: 177 River Valley Road, #05-19, Liang Court (Level M5), Singapore 179030

Please write your full name and the titles of the workshops that you have signed up for at the back of the cheque.

3. Wire Transfer

The registrant will bear all administrative charges by their local bank. The information provided here is needed to facilitate the wire transfer:

Name of Beneficiary: EMCC
Account Number: 0019052700
Beneficiary Bank Name: DBS Bank
Beneficiary Bank SWIFT BIC Code: DBSSSGSG
Bank Address: DBS Bank Ltd, 12 Marina Boulevard, DBS Asia Central, Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3, Singapore 018982
Beneficiary Branch Code: 001
Beneficiary Bank Code: 7171


Refund Policy

  • Full refund will be given if cancellation is made before or on 31 August 2018.
  • 50% refund will be given if cancellation is made before or on 30 September 2018
  • No refunds will be given if cancellation is made after 30 September 2018.
  • Your registration is transferable. You may give your place to another person in the event that you are unable to attend the workshop.
  • For VWO registrants: In the event of a replacement, the new registrant must submit a new application for VCF pre-approved funding. The registrant must send in their VCF Pre-approval email to Paul: All VCF Pre-approval emails should reach us at least 2 weeks before the start of the workshop.
  • All refunds will only be arranged after the event.

Dr. Dave Penner, Ph.D

Clinical Director, The Gottman Institute

Dave Penner is a licensed clinical psychologist and is the Clinical Director of The Gottman Institute. He is the author of the Educator’s Manual for Teaching the Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, which is based on years of experience teaching John Gottman’s Seven Principles book.

He has trained therapists in the Gottman Method in North America, Asia and Europe and is the co-developer of the Gottman Seven Principles Educator Program.


In his role as the Clinical Director, Dr. Penner oversees clinical aspects of Institute, including providing consultation to Certified Gottman Therapists and clinicians in training; selecting and training consultants for clinicians pursuing certification; training and supervising video reviewers who certify therapists in the Gottman Method; overseeing quality control of new programs and products; training and supervising roving therapists at couples workshops and answering clinical questions from clinicians, researchers, the media and the public.

Dave has practiced for over 30 years as an individual and couples therapist working in private practice, university, mental health and hospital settings.



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