Training & Education

Gottman Clinical Training

Dates:
Level 1
Fri, Sat & Mon, Nov 5, 6 & 8, 2021
8.30am to 1pm

Level 2
Tue-Thu, Nov 9-11, 2021
8.30am to 5.30pm

Level 3
Mon-Wed, Nov 1-3, 2021
8.30am to 5.30pm

IMPORTANT – for VCF funding:
Please be informed that you will need to attend all training sessions and complete all the requirements to receive the Certificate of Completion, as well as complete a Feedback form as required for VCF funding. Failing which, EMCC reserves the right to collect from you the shortfall amount, due to VCF's requirements not being fulfilled by you.

IMPORTANT – for Refresher rates:
Please be informed that the following will NOT be available for Refresher Registration:
- Course Materials
- Certificate of Completion
- VCF funding

For enquiries, please email Gottman@emcc.org.sg
Venue:
These will be ONLINE WORKSHOPS.

Special Features

• Enjoy the online presence of a certified Gottman trainer - Dr Dave Penner (read more about him under the Speakers tab) - who will lead discussions and answer questions at pre-determined times. For Level 2 and Level 3, there will be breakout groups and role play sessions via Zoom.

• Access online training videos by Drs John & Julie Gottman and online digital manual(s), which you can retain and review at your own pace.

• Attain a certificate of completion when you fulfill the attendance requirements of the course at the end of Level 1 or Level 2.

• Meet, learn and share experiences with like-minded professionals.


Closing Date extended by Popular Demand to 15 September 2021!

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GOTTMAN METHOD COUPLES THERAPY

Join the 100,000+ clinicians around the world who have trained in Gottman Method Couples Therapy and use our proven assessment techniques and interventions in their work with couples.

 

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Fri, Sat & Mon, Nov 5, 6 & 8, 2021 | 8.30am-1pm

This is the first step in learning Gottman Method Couples Therapy. A truly inspiring workshop, Level 1 Training will give you new insights into treatment for couples who struggle, using research-based assessments and effective interventions.

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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.

Training Description

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.

Training Objectives

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

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
  • Employee assistance professionals

Pre-Requisites

  • NIL


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Tue-Thu, Nov 9-11, 2021 | 8.30am to 5.30pm

Deepen your understanding of Gottman Method Couples Therapy and expand your strategies and interventions in your work with couples! Practice using interventions in group role-plays while receiving personal, supportive coaching from trainers.

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After you’ve been introduced to the fundamentals of Gottman Method Couples Therapy presented in Level 1 Training, the Level 2 Training will expand your assessment strategies and intervention techniques.

At the completion of Level 2 Training, you should have the clinical familiarity, knowledge, and resources to integrate Gottman Method Couples Therapy assessments and interventions into your clinical work.

Training Description

This workshop provides a wealth of information about relationship theory, observation, couple dynamics, relationship assessment, treatment planning, when and how to use interventions, and working with co-morbidities. All materials may be used in clinical settings.

You will view original videos of couples from the famous Gottman “Love Lab,” as well as video of Drs John and Julie Gottman demonstrating assessment and interventions in real case examples from their private practice. Live workshop participants will practice using the interventions in role play sessions to help gain confidence using them with couples.

This training dives deep into the Gottman Method approach for treating complicated cases involving co-morbidities, including affairs, PTSD, addiction, and domestic violence.

What will I learn in Level 2?

Building on what you learned in the Level 1 Training, you will review how to assess a couple’s Friendship Profile, Conflict Profile, and Shared Meaning Profile. You will be provided with a toolkit of interventions that couples can use as antidotes to the Four Horsemen and soothe physiological flooding. You will apply six modes of changing the Attack/Defend System in a couple’s interactions, and learn how to assist couples in establishing dialogue about their gridlocked conflicts.

You will learn how to 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, and identify and implement five different co-morbidities common to couples using Gottman assessments and interventions.

Training Objectives

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

  • Describe the three qualities every therapist needs.
  • Explain the basics of observation including why it’s important to recognize Emotions on the Human Face, Tension in the Voice, the Importance of Words and the use of the SPAFF coding system.
  • Describe the seven levels of the Sound Relationship House theory.
  • Describe how to recognize Bids and Turning Towards.
  • Explain and demonstrate how to conduct an Oral History Interview.
  • Assess a couple’s “Friendship Profile,” “Conflict Profile,” and “Shared Meanings Profile.”
  • Explain and demonstrate how to use the 3 profiles to choose appropriate interventions for the couple.
  • Describe the use of the core assessments with couples, including the Locke-Wallace, Weiss-Cerretto, Gottman Sound Relationship House Questionnaires, Gottman 19 Areas Checklist, EAQ, SCL-90, Detour Scales, CAGE, b-Mast, and Supplemental Assessments.
  • Formulate a treatment plan and present it to the couple including using the Sound Relationship House model.
  • Develop interventions that couples can use as antidotes to the “Four Horsemen.”
  • Help couples to physiologically soothe when flooded.
  • Select and implement interventions to help deal with conflict.
  • Apply different modes of changing the “Attack/Defend System” in a couple’s interaction.
  • Assist couples to establish dialogue about their gridlocked 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.
  • Use and describe the Stress-Reducing Conversation to minimize relapse.
  • Identify and formulate a plan for different co-morbidities common to couples using Gottman Method Couples Therapy Assessment and Intervention.
  • Describe how to apply Gottman Method Couples Therapy to a couple who has experienced an affair.
  • Describe when it is appropriate and inappropriate to use Gottman Method Couples Therapy with a couple dealing with substance abuse.
  • Describe the differences between situational and characterological domestic violence and when it is appropriate and inappropriate to use Gottman Method Couples Therapy with a couple dealing with domestic violence.

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
  • Employee assistance professionals

Pre-Requisites

  • Registrants signing up for the Level 2 workshop must have completed the Gottman Couples Therapy Level 1 workshop.

 


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Mon-Wed, Nov 1-3, 2021 | 8.30am to 5.30pm

During this practicum workshop, participants examine videotaped cases of couples brought in by workshop colleagues. These are used as teaching tools to deepen your understanding of when and how to use various Gottman Method interventions, and how to replace destructive patterns with meaningful interactions.

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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, either by Drs John and Julie Gottman or by a Certified Gottman Trainer around the world in virtual and in-person training events.

Training events are offered and scheduled by Certified Gottman Therapists, Gottman Master Trainers and Gottman Workshop Presenters and can be virtual synchronous or in-person.

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.

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.

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.

 

Training Objectives

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

  1. Choose an intervention that is appropriate for the clients at the moment.
  2. Recognize the Four Horseman when one member of a couple exhibits that behavior.
  3. Stop the couple’s dyadic interaction when one member exhibits one of the four horseman. Describe the Four Horseman to the couple.
  4. Explain the antidote to the relevant horseman clearly and accurately.
  5. Coach the person with an alternative way to express him- or herself using an appropriate antidote.
  6. Re-direct the couple to resume communication in a dyadic way. Continue to monitor for the four horsemen and intervene if they reemerge.
  7. Identify when one or both partners are physiologically flooded (and not just upset) and stop the interaction between the couple.
  8. Provide a brief explanation of flooding in clear, sensitive language.
  9. Intervene by guiding one or both partners through a relaxation technique before continuing.
  10. Explain the Dreams Within Conflict process and goals clearly.
  11. Instruct couple on the Dreams Within Conflict intervention.
  12. Assist one partner to ask the other partner questions about the dream or deeper meaning imbedded in their specific gridlocked issue.
  13. 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.
  14. 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).
  15. 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.
  16. Explain 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.
  17. Stop couple’s interaction when one or both partners are not accepting influence.
  18. 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.
  19. Stop couple and instruct in the concept of offering and accepting repairs and why it is useful.
  20. Provide the Repair Checklist and explains it use.
  21. Ask appropriate Gottman Oral History questions and stay on track with sensitivity to couple’s issues and building rapport.
  22. Conduct Oral History interview with appropriate timing.
  23. Conduct Oral History interview with sensitivity to issues of co-morbidity.

 

Video Participation

Case Discussion in Certification Practicum
Participants are asked to bring a short (approximately ten minutes) video segment (on DVD or USB thumb drive) of difficult and challenging couples to the Level 3 Training. The therapist’s work with the couple will not be critiqued. In fact, the video does not even need to show the therapist, just seeing the couple is all that is needed.

The purpose will be to use these couples to illustrate how the Gottman Method can be applied to these tough cases. The trainer(s) will describe how they would treat these couples and then participants from the audience will volunteer to role play these couples with the trainer(s) demonstrating using a variety of interventions with these couples. Participants will then have the opportunity to practice using these interventions in a supportive small group setting with other participants’ role playing the couples from the videos.

Bringing a video tape isn’t required, but it will help make the training more meaningful for everyone. If you cannot bring a taped segment, it would help to bring a brief written description of a challenging couple for the same purpose. This is for Case Discussion within the context of Certification Practicum ONLY and is not related to the videotaped interventions submitted for final Certification Review.

We are not able to support the following video formats: Mini DVD’s, “High-8,” alternate or nonstandard international formats, such as “Super-8.”

Who should attend

  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs)
  • Professional counselors
  • Addiction counselors
  • Mental health professionals

Pre-Requisites

  • Completed Level 1 Training
  • Completed Level 2 Training 
  • A master’s degree, doctoral degree, or current enrolment in a graduate programme within a mental health-related field is required
  • Therapy experience highly recommended, but not required



 

 

Eagles Mediation & Counselling Centre Ltd (EMCC) is The Gottman Institute’s exclusive institutional partner in Singapore. We have been organising Gottman Clinical Training in Singapore since 2014.

important points to note

  1. Your registration will not be confirmed until you have made full payment of your selected level/s within 14 days of your invoice date. We will release the spot if payment is not received on time.
  2. Please obtain the VCF Approval Letter first, and upload it as you submit your registration. There are limited spots for VCF registrants .
  3. Registration will close on Wed, Sep 15, 2021, or as soon as all available spots are filled.
  4. The prices stated here are in Singapore Dollars.

Fees 

GOTTMAN WORKSHOPS
MON-THU, NOV 1-11, 2021

COURSE STANDARD COURSE FEES VCF APPROVAL
With VCF approval for Singaporeans/PRs With VCF approval for Work Permit (WP)/ Employment Pass (EP)/ S Pass holders
Gottman Level 1 $1,000.00 $640.00 $750.00
Gottman Level 2 $1,800.00 $1,080.00 $1,350.00
Gottman Level 3 $3,000.00 $2,333.00 $2,700.00
Refresher Level 1 $500.00 N.A N.A
Refresher Level 2 $900.00 N.A N.A


VWO CHARITIES CAPABILITY FUNDING (VCF)

VWO Charities Capability Funding (VCF) is for eligible staff/volunteers from NCSS member SSAs and MSF-funded SSAs.

IMPORTANT: For VCF participants, please ensure you have obtained your VCF approval letter before proceeding with registration. Please note that there are limited spots available for participants who are registering for this workshop with VCF.

payment modes

After registration, you will receive an email with an attached invoice. From there, you may choose to pay via the following modes of payments:

PayPal We will send you a PayPal link in the email and you may follow the instructions from there.
Cheque Cheque payments should bear the following information and be mailed out to the following address:

Name of Payee: Eagles Mediation & Counselling Centre Ltd
Address: 331 North Bridge Rd, #22-01/06 Odeon Towers, Singapore 188720

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

Wire Transfer / PayNow 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: Eagles Mediation & Counselling Centre Ltd
Account Number: 0749036346
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

PayNow UEN no: 201904577Z

 

 

 

Cancellation & refund policy

  • Workshop registration is on a first come, first serve basis and confirmed only when full payment has been received. If no payment is received, the registration is considered null.
  • No refunds will be given if cancellation of confirmed registration is made after Wed, Sep 15, 2021.
  • Your registration is transferable before Wed, Sep 15, 2021. You may give your place to another person in the event that you are unable to attend the workshop. Your replacement will have to make a separate registration and send an email to gottman@emcc.org.sg to inform us.
    • For SSA-replacement registrants: In the event of a replacement, the new registrant must submit a new application for VCF pre-approved funding. The registrant must have their VCF pre-approval letter ready at the time of registration.
  • Please note that all refunds will only be arranged after the event.

dr dave penner

Dave Penner is a licensed clinical psychologist and was the Clinical Director of The Gottman Institute from 2005 to 2017. He is the author of the Leader’s Guide for Teaching the Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, based on teaching John Gottman’s Seven Principles book to couples for over a decade. From these experiences, he co-developed the Seven Principles for Couples Leader Training Program and has led workshops training clinicians and lay leaders in the Gottman Method in North America, Australia, Europe, and Asia.

In his role as the Clinical Director, Dr. Penner managed clinical aspects of the 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; training and supervising roving therapists at couples workshops; overseeing quality control of new programs and products; and answering clinical questions from clinicians, researchers, the media, and the public.

Dave has practiced for over 35 years as an individual and couples therapist working in private practice, university, mental health and hospital settings.

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