Relationship Institute Australasia

Counselling and
Professional Training

Gottman Marital Therapy Level 3 Professional Training

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

Trish Purnell-Webb will demonstrate an assessment or intervention session appropriate for each couple’s struggle as role-played by audience volunteers. These demonstrations represent the true resistances and co-morbidities we face as therapists and how we can transform them into effective healing methods for the couple. Following each demonstration, participants have the chance to practice and refine their use of Gottman Method Couples Therapy through participation in role-plays, demonstrations and discussions in a small group setting. Trish and select  Certified Gottman Therapists observe each group and offer practical tips and technical refinements for the therapist. No criticism or negative judgement is allowed. Rather, efforts are made to create safety and security for all therapists present in an environment free of criticism and negative judgment.

After each role-play session, Trish will lead discussions that include case consultations and nuanced details of the techniques previously demonstrated and provide guidance in developing a roadmap for clinical decisions.

There is no better way to learn how to apply the Gottman Method than this workshop.

Pre-requisites:

  • You must be a Master’s or doctoral degree student in a graduate program within a mental health-related field (with professional supervision),
  • OR a Conditionally Registered Psychologist;
  • OR a Social Worker moving towards mental health accreditation;
  • OR a Counsellor moving towards Level 4 membership with ACA;
  • OR a Clinical Member of PACFA,
  • OR a Registered Psychologist with or without endorsement;
  • AND:
  • Completed Level 1 Live Training or DVD Home study*
  • Completed Level 2 Live Training or DVD Home study*
  • Documented a minimum of 500 hours of post graduate therapy experience (individual or couples/family) under supervision; (PLEASE NOTE: To apply for certification you MUST have completed a minimum of  1000 post graduate (i.e. post full registration or membership to the above associations) clinical hours with either individuals or couples/family;
  • 50 hours of couples therapy using Gottman Method Couples Therapy is recommended.

Workshop Objectives

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

Workshops are limited to a maximum of 15 training therapists to ensure a quality individualised training experience.

Workshop Fee $1300 Early Bird, $1500 Full Fee (Payment plan available on application)
Schedule: 8:30am – 5:00pm, daily
Registration begins at 8:00am

CPD: This training is eligible for 20 hours of CPD points.

Video Participation: Case Discussion in Certification Practicum
Participants are asked to bring a short (ten minute or so) video segment (on DVD or USB thumb drive) of difficult and challenging couples to the Level 3 workshop. 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. Trish will describe how to treat these couples utilising the Gottman methodology and then participants from the audience will volunteer to role play these couples with Trish 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.

Workshop Timings:  8.30am-4.30/5pm each day

Please be sure to read our Cancellation Policy

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