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Gottman Marital Therapy - Level 1 - Bridging the couple chasm - a research based approach

Event Details
Date: 19-20 Nov 20
Venue: Melbourne, Vic
CPD hrs: 12

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Organiser: Relationship Institute Australasia

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 Upon completion of this training, attendees are awarded a Certificate of Completion. Included in the registration price is a 300 page clinical manual, which contains the core Gottman Method Couples Therapy assessments and interventions.

Learning objectives

As a result of taking this training you will learn:

  • How couples really sustain their marriages–in contrast to common myths and misconceptions.
  • How the quality of relationships affects the immune system, physical health and well-being.
  • How marital problems change over time but never go away–even in happy couples.
  • Proven strategies and tools to help couples successfully manage conflict
  • Skills that empower partners to dialogue about their worst gridlocked issues
  • Approaches for multiple presenting co-morbidities including incest, the effects of poverty, PTSD and infidelity
  • Methods to help couples process their fights and heal their hurts Techniques for couples to deepen their intimacy and minimise relapse

Our clinical training program in Gottman Method Couples Therapy has four levels: Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, and the Certification Track. Anyone from graduate students to practicing therapists can take Level 1 and Level 2. Mental Health Accredited Social Workers can choose to continue to the Level 3 Practicum Training and can then apply to the Certification Track. Each level builds upon the previous one to provide you with a progressively deeper level of instruction and understanding of Gottman Method Couples Therapy.

Presenter details

The workshop will be facilitated by Trish Purnell-Webb and John Flanagan. Trish is a clinical psychologist with over 20 years experience of working with couples in a range of clinical and non-clinical settings, Trish brings a wealth of experience working with complex couples struggling with trauma, mood disorders, personality vulnerabilities, anger management issues, affair recovery and alcohol use. Trish is the only Senior Certified Gottman Marital Therapist, Master Trainer and Consultant in Australia. She is also an experienced clinical supervisor and assessor for the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Authority. John is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker. John was the first Social Worker in Australia to become a Certified Gottman Therapist, he is also certified to present the Art and Science of Love Couples Workshop, the Level 1 professional training and co-present the Level 2 professional training. John is trained to provide therapy to individuals, couples and groups in a range of therapeutic approaches and has a Masters in Gestalt Therapy. John is highly experienced in working with couples and individuals in a range of therapeutic settings particularly in the areas of trauma, trauma, stress, depression, and anxiety.

Location and date

Hotel Ibis.
15-21 Therry St, Melbourne

19-20 November 2020


Early bird special $825.00 per person when registrations paid in full 3 weeks prior to event

Standard: $899.00 per person when registering within 3 weeks of attending



AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers