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Are you a therapist? Are you interested in learning how to treat couples more effectively using the Gottman Method? Are you looking for state-of-the-art family therapist training? As master trainers for the Gottman Institute, We offer all three levels of training of the Gottman Method Couples Therapy and serve as consultants for The Gottman Institute.

 

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Level 1: Bridging The Couple Chasm

2017 Trainings: April 10-11 and September 25-26

IMPORTANT NOTICE: ALL APRIL TRAININGS HAVE BEEN MOVED!

THE NEW LOCATION IS:

5060 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77056:

The first level of Gottman Method Couples Therapy, called Bridging the Couple Chasm is a basic introduction to the groundbreaking research of Dr. John Gottman.

In this two day training you will:

  • Learn the importance of assessing the couple’s friendship, conflict management and shared meaning systems.
    • The Friendship System – the building block for intimacy, passion, and good sex
    • The Conflict System – the basis for helping couples manage solvable problems and understand and manage unsolvable differences
    • The Shared Meaning System – the existential foundation of the relationship that helps couples create shared purpose in building a life together
  • Be able to summarize the research that predicts relationship stability.
  • Describe the seven levels of the Sound Relationship House theory.
  • Learn how to assess the relationship using written questionnaires, interviews and observation of conflict.
  • Develop an appropriate and effective treatment plan.
  • You will learn how to use Gottman interventions to help couples.
  • Have the opportunity to observe videos of the esteemed Dr. Julie Gottman working with a real couple.

You’ll receive a 300-page Clinical Manual featuring new relationship assessment questionnaires and clinical interventions.

Therapists who complete this workshop have taken the first step toward certification as a Gottman Method Couples’ Therapist.

The Center for Relationship Wellness is authorized to offer continuing education credits from the Gottman Institute for this program. This course is approved through the Gottman institute for 11 CE’s. Approved for APA, NBCC, CA-BBS and NASW via Pesi, Inc.

Cost is $400 per participant.

Register for a Level 1/Level 2 Combination and save $200.

Military, Student and Group (3 or more) discounts (15%) are available.

Early Registration discount of $50 is available. Register 30+ days prior to the training date and save.

Continuing Education: 11 CE’s

Location:

IMPORTANT NOTICE: ALL APRIL TRAININGS HAVE BEEN MOVED!

THE NEW LOCATION IS:

WESTIN GALLERIA

5060 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77056

Cancellation Policy: Full refund minus $50 processing fee if received one
month prior to workshop date. After that date, participants will receive full
credit to attend a future training.

Level 2: Assessment, Intervention, and Co-Morbidities.

2017 Trainings:  April 12-14 and September 27-29

The second level of Gottman Method Couples Therapy is called Assessment, Intervention, And Co-Morbidities. This 3 day workshop deepens your knowledge and understanding of the Gottman Method. You will learn more about how and when to use the interventions, and how to handle co-morbidities that complicate couples counseling, such as depression, affairs, PTSD, addictions and domestic violence. You will also be given an opportunity to practice some of these couple therapy exercises.

In this workshop, you will:

  • Sharpen your clinical skills.
  • Integrate research-based Gottman Method assessments and intervention techniques with your personal therapy style.
  • Learn when to use particular interventions.
  • Assess when couples therapy is contraindicated or might be harmful.
  • Be able to use your Level 2 Clinical Manual, which includes revised Gottman Core Assessments, Gottman Supplemental Assessments and more than 50 Gottman Interventions.
  • Practice interventions in group role-plays.
  • View videos of Dr. Julie Gottman working with a difficult couple
  • Participate in extensive discussions with Certified Gottman Master Trainers, Don and Carrie Cole.
  • Receive supportive coaching from Don and Carrie Cole as you participate in experiential exercises.
  • Engage both Dr. Don and Carrie Cole in vital dialogue regarding Gottman Method Couples Therapy.

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

You must have completed Gottman Level 1 (Live or Home Study) to register.

Continuing Education: 20 CE’s

The Center for Relationship Wellness is authorized to offer continuing education credits from the Gottman Institute for this program. This course is approved through the Gottman institute for 20 CE’s. Approved for APA, NBCC, CA-BBS and NASW through Pesi, Inc.

Cost is $800 per participant.

Register for a Level 1/Level 2 Combination and save $200.

Military, Student and Group (3 or more) discounts (15%) are available.

Early Registration discount of $100 is available. Register 30+ days prior to the date of the training and save.

Call 281-480-0200 to register

Location:

IMPORTANT NOTICE: ALL APRIL TRAININGS HAVE BEEN MOVED!

THE NEW LOCATION IS:

WESTIN GALLERIA

5060 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77056:

Cancellation Policy: Full refund minus $50 processing fee if received one month prior to workshop date. After that date, participants will receive full credit to attend a future training.

Level 3: Practicum Training

2017 Trainings: January 25-27 and August 2-4

The third level of Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Practicum, is a 3-day training. Participants must have a master’s or doctoral degree in a mental health related field, and have completed Level 1 and Level 2 to be eligible for this training. This workshop uses videos brought in by all training participants. Participants will role play these videos in order to fine tune their use of Gottman interventions you have learned in levels 1 and 2. We encourage you to bring in examples of your most difficult cases so participants can gain confidence in their practice of the interventions.

In this training participants will:

  • Refine the assessment process.
  • Learn how to present a couple’s strengths and challenges in terms of the Sound Relationship House theory.
  • Select and utilize appropriate tools to help couples deepen their “Friendship System.”
  • Learn to help couples identify the “Four Horsemen” and understand the antidotes.
  • Learn to clarify conflicts in terms of solvable, perpetual, and grid-locked problems.
  • Practice using the “Dreams Within Conflict” technique to help couples achieve break-throughs with their perpetual conflicts.
  • Practice intervening when one or both partners are flooding.
  • Practice helping couples reach appropriate compromises.
  • Become more comfortable in dealing with serious co-morbidities.

Workshop Fee $1000 (Payment plan available)

Military, Student and Group (3 or more) discounts (15%) are available.

Early Registration discount of $100 is available. Register 30+ days prior to the date of the training and save.

Call 281-480-0200 to register

Schedule: 8:30am – 5:00pm, daily
*Check-in starts at 8:00am on the first day of the workshop

Continuing Education: 20 CE’s

The Center for Relationship Wellness is authorized to offer continuing education credits from the Gottman Institute for this program. This course is approved through the Gottman institute for 20 CE’s. Approved for APA, NBCC, CA-BBS and NASW through CMI.

Next Level 3 trainings: January 25-27, 2017 and August 2-4, 2017

Location: Holiday Inn, 302 Bay Area Blvd. Webster TX

Cancellation Policy: Full refund minus $50 processing fee if received one month prior to workshop date. After that date, participants will receive full credit to attend a future training.

Consultation

The final component to becoming certified as a Gottman Therapist requires working with a consultant to refine your skills in the use of interventions, and to thoroughly understand the theory behind the use of the interventions. Your consultant is your biggest supporter in your journey toward certification in this form of family therapist training. You will be able to fine tune your use of the couple therapy exercises to truly become expert.

As master trainers Don & Carrie Cole are available as consultants. A complete list of all consultants and their biographical information will be provided upon completion of
level 3.

Unique Challenges of Second Marriages (3 CE’s)

Relationship therapists and helping professionals are increasingly called upon to treat couples who have been through one or more divorces in their pasts. Often these couples bring issues that need particular attention in therapy. In this workshop you will learn how to assess for issues related to prior marriages and divorces and learn effective ways to help couples overcome these challenges.

Date to be determined

Cost is $50. Call 281-480-0200 to register!

20% discount when you register for this workshop along with Ethics.

Ethics in Couples Therapy (3 CEU)

  • Are you ready for a new and innovative Ethics Workshop?
  • Would you like an Ethics workshop that’s really relevant to your practice?
  • Do you need to know the ethical differences between individual and couples therapy?

All therapies face a variety of ethical and legal issues. However, when we choose work with couples, we encounter a new set of difficult ethical and legal challenges which are unique to couples therapy. In this workshop you will learn how to deal with legal issues such as:

  • Subpoenas
  • Record keeping
  • Confidentiality
  • Informed consent
  • Court testimony

And ethical issues such as:

  • Therapeutic competence
  • Therapeutic alliance
  • Risk of harm
  • Dealing with Co-morbidities
  • Change of format

Dates to be determined

Cost is $50. Call 281-480-0200 to register!

20% discount when you register for this workshop along with Unique Challenges of Second Marriages.

 

Dr. Don Cole, D.Min., LPC-S, LMFT-S and Carrie Cole, M.Ed., LPC-S are both Certified Gottman Method Master Trainers who specialize in couples treatment. Their practice, The Center for Relationship Wellness, is authorized to offer CEU’s by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Licensed Professional Counselors, and the Texas State Board of Examiners of Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists.

Supervision

Carrie Cole, M.Ed. LPC-S and Don Cole, D.Min. LPC-S, LMFT-S are both experienced supervisors who have helped a number of LPC interns and LMFT Associates meet the requirements for licensure in Texas. If you are looking for a supervisor, please contact us and we will discuss your situation.

Living as God’s Family: A Program for Strengthening Congregations and Their Leaders

Congregational conflict is a well-recognized reality. Relational psychologies such as Family Systems Theory have often been mined to provide insight into the dynamics of these conflicts. These ideas and the programs that have developed from them have certainly provided help to many congregations and leaders. John Gottman’s research into the nature of intimate relationships goes beyond family systems and offers new valuable insights into the way we relate to each other in our congregations. Living as God’s Family, based on Gottman’s research, is an exciting, intense workshop designed to increase cohesion, friendship, positive feelings, conflict management skills and unity of purpose within our congregations.

Living as God’s Family does not promote any particular theology or doctrine. It is appropriate for congregations of all denominations or faith groups. The program was written by Don Cole, D. Min., an ordained pastor and licensed therapist, and coauthored by his wife Carrie Cole M.Ed. also a licensed therapist. Both Don and Carrie have been trained and certified in Gottman Method Therapy by the Gottman Institute of Seattle.

Living as God’s Family is a 12 hour seminar which can be offered to members of congregations in a variety of formats. Please call or e-mail for more information.

NOTE TO CLERGY: The workshops Bridging the Couple Chasm, Gottman Couples Therapy: A New Research-Based Approach (Level 1) and Assessment, Interventions and Co-morbidities: Gottman level 2 Certification are for you too, Many pastors have benefited greatly from these educational experiences. See above for more details.

Premarital Counseling is available for your couples looking to get their marriageoff to the right start. If we can assist you in your work of helping couples prepare for successful marriage, please give us a call. See our Services page for moreinformation. Premarital Workshops are also available to congregations.

Please contact us for details.

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Center for Relationship Wellness
1560 W. Bay Area Blvd., Ste. 270
Friendswood, TX 77546