Moderated Level 1 Clinical Training (Online)(July 12th- 26th, 2020)

Sunday, 12 July 2020 12:00 PM - Sunday, 26 July 2020 1:00 PM PST

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Sunday, 12 July 2020 12:00 PM - Sunday, 26 July 2020 1:00 PM PST

Includes on-demand Gottman Level 1 course led by Drs Julie & John Gottman plus downloadable Level 1 manual and two one hour live question and answer video conferencing sessions each week with Gottman Master Trainer Sinead Smyth, LMFT (Tuesdays) and Dr. Mike McNulty (Thursday). More details about the format can be found below.


Level 1 Clinical Training

Gottman Method Couples Therapy: Bridging the Couple Chasm

This introductory training provides an overview of the four decades of research on what makes relationships succeed or fail. It teaches the research-based theory of the Sound Relationship House that Drs. John and Julie Gottman developed and offers an integrated method of couples therapy based on that theory, which includes assessment and therapeutic interventions.

Completion of Level 1 training is a prerequisite to Level 2 training and is the first step toward certification as a Gottman Couples Therapist.

 As a result of taking this training you will:

·         Understand the importance of assessing the couple’s friendship, conflict management and shared meaning systems using interviews, written questionnaires and observation of conflict.  

  • Be able to summarize the research that predicts relationship stability. 
  • Describe the seven levels of the Sound Relationship House theory. 
  • Be able to develop an appropriate and effective treatment plan customized to the specific needs of each couple. 
  • Understand when and how to use Gottman interventions to help couples strengthen their relationship and minimize relapse.

In this training you will learn:


·         How couples really sustain their marriages–in contrast to common myths and misconceptions.

·         Proven strategies and tools to help couples successfully manage conflict

·         Skills that empower partners to dialogue about their worst gridlocked issues

·         Methods to help couples process their fights and heal their hurts

·         Techniques for couples to deepen their intimacy and minimize relapse


As an attendee at the Level 1 training, you will receive a 300-page manual featuring new relationship assessment questionnaires and clinical interventions that you can use immediately with your clients.


Who should attend?


Participants working in the following fields will benefit from this training:

·            Mental health providers

·            Allied professionals and clergy

·            Family clinic staff

·            Professors/teachers of couples therapy

·            Researchers in the social sciences

·            Employee assistance professionals

·            Graduate Students and Interns

Continuing Education: 12 CE Hours

The course is approved for 12 CE hours at no extra cost.


With the challenge of isolation in working from home remotely, and the cancellation of the majority of live conferences, we have developed a model to help our attendees master The Gottman Method, while connecting with other therapists and two Master Trainers from The Gottman Institute. 


How does it work?


During this summer experience, you can complete Level 1 training over 2 weeks and Level 2 training over 4 weeks online. The trainings will run over 6 consecutive weeks.  This will give you time to master the information and interventions and begin to integrate this powerful approach into your work.  You can sign up for either level training, or sign up for both trainings together at a discounted registration fee. 


For both levels of training, you may attend up to 2 weekly Q&A and consult sessions where you will get to practice interventions and work closely with two Master Trainers from The Gottman Institute. For Level 1, you have the opportunity for 4 hours of live consultation and Q&A. For Level 2, you have the opportunity for 12-14 hours.  The live sessions will take place at 12pm PST, on Tuesday and Thursday.


Pending scheduling and interest,  Sinead and Mike will be also doing an online level 3 training in the fall, allowing participants to complete all 3 levels of Gottman Training by the end of 2020 in an atmosphere where therapists get to know and work with one another over time.


What are the benefits to this hybrid live and online format?

You have unlimited access to online downloadable manuals, lectures and videos of Drs. John and Julie Gottman doing live therapy.

You break the training(s) up into a self-paced format, meeting with the Trainers and small groups for practice and live Q & A sessions on a flexible timeline as your schedule permits.

You attend as many live online Q&As as you like over the weeks of the trainings – consult, do a deeper dive into the material, and have multiple opportunities to practice the interventions and get feedback from Master Trainers.

Cancellation policy

If a cancellation is made more than three weeks prior to the workshop date a full refund minus a $50 processing fee will be given. If your cancellation occurs within three weeks of the workshop, your refistration fee will be converted to a credit for the amount paid and is valid for a period of two years towards registration in another Gottman professional training offered by Alameda Couples Counseling. 

If the workshop is cancelled for any reason by the presenter, you will receive a full refund of your registration fee. No additional expenses you may have incurred as a result of your registration, such as travel fees, will be eligible for reimbursement. 

Purchase of registration constitutes acceptance of these terms. 

East Bay Relationship Center

Presented by Certified Gottman Therapists and Trainers: Sinead Smyth, LMFT & Dr. Michael McNulty.

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Sinead Smyth, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 36400) Certified Gottman Therapist, Master Gottman Method Trainer

I started the Center to provide the highest quality relationship counseling in the East Bay. I’ve selected a highly skilled team of therapists who I’ve worked with for several years. We all come from different backgrounds but share a common purpose and goal – to provide you with the most effective research and evidence-based therapies for your relationship issues.

About Sinead Smyth, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 36400) Certified Gottman Therapist, Master Gottman Method Trainer
Dr. Mike McNulty
Certified Gottman Relationship Therapist and Gottman Method Trainer

Mike McNulty, PhD is a psychotherapist, consultant, master trainer, and teacher with nearly 30 years of experience. He graduated from The Catholic University of America with a Master’s degree in Social Work and the Institute for Clinical Social Work with a doctorate focusing on psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychotherapeutic research. Mike became a Certified Gottman Relationship Therapist in 2005. Since that time, he has led all 3 levels of Gottman trainings at The University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration’s Professional Development Program. He has also presented Chicago area Gottman Art and Science of Love Workshops, at least twice per year, since 2007. Mike founded The Chicago Relationship Center in 2014, which offers Gottman trainings and workshops, and has produced workshops led by Dan Wile, PhD. Mike has taught at the doctorate level for over a decade. He was an affiliate professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and is currently a visiting instructor at The Institute for Clinical Social Work. He has taught couple therapy, psychopathology, international intervention, and trauma and attachment disorders. His other areas of clinical expertise include the emotional aspects of attention deficit disorder and learning disabilities. Mike’s international training efforts have focused on Sri Lanka. Since the tsunami of 2004, he has traveled to Sri Lanka twice per year (21 times to date) to teach Sinhalese and Tamil lay counselors courses on basic counseling skills. He received Fulbright Specialist grants for his work in 2010, 2014, and 2015. He was one of the first Gottman therapists to lead Gottman trainings in a foreign country, and made presentations on his international training efforts at Gottman Conferences. In additional, Mike has made presentations on The Gottman Method in the Chicago area at the Northshore University Health System’s Grand rounds, The Center on Halsted, and Illinois Psychological Association’s annual conference, and other area hospitals and agencies. His publications include “Dyslexia and the Life Course”, a feature article summarizing his research in the Journal of Learning Disabilities. His teaching style is very collaborative. He hopes to help participants master the Gottman Method in a relaxed atmosphere, where they feel comfortable discussing concepts and sharing case examples.

About Dr. Mike McNulty

Certified Gottman Relationship Therapist and Gottman Method Trainer