Gottman Method Couples Therapy

General Information

Title: Gottman Method Couples Therapy: Bridging the Couple Chasm

Presenters: William M. Bumberry, Ph.D. with special guest Julie Gottman, Ph.D.

Dates: February 7 & 8, 2024 9:00 AM--5:00 PM ET

Fee: $600. Special Earlybird discount (until 11/1/23) $525. Additional $50 discount for first 10 registrants. Current fee is $475 (All registrants will have access to recording of workshop for 2 weeks following the workshop).

Venue: Online Webinar

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.

The workshop fee includes full technical support and CE credits.

In addition to a guided training from expert Gottman instructors, included in the training fee is the full online Level 1 video course. The online course is a webinar presented by John & Julie Gottman.  It also includes the clinical videos used during the event.  By owning the video course, attendees can review the material and the videos at a future date. 

Also included in the registration price is a clinical training manual, which contains the core Gottman Method Couples Therapy assessments and interventions. You will be awarded a Certificate of Completion with an assessment score of 80% or better from The Gottman Institute.

  • 300-page digital Level 1 Clinical Training Manual
  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 1 Training Certificate of Completion
  • Videos for online lectures and interventions included
  • Eligibility to continue to Level 2 Training

Gottman Method Couples Therapy


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.

There will be a section where Julie Schwartz Gottman, PhD will discuss the model and have lengthy Q and A session related to the model.

Event Details



  • Mental health professionals
  • Allied professionals and clergy
  • Students and interns
  • Family clinic staff
  • Professors/teachers of couples therapy
  • Researchers in the social sciences
  • Employee assistance professionals


  • Research-based strategies and tools to help couples successfully manage conflict
  • Skills to empower partners to dialogue about their worst gridlocked issues by uncovering their underlying dreams, history, and values
  • Methods to help couples process fights and heal their hurts
  • Techniques for partners to deepen their intimacy and minimize relapse
  • New assessments and effective interventions to help understand couples’ struggles


William Bumberry, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist with more than 25 years experience working with couples.  He has been with the Gottman Institute for more than a decade and is a Senior Certified Gottman Couples Therapist.  In addition to being an active member of TGI’s Speaker Bureau, Dr. Bumberry serves as a consultant to clinicians seeking certification and is a Video Reviewer for the final step of the certification process.  He is certified to present all three levels of the Gottman Method training sequence, as well as the Art & Science of Love workshop.  Dr. Bumberry is a member of the American Psychological Association.

Since becoming a certified trainer for the Gottman Institute, Dr. Bumberry has presented Gottman professional trainings throughout the U.S. and abroad.  He has been featured in numerous workshops and conferences, including the Psychotherapy Networker and AAMFT Annual Conferences.  He is an experienced, clear, energetic speaker with the ability to present complicated material in a practical, easy to use manner.  Dr. Bumberry is passionate about helping clinicians bring the Gottman Method into their life’s work … making the world a better place … one couple at a time.

Special guest

Julie Gottman, Ph.D. is a co-founder and President of The Gottman Institute and co-founder of Affective Software, Inc. with her husband John Gottman Ph.D. A highly respected clinical psychologist, she is sought internationally by media and organizations as an expert advisor on marriage, sexual harassment and rape, domestic violence, gay and lesbian adoption, same-sex marriage, and parenting issues. She is the co-creator of the immensely popular The Art and Science of Love weekend workshops for couples, and she also co-designed the national clinical training program in Gottman Method Couples Therapy. Her other achievements include:

  • Washington State Psychologist of the Year
  • Author/co-author of books: Eight Dates: Essential Conversations for a Lifetime of Love, Ten Lessons to Transform Your Marriage, And Baby Makes Three, 10 Principles for Doing Effective Couples Therapy, The Man’s Guide to Women, and The Marriage Clinic Casebook
  • Wide recognition for her clinical psychotherapy treatment, with specialization in distressed couples, abuse and trauma survivors, substance abusers, and their partners, and cancer patients and their families

Inspiring, empowering, respectful, and kind, Julie’s leadership of the Institute has made it possible to identify and integrate the expertise of her staff, therapists, and the wider research and therapeutic community. Her commitment to excellence and integrity assures that as The Gottman Institute grows, it continues to maintain the highest ethical and scientific standards.

She is in private practice in the Seattle area, providing intensive marathon therapy sessions for couples. She specializes in working with distressed couples, abuse and trauma survivors, those with substance abuse problems and their partners, as well as cancer patients and their families. 

Gottman Method Couples Therapy


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 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

Application Deadline

February 5, 2024 or until all training spaces are filled, whichever comes first.

Notification of Acceptance

Applicants will be notified, via email, of acceptance when registration is complete, and payment is received.

Refund/Cancellation Policy 

Tuition/registration payments are refundable until January 1, 2024.  Cancellations after this date are non-refundable. In this situation, we will attempt to find someone to take your slot (based on our waiting list).


Conference is via webinar. For live options, there will be handicap accessibility.

Course level


Level of clinician 



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CE Information

Twelve Continuing Education Credits are granted through Nefesh International for the following professions: Psychologists, Social workers, Mental Health Counselors, and LMFTs. It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state.

NEFESH International, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0116.

NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0046

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This program is co-sponsored by NEFESH International and Neuhoff Psychological Consulting . NEFESH International is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NEFESH International, maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


Gottman, J.M. & Gottman-Schwartz, J. (2022).  The Love Prescription: Seven Days to more intimacy, connection and joy.  Penguin Random House LLC.


Gottman, J.M. & Gottman-Schwartz, J. (2018).  The Science of Couples and Family Therapy: Behind the scenes at the love lab.  W.W. Norton & Company.


Gottman, J.M., Gottman-Schwartz, J., Abrams, Doug, & Carlton-Abrams, R. (2018).  Eight Dates: Essential conversations for a lifetime of love.  Workman Publishing Company, Inc.


Gottman, J. M., & Silver, N., (2015). The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work.  Harmony Books.

Satisfactory Completion:

Participants must have paid the tuition fee, signed in or logged in and out each day, attended the entire webinar, and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate (for pre-recorded program, a post-test with a passing grade of 80% is required.) Failure to sign/log in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates are available electronically after satisfactory course completion. A link will be provided for those who have completed the training.


Gottman Method Couples Therapy


Wednesday February 7, 2024

9:00 –10:30 am           The Research: What Makes Relationships Succeed or Fail


10:35 – 10:45am          Break


10:45 – 12:00              How to Assess a Relationship


12:00 – 1:30 pm           Lunch


1:30 – 3:00                  The Assessment Process


3:00 – 3:15 pm            Break


3:15 – 5:00 pm            Film of Assessment Session

Thursday February 8, 2024

9:00 – 10:30 am          Introduction to Interventions: The Philosophy of Therapy

                                    Conflict Management


10:30 – 10:45 am        Break


10:45 – 12:00 pm        Conflict Management (continued)


12:00 – 1:30 pm          Lunch


1:30 – 3:00 pm            Building Friendship


3:00 – 3:15 pm            Break


3:15 – 4:00 pm             Building Shared Meaning


4:00 – 5:00 pm            Special wrap-up session and Q&A with Dr. Julie Gottman

Gottman Method Couples Therapy