Gottman Level 3
Level 3: Practicum Workshop in Gottman Couples Therapy
Gottman Level 3 Training
Level 3: Practicum Workshop in Gottman Couples Therapy
Presented by Lawrence Stoyanowski and Darren Wilk
TBA – Vancouver, BC
Certification Training consists of three parts:
Part A : Level 3 Live Workshop
Part B : Certification Consultation
Part C : Post-Consultation Video Review
Level 3 Live Workshop (Part A)
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. Lawrence or Darren will then demonstrates an assessment or intervention appropriate for that 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. Darren and Lawrence and select Senior Certified Gottman Therapists observe each group and offer practical tips and technical refinements for the therapist. No criticism or negative judgment 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, Darren Wilk or Lawrence Stoyanowski 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.
- 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
You must complete the Level 1 and Level 2 trainings before attending the Level 3 training. If you choose the Level 1 and Level 2 Home-Study option, we must receive your Assessment of Knowledge for each level no later than May 10, 2012 for the Calgary workshop and September 6th, 2012 for the Vancouver Training.
$1250.00 (Payment plan available) for early Registration by April 22, 2012 for Calgary and August 23, 2012 for Vancouver.
$1400 (Payment plan Available) Regular Registration.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
Registration fees are refundable (less a $100 administrative fee) when a cancellation occurs prior to 5/10/2012 for Calgary and 9/6/2012 for Vancouver. Cancellations after this date will receive a credit, good for one year, which may be applied to other professional programs or products.
If you require ADA accommodations please contact our office 30 days or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification.
Apply to the Certification Track
To become a Certified Gottman Therapist, you must apply to the Certification Track, complete Consultation (Part B) and pass the Post-Consultation Video Review (Part C) after attending the Level 3 Workshop. Clinicians in the Consultation Track will be matched individually or in small groups with a Gottman Consultant.
Certification Consultation (Part B)
- Consultation usually takes place over the phone
- A minimum of eight (8) sessions of individual consultation or twelve (12) sessions of group consultation will be needed to complete certification requirements, but the Consultant may determine that more consultation is necessary in order for a Consultee to become certified
- Certification candidates will pay their Consultant directly
- There are no continuing education credits available for consultation
What happens during consultation?
Your consultant will help you follow couples through the entire assessment and treatment process including selecting and implementing appropriate treatment interventions. This will involve guidance in performing core Gottman Method interventions for building friendship and regulating conflict including the Four Horsemen, Dreams Within Conflict, Compromise, Flooding and many others as dictated by clients’ unique needs and co-morbidities. The consultant will provide feedback on tapes of your interventions with clients in a supportive and encouraging manner. We recommend that you begin videotaping early in the process and expect that you will submit a minimum of three to six segments for feedback prior to certification review.
Post-Consultation Video Review (Part C)
The final step in qualifying for certification involves submitting and receiving approval on six specified videotaped segments of your clinical work. The purpose of submitting these tapes is for you to demonstrate your knowledge, appropriate usage, and comfort with six core Gottman methods. Because The Gottman Institute wishes to certify clinicians who can represent the Gottman Method sensitively and appropriately, trained Video Reviewers who are Senior Certified Gottman Therapists and Consultants will review these tapes to assess your readiness for certification. At the time of your review, you will be given feedback on your work from your consultant, and you will be accepted for certification or requested to take some action to demonstrate proficiency in an aspect that may need strengthening. If you are accepted, you will receive an oral summary of your review and a Certificate indicating that you’ve achieved designation as a Certified Gottman Therapist. ( Please note: you will learn more about the consultation options at the Level 3 workshop. If you have questions about this process before attending the Level 3 Workshop, please email us.)
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
- Employee assistance professionals
- Clinicians who have previously completed Level 1 and Level 2
To Register and Receive the Certification Application
Please email and ask for the application to be emailed to you.
CERTIFICATION TRACK INFORMATION & APPLICATION
The Certification Track is for clinicians who intend to become Certified Gottman Therapists.
To Enter the Certification Track, candidates must have:
- Master’s or doctoral degree in a mental health-related field
- Licensure or certification in a mental health-related field (in the state or province in which you practice)
- 1,000 hours post-degree therapy experience
- Completed Level 1, 2 and 3 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy
You are encouraged to submit your application to the Certification Track before attending the Level 3 Live Workshop, so that you’ll be able to begin your consultation shortly after the Level 3 training.
Recommended Prior Experience for Certification Track Candidates
Many clinicians wonder what characteristics the most successful Certification Practicum (Certification Track) applicants possess. After our first decade of training therapists throughout the world, The Gottman Institute has identified several key indicators that may be helpful in determining your personal readiness.
In addition to the pre-requisites and strong core therapeutic skills, ideal candidates typically possess the following:
- Certification-Track Candidates: the most successful candidates typically have five or more years of post-graduate experience in directly providing clinical outpatient couples therapy and treatment
- Experience working within diverse and/or international environments to include work with minority populations
- Experience working with adult populations in specialty areas that include one or more of the following: domestic violence, substance abuse and recovery, trauma and post-traumatic stress disorders and affective disorders
- Strong clinical experience in directly providing individual therapy within outpatient setting is desirable, though not required
- Ability to consistently manage a diverse caseload of couples within their current practice
- An adequate number of couples in one’s practice to meaningfully integrate the Gottman Method material into ongoing work with couples
- Levels 1, 2 and 3 Trainings in Gottman Method Couples Therapy
- 100 hours (documented) of Gottman Method Couples Therapy
- Final Video Review