Gottman Level 2 Couples Therapy Training – Mentorship

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Deepening your couples counseling skills! Level 2 is the ‘meat and potatoes’ and the most important training in the three-level series. Level 2 Mentorship is our new delivery of the Gottman trainings, giving you live “Office Hours” to apply the lessons you’ve just been taught online.

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There was more to couples therapy than what I learned in grad school…

My name is Sam Garanzini, and I help clinicians become expert couples counselors by integrating clinical and business skills using researched-based methods.

I was in your position in 2007, exactly 12 years ago. My graduate program didn’t, and couldn’t, totally prepare me for the mixed agenda situations that couples present today.

One day my partner brought home an article written by someone named “John Gottman.”

I thought, hmm, this was interesting, but I’ll read it later…

Then I continued struggling to do couples therapy with my clients. I distinctly remember one session when this couple called one another every vile name you can imagine while seated in my office.

I thought to myself, they can do this for free at home… they’re here to learn better ways to behave than how they normally would.

I turned to the Gottman article. I was so engrossed by how comprehensive the method was that I completed Level 1, then Level 2. It was at Level 2 that the skills practice and break-out groups helped everything come together. I then went on to Level 3, and I was amazed that Level 2 seemed more important than Level 3.

The whole time my sessions started going better because I had a framework. My couples started improving. I went on to become certified in the Gottman Method, and now I’ve been teaching Level 2 since 2010, having served over 200 clinicians in my classes.

I hope you join me in the mentorship!

– Sam Garanzini, MFT, LPCC
Certified Gottman Therapist and Instructor
Co-founder | Couples Therapy Training Academy

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How to get your couples to do the work, move past hidden agendas, and respond effectively even when they’re placing the burden for success on you…

  • How to respond to the high pressure couples who come in and want you to have an exact game plan of how to fix their marriage
  • Figure out what to do NEXT with the mixed agenda couple‚ where one person wants to end it while the other one wants to keep trying
  • Discover the key to knowing which intervention to use when
  • Acquire the skills to position yourself in my community as an expert, and to command higher fees
  • How to navigate a very argumentative couple and get them to focus on changing
  • Discover what to say when their potential core vulnerabilities are painfully, perhaps catastrophically exposed, and you want to boost their confidence that they can emerge successful from your treatment
  • Get the framework needed to deal with couples that come in so far down the road where therapy is the last thing they try
  • How to respond when the couple is very entrenched and wanting to feel that breaking up is appropriate

  • How to respond when the couple feels like it’s a waste of time and money to do the assessment, and they’re pushing you to hurry up
  • Practice (in your own small group!) how to share the assessment results in a way that helps them see why they are making the right decision in their marriage
  • Figure out what to do with tough couples when one is emotionally abusive and the other is simply exhausted, just wanting the abuse to stop
  • Watch a start to finish example of the first three assessment sessions
  • How to not feel like a referee getting pulled into their blaming dynamic
  • Discover how to politely interrupt the storytelling or cutting each other off
  • Overcome the natural tendency to side with one person or the other

  • How to respond when one member of the partnership wants to continue the emotional or physical affair they’re having
  • Practice (in small groups) over 10 of the most important interventions in the Gottman Method, including the Dreams Within Conflict intervention, Compromise Circles, Aftermath of a Fight, Flooding, and Friendship Interventions.
  • Figure out what to do with entrenched Negative Sentiment Override, when nothing the partner says seems to initiate the repair needed
  • Watch an example of a Borderline Personality Disorder couple and how the Gottman Method works well in these cases
  • How to address conflict when one partner is really invested in making change and the other partner is so deep in their hurt/anger/fear that they can’t focus on the couple itself but remain lost in their own pain
  • Discover how to work with infidelity/ betrayal and ways to help the couple work past the pain and rebuild trust… especially with repeated affair behaviors that cause the partner problems believing it won’t happen again.
  • Motivate your couples to apply the skills they learn — such as healthier ways of arguing/stating complaints, taking timeouts, etc–outside of the therapy room.

Theory, Video Demo, Skills Practice

  • [THEORY] This workshop provides a wealth of information about relationship theory, observation, couple dynamics, relationship assessment, treatment planning, when and how to use interventions, and working with co-morbidities. All materials may be used in clinical settings.

  • [VIDEO DEMONSTRATION] You will view original videos of couples from the famous Gottman “Love Lab,” as well as video of Drs. John and Julie Gottman demonstrating assessment and interventions in real case examples from their private practice.

  • [LIVE PRACTICE] Participants will practice using the interventions in skills practice sessions to help gain confidence using them with couples either with other cohort participants, or the instructors. This is the FASTEST way to get feedback and improve your skills, when compared to passive learning in the classroom.

  • [NAVIGATE COMORBID PATHOLOGY] This training dives deep into the Gottman Method approach for treating complicated cases involving co-morbidities, including affairs, borderline personality disorder, sexual abuse, PTSD, addiction, and domestic violence.

Level 2 Training Objectives

  • Review how to assess a couple’s Friendship Profile, Conflict Profile, and Shared Meaning Profile,

  • Build a toolkit of interventions that couples can use as antidotes to the Four Horsemen and soothe physiological flooding,

  • Apply six modes of changing the Attack/Defend System in a couple’s interactions,

  • Learn how to assist couples in establishing dialogue about their gridlocked conflicts.

  • Learn how to select and implement interventions to help couples deepen their Friendship System with rituals of connection,

  • Select and implement interventions to help couples create a shared system of values and meaning, and…

  • Identify and implement five different co-morbidities common to couples using Gottman assessments and interventions.

How Other Therapists Have Implemented Their Level 2 Training…

Level Two really helped me sharpen my skills for setting up the interventions. I already knew how to do it, but Level Two helped me perfect it. I’m super excited!

Jennifer Normoyle, MFT, San Francisco Level 2 Graduate

I had three great couples sessions tonight and they were directly related to Sam’s guidance yesterday to completely trust the tools that kept the focus so strong. The conversation was the best conversation they’ve had since I’ve been working with them.

I’ve been dealing with so much of their negative sentiment override and 4 Horsemen that progress has been slow, intermittent, and hasn’t stuck.

Sam’s reminder about the importance of flexibility/serotonin and his comment about this process being slow when people are not flexible reminded me to stop and reflect in the moment.

That shifted us to a much deeper place and pivoted the focus in key ways.

Borrowing Sam’s confidence made the final difference. :)

Susan N. Perkins, PhD, LMFT, Gottman Level 2 Mentorship Graduate

Meet the Instructor

Salvatore Garanzini is the Executive Director of the Gay Couples Institute, and Certified by John and Julie Gottman to teach Gottman Method Couples Therapy.

Also a professor of counseling psychology at the University of San Francisco, Salvatore teaches addiction therapy and psychopharmacology, and brings 20 years of clinical experience to this training.

The Gay Couples Institute is the world’s only gay and lesbian couples counseling clinic, with locations in Northern and Southern California, and proudly delivers Gottman Method Couples Therapy to over 300 couples per year. The Gay Couples Institute also maintains it’s own research department, conducting empirical studies in conjunction with John Gottman’s Relationship Research Institute, and supporting graduate students worldwide as they complete master’s thesis and dissertations.

In October 2017, the Gay Couples Institute published in the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy the first peer-reviewed study demonstrating the efficacy of the Gottman method.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Level 2 is the ‘meat and potatoes’ of the Gottman Training series. It is the most important training in the three-level series.

It is really where you learn to APPLY the Gottman method under guidance. You will receive advanced training to include:

  • More details on the THEORY
  • Video DEMONSTRATIONS of real couples and how the Gottman’s intervene
  • Ways to navigate COMORBIDITY and most importantly …
  • SKILLS PRACTICE of key interventions you can use right away with your couples

Since beginning to teach Level 2 in 2010, our participants said they wanted the opportunity to PRACTICE some of these interventions, and get individualized attention while doing them, as applied to their individualized couples.

Level 2 mentorship allows you to schedule three one-hour “Office Hours” sessions to get help with your cases, get feedback on videos, or role play the lessons with other Office Hours attendees.

You must take Level 1 Gottman training prior to passing the test for Level 2. The two trainings are different, with Level 1 helping the student get acquainted with the Gottman interventions, and Level 2 going deep into theory and practice with difficult situations.

LIVE: Level 2 tuition of $927.00 or two (2) easy payments of $463.50 today, and then the second payment due on Day 1 of the training.

MENTORSHIP: Level 2 is just $797, or two payments of $398.50.

Yes! 20.25 CEs. We have partnered with R. Cassidy to provide 20.25 CEs if you need them. Please note you’ll already be receiving a certificate from The Gottman Institute as proof of completing Level 2, but if you’d like a certificate with CE certification “fine print” to give to a Board, you must purchase this from R.Cassidy for just $40 to cover their CE-provider fees.

This training is for mental health providers, allied professionals and clergy, students and interns, family clinic staff, professors/teachers of couples therapy, researchers in the social sciences, and employee assistance professionals. Completion of Level 1 Training is required (now available on-demand online).

Absolutely. The research behind these concepts was conducted on both straight and same-sex couples. We created a large Institute applying these concepts to gay/lesbian couples called the Gay Couples Institute, if that interests you for further training.

In fact, we wrote the very first outcome study showing the effectiveness of the Gottman Method with same-sex couples.

Yes! We are offering an EXCLUSIVE bonus for clinicians who sign up with us today.

Level 2 is now BUNDLED with the High Conflict Couples Masterclass (valued at $2000) which covers all the COMPLEX situations you weren’t taught in graduate school, like…

  • How to respond to low-commitment couples, and identify couples committed to the work before they start working with you…
  • How to deal with telehealth, couples who no-show, arrive late for appointments, or unilaterally terminate with you…
  • How to use Emotionally Focused Therapy, the Gottman Method, and EMDR to address and repair relationship trauma and PTSD
  • How to work with couples with attachment wounds where they get flooded quickly…
  • How to work with couples recovering from an affair and one partner struggles with forgiveness and moving forward together…
  • How to attract more couples to your practice using an online presence that makes them excited to do the work with you, and screen out those not committed to making changes,
  • And much, much more…

This Masterclass, combined with the foundational training in Level 2, will help you confidently keep couples on track, and overcome the most common challenges even experienced clinicians face on a weekly basis.

(March 2022: Because this opportunity for the Masterclass bundle is dependent upon our student capacity in the Office Hours sessions, it is only available to those who sign up now while the bonus is on this page. We cannot make it available to prior or future students if this notice was not posted at the time of purchase.)

Definitely. John and Julie Gottman envisioned these trainings to be fully useful for everyone, whether or not they even subscribe to the method, itself. You’ll walk away with actual content you can use in your practice immediately regardless of your theoretical orientation or Certification goals.

I really get frustrated when I go to a great training, and then it sits on the shelf for a month or two. When I go to open the manual again, it might as well be written in a foreign language.

And let’s face it, while you’re getting a ton of helpful insight out of the course, you want the chance to get together.

You want to talk about your cases and get clarification on the material.

This Level 2 Gottman training participants have access to three one-hour “Office Hours” sessions to…

  • Review your cases…
  • Discuss sticking points…
  • Clarify materials…
  • Discover the steps you need to implement based on what you’ve learned…
  • Work on your marketing materials…
  • Network with other like-minded and similarly motivated therapists…
  • Get to know your instructors…
  • Or simply listen and learn.

The cost for Office Hours is totally included, and you simply need to use them within six months of purchase.

If you want to begin interacting with the material, instructors, and other like-minded students, then Office Hours is the place for you.

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We keep the training intimate by design so that you get your questions answered.
This is a time sensitive offer, and seating is limited. This live training will sell out.

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