Gottman Couples Therapy Level 2 Training2019-11-30T16:35:11+00:00

Level 2 Gottman Couples Therapy Training

You’re About To Discover How To Have An Immediate Impact With Your Couples

January 18-20 | Downtown San Francisco, CA.

Kick off your new year with deepening your couples counseling skills!  Level 2 is the ‘meat and potatoes’ of the Gottman Training series. It is the most important training in the three-level series. Level 2 happens over the course of three days – held on Jan. 18-20, 2020 in downtown San Francisco, CA.
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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 for seven years, having served over 200 clinicians in my classes.

I hope you join me in San Francisco in 2020!

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

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You Can Get Your Couples To Do The Work, Move Past Hidden Agendas, And Respond Effectively When It Feels Like The Burden For Success Is 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 SMALL GROUP SKILLS PRACTICE] Live workshop participants will practice using the interventions in skills practice sessions to help gain confidence using them with couples.

  • [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 - 2016

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 15 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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What’s in Level 2? How does it work?2019-09-12T13:21:37+00:00

Level 2 is the ‘meat and potatoes’ of the Gottman Training series. It is the most important training in the three-level series. Level 2 happens over the course of three days in downtown San Francisco, CA.

It is really where you learn to APPLY the Gottman method under supervision. You will receive more 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

Many of would really like the opportunity to PRACTICE some of these interventions, get individualized attention while doing them and how to apply it to your couples.

With Level 2 and the two bonus offerings (Group Consultation in your small January cohort and 1-1 private coaching from Sam post-training) all of this is now a reality!

What are my options?2019-09-12T13:23:47+00:00

You must take Level 1 Gottman training prior to attending Level 2.

Currently, this is the only Level 2 we’re offering.  Please check back on this site for future dates.

What is the cost?2019-09-12T13:25:40+00:00

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.

For a special limited time, the following bonus will be included:

Group Post-Training Support:  One month after the training we’ll hold an exclusive online follow-up training ONLY with your cohort. There, we’ll discuss your challenges – from applying the method to reviewing interventions to working on your specific cases. ($150 value)

The bonus items INCLUDED address a lot of the items therapists share with us they need – from more post-training support on how to apply the Gottman Method to individualized attention.  This bonus is valued of $150.00!  All for FREE!

The Level 2 workshop PLUS the bonus will give you the kind of COMPLETE training you’re looking for.

Who is this training for?2019-06-16T21:17:00+00:00

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).

What if I can’t make it?2019-09-12T13:28:24+00:00

This workshop is sold out, and thus your seat is quite valuable. If you can’t make it for any reason, you receive a credit to a future Level 2 Gottman Training conducted by Sam Garanzini, Certified Gottman Therapist and Instructor.

Your registration is refundable within certain dates.

If you’ve registered for the training and cannot attend, we will do the following:

  • Cancel by             12.17.2019: Full Refund (less $50 Admin. Fee)
  • Cancel on/after  12.18.2019: Credit to a future Level 2 training
Does this apply to LGBT couples?2019-09-12T13:34:58+00:00

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.

Are there bonuses?2019-09-12T13:36:19+00:00

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

The bonus is based on what you told us you needed/wanted to feel more confident with your couples.

We can cover SOME of what you want to discover in your professional endeavors in Level 2 but there isn’t enough time.

If YOU fill one of these seats, we will offer you the following post-level 2 training support for FREE!

Group Post-Training Support:  One month after the completion of the Level 2 training, we’ll hold an exclusive online follow-up training ONLY with your cohort. There, we’ll discuss your challenges – from applying the method to reviewing interventions to working on your specific cases. ($150 value)

I don’t want to be Gottman certified. Can I do this anyway?2019-06-16T21:17:30+00:00

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.

Do you have an Outline or Agenda of the Level 2 training?2019-09-14T13:55:41+00:00
Am I supported after the training?2019-09-12T14:12:09+00:00

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.

This Level 2 Gottman training cohort will have a follow up meeting online via Zoom in order to discuss implementation and your real case experiences. There’s no other better way to learn.

There’s no cost for this additional meeting.

Bonus Follow-Up Session Online!

Join Your Jan. 2020 Level 2 Gottman Training Cohort for a follow up meeting in February to…

  • Review your cases,
  • Discuss your sticking points,
  • Get the clarification you need and
  • Concrete steps to implement what you learned.

Register For Your Seat Now!

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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