The great challenge for partners in an intimate relationship is discovering how they can “be there” for each other, despite their differences and the inevitable obstacles that await any couple in their journey together. Several decades of research has demonstrated that building a satisfying, trusting bond is based on a core set of skills in three primary contexts of a couple’s relationship: everyday interactions, dealing with conflict, and helping each other heal from past emotional wounds. The empirically-based approach presented in this workshop will focus on a step-by-step method for helping couples develop their attunement skills within each of these different contexts to provide an enduring foundation of trust and loyalty. You’ll learn assessment tools for identifying the specific issues couples are facing within the seven emotional domains of marriage, and for understanding the emotional issues each partner brings to the relationship and how to intervene. You’ll leave with a clear map for developing therapeutic objectives and practical measurement tools to ensure that your work remains on target.
John Gottman, Ph.D., is the codeveloper of Gottman Method Couples Therapy with his wife, Julie Schwartz Gottman. They also cofounded the Gottman Institute. He’s the coauthor with Nan Silver of the bestseller The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work.