This 17-hour training includes videos of Drs. John and Julie Gottman working with actual couples in their private practice, as well as engaging presentations and discussions about Gottman Method Couples Therapy. Participants will receive a PDF of the clinical training manual filled with interventions that can immediately be put into practice, plus Powerpoint slides, presentation material, and articles. All participants will receive a Certificate of Completion for this workshop, from The Gottman Institute.
Dr. Julie Gottman describes the impact of PTSD on committed relationships using real examples of trauma caused by early abandonment, childhood abuse, and military combat. She demonstrates a therapeutic approach that interweaves individual PTSD treatment with Gottman Method Couples Therapy. Watch Paul and Shantel Patu, the couple featured in our Level 1 Clinical Training films, as they return to therapy with the Gottmans eight years later. These new films demonstrate powerful couples interventions for PTSD and trauma.
Dr. John Gottman unfolds the science behind trust and betrayal and provides the tools needed to create trust and commitment in love relationships. The Gottmans describe their impactful “Atone, Attune, and Attach” model for treating affairs. This model provides clinicians with an unbiased approach that compassionately serves both partners as they struggle to rebuild a collapsed marriage. See brand new films of the Gottmans in their clinical office engaging in intensive therapy with a military couple, a case in which the husband had an affair and suffered from PTSD following his 12 back-to-back deployments overseas. Learn the important variations in assessment and intervention techniques that empower couples to not only rebuild their relationship, but also create immunity from future betrayals.
Participants working in the following fields will benefit from this training:
If you work with couples where there’s been an affair, or where either partner has experienced trauma, this training is for you! It is intended for professionals who want to enhance their competence in conceptualization, assessment, treatment planning, and intervention with couples where an affair and/or trauma has created pain and struggle in their relationship.
Mental health counseling providers
Clergy / Military Chaplains
Students and interns
Number of pages
Part 1 & 2 | Slides
Available after Purchase
Part 1 & 2 | Treating Affairs and Trauma
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Access for Self-Study (Non-Interactive)
Access never expires for this product.
Theorize the psychometric soundness of assessment instruments used to diagnose PTSD, including tools for structured interviews, self-report scales, and psycho-physiological assessment methods.
Distinguish between the neurobiological changes associated with PTSD that occur in the amygdala, anterior cingulate cortex, prefrontal cortex and hippocampus.
Evaluate the effectiveness of popular individual therapies for treating PTSD.
Inspect research studies on couples therapy methods for treating PTSD.
Defend the practice of conducting conjoint therapy to address PTSD during couples therapy by referencing the relevant research findings on the impact of PTSD on relationships, as well as the relationship outcomes associated with individual PTSD treatment.
Employ clinical strategies that help “surface” trauma when working with a couple with PTSD.
Utilize clinical interventions that help “explore” trauma at a deeper level once it has surfaced.
Determine how to facilitate movement from the individual to the dyad when processing a trauma.
Demonstrate how to teach couples to conduct a Stress-Reducing Conversation when PTSD is involved.
Demonstrate how to teach couples to conduct an Aftermath of a Regrettable Incident Exercise when PTSD is involved.
Differentiate popular therapies for treating infidelity.
Assess how the 24 steps of the “Gottman-Rusbult-Glass” cascade toward betrayal lead to a blurring of boundaries between self and potential others.
Assess how a betrayed partner may develop PTSD as a result of their partner’s affair.
Utilize the Gottman Method Couples Therapy Assessment process with couples who have experienced an affair.
Integrate appropriate additional details when conducting an Assessment feedback session for treating affairs.
Facilitate the Atonement phase of Gottman Method Couples Therapy for affairs.
Defend the practice of allowing the hurt partner to express anger, insecurity, resentment, fear and feelings of rejection, rather down-regulating their expression of emotion.
Utilize appropriate clinical tools to strengthen an affair couple’s Attunement to each other.
Practice techniques with affair couples to effectively process Regrettable Incidents.
Utilize appropriate clinical interventions to deepen an affair couple’s Attachment to one another.
Apply effective clinical strategies to help affair couples prevent relapse.
Review of Research on PTSD Treatment for Individuals and Couples
DSM 5 Criteria
Assessment of PTSD
Epidemiology of PTSD
What theory explains PTSD
Research on effectiveness of individual therapies for PTSD
Why conjoint treatment for PTSD?
Research on effectiveness of conjoint therapies for PTSD
Couples Therapy for PTSD – A Philosophical Stance
How PTSD Affects a Relationship
Effects of Trauma and PTSD
Effects of trauma on the PTSD partner
Effects of trauma on the non-PTSD partner
Effects of PTSD on Love Maps
Effects of PTSD on Fondness and Admiration
Effects of PTSD on Turning Toward
Effects of PTD on Conflict Management
Effects of PTSD on Honoring Each Other’s Dreams
Effects of PTSD on Creating Shared Meaning
Gottman Method Couples Therapy for PTSD – An Overview
The Therapist’s Stance on Emotion
The Therapist’s Stance on Cognitions
The Therapist’s Behavioral Stance
The Therapist’s Spiritual Stance
Review of sessions that include PTSD partner
Film 01: 1 PTSD: “Paul and Shantel Assessment: Updated Oral History Interview
Intervention for Couples with PTSD
Surfacing the trauma –
Film 02: 2 PTSD: “Mike and Marilyn – Surfacing (Military Trauma: Strengthening Love maps and Turning towards – Step 1)”
Returning to the couple interaction in the moment
Film 03: 3 PTSD: “Mike and Marilyn – Exploring (Military Trauma: Turning toward – Step 2)”
Reviewing couple dynamics and how they have been affected by PTSD
How to handle PTSD symptoms in the future
Friendship Building Interventions and PTSD
SRH image (Brief overview)
Fondness and Admiration
The Stress-Reducing Conversation
Film 04: 4 PTSD: “Paul and Shantel: Turning Toward in Session”
Conflict Management Interventions and PTSD
The Gottman-Rapoport Exercise
The Dream Within Conflict Exercise
The Compromise Exercise
The Aftermath of a Fight Exercise
Film 05: 5 PTSD: “Paul and Shantel – Aftermath of a Fight”
Rituals of Connection
Q and A
Healing a Relationship from an Affair
What is an affair?
Notes on Monogamy
Biology of sex-differences in non-monogamy
The advantages of committed social and sexual monogamy
Information About Affairs
Very few affairs become relationships
Affairs are not about sex – most are about loneliness
Treating Infidelity: Brief Review of Some Current Therapies: Brief Review
Doug Snyder and Donald Baucom
Three Phases of Love
Gottman Method Therapy for Affairs
What leads to affairs?
Trust, betrayal and fairness
Gottman-Rusbult-Glass cascade towards betrayal
Atonement Phase overview
Attunement Phase overview: Goal Trust
Attachment Phase Overview: Goal Commitment
Oral History Interview
Film 06: Affairs 1- “Assessment: Mike and Marilyn’s Narrative” and “Assessment: Mike and Marilyn’s Oral History Interview”
Film 07: Affairs 3 – “Assessment: Conflict Discussion”
Additional Participant CE must be purchased for each additional viewer. These viewers will watch the video with the main registrant, but will have individual access to course handouts and certification. The standard price of this program includes certification for main viewer.