The Gottman Seven Principles Program is based on the book Seven Principles for Making Marriage/Relationship Work, by John M. Gottman Ph.D. and Nan Silver, the definitive guide for anyone who wants their relationship to attain its highest potential. It aides couples in deepening their friendship, managing conflict successfully, honoring each other's dreams, and creating shared meaning. And it is all based on 40 years of research with over 3000 couples. The relationship skills that you will learn are applicable to couples who are engaged or even contemplating marriage, couples who have been together for a lifetime but desire to deepen and enhance their relationship.
During the workshop you will work on dynamic exercises to make your relationship flourish. If your relationship is conflicted or distressed, this workshop will teach you the road map you need for repairs. Couples will come away from the weekend with a binder full of rich resources and some profound experiences that can absolutely change their relationships for the better. As a trained facilitator of Gottman’s Seven Principles Program, I have expanded this workshop to support all committed relationships, not only marriages.
Benefits of Participating in the Program
It can be less threatening than seeking couples therapy and fits into a enrichment model that couples may be familiar with. While The Seven Principles Program is not a substitute for therapy, it can soften the entry into working on their relationship and getting help without the stigma that some still have toward seeking therapy. It can also become a bridge into therapy for those couples that desire more personal assistance than the class can provide.
A class format encourages both partners to work on their relationship rather than one partner alone reading the book without the other partner's participation.
The Seven Principles Program provides a great opportunity for pre-marital couples to learn skills that enrich their relationship through a lifetime together.
What research shows:
Couples often wait an average of six years from the time they identify problems in their relationship until they seek help (Notarius & Buongiorno, 1992). By then problems deepen, opposing positions become more entrenched, feelings become deeply hurt and the task of recovery is much greater. In addition, only 37 percent of couples who divorced sought any type of counseling or therapy (Johnson et al., 2002).
Is this workshop for me?
This workshop is excellent for a variety of couples, those who are contemplating engagement, pre-marital couples and couples married for decades. It is psycho-educational and is intended for couples who wish to enhance and enrich their relationship. However, Psycho-educational classes are not appropriate for all couples, including those with severe relationship distress, significant emotional or physical abuse, serious emotional or mental health problems, relationships where one or both partners are actively addicted to drugs or alcohol, and relationships with serious compulsive behavior with gambling, sexual acting out, and other disruptive behaviors. In these situations couples counseling or individual counseling may be more appropriate for the time being.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
You can contact organizer at (831) 272-2041 or at www.sandrathetherapist.com
The cost of registration is per couple (not per partner) and includes all Seven Principles Program materials which includes a copy of the Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work book and two workbooks, and light refreshments. Registration for the workshop closes two weeks prior to the event date. You will receive a confirmation email within 24 business hours with confirmation of your registration and greater details of the relationship enrichment workshop.
If you are unable to attend the clinic that you registered for, we are more than happy to roll your registration over to the next worshop. We do not issue refunds but will gladly assist in finding a seat in an upcoming workshop that works better with your schedule.