Kathleen B. Corcoran, Ph.D., Inc.
Psychologist ~ Energy Runner



Level I: Bridging the Couple Chasm

Gottman Couples Therapy: 

A New Research Based Approach


October 25 & 26, 2013

Cleveland Center for Conscious Living



***12 CEUs approved for Ohio Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists***


Presented by Kathleen B. Corcoran, Ph.D. 

Certified Gottman Therapist & Workshop Leader


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Integrate Research-Based Methods to Maximize Your Competence and Inspire Transformation


When couples enter the therapy office, they are filled with pain and despair.  They look to the clinician to referee chronic conflicts, fix their partners, and rebuild burned bridges.  Now, based on Dr. John Gottman's 40+ years of compelling research with over 3,000 couples, there's a practical and highly effective approach to guiding these couples across the chasm that divides them.  In this workshop, Dr. Kathleen Corcoran provides you with a research-based road map for helping couples to compassionately manage their conflicts, deepen their friendship and intimacy, and share their life purpose and dreams.  

In this inspirational two-day workshop, you'll learn:

  • New research-based assessments and effective interventions to help understand couples' struggles
  • Research-based strategies adn tools to help couples successfully manage conflict
  • Skills that empower couples to dialogue about their worst gridlocked issues by uncovering their underlying dreams, history, and values
  • Methods to help couples process their fights and heal their hurts
  • Techniques for couples to deepen their intimacy and minimize relapse

You'll receive a 300-page Clinical Manual featuring new relationship assessment questionnaires and clinical interventions. 

Clinicians who take this workshop will be equipped with new methods adn tools to help couples break the cycle of criticism, defensiveness, contempt, and stonewalling.  Through demonstrations and films from the clinical office, you'll see how to apply the research-based principles and interventions of Gottman Method Couples Therapy to strengthen:

  • The Friendship System - the building block for intimacy, passion and good sex
  • The Conflict System - the basis for helping couples manage solvable problems and understand and manage irresolvable differences
  • The Shared Meaning System - the existential foundation of the relationship that helps couples create shared purpose in building a life together



9:00 – 10:30 am       The Research: What Makes Relationships Succeed or Fail?

  • What is different about Gottman Method Couples Therapy?
  • What is dysfunctional about relationships when they are ailing?
  • The “Masters” and the “Disasters” of relationships: Exploding common myths
  • Negative and positive sentiment overrides
  • Friendship, Intimacy, Positive Affect Systems
  • The Shared Meaning System
  • From a checklist to The Sound Relationship House Theory

10:30 – 10:45 am   Break

10:45 – 12:00 pm     How to assess a relationship:

                             Using The Sound Relationship House Theory to assess a
                             relationship’s strengths and areas that need improvement.

12:00 – 11:25 pm   Lunch

1:30 – 3:00 pm     The Assessment Sessions:

  •  Session 1—Office Disclosure and Office Policy Reviewed, How Therapy Works, Assessing the Couple Together:
    • Couple’s Narrative
    • Oral History Interview: Relationship History and Philosophy
    • Videotape: A 10-minute Conflict Interaction and Physiology
    • Discuss the Shared Meaning System
    • Ending Session 1—Preparing Couple for Individual Sessions—No secrets
    • Assessment: Written Questionnaires
  • Session 2—Individual Sessions
  • Session 3—The Therapeutic Contract: Discussing and Deciding about Goals. Summary of Strengths and Areas thatNeed Improvement.


3:00 – 3:15 pm      Break

3:20 – 4:00 pm      Film: Assessment

4:00 – 5:00 pm      Question & Answer



9:00 – 9:45 am      Introduction to Intervention—The Philosophy of the Therapy

  • Assumptions of the Therapy
  • Overview of the Therapy
  • Goals of the Therapy

9:45 – 10:10 am      Conflict Management

  • Rapoport Intervention and film

10:10 – 10:30 am    Break

10:30 – 11:50 pm    Conflict Management, continued

  • Ending the Four Horsemen & Dealing with Flooding film
  • Dreams-Within-Conflict and film
  • Building the Basic Skills (Softened Startup, Accepting Influence, Repair and De-escalation, Physiological Soothing,Compromise)
  • Aftermath of a Fight and film

11:50 – 12:00 pm Questions and Answer Session

12:00 – 11:25 pm     Lunch

1:30 – 3:15 pm      Building Friendship and Shared Meaning

  • Build Love Maps and film
  • Turn Towards: Stress-Reducing Conversation & film
  • Build Rituals of Connection and film
  • Creating Shared Meaning and film

3:15 – 3:30 pm Break

3:30 – 3:55 pm      Process of the Therapy

3:55 – 4:05 pm      Summary

4:05 – 4:15 pm      What’s Next: Additional Training

4:15 – 5:00 pm Question and Answer Session




Participants will be able to:

  1. Summarize the research that allows prediction of future relationship stability with 94% accuracy
  2. Describe the seven levels of the Sound Relationship House theory
  3. Conduct a couple's therapy assessment using elements of the couple's narrative, the Oral History Interview, written questionnaires, observations of conflict, and individual interviews
  4. Describe two interventions for each: to help strengthen a couple's management of conflict, to enhance a couple's friendship system; and to explore a couple's system of shared meaning.  


Participants working in the following fields will benefit from our training:

  • Mental health providers
  • Allied professionals and clergy
  • Family clinic staff
  • Professors/teachers of couples therapy
  • Researchers in the social sciences
  • Employee assistance professionals
  • Graduate Students and interns

Registratioon Fee:  $400 (includes the 300-page clinical manual from the Gottman Institute, which is a $100 value)

Groups of 5 or more receive a $25 discount per person. 

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Click here to register for Gottman Level 2: Assessment, Intervention & Co-Morbidities



Cleveland Center For Conscious Living

6611 Rockside Rd, Suite 225;  Independence, Ohio 44131

216-462-0532  or toll free 866-753-1682




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