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Couples Therapy for Treating Trauma: The Gottman Method Approach

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John M. Gottman, PhD |  Julie Schwartz Gottman, PhD
2 Hours 43 Minutes
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Mar 25, 2018
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Trauma treatments have largely ignored the interpersonal symptoms of PTSD. But whether caused by early abandonment, childhood abuse, military combat, or other traumatic experiences, the impact of trauma on committed relationships is commonly encountered in everyday practice.

Watch John and Julie Gottman and discover therapy that interweaves individual PTSD treatment with the interpersonal orientation of Gottman Method Couples Therapy. Explore the negative ways that PTSD can enter a couple’s relationship and determine the best intervention for your couples with PTSD.



This online program is worth 2.75 hours CPD.



John M. Gottman, PhD's Profile

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John Gottman, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Washington, where he established “The Love Lab” and conducted much of his award-winning research on couple interaction and treatment. Dr. Gottman has studied marriage, couples, and parent relationships for nearly four decades. He has authored or co-authored over 200 published articles and more than 40 books, including: The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, The Relationship Cure, Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child: The Heart of Parenting, and The Man’s Guide to Women.

World renowned for his work on marital stability and divorce prediction, Dr. Gottman’s research has earned him numerous national awards, including: Four five-year-long National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Awards; The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Distinguished Research Scientist Award; The American Psychological Association Division of Family Psychology Presidential Citation for Outstanding Lifetime Research Contribution; The National Council of Family Relations 1994 Burgess Award for Outstanding Career in Theory and Research.

Dr. Gottman, together with his wife Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman, is the co-founder of The Gottman Institute, which provides clinical training, workshops, services, and educational materials for mental health professionals, couples, and families. He is also the co-founder and Executive Director of the Relationship Research Institute which has created treatments for couples transitioning to parenthood and couples suffering from minor domestic violence.

Dr. Gottman has presented hundreds of invited keynote addresses, workshops, and scientific presentations to avid audiences around the world including Switzerland, Italy, France, England, Israel, Turkey, South Korea, Australia, Canada, Sweden, and Norway. A wonderful storyteller and expert, Dr. Gottman has also appeared on many TV shows, including Good Morning America, Today, CBS Morning News, and Oprah, and he has been featured in numerous print articles, including Newsweek, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Ladies Home Journal, Redbook, Glamour, Woman’s Day, Men’s Health, People, Self, Reader’s Digest, and Psychology Today.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. John Gottman is the co-founder and chief scientist of Gottman Inc. and has an employment relationship with the Relationship Research Institute. He receives a grant from the Administration for Children and Family and the Kirlin Foundation. Dr. Gottman receives royalties as a published author. He receives a speaking honorarium, book royalties, and recording royalties from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Dr. John Gottman is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the American Psychological Association, and the American Psychological Society National.

Julie Schwartz Gottman, PhD's Profile

Julie Schwartz Gottman, PhD Related seminars and products

The Gottman Institute

Julie Schwartz Gottman, Ph.D., is the co-founder and President of The Gottman Institute, and Clinical Supervisor for the Couples Together Against Violence study. A highly respected clinical psychologist, she is sought internationally by media and organizations as an expert advisor on marriage, sexual harassment and rape, domestic violence, gay and lesbian adoption, same-sex marriage, and parenting issues. Creator of the immensely popular The Art and Science of Love weekend workshops for couples, she also designed and leads the national certification program in Gottman Method Couples Therapy for clinicians. Her other achievements include: Washington State Psychologist of the Year; Author/co-author of five books, including, Ten Lessons to Transform Your Marriage, And Baby Makes Three, The Marriage Clinical Casebook, 10 Principles for Doing Effective Couples Therapy, and The Man’s Guide to Women; Wide recognition for her clinical psychotherapy treatment, with specialization in distressed couples, abuse and trauma survivors, substance abusers and their partners, and cancer patients and their families.

Inspiring, empowering, respectful, and kind, Julie’s leadership of The Gottman Institute has made it possible to identify and integrate the expertise of her staff, therapists, and the wider research and therapeutic community. Her commitment to excellence and integrity assures that as The Gottman Institute grows, it continues to maintain the highest ethical and scientific standards.

She is in private practice in the Seattle area, providing intensive marathon therapy sessions for couples. She specializes in working with distressed couples, abuse and trauma survivors, those with substance abuse problems and their partners, as well as cancer patients and their families.

Drs. John and Julie Gottman currently live on Orcas Island, near Seattle, Washington. They conduct weekly and intensive couples therapy sessions, provide small group retreats, teach workshops and clinical trainings, and give keynote presentations around the world.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman is the co-founder of the Gottman Institute and Affective Software, Inc. She is the clinical director of The Relationship Research Institute, and she maintains a private practice. Dr. Schwartz Gottman is the owner of Gottman Couples' Retreat. She is a guest lecturer at the University of Puget Sound and Seattle Community Colleges, and she receives compensation as an international speaker. She is a published author and receives royalties, and she receives a speaking honorarium, recording royalties, and book royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman is a member of the American Psychological Association.


  1. Determine the impact of PTSD on a couple’s relationship to inform the clinician’s choice of treatment interventions for both the individual and couple.
  2. Apply simple yet effective clinical interventions in session to help clients acquire a new perspective of PTSD and a more adaptive approach to managing symptoms.
  3. Assess the often ignored social and interpersonal symptoms of PTSD in clients.


What is PTSD?
  • DSM-5
  • Ignored PTSD Symptoms
  • Epidemiology
  • Cases of PTSD
  • Neuroscience of PTSD
  • The Physiology of PTSD
Effective Treatments of PTSD
  • Individual Treatments
  • Couples Treatments
    • Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT)
Couples’ Therapy for PTSD
  • PTSD’s Affects on Relationships
  • The Non-PTSD Partner
  • Effects on Sound Relationship House
    • Love Maps
    • Turning Toward
    • Conflict Management
Intervention for Couples with PTSD
  • Surfacing
  • Exploration
  • Returning to Couple Interaction
  • Specific Interventions
  • Creating Shared Meaning

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses 
  • Other Behavioral Health Professionals



Overall:      4.6

Total Reviews: 3819


Deanna K

"Great course. It takes far longer to complete than the earned units would suggest."

William M


Jessica C

"Enjoyed the seminar very much. "

Els V

"grateful for the Gottmann's work so impressive"

Sarah F

"Good training."

Lorraine C

"I enjoyed this workshop and feel that I have learned a lot."

Mykola G

"I learned a lot. Great presentation."

Catherine T

"Thank you John and Julie for this training! I will be using the techniques that you demonstrated with my couples in therapy."

Dee M

"The was a powerful programme, presented in an organised and accessible format. The included therapy sessions were perfectly selected to support material presented. I really appreciated the combination of research and personal narrative. Such an important module. Thank you."

Sheila T

"Great work and teaching!"

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