Couples Workshop is based on the internationally acclaimed research of Dr. John Gottman of the Gottman Institute as presented in his New York Times bestselling book – The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work. The principles and tools taught in this workshop are the results of his over 40 years of scientific research with more than 3,000 couples and are the most extensive study ever done on marital stability.
The objective of the Couples Workshop is to provide couples with practical tools to enhance and improve their relationships and conflict management while understanding the research-based foundation from which the tools and skills are derived.
This Couples Workshop (official name: The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work Workshop) provides evidence-based tools to help couples improve relationship quality and satisfaction through teaching, demonstrations, and couples practice sessions aimed at:
• Developing skills in managing conflict constructively
• Gaining skills for solvable, perpetual, and gridlocked perpetual problems
• Improving friendship, fondness, and admiration
• Enhancing romance, intimacy, and emotional connection
• Creating a couple's sense of shared meaning
• Maintaining gains through a lifetime
This program does not offer psychotherapy, nor is it intended to take the place of marital therapy. Still, it does provide practical skills in a psycho-educational format that can help couples strengthen their relationships with the following benefits:
• Provides structure, motivation, and accountability to continue working through the book
• Encourages participants to work on their relationship in the context of other couples that are doing the same thing
• Less threatening than seeking couples therapy and fits into an enrichment model that couples may be familiar with.
• Eliminates some of the uncertainty and hesitation some couples have about working on their relationship on their own or about seeking therapy.
The Seven Principles Couples Workshop is appropriate for:
• Couples contemplating engagement,
• Pre-marital couples
• Couples living together
• Couples who have been together or married for decades
Seven Principles Couples workshop is not appropriate for:
• Those with severe relationship distress
• Those with significant emotional or physical abuse
• Those with severe emotional or mental health problems
• Those with serious compulsive behavior with gambling, sexual acting out, and other disruptive behavior
• Those in a relationship where one or both partners are actively addicted to drugs or alcohol