While some of the considerations raised in this seminar hold true for any couples work, this program is grounded in the Gottman Method. John Gottman is notable for having conducted empirical research on marriage and relationships for over 40 years. Based upon his research, he (along with his wife, Julie Schwartz Gottman) developed an evidence-based model of couples therapy. He has continued to conduct research on that model and the dynamics of couple relationships at The Gottman Institute and The Marriage Clinic in Seattle. He is notable for having compared same-sex and heterosexual couples over time in terms of conflict interaction and same-sex couple relationship satisfaction vs. dissolution.
The leaders of this workshop are the first to publish an outcome research on the effectiveness of Gottman Method Couples Therapy with same-sex couples. The speakers will review some of their research findings, thereby providing insights which may further your success with same-sex couples. They will describe couple dynamics illuminated by the Gottman Model, discuss similarities and differences between heterosexual and same-sex couples, and share important considerations when using the Gottman Method with same-sex couples. These considerations will help you add to your knowledge base, reframe some clinical scenarios with couples, and strategize potential interventions when couples appear “stuck” in an repetitive, unproductive interactional loop.
There are no potential conflicts of interest for the instructors in providing this seminar on behalf of Gaylesta.
Continuing Education Information
This workshop is sponsored by Gaylesta: The Psychotherapist Association for Gender and Sexual Diversity. These CE units may also be credited to other licensed mental health professionals, such as LCSWs, LPCCs, and LMFTs. CE credit will only be awarded for full attendance.