Gottman Level 1 Therapist Training

Bridging the Couple Chasm

Mike Fidler MSW, RSW


9:00am – 4:30pm


Gottman Level 1 Therapist Training

What You Will Learn

This inspirational two-day workshop is designed to immediately empower your work as a couples’ therapist. Clinicians who take this workshop will be equipped with new methods and tools to help couples break the cycle of criticism, defensiveness, contempt, and stonewalling.

Through demonstrations and videos from the clinical office, you’ll see how to apply the research-based principles and interventions of Gottman Method Couples Therapy, including:

  1. New research-based assessments and effective interventions to help understand couples’ struggles
  2. Research-based strategies and tools to help couples successfully manage conflict
  3. Skills that empower couples to dialogue about their worst gridlocked issues
  4. Methods to help couples process their fights and heal their hurts
  5. Techniques for couples to deepen their intimacy and minimize relapse.


Mike Fidler, MSW, RSW has assisted couple for over 30 years as a relationship therapist. Mike has been co-leading marriage preparation courses for over 25 years. He is an international Arts & Science of Love Couples Workshop presenter and Gottman clinical trainer. As a Master Trainer with the Gottman Institute he is certified to teach Level I, II and III training for clinicians and consult for the final stage of clinical certification. Mike has worked over 10,000 hours with couples during his 30 plus year practice. Mike was a child abuse specialist for 12 years and taught provincially & nationally for over six years for the Institute for the Prevention of Child Abuse and is known for his clinical experience, conceptual clarity, and humour.

Accreditations Pending

CCPA accreditation for MAGentix's workshops
CCPA      12 CEC’s CACCF   12 CEU’s
This seminar qualifies for 12 CECs for OACCPP members. OACCPP does not endorse or approve this training program or activity. Approved for 11 hours of MDPAC Group CE credits and no hours of MDPAC CCI credits (automatically calculated when MDPAC member submits Group CE hours).




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  • To be eligible for group rate, all 3 registrations must be registered at the same time, and paid with one cheque or credit card number.
  • Greater discounts for groups of 10 or more. Contact the team at MAGentix directly.
  • For student rate, a valid full-time student ID must be presented.
  • Above includes payment by credit card and cheque. Other payment methods.
  • Certificate of Participation will be given at the end of the workshop.

Who Should Attend

Individuals working in the following fields will benefit from Level I training:

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

Workshop Objectives

Clinicians will gain new skills in assessment, intervention and relapse prevention, and dramatically increase effectiveness in helping couples manage conflicts and strengthen friendship and intimacy.

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.

For more information on the Gottman Method visit: www.gottman.com


Receive the 300-page Clinical Manual from The Gottman Institute

Receive a certificate of completion from The Gottman Institute. Level 1 is the first step in Gottman Certification.


  • October 5 & 6, 2020 | 9:00am-4:30pm
  • Saint-Paul University, 223 Main St., Ottawa, ON, K1S 1C4
  • Parking at the University for $11.00/day or public parking nearby.

Workshop Outline


8:30 – 9:00 am Registration Check-In

9:00 – 12:00 pm The Research: What Makes Relationships Succeed or Fail? • The need for theory • Research Methods The Levenson Gottman Paradigm • Myths about what is “dysfunctional” • When relationship is Ailing • Truths about what is “Dysfunctional” When relationship is Ailing • The Sound Relationship House Theory • When is Couples Therapy Contra Indicated? • Assessing a Relationship • Session 1: Oral History Interview, Sampling Couple Conflict

12:00 – 1:15 pm Lunch

1:15 – 4:30 pm Learning to Use Assessment Questionnaires • Session 2: Individual Sessions • Session 3: The Therapeutic Contract


9:00 – 12:00 pm Introduction to Intervention – Constructive Conflict • Rapoport Intervention • Ending the Four Horsemen • Dreams-Within-Conflict • Aftermath of a Fight

12:00 – 1:15 pm Lunch

1:15 – 4:30 pm Building Friendship and Shared Meaning • Build Love Maps • Turn Towards: The Stress-Reducing Conversation, Build Rituals of Connection, Create Shared Meaning