Renowned couples therapists to conduct workshop at SMU

Drs. Julie Schwartz Gottman and John Gottman, founders of the Relationship Research InstituteWorld-renowned researchers Drs. John and Julie Gottman will share their expertise on successful couple relationships in “Bridging the Couple Chasm” – a workshop presented by the Department of Dispute Resolution and Counseling in SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development.

The workshop is scheduled for 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, April 17 and Wednesday, April 18, 2012 in the Great Room, Building 3, at SMU-in-Plano, 5228 Tennyson Boulevard.

John and Julie Schwartz Gottman are Ph.D. psychologists and founders of The Gottman Relationship Institute in Seattle, Washington. Based on their long-term observation and research into how and why marriages fail, they developed Gottman Method Couples Therapy, which combines therapeutic intervention with scientifically developed exercises. The Gottman Method is designed to help couples bond with each other, develop effective communication skills and create positive and permanent changes in their relationship.

John Gottman is author of The Marriage Clinic: A Scientifically Based Marital Therapy (Norton Professional Books, 1999), and Julie Schwartz Gottman is editor of The Marriage Clinic Casebook (W.W. Norton, 2004). The Gottmans have co-written And Baby Makes Three: The Six-Step Plan for Preserving Marital Intimacy and Rekindling Romance After Baby Arrives (Crown Publishing, 2007) and Ten Lessons to Transform Your Marriage (Three Rivers Press, 2006).

Registration is $450 per attendee. The workshop is open to the public as well as to mental health and human service professionals and students. Licensed professionals are eligible to receive 16 Continuing Education (CE) credits for attending. Box lunches will be provided on both days.

Registration for the Gottmans’ workshop is available online. For more information, contact Lecturer in Counseling Maggie Keeling, 972-473-2458.

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