Gottman Method Level 1 Hybrid Professional Training

2727 Paces Ferry Rd. SE, Atlanta, GA 30339

Monday and Tuesday

June 10th and 11th, 2024 from 10am to 7pm


Workshop Price: $450

Price is for both days of the workshop, including workshop materials, coffee, tea, water, and snacks

Please note, price does not include hotel or lunch

About the Workshop

Level 1 training is the first step in learning Gottman Method Couples Therapy.  A truly inspiring workshop, Level 1 Training will give you new insights into treatment for couples who struggle, using proven assessment techniques and intervention strategies.

Attendees will learn research-based strategies and tools to help couples successfully manage conflict as well as skills that empower couples to dialogue about their worst gridlocked issues by uncovering their underlying dreams, history, and values.  You will additionally learn methods to help couples process their fights and heal their hurts in addition to techniques for couples to deepen their intimacy and minimize relapse.

This practical, emotion-focused, and highly effective approach is based on Drs. John and Julie Gottman’s four decades of research with more than 3,000 couples. It is the most extensive study ever done on marital stability and divorce prediction.

Participants will have the option to attend the workshop virtually (i.e., online) or in-person.

Training Description

In this workshop, you will be provided with a research-based roadmap for helping couples compassionately manage their conflicts, deepen their friendship and intimacy, as well as share their life purpose and dreams based on the Sound Relationship House Theory.

You will be introduced to Dr. Gottman’s breakthrough research on thousands of couples to understand the difference between the “Masters” and “Disasters” of relationships. If you are not already doing assessment, this training will teach you how to assess a relationship’s strengths and areas of concern using empirically validated questionnaires.

You will view original videos of real couples from the famous Gottman “Love Lab,” as well as videos of Dr. Julie Gottman demonstrating assessment and interventions in a case example from her private practice. We will additionally engage in interactive  role plays, discussions about cases, and clinical challenges.

Meet the Trainer

Dr. Mesha Ellis is a Certified Gottman Method Therapist, Consultant, and Trainer.  She is a Licensed Clinical and Forensic Psychologist, AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, and Sex Therapy Supervisor.  Dr. Ellis has held faculty appointments at Pepperdine’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology and Morehouse School of Medicine. She is licensed to practice as a psychologist in California, Georgia, Nevada, and Tennessee.

Dr. Ellis has been teaching clinicians and practicing for over 20 years. She has co-authored several peer-reviewed publications. Her professional memberships include AASECT, the American Psychological Association, The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, The Los Angeles Bar Association, and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. In her private practice, she specializes in treating sex and relational challenges and provides individual, couple, and family treatment services. She also conducts psychoeducational and court related evaluations.

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Dr. Mesha Ellis
is the founder of The Institute for Relationship Wellness & Sexual Health with practice locations in Torrance, California; Atlanta, Georgia; and Las Vegas, Nevada. She additionally provides services to residents of Tennessee.

What You Can Expect to  Learn in Level 1

You will learn research-based strategies and tools to help couples successfully manage conflict. You will gain skills to empower partners to dialogue about their worst gridlocked issues by uncovering their underlying dreams, history, and values. You will gain tools to help couples process fights and heal their hurts, and techniques for partners to deepen their intimacy and minimize relapse.

Target Audience

This training is for mental health providers, allied professionals and clergy, students and interns, family clinic staff, professors/teachers of couples therapy, researchers in the social sciences, and employee assistance professionals. There are no prerequisites.

Registration Includes:

Included in the registration price is a clinical training manual, which contains the core Gottman Method Couples Therapy assessments and interventions. You will be awarded a Certificate of Completion with an assessment score of 80% or better from The Gottman Institute.

  • 300-page digital Level 1 Clinical Training Manual
  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 1 Training Certificate of Completion
  • Up to 11 CE Hours available
  • Videos for online lectures and interventions included
  • Eligibility to continue to Level 2 Training
  • Eligibility to participate in ongoing consultation groups led by Dr. Ellis
L1 manual

Continuing Education (CE) credits (11 Total CE credits) - This program - "Level 1 Clinical Training | Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Bridging the Couple Chasm," is co-sponsored with The Steve Frankel Group, LLC (SFG), which is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  SFG maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Continuing Education Credits will be available for purchase prior to the training. You will receive an email with a link to purchase the CEs separately.

The Location

The workshop will be physically held in the Vinings area of Atlanta, Georgia as well as virtually by Zoom.


The address of the physical location is:

2727 Paces Ferry Rd S.E. Atlanta, GA 30339

Workshop Objectives:

At the completion of this training, you will be able to:

  • Summarize the research that allows us to predict future relationship stability.
  • Describe the seven levels of the Sound Relationship House Theory.
  • 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.
  • Describe two interventions to help strengthen a couple’s conflict management.
  • Describe two interventions to enhance a couple’s friendship system.
  • Describe two interventions to explore a couple’s system of shared meaning.
  • Explain why physiological self-soothing is essential for a healthy relationship.
  • Create a therapeutic contract with a couple, discuss and decide on goals and include a summary of the couples strengths and areas that need improvement.
  • Describe the Philosophy of Therapy and including assumptions, overview of techniques and goals of therapy.
  • Describe the Rapoport Intervention and when to use it.
  • Describe the process of therapy, including the structure of a session.

Please note: after registering for the workshop, Dr. Ellis will contact you to discuss logistics, review policies, and obtain more information