The Seven Principles Leader Training, based on The New York Times bestseller The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, was developed from Dr. Gottman’s four decades of research with more than 3,000 couples. Over the years, Drs. John and Julie Gottman have continued to fine-tune their innovative method of disrupting negative behaviors that send relationships onto the rocks.

Showing partners how to work with the small daily moments that make up the heart and soul of any relationship, the Seven Principles Leader Training will train you how to teach couples proven, practical, and effective strategies for making marriage work.

Register for the next Seven Principles Leader virtual training event now.


Training Description

This training provides the tools and know-how to take small groups of couples through Dr. Gottman’s revised, groundbreaking book The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work.

Whether at your church, community center, place of business, or home, the material you will learn in this training can be taught by anyone interested in making a difference in couples’ lives.

What will I learn in the Seven Principles Leader Training?

This training will prepare you to teach couples via in person or virtual formats on how to use Gottman Seven Principles Program materials. You will learn how to lead couples through The Seven Principles book, with a combination of lecture, multi-media presentations, interactive exercises, role-plays, and discussions. You will also learn how to teach couples lecture content by integrating research from The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, and how to educate couples through relationship enhancing exercises.

Who is this training for?

Whether you have years of experience as a clinically trained therapist or are a layperson, this training will give you tools to facilitate a Gottman Seven Principles Program for couples in your community. This training is for:

  • Clergy
  • Educators
  • Life coaches
  • Therapists
  • Community leaders
  • Social workers

What is included in the price?

  • Access to a virtual Seven Principles Leader Training in a live webinar format
  • One (1) digital copy of the Gottman Seven Principles Leader Manual
  • One (1) digital copy of the Gottman Seven Principles Couples Guide
  • One (1) set of the digital Love Maps and Open Ended Questions card decks
  • Marketing and other resource material to create your own Couples Workshop

Upon completion of the training, attendees receive an official Gottman Seven Principles Leader certificate and seal. Registration includes all digital materials: Seven Principles Couples Set, Card Decks and a Seven Principles Leader Guide, which contains the core items facilitators need to present a productive and engaging workshop. The Couples Set also serves as course material for the Seven Principles couples workshops, which leaders can bulk order to use in a class or group setting. Your couples can follow along closely as you teach the Seven Principles curriculum. The digital set includes:

*Completion of the Seven Principles Leader Training is required to receive the Leader Guide.


Training Objectives

As a result of this training, you will be able to:

  • Know how to plan, budget, market, and organize your own Gottman Seven Principles Program for couples
  • Gain practical strategies for presenting the Gottman Seven Principles Program, in both in-person and virtual formats, in your community
  • Learn how to present the lectures and content to your students
  • Know how to support and encourage the class
  • Develop skills to handle difficult situations and make referrals
  • Understand how to use box and digital couples set materials to enrich the workshop experience
  • Be able to market yourself as a “Gottman Seven Principles Leader”
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • The Art and Science of Love workshop is led by Certified Gottman Therapists (CGTs) with additional training to lead the workshop.  Every partner is screened via telephone interviews to evaluate for appropriateness of attending the training. Certified Gottman Therapists rove during exercises and additional exercises are included.

  • Before attending, attendees should read “Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work” by John Gottman and Nan Silver. The course focuses on teaching the content of the book to couples.

  • No, this training is to teach how to facilitate teaching the workshop to couples. If you plan to co-teach the course with a peer professional or a partner, they are required to attend the workshop. Please have them register to attend. Anyone teaching the workshop needs to have access to the material via their Gottman.com account page.

  • Refunds are offered for the workshop until one week prior to the training event, which is when materials are made available. If you need to cancel before December 2nd, please contact training@gottman.com. You will be able to register for the workshop until the day before the event. Please wait to register if you are unsure of your availability during the scheduled times, which are all in the Pacific Time Zone.

  • Please contact training@gottman.com for parties of 3 or more.

  • You can purchase or download The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country’s Foremost Relationship Expert by John Gottman and Nan Silver. There was an update in 2015. Please purchase the updated editionAlso, consider checking your local library, although you will reference the book frequently when you teach the workshop. 

  • The Gottman Institute has a suite of products available depending on your application.  If you are a group leader and this training will be used to prepare you further for group sessions you should purchase one for every attendee of the Seven Principles Couples Set.  Available in digital or the popular physical formats.

    Put the Gottman method in practice with assessment and intervention tools on www.GottmanConnect.com 

  • The 7P training itself is a live training available on Zoom. The online, digital materials are available on demand after the training. A recording of the training will also be made available.

  • All times listed are in the Pacific Time zone. The training is being offered from 5:00PM to 9:00PM Pacific Time. Here is a resource to see the time for your area: https://www.worldtimebuddy.com/

  • The Seven Principles Leader Training is offered as a live virtual training in the Pacific Time. We highly recommend attending live, online. Trainers will take audience questions, and you may have the opportunity to have your questions answered live. If you are unable to attend the training in real-time, you will have access to the digital recordings after the event. 

    Event recordings will be posted within two weeks of the original training dates. You will find these recordings in your digital training materials, which are available on your Gottman.com account page.

  • The Seven Principles Leader Training, Guides, Card Decks, and other materials are provided in English. The Gottman Institute is not currently accepting requests to translate the Seven Principles materials into additional languages.

  • Yes! Please stay tuned. Our plan is to offer the course again in 2022.

  • Yes, for live virtual events, please see our CE provider R. Cassidy for details. The cost is $40 for 7.5 CEs.  We do not have an alternative CE provider. Online version does not qualify for CE credits

  • The materials will be made available on December 2nd in digital, online format. After that date, the course cannot be cancelled. These materials will be available to review after the course and will be available for printing on your own as well.