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EP09 Workshop 22 – Growing Edge Workshop: A Couples’ Group Approach to the Treatment of Low-Level Situational Domestic Violence – John Gottman, PhD and Julie Gottman, PhD

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Couples Therapy |  Workshops |  Domestic Violence |  Group Therapy |  Psychotherapy
Evolution of Psychotherapy |  Evolution of Psychotherapy 2009
John Gottman, PhD |  Julie Gottman, PhD
1 Hour 56 Minutes
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Original Program Date:
Dec 10, 2009
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This workshop describes a 22-session couples’ group intervention and curriculum for lower and middle-class couples. Each session begins with a talk-show video showing discussions with couples in poverty on curriculum topics, e.g.’ healing from infidelity, avoiding and healing from domestic violence, etc. The video is followed by group discussion, a brief teaching,and an exercise that focuses on learning new skills. Throughout most of the curriculum,, physiological soothing is taught through biofeedback. Details of the curriculum and video samples will be shown.

Educational Objectives:

  1. To describe the difference between characterological and situational domestic violence.
  2. Given a couple in a domestic violence situation, suggest an intervention and curriculum.

*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*



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John Gottman, PhD, was one of the Top 10 Most Influential Therapists of the past quarter-century by the Psychotherapy Networker. Dr. Gottman is a professor emeritus in psychology known for his work on marital stability and relationship analysis through scientific direct observations, many of which were published in peer-reviewed literature. He is the author or co-author of over 200 published academic articles and more than 40 books, including the bestselling The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work; What Makes Love Last; The Relationship Cure; Why Marriages Succeed or Fail; and Raising An Emotionally Intelligent Child, among many others.

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Julie Gottman, PhD, is the co-founder and President of The Gottman Institute, and Clinical Supervisor for the Couples Together Against Violence study. A highly respected clinical psychologist, she is sought internationally by media and organizations as an expert adviser on marriage, sexual harassment and rape, domestic violence, gay and lesbian adoption, same-sex marriage, and parenting issues. She is the co-creator of the immensely popular The Art and Science of Love weekend workshops for couples, and she also co-designed the national clinical training program in Gottman Couples Therapy.