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EP20 Workshop 31 - A Couples Approach to Addiction Recovery (CAR) - Drs. John & Julie Gottman ; Robert Navarra, PsyD

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Couples Therapy |  Workshops |  Addiction
Evolution of Psychotherapy |  Evolution of Psychotherapy 2020
John Gottman, PhD |  Julie Gottman, PhD |  Robert Navarra, PsyD
Course Levels:
Master Degree or Higher in Health-Related Field
2 hours
Audio and Video
Original Program Date:
Dec 13, 2020
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Presented along with Dr. Robert Navarra, PsyD.

A relational approach to addiction treatment is the missing component in most contemporary addiction treatment models based on concerns that working with the couple system too soon increases the risk for relapse. It turns out there isn’t empirical support for this default assumption. Conversely, long-standing, and well-established research has consistently supported couple and family approaches in treating addictive disorders, defining relationship stability as the greatest predictor of long-term sobriety and recovery. This workshop integrates the “Couple Recovery Development Approach” from Dr. Robert Navarra’s research of over 15 years, with the “Sound Relationship House” model developed by relationship experts Dr. Julie Gottman and Dr. John Gottman. Examples and demonstrations of specific strategies and interventions will provide a road map for professionals to help couples integrate recovery into family life, maximizing the chances for successful individual and family recovery.


Educational Objectives:

  1. Critique limitations of recovery models that are limited to individually oriented approaches.
  2. Describe a rationale for couple and family recovery approaches and potential benefits
  3. Identify and describe the three components of successful couple recovery
  4. Define and differentiate inter-dependency from codependency

*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.