Staying Connected
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The Gottman Seven Principles Couple's Workshops
Have you ever wanted to know the secret to long lasting, happy, couples and marriages?  

Would you like some practical relationship tools before you say I do?

Have things started to feel like you are drifting away from your partner?  

Are you looking for a way to reconnect and rekindle your romance with your partner?  

Is all going well and you just want to ensure that you stay connected?

You have come to the right place.  If any of the above seem familiar, or if you have your own unique reason for learning more about what makes marriage work, then sign up today for this straightforward in its approach yet profound in its effect couples workshop.  The relationship skills learned are applicable to couples who are engaged or even contemplating marriage, through couples who have been together for a lifetime but desire to deepen and enhance their relationship.

The Gottman Seven Principles Program is based on the New York Times bestselling book The Seven Principles for Making Marriage/Relationship Work, by John M. Gottman Ph.D. and Nan Silver.  Utilizing over 40 years of research with over 3000 couples Dr. Gottman scientifically analyzed the habits of married couples and established a method of correcting the behaviors that puts thousands of marriages on the rocks. This workshop takes this research based foundation and provides couples with an interactive, experiential, psycho-educational class aimed at building the couples friendship, trust, and commitment, while also providing practical tools for managing conflict, and ultimately creating shared goals and dreams. Packed with practical questionnaires and exercises, the Seven Principles workshop is here to aid any couple wishing to attain their highest potential.  

DID YOU KNOW??????

Couples often wait an average of six years from the time they identify problems in their relationship until they seek help (Notarius & Buongiorno, 1992). By then problems deepen, opposing positions become more entrenched, feelings become deeply hurt and the task of recovery is much greater. In addition, only 37 percent of couples who divorced seek any type of counseling or therapy. (Johnson et al., 2002).

So don't wait, sign up today and let's start building the relationship that you always wanted.
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About the Workshop
All Couples Welcome
Well....not all Couples
The SCCC Advantage
The Seven Principles Program is appropriate for couples contemplating engagement, pre-marital couples and couples married for decades. It is psycho-educational and is intended for couples who wish to enhance and enrich their relationship.
Psycho-educational classes are not appropriate for all couples, including those with severe relationship distress, significant emotional or physical abuse, serious emotional or mental health problems, relationships where one or both partners are actively addicted to drugs or alcohol, and relationships with serious compulsive behavior with gambling, sexual acting out, and other disruptive behaviors. In these situations, we would still love to work with you, but couples counseling or individual counseling may be more appropriate for the time being.  
The aim is to provide couples with practical tools to enhance and improve their relationships while understanding the research-based foundation from which the tools and skills are derived.  This program does not provide psychotherapy nor is it intended to take the place of couples therapy, but it does provide the practical skills in a psycho-educational format that can help couples strengthen their relationships.  This class combines teaching and demonstrations facilitated by a couple who just happen to be married.  So we offer a unique experience of having two therapists in the room at the same time as your guides through the course material, and offer real life examples to enhance the overall workshop experience. What better learning experience than being able to sit and work with an actual couple that just so happened to both be Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapists.
Workshop Goals
The main goal of the Gottman Seven Principles Program is to help couples strengthen their relationships in a variety of ways including deepening their love maps, fostering fondness and admiration, facilitating turning towards each other, accepting influence, solving solvable problems, overcoming gridlock, creating shared meaning and maintaining gains.  The class format encourages both partners to work on their relationship rather than one partner alone reading the book without the other partner's participation.  The workshop provides structure, motivation and accountability for the couples who attend and encouragement to work on their relationship with the support of the facilitators and other couples in attendance.

Workshop Cost
Staying Connected Counseling Center offers a four hour workshop to accommodate your busy schedules.  You will have the opportunity to learn and practice core conflict management skills in addition to learning "What Makes Marriage Work".  This coupled with the research behind Dr. Gottman's definitive guide to relationship skills that can dramatically improve the intimacy and friendship in your relationship through helping you resolve conflict in a healthy, productive way.

Fee per couple: $165

THIS INCLUDES:

  • The Seven Principles of Making Marriage Work book.
  • (2) The Seven Principles Companion Workbooks which allows each partner to privately record answers and journal thoughtfully about the concepts in the book, as they apply to one’s relationship. It takes users step-by-step through the interactive exercises in each chapter of The Seven Principles book.
  • Love Map/Open Ended Questions card deck. This deck is a fun and effective way for couples to get to know one another’s inner lives, thus increasing closeness and friendship.
  • The Relationship Guides. Ideal as a supplement to other Gottman materials, the pocket guides in this sampler are among our most effective for helping couples improve or strengthen their relationship. They are just a small selection of the tools and strategies used in Gottman Method Couples Therapy, world-renowned for helping couples succeed.  
  • Engaging presentations and the opportunity for many private exercises and conversations with your partner.