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The Science of Trust and Betrayal
John M. Gottman, PhD and Julie Schwartz-Gottman, PhD
PESI, Inc. / DVD on sale / Jan 2014
Couple Therapy
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NOTE: The seminar manual, CE information, and CE test are contained on disc #1 in PDF format. To access these documents, play disc #1 in your computer. For the video presentation, begin playing disc #1 in your DVD player.

World renown relationship expert, Dr. John Gottman’s newest research reveals the dynamics of betrayal and how to safeguard (or heal) your relationship. Based on this research, Dr. Gottman will discuss his new theory of how to conceptualize “trust” and “betrayal” using interdependence game theory during the program. Trust and betrayal metrics here are not personality traits, but characteristics of daily interaction processes.

Join Dr. Gottman as he presents practical flowcharts for how couples build trust and loyalty, versus how couples build distrust and betrayal. The social skill of “emotional attunement” will be described precisely. New strategies for preventing distrust and betrayal, and strategies for healing from betrayal will be presented. During this presentation, these concepts will be illustrated from actual cases.


Gottman Research and Methods
Previous work with couples
Basic research and intervention research
What predicts divorce

The Sound Relationship House Theory and the 7 Principles for Making Relationships Work

The Science of Trust
Trust and Betrayal
Why do people have affairs?
Does Trust matter?

What is “Trust”?
Major research finding on Trust

Changing Distrust to Trust – Therapeutic Tools
Gottman-Rapoport Exercise
Dreams Within Conflict
Aftermath of a Fight
Guide to Great Listening
The Stress-Reducing Conversation

Negative CL-alts begin the cascade toward Betrayal
What is a Negative CL-ALT
Case example
Gottman-Rusbult-Glass Cascade toward Betrayal (24-Steps)

Healing From An Affair
Gottman Atone, ATTUNE, Attach therapy


Describe the fundamental process for building or eroding trust.
Explain the fundamental process for building loyalty or eroding loyalty.
Discuss the broad outlines of a three-phase therapy for healing from betrayal.


John Gottman, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Washington, where he established what the media called, “The Love Lab,” and conducted much of his award-winning research on couple interaction and treatment. Dr. Gottman has studied marriage, couples and parent relationships for over four decades. He has authored or co-authored 119 published articles as well as 44 books, including:
The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work
The Relationship Cure
Why Marriages Succeed or Fail, and How You Can Make Yours Last
Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child: The Heart of Parenting
And Baby Makes Three
The Marriage Clinic

World renown for his work on marital stability and divorce prediction, Dr. Gottman’s research has earned him numerous national awards, including:
Four five-year-long National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Awards
The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Distinguished Research Scientist Award
The American Psychological Association Division of Family Psychology Presidential Citation for Outstanding Lifetime Research Contribution
The National Council of Family Relations 1994 Burgess Award for Outstanding Career in Theory and Research

Dr. Gottman, together with his wife, Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman, co-founded The Gottman Relationship Institute, which provides clinical training, workshops, services, and educational materials for mental health professionals, couples, and families. He was also the co-founder and Executive Director of the Relationship Research Institute which has created treatments for couples transitioning to parenthood and couples suffering from minor domestic violence.

Dr. Gottman has presented over 800 invited keynote addresses, workshops, and scientific presentations, to avid audiences around the world including Switzerland, Italy, France, England, Israel, South Korea, Australia, Canada, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Austria, Netherlands and Turkey. As a wonderful story-teller and expert, Dr. Gottman has also appeared on many TV shows, including Good Morning America, Today, CBS Morning News, Anderson and Oprah, and he has been written up in numerous print articles, including Newsweek, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Ladies Home Journal, Redbook, Glamour, Woman’s Day, Men’s Health, People, Self, Reader’s Digest, and Psychology Today.

Julie Schwartz Gottman, Ph.D. is the co-founder and President of The Gottman Institute. She is a highly respected clinical psychologist and educator who was recently honored as the Washington State Psychologist of the Year. Dr. Julie Gottman is the designer and Clinical Director for Loving Couples, Loving Children, a curriculum for couples challenged by poverty, and co-designer of a therapeutic model for addressing domestic violence. She has authored or co-authored three books, and has been a frequent guest on radio and TV talk shows. Dr. Schwartz Gottman specializes in working with distressed couples, abuse and trauma survivors, those with substance abuse problems and their partners, as well as cancer patients and their families.


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