Working with Couples in Early Recovery: A Gottman Approach for Therapists

Working with Couples in Early Recovery: A Gottman Approach for Therapists

Presented by Robert Navarra, PsyD, MFT, MAC on 08-18-2017 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern) to 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern)

Therapists and addiction professionals readily agree that addiction is a “family disease” but most treatment approaches fail to address the relationship between the individual in recovery and their partner. Despite longitudinal research indicating that a positive couple relationship is correlated with successful long-term recovery, the prevailing norm is to discourage any type of relational approach in early recovery. Early intervention provides tools for couples to navigate the difficult transition from active behavioral and substance disorders to recovery. 

In this two-hour continuing education web conference, Master Certified Gottman Trainer, Dr. Robert Navarra, will integrate over 15-years of his own research with Gottman research developed by relationship experts Drs. John and Julie Gottman. Attendees will learn tools and interventions adapted from the Gottman Method to help couples improve communication, deepen understanding, establish appropriate boundaries, and heal from the impact of addiction. Applications of the model can be adapted in treatment programs as well as in individual and group couple work.

This intermediate instructional level web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Identify and describe three components of successful couple recovery. 
  2. Define and differentiate interdependency from codependency.
  3. Explain the impact of addiction and recovery processes on the couple relationship.
  4. Explain four strategies therapists can employ to strengthen couple recovery. 
  5. Describe two interventions and strategies for helping couples manage trauma in early and ongoing recovery.

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How the Web Conference Works

Before the scheduled event, all registered attendees will be sent a reminder email from GoodTherapy.org with specific instructions on how to log in to the web conference center, as well as links to optional handout materials if applicable. 

To attend the event, registered attendees will log in to the web conference center using a computer or device (smartphone or tablet with internet access) and calling in to the teleconference line on a phone. Attendees will be able to ask live audio questions via phone and/or submit text chat questions via their computer or device. Attendees who are logged in to the event center will be able to see live streaming video and/or document sharing. Alternatively, attendees may dial in to the teleconference line only, though attendees dialing in by phone only will be unable to ask questions. 

At the conclusion of this event, participants will receive an email with information about how to request a CE certificate in the GoodTherapy.org Member's Area. To confirm attendance, participants must enter the start and end codes announced at the beginning and end of the live presentation. Participants will also be prompted to complete an online survey evaluating the event. Participants will need to complete this online survey within six days after the event. Once completed, participants will be able to download a copy of their CE certificate instantly. 

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Continuing Education (CE) Information

Two CE contact hours will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety. 

GoodTherapy.org is an Approved Education Provider by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals (provider #135463). Of the eight counselor skill groups ascribed to by NAADAC, this course is classified within Counseling Services. 

GoodTherapy.org is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.

This organization, GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: March 30, 2016 through March 30, 2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive two clinical continuing education clock hours.

GoodTherapy.org is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.

GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031. 

Registration Information

This web conference is available at no cost to GoodTherapy.org members.

Meet the Presenter

Robert Navarra, PsyD, MFT, MAC

Robert Navarra, PsyD, MFT, MAC

Robert Navarra, PsyD, MFT, MAC is a clinician and researcher specializing in treating couples in recovery from addictive disorders. He is a Master Certified Gottman Therapist, Researcher with the Gottman Institute, and a Senior Research Fellow at Mental Research Institute. Dr. Navarra has designed and implemented a research-based, two-day workshop for recovering couples in treatment programs, and a one-day training for treatment staff and for therapists working with couples. 

Dr. Navarra is currently collaborating with Drs. John Gottman and Julie Gottman designing a randomized clinical trial of this relational approach to recovery for treatment programs. Dr. Navarra has co-authored chapters on treatment with the Gottmans; co-authored three articles on Gottman Method Therapy for The Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy (in press), and had his research published in Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly.

For more information about Dr. Navarra, please visit www.robertnavarra.net.

For more information about The Gottman Institute, please visit www.gottman.com.

Continuing Education Provider Approvals

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    GoodTherapy.org is Approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content. GoodTherapy.org received APA approval in May 2011. Events after 2011 may meet APA requirements for Continuing Education credits.
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    GoodTherapy.org has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GoodTherapy.org is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
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    This course has been approved by GoodTherapy.org, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. GoodTherapy.org is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
  • ace
    GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 03/30/2016 – 03/30/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0395.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.