6 Days of Online Training in Couples’ Therapy

September 2020

Gottman Level 1 (Facilitated Video Presentation) – 2 Days

& Presence Oriented Relationship Therapy Intensive Introduction – 4 Days

Full fees both online trainings $950, Early bird booking by 21 August $850

Gottman Level 1

(Facilitated Video Presentation)


11 – 12 September 2020, 10.30am – 6.30pm 


Early bird by 21 August $320

Course manual not included


A life-changing workshop – Level 1 Gottman Training will provide you with new insights into counselling couples who struggle, using proven assessment techniques and intervention strategies.


Drs. John and Julie Gottman’s practical, emotion-focused, and highly effective approach is based on four decades of research with more than 3,000 couples. It is the most extensive study ever done on marital stability and divorce prediction. 


This workshop will provide participants with a research-based roadmap for helping couples compassionately manage their conflicts, deepen their friendship and intimacy. You will learn how to enable couples to share their life purpose and dreams based on the Sound Relationship House Theory.


You will come to understand the difference between the “Masters” and “Disasters” of relationships and how to assess a relationship’s strengths and areas of concern using empirically validated questionnaires.


You will view original videos of real couples from the famous Gottman “Love Lab,” as well as videos of Dr. Julie Gottman demonstrating assessment and interventions in a case example from her private practice.


Presence Oriented Relationship Therapy


13 – 14 & 19 – 20 September 2020, 10.30am – 6.30pm 


Early bird by 21 August $650

(Now extended over two weekends to increase value)


PORT is an integrated approach that allows new and experienced clinicians to more easily and systematically implement strategies from a variety of approaches, in a way that supports their clients’ connection. You will be provided with both a simple therapy progress map and an in-session guide of where the couple is at, so problems can be instantly detected, and appropriate strategies employed. Additionally, PORT is ideal to up skill therapists wanting to make a rapid transition to effective work with couples.




5 Reasons to come to this training:


  • Learn how to work more effectively with couples
  • Increase your enjoyment seeing couples
  • Make your sessions a deeply connecting loving experience even with highly conflicted clients
  • Identify risk factors for couples early and screen for safety factors earlier
  • Deepen your work with couples
  • Enrich your own relationship


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“Steven’s teaching is excellent – I appreciated his willingness and desire to help colleagues by passing on ideas, knowledge and skills which I imagine is a lot of years (and hard work) in the making. I felt supported and encouraged in my learning, and in no way was I made to feel inferior as a beginner! Thank you so much.” James – Auckland



About Steven Dromgool, Relate’s Director

Steven Dromgool is New Zealand’s most cross trained marriage and relationship therapist. Steven’s passion is equipping clinicians effectively and rapidly to dramatically increase their effectiveness and enjoyment in working with couples.  Trained in Imago Relationship Therapy, Gottman Method, EFT and PACT, he was a contributor to the development of Humanistic Existential Approach to Relationship Therapy (HEART) and led the Relate Team in the development of Presence Oriented Relationship Therapy (PORT). Steven is also currently studying The Developmental Model.


Presence Oriented Relationship Therapy (PORT) Training is designed to prepare trained individual therapists to work effectively and safely with couples.

You will learn to:

  • Understand the relevant research about what makes marriage work and what predicts divorce
  • Identify the processes shared by all of the top approaches to working with couples
  • Deescalate and interrupt escalating conflict between couples
  • Understand Avoider/Pursuer dynamics
  • Apply the cycle of Relationship and developmental stages couples go through
  • Understand and explore common gender and socialisation patterns that influence therapy engagement and outcomes
  • Apply the AARNI model to track couples progress in therapy
  • Reflect on your own relationships and therapy journey and identify future growth areas


Gottman Level 1 – 11 to 12 September 2020,10.30am – 6.30pm 

PORT – 13 – 14 Sept and 19 – 20 September, 10.30am – 6.30pm


A Zoom invitation will be sent to you via email which you can use to log in each day to attend the training remotely.

You will be able to interact with the other training participants, ask questions and see visual presentations. In addition, a training manual will be sent to you for PORT and a set of notes for Gottman. (Please note, the official Gottman manual is not included in the course fees.)


Bookings are only confirmed with payment

Please pay now via bank transfer to:
Account Name: RELATE
Account # 060103077831700
Please put your LAST NAME in the reference


Gottman Level 1, 2-day video presentation with live Q & A:

  • $370 Full fees 
  • $320 Early bird by 21 August, Course manual not included

PORT, 4-day presentation, including intensive group work and practice, facilitated by Relate Director, Steven Dromgool:

  • $700 Full fees
  • $650 before 10 August

Book BOTH trainings: 

  • $950 Full fees
  • $850 Early bird before 10 August
  • $50 reduction in your fees if you refer a friend who attends the training – please notify us via email or the booking form (only applicable to referee)


The following cancellation fees will be charged if you choose to cancel or do not attend:

  • 4 weeks prior to training – administration fee of $100
  • 2 weeks prior to training – 50 % of fee
  • Less than one week prior – 100% of workshop fee

At Relate’s discretion, you may be accommodated in future training sessions, should you be unable to attend at late notice. In this event, you will still be obliged to pay the $100 administration fee.

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