When Kelly and I first were married, we decided to invest a weekend in a couple’s retreat with the world-famous marriage guru Dr. John Gottman. If you have never heard of him before, he gained notoriety for being able to predict divorce in couples with amazing accuracy after hearing them talk for about 15 minutes. About the time he was making a transition to writing for the general public (vs. the research community), John Gray was selling millions of copies of his book Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus. While quite successful in the marketplace, the book lacked the evidence Gottman had spent years of his life accumulating. It was the early 90’s, and while one John was striking it rich with a catchy title, the other was just getting started.
Fast forward a couple of decades and Gottman is now a household name when it comes to understanding and intervening on troubled marriages. He has written a bunch of books, conducted hundreds of workshops, and shows no sign of slowing down. I say all of this because a good friend of mine, Dr. Jack Crossen, along with his colleague Sinead Smyth, will be conducting a one day workshop on Gottman’s material. If you live in the area, or have always wanted to visit the great Pacific Northwest, now is your chance!
The workshop will be based on Gottman’s best-selling book, The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work and will provide a wealth of information that might save your marriage, or enhance it in ways you might never have imagined. As someone who is still happily married after 15 years, I really support people learning about Gottman’s work.
THE SEVEN PRINCIPLES FOR EFFECTIVE RELATIONSHIPS
This Seven Principles workshop teaches key differences between Masters of relationships (those happy together) versus the Disasters of relationships (those whose broke up). It teaches what have we learned about what works and what does not work in couples’ relationships. The workshop is not a therapy group requiring self-disclosure. It does provide engaging, fun, and skill-building ways to enhance relationships. Workshop is limited to only 20 couples.
Cost: $250 registered by Jan 31st, $275 thereafter (book, workbook and lunch included)
Location: Oregon Medical Association (OMA), 11740 SW 68th Parkway, Tigard, OR 97223
For further information, contact Jack Crossen, PhD at (503) 220-1332.