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Are you in a good relationship that you want to make great or a stale relationship that needs a little more spice? Tired of feeling stuck in the same old fight? Want to build closeness and connection with your partner? Based on the bestselling book by Dr. John Gottman (and suitable for couples of all kinds not just married ones!), The Seven Principles Program is a perfect workshop for couples who long to feel more connected and positive about their relationship but don't know where to start.
Research shows that on average, couples wait six years from the first signs of problems before they seek help. The workshop is designed to strengthen your marriage and/or relationship. If you have a strong relationship, this workshop will provide you with insights and tools to make it a great one. If your relationship is distressed, this workshop will provide a roadmap for repair.
This workshop will equip you and your partner with knowledge and skills that have been scientifically proven to improve relationships. You will also learn about common behaviors that have been linked to relationship problems and divorce along with simple but powerful strategies that will keep your relationship strong and connected.
The Seven Principles Workshop for couples is based on the internationally acclaimed research of Dr. John Gottman as presented in his New York Times bestselling book--The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work. This educational workshop has been offered across the US and internationally, and has strengthened the relationships of tens of thousands of couples. It's specifically designed to help couples improve their friendship and learn powerful communication and conflict management skills.
The workshop includes lectures, demonstrations, videos and private couples exercises. The activities are fun, insightful and informative.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
COUPLES WILL LEARN AND PRACTICE RESEARCH-PROVEN TOOLS TO:
Make conflict work for your relationship
Deepen intimacy and build trust
Identify your solvable vs. perpetual issues
Strengthen your foundation of friendship
Collaborate more effectively to solve problems
Communicate clearly and effectively (...and get more of what you want and need as a result!)
The Seven Principles Program format includes lectures and private couple exercises. Participants will not share personal problems in front of others.
IS THIS PROGRAM RIGHT FOR US?
The Seven Principles Program is appropriate for:
Couples married for decades
Those wishing to enhance a good marriage
Those needing better conflict management tools
The Seven Principles Program is inappropriate for:
Couples in severe relationship distress
Significant emotional or physical abuse
Mental health problems
Relationships where one or both partners are addicted to drugs, alcohol, or other compulsive behavior
Included in the workshop:
The book The Seven Principles for Making a Marriage Work.
Two Seven Principles Workbooks
Love Maps Card Deck
Open Ended Questions Card Deck
Refreshments, Snacks & Lunch
Workshops fill up FAST because they are limited to ONLY 8 couples per workshop.
I've registered and submitted payment for the workshop. What now? Once you have completed registration and provided an email address and phone number upon checkout, you will be contacted by our staff to complete the Registration Process. Typically you will be contacted via email within 24 hours of registration. Within that email, you will be requested to schedule a 10-minute phone call (to be completed within 48 hours of registration). During the Registration Phone Call, we will gather further information from you, answer any lingering questions you may have, and either confirm your registration or suggest other services that are appropriate to your situation.
Who attends the couples workshops? Couples of all ages, incomes, races, nationalities, professions, religions, abilities, and orientations attend our workshops. Couples attend who already have a strong, healthy relationship, and couples attend to repair relationship damage and get back on track. Parents sometimes attend who have decided to end their relationship but want to do so in a way that doesn’t negatively impact their children, and receive skills to become healthy co-parents moving forward. We welcome all couples who want to work on making their relationship stronger.
Can we attend the workshop even if we aren't married? Yes. All couples are welcome. This may, in fact, be the best time to work on and build upon your relationship!
Is this workshop appropriate for premarital couples? Yes. We strongly encourage attending our workshop as premarital preparation.
Can I give the couples workshop as a gift to someone else? Yes. Gift certificates are available upon request.
Can I come to the workshop alone if I can’t convince my partner to attend? No. The workshop is intended for couples. Approximately 1/2 of the workshop is dedicated to exercises that you will do privately as a couple during the workshop.
How can I convince my partner to attend a workshop or go to counseling? Each couple is different and we are unable to provide specific advice about how to convince your partner to attend a workshop or seek counseling. However, many individuals have found that a good place to start is by sharing some of the research and videos on the Gottman website with their partners. Dr. Gottman’s bestselling book The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work is also a great way to become acquainted with the research and the Gottman Method.
I’d love to come to your workshop, but my partner is a private person and is not comfortable sharing in a group setting. No problem. Couples sit as an audience during the lectures and only engage quietly together. There is no group work and no mandatory sharing.
How many couples attend the workshop? No more than 8 couples attend.
Are we appropriate for your workshop if we don’t have any really huge problems? Yes. Couples who attend our workshop tend to fall into two categories: enhancement and repair. We applaud couples who are wise enough to attend the workshop for enhancement purposes. Our brains are more open to new learning when we are not stressed out, and our workshop is designed with plenty of humor and romance, so enhancement couples have a terrific time while learning. Feedback from both enhancement and repair couples indicates that the couples workshop is very beneficial.
Should I do anything to prepare? There are no prerequisites to attending a couples workshop. The workshop is self-contained and is appropriate even if you’ve never heard of Dr. John Gottman and his work. However, it is highly recommended (not necessary) that you first complete The Relationship Check-Up before the workshop to get the best results.
What is the Relationship Check Up? The Gottman Relationship Checkup is an online tool that is comprised of 480 questions which cover five categories of importance to healthy and satisfying relationships. Each partner is provided a private (and separate) link to the Checkup, and once each partner has completed the questions, a report is generated with the results of your current relationship health. This report is sent directly to Denise and she will then provide the results of your assessment during your 90 minute live video coaching session. Should we read The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work before attending? The workshop is self-contained; no pre-reading is required. Some couples report that reading The Seven Principles enhanced their workshop experience by providing a foundation in the research concepts and applications.
I'm nervous in large groups (even without sharing). Do you provide other formats? Private 1:1 Couples Coaching can be requested via email to info@DeniseLevyBSW.com Where to stay? (Out of town guests) We strongly encourage out of town guests to make this a weekend getaway! Even if you are just coming in from Panama City or Pensacola! Weekend getaways are a fantastic way to reconnect and bring back the spark! The main hotel on Navarre Beach is Spring Hill Suites by Marriott. For other hotels in the area Click Here. We also recommend checking out some of the amazing places on Navarre Beach offered through Airbnb.
What is your Transfer/Cancellation Policy: If cancellation is made 30 days before the scheduled workshop, a full refund minus a $75 processing fee will be given. If your cancellation occurs after the above mentioned deadline, your registration will be converted to a credit, good for a full year, that can be applied to future workshops.
Inclement Weather Policy: The Seven Principles Workshop will be canceled due to inclementweather ONLY if the Venue where the event is being hosted is closed, if there is a government ordered travel restriction, or if the presenters are prohibited by weather from being there. If the event is canceled due to inclement weather, your registration fee will be applied to the rescheduled date or to another Seven Principles Workshop of your choosing in the next 12-month period. Any travel expenses that may have been incurred cannot be refunded. If the event is held, but weather conditions prohibit your safe travel so you are unable to attend, your registration fee will be applied to another date of your choosing in the next 12-month period. Whenever possible, cancellation announcements will be posted to the DeniseLevyBSW.com website homepage and participants will be notiﬁed by email or phone. Thank you for your understanding.
Workshop Presented by:
Denise Levy, BSW specializes in the art and science of getting you out of your own way! Denise graduated from the University of West Florida with her degree in Social Work and is a Certified Life Coach & Professional MatchMaker. Denise has the perfect combination of education, professional and personal experience and she offers life coaching based on mindfulness, positive psychology, and cognitive behavioral techniques.
Denise has spent the last 30 years of her life intentionally observing, learning, researching, and interacting with people from all walks of life. As a student of human behavior, she has invested numerous hours and certifications, and has worked with leading industry experts to create a coaching model that she knows works!
In addition to her Life Coaching Certification, Denise is also a Certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Practitioner adding to her skill set and Life Coaching toolbox. Denise currently serves on the Board of Directors for NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Emerald Coast. NAMI is a national non-profit mental health consumer advocacy organization. NAMI Emerald Coast is a local affiliate of National NAMI.
Denise is a proud member of NASW, the National Association of Social Workers. Denise is a Trained Gottman Leader and loves teaching The 7 Principles for Making Marriage Work program.
Denise was featured in the Lifestyle Section of the Sunday Daily News for National Romance Awareness Month. Click Here to view the online article.
Co-Host: Michele Galarza
Michelle Galarza is a Relationship Coach and a trained Gottman Leader in the 7 Principles For Making A Marriage Work with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Psychology. She’s the author of the #1 best selling book, Relationship SOS: Seven Lifelines to Rescue Your Emotional Intimacy Now. Michelle and her team are passionate about helping couples reignite the spark and passion in their relationship.
Michelle is frequently featured in the media as a TV commentator on the topics of dating and relationships. She regularly contributes to national publications to include the HuffPost.
Prior to becoming a certified relationship expert, Michelle served in the United States Marine Corps for 13 years in the role of international diplomacy and conflict resolution. She focused on breaking down barriers of communication among diplomats and world leaders that assisted in the development of critical relationships to maintain US security.
From The Gottman Institute:
DISCLOSURE: We want to take a moment and advise you that this workshop is psycho-educational, meaning that it was designed to serve as teaching and guidance for you and is not couples therapy. Educators are available to assist with class exercises, not to conduct therapy. If you wish to pursue counseling, we suggest that you visit the Gottman Institute website at www.Gottman.com to find information that will help you locate a couples therapist who is trained in Gottman Couples Therapy or email info@DeniseLevyBSW.com for a referral.