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                                        Gottman Couples Therapy -
                                     A NEW Research-Based Approach
                     Integrate Research-Based Methods To Maximize Your Competence
                                        and Inspire Transformation
                                    (Presented by Dr. Vagdevi Meunier)

Intended Audience:
Participants working in the following fields will benefit from this training:
  * Mental health providers
  * Allied professionals and clergy
  * Students and interns
  * Family clinic staff
  * Professors/teachers of couples therapy
  * Researchers in the social sciences
  * Employee assistance professionals
About the Workshop:
When couples enter the therapy office, they sting with pain and despair. They look to the clinician to referee chronic
conflicts, fix their partners, and rebuild burned bridges. Now, based on Dr. John Gottman's 35 years of compelling research
with over 3,000 couples, there's a practical and highly effective approach to guiding these couples across the chasm that
divides them. In this workshop, Dr. Meunier will provide you with a research-based roadmap for helping couples to
compassionately manage their conflicts, deepen their friendship and intimacy, and share their life purpose and dreams.

In this inspirational two-day workshop, you'll learn:
   * New research-based assessments and effective interventions to help understand couples' struggles
   * Research-based strategies and tools to help couples successfully manage conflict
   * Skills that empower couples to dialogue about their worst gridlocked issues by uncovering their underlying dreams,
history, and values
   * Methods to help couples process their fights and heal their hurts
   * Techniques for couples to deepen their intimacy and minimize relapse

You'll receive a 300-page Clinical Manual featuring new relationship assessment questionnaires and clinical interventions.

Clinicians who take this workshop will be equipped with new methods and tools to help couples break the cycle of criticism,
defensiveness, contempt and stonewalling. Through demonstrations and films from the clinical office, you'll see how to
apply the research-based principles and interventions of Gottman Method Couples Therapy to strengthen:

   * The Friendship System - the building block for intimacy, passion, and good sex
   * The Conflict System - the basis for helping couples manage solvable problems and understand and manage irresolvable
   * The Shared Meaning System - the existential foundation of the relationship that helps couples create shared purpose in
building a life together

Learning Objectives:
 Participants will be able to:
  1. Summarize the research that allows prediction of future relationship stability with 94% accuracy
  2. Describe the seven levels of the Sound Relationship House theory
  3. Conduct a couple's therapy assessment using elements of the couple's narrative, the Oral History Interview, written
questionnaires, observations of conflict, and individual interviews
  4. Describe two interventions for each: to help strengthen a couple's management of conflict; to enhance a couple's
friendship system; and to explore a couple's system of shared meaning.

Participants who complete the two day workshop will receive Level I Gottman Certification. Registrants must
attend the workshop in its entirety to receive the Certification (late arrivals or early departures on the day(s) of
the workshop will not receive the certification). (Please see note below for those who attended the Gottman
Model workshop at our annual conference in Calgary in May.)

Date:                                                            Location:
Monday October 26th and Tuesday October 27th, 2009               Red Deer, AB
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.                                            Holiday Inn, 6500 – 67th Street
                                                                 A block of guest rooms has been booked for those
                                                                 needing accommodation under group block #249614
Registration: Please register as soon as possible before September 30th as we need to order manuals
                                for each participant.

Registration Fees:
Two-Day Workshop
$310.00 + $135.00 for the manual – total of $445.00 + GST – PAA Member
$155.00 + $135.00 for the manual – total of $290.00 + GST – PAA Student Member
$395.00 + $135.00 for the manual – total of $530.00 + GST – Non-Member

**Those who attended the Gottman Model workshop on May 8, 2009 at our annual conference in Calgary may
register for Day Two only:
$165.00 + $135.00 for the manual – total of $300.00 + GST – PAA Member
$ 85.00 + $135.00 for the manual – total of $220.00 + GST – PAA Student Member
$225.00 + $135.00 for the manual – total of $360.00 + GST – Non-Member

Dr. Vagdevi Meunier is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor of Counseling at St.
Edwards University in Austin, Texas. She has a private clinical and consulting practice where she
specializes in relationship therapy, relationship education, professional and organizational trainings and
Dr. Meunier has over 25 years of experience as a therapist, consultant, and educator. She is a certified
Gottman Couples Therapist, a certified Gottman Workshop Leader, and an approved professional trainer for
the Gottman Institute. She has been a consultant and trainer in the Gottman method since 2006. She is also
an approved Seminar Director for the Prepare-Enrich premarital assessment program.

The Psychologists’ Association of Alberta (PAA) is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) to
offer Continuing Education (CE) for psychologists. This workshop is offered for seven (7) hours of CE Credit per day.
Full attendance at the workshop is required to receive Continuing Education Credits. Partial credit will not be
awarded, and late arrivals or early departure will preclude awarding of Continuing Education Credits. PAA maintains
responsibility for the program.
Cancellation and refunds may be applied for in writing to the PAA office. Cancellations received fourteen
(14) days prior to the Continuing Education activity will receive a full refund of the registration fee, less a
$25.00 + gst processing fee. Late cancellations will be considered in the cases of illness or emergency,
however, the processing fee will apply. PAA reserves the right to cancel any activity, in which case a full
refund of the registration fee will be provided.

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