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About The Seven Principles For Making Marriage (and Relationships) Work

This is a workshop for all couples; though the title includes the word “Marriage”, being married is not a requirement.  The material that couples receive during this workshop, is based on The New York Times best seller, The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John M. Gottman, Ph.D. and Nan Silver.  The book summarizes the research of Dr. John Gottman and guides couples on the path toward harmonious and long-lasting relationships.

This psycho-educational class, presented over 12 hours during a single weekend, is designed to help couples strengthen their relationships in a variety of ways; including deepening their love maps, fostering fondness and admiration, facilitating turning toward each other, accepting influence, solving solvable problems, overcoming gridlock, creating shared meaning and maintaining gains.

The workshop provides structure, motivation and accountability for couples to effectively implement the content of the book, The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John M. Gottman, Ph.D. and Nan Silver.  Some couples find that signing up for a class, designed for relationship enhancement, eliminates a bit of uncertainty and hesitation about seeking individual couple’s therapy or working on their relationship on their own.  The class format encourages both partners to work on their relationship rather than one partner alone, reading the book without the other person’s participation.  It can also be encouraging to work on one’s relationship in the context of other couples that are doing the same thing.

There is no group work, sharing or public disclosure in this workshop.  Couples work privately on exercises designed to address the real challenges in their relationships.  Certified Gottman Therapist, Gloria Jean Bannasch, will be available to support couples during the exercises and to answer any questions that may arise.

Workshop Tickets are $600 per couple

Registration is not complete until after our team has spoken with both you and your partner.  We need to speak to each of you, by phone, for only a few minutes to be sure that this workshop is a good fit for you and your partner, at this time.  It will also be a good time to for us to answer any questions that either of you may have.

If you and your partner are dealing with the trauma of a recently exposed affair, if the police have recently come to your house to deal with a domestic disturbance or if one of you has been recently court ordered to attend anger management classes, then you and your partner would be best served by seeing a therapist for couple’s work prior to attending this workshop.  If after speaking with you and your partner we agree that this workshop, at this time, is not a good fit, your registration will be refunded.

Please note:  If for any reason, you are unable to attend this workshop on the dates you selected, a credit will be applied to a future session for The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work (run by GJB Health Services and Gloria Bannasch) or be used to pay for up to 3 hours of marriage (or individual) counseling with Gloria Bannasch.  We ask that you give us as much notice as possible if your plans change, as a courtesy to other couples on our wait list.

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Who Should Attend:

Couples who are living together, pre-marital couples, couples contemplating engagement and married couples are all welcome at this workshop.

Clinicians, pastors, priests, or rabbis will benefit from attending, with their partners, as a means of personally experiencing the Gottman Method and for professional development.

Who should not attend:

Couples who are experiencing severe relationship distress, significant emotional or physical abuse, serious emotional or mental health problems, relationships where one or both partners are actively addicted to alcohol or other drugs, and relationships with serious compulsive behaviors with gambling, sexual acting out and/or other disruptive behaviors would be best served by obtaining couples therapy from a certified Gottman Therapist.  This workshop does not, and cannot, provide the therapeutic support needed to address these more difficult issues.

What You’ll Learn

 Increase friendship in your relationship

  • Improve communication
  • Protect your relationship from outside stress
  • Deal more effectively with conflict
  • Learn to solve “solvable” problems
  • Overcome gridlock and effectively discuss perpetual problems
  • The art of compromise
  • How to repair your relationship when it becomes derailed by conflict or regrettable incidents
  • How to support one another successfully
  • Create shared meaning
  • What the Masters of Relationship know about sustaining and maintaining healthy relationships

The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work has been used around the world by thousands of couples to strengthen their relationships.  It has been translated into over 20 languages and is used in a variety of settings.

Packed with practical questionnaires and exercises, the book is a definitive guide for anyone who wants their relationship to attain its highest potential.  It aids couples in deepening the friendship foundation of their relationship, managing conflict successfully, honoring each other’s dreams and creating shared meaning.