What is the University Outreach Program?

The University Outreach Program is an expansion of the Gottman Method Couples Therapy core clinical training program, designed to make Level 1 Clinical Training and Level 2 Clinical Training accessible and affordable to graduate students by helping universities offer the trainings as a supplement to their courses and programs.

Join the hundreds of schools around the nation that are participating in the University Outreach Program, including:


Level 1 Clinical Training will give participants new insights into treatment for couples who struggle, using research-based assessments and effective interventions based on the Sound Relationship House Theory. For more information on the Level 1 content and curriculum, click here.

Level 2 Clinical Training will help participants integrate and internalize the Gottman Method Couples therapy and expand upon assessments and interventions taught in Level 1. Participants are required to complete Level 1 before moving on to Level 2. For more information on the Level 2 content and curriculum, click here.

The University Outreach Program combines lecture footage from live trainings presented by Drs. John and Julie Gottman, actual video footage from Dr. John Gottman’s “Love Lab” research, and film clips of the Gottmans working with real couples in their clinical practice. The program also incorporates opportunities for group discussions, role play exercises (Level 2 only) and the opportunity to have questions answered by an experienced Certified Gottman Therapist. Your students will learn:

  • Proven strategies and tools to help couples successfully manage conflict
  • Skills that empower partners to dialogue about their worst gridlocked issues
  • Methods to help couples process their fights and heal their hurts
  • Techniques for couples to deepen their intimacy and minimize relapse

Who would benefit from this training?

The University Outreach Program is designed for Masters and Doctoral-level students who would benefit from these skills in their field of study or future career. 

Level 2 – We strongly recommend this training only be offered to participants who are in the clinical phase of their degree and already seeing clients so they can begin implementing and practicing Gottman Method techniques immediately.

Click here to read a student perspective on the impact of the University Outreach Program.

Note: Participation is limited to students, faculty, staff, and recent alumni who have graduated within the past 2 years. In order to host a program at your university, we require a minimum of 10 participants (5 participants for online trainings).

New for 2020: Online learning

The University Outreach Program is now available online. Groups of students and classes can now take Gottman Level 1 and Level 2 clinical trainings online, from the comfort of their own homes.

  • Same training, same (or better) deeply discounted price for graduate students: $125 for Level 1, and $188 for Level 2
  • NEW minimum – only 5 students required to participate!
  • NO in-class time spent training, NO need to schedule entire days for the training
  • Great for online courses, programs, and universities
  • Free preview for the organizing instructor or administrator who is integrating Levels 1 or 2 into their course or program

Request your custom student code today!

What’s new in the online learning?

If you wish to host an online University Outreach Program training as a part of your course or program, your students will gain access to the online Level 1 or Level 2 courses in Gottman Method Couples Therapy. 

Each student will own their online training. Unlike the old, proctored training, students will create their own accounts on Gottman.com, can watch on their own time, and will have continued access to the videos, for future reference. 

Manuals will be provided immediately via digital download. No need to worry about them arriving on time or stressing about last-minute sign-ups. Buying a physical copy of the manual is still an option, and is available at 50% off for students.

Proctoring is not needed. This takes up none of your time and eliminates the need to schedule large blocks of time that work for everyone. This can save you a minimum of 11 hours (Level 1) and 25 hours (Level 2)!

Students can purchase the training themselves via a custom discount code that we will create specifically for you. No more collecting payment, managing invoices, or coordinating with your purchasing department. No more worrying about ordering on time and distributing materials.

There is an assessment at the end of the training to test for completion. No more taking attendance or managing sign-in sheets. After the assessment, students will receive their certificates immediately. And unlike the previous model, CEs are included for FREE!