Last week on The Gottman Relationship Blog, we announced the relaunch of the Bringing Baby Home program and shared the date of the first Educator Training, which will take place on October 26th and 27th in Seattle, WA. This week, we will explain the training’s curriculum, share what skills attendees will gain, and discuss what knowledge they will be able to impart to others. We would like to start today by introducing you to the basic structure of the training.

Our newly designed, research-based training prepares participants to independently teach pregnant and parenting couples how to successfully prepare for the transition to parenthood.

Participants will learn to teach couples how to:

  • Strengthen their relationship
  • Effectively manage stress and conflict
  • Recognize and respond to postpartum depression
  • Meet the emotional and psychological needs of a child
  • Keep both parents involved in parenting 

By popular demand, we’ve reduced the workshop to 2 days from 3 to maximize your time. Educators from around the world are already signed up to attend! Join them and learn how to present this valuable and much needed work in your neighborhood.

Who is the training for?

Educators, nurses, social workers, child and family therapists, birth and postpartum doulas, midwives, childbirth educators, professors, parent coaches and clergy – all have taken the Bringing Baby Home Training and become Gottman Educators. The Educator Training program is designed for professionals who work with expectant parents and families with young children.

What can you do with this training?

The training provides the tools and know-how to facilitate couples’ small groups and classes at your church, community center, place of business, or home. Attendees learn how to teach pregnant and parenting couples the skills needed to encourage healthy, supportive family relationships while decreasing postpartum depression, relationship conflict, and hostility.

What can I expect from the training?

The BBH Training is a high quality program that combines lecture, multi-media presentations, interactive exercise, hands-on “teach back” opportunities, discussion, and periodic quizzes. Your workshop includes a dedicated trainer to facilitate two days of research-based training and all workshop materials. Participants will be taught how to use the materials, content, tools and exercises, and will be able to teach the BBH workshop to parents immediately following the training.

During the Educator Training, participants will have the opportunity to: 

  • Attend insightful research-based and research-tested lessons
  • Participate in “teach-back” sessions with peers
  • Learn ways to market and promote the BBH program in your community
  • Participate in brown bag discussions that will help reinforce key topics or points of interest
  • Test their knowledge of what was learned over the course of the training. Periodic quizzes during the training and provided sample test questions help participants prepare for the final test. Passing this exam enables participants to teach the BBH Program in their community.

As a result of Educator Training, participants will be able to:

  • Independently teach and facilitate the 12 hour Bringing Baby Home Couples Workshop.
  • Independently teach and facilitate multiple authorized Sections of the Bringing Baby Home Couples Workshop. 
  • Use the Gottman BBH Educator title and distinction.

Each participant receives the following materials: 

  • One Training Manual: Gottman Educator Training Manual, 300 pages. Developed and written by Drs. John and Julie Gottman and Master BBH Trainers, it includes all the teaching tools, exercises and research for successfully teaching the Bringing Baby Home Workshop. 
  • One Couple’s Workbook: Bringing Baby Home Couple’s Workbook, 150 pages. Includes insightful research, key parenting tips, guides and information, resources and interactive exercises. This is the manual that couples receive when taking the BBH Workshop from Educators. 
  • Six Card Decks: These fun, interactive cards are used in the Bringing Baby Home Workshop with parents as interactive exercises. Titles include: Love Map Cards, Love Map Cards For Couples with Kids, Open-Ended Questions Cards, Father’s Cards, Expressing Needs Cards, Softened Start-up Cards. 

If you have any questions about the October 26-27 BBH Training or would like more information about its curriculum, please contact Alan Kunovsky at or 206-523-9042 x 108. As always, we invite you to join the discussion on our Facebook page.

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Ellie Lisitsa

Ellie Lisitsa is a staff writer at The Gottman Institute and a regular contributor to The Gottman Relationship Blog. Ellie is pursuing her B.A. in Psychology with an emphasis on Cognitive Dissonance at Reed College in Portland, Oregon.