Designed by Dr. Bob Navarra in collaboration with Drs. John and Julie Gottman
and The Gottman Institute
A Roadmap for the Journey is a research-based Gottman couples workshop designed to address the specific challenges often faced by those whose relationship has been affected by addiction. Whether one or both of you are in recovery from alcohol, drugs and/or behavioral addictions, this workshop will provide direction for your journey to Couple Recovery, supporting the relationship as well as the needs of each individual partner.
At the workshop couples learn a model for integrating and balancing Relationship Needs with Recovery Needs. You receive information, tools and support to help define and establish boundaries and roles, discover new ways to effectively manage conflict, and gather strategies to support the relationship in the context of each person’s recovery.
The road that got you here was long and difficult. Now that you’re here, it’s time to put your old map away and let us help you bring clarity to the road ahead.
The Workshop Program
The workshop includes brief presentations, role-play demonstrations, and lots of experiential exercises designed to help you address the challenges in your relationship. You will receive workshop materials and break-out space to practice what you learn. There will be a team of addiction and relationship specialists there to support you and your partner as you work on exercises and discover how to integrate these new research-based tools into your life.
Participants who will benefit from this workshop:
This workshop is for couples with one or both partners in early recovery (at least 6 months of sobriety) as well as for couples with long-term sobriety. Addictions can include: Alcohol, drugs, gambling, internet, love/sex, exercise, work, shopping/spending, compulsive eating, or internet/gaming. If you have questions about your individual situation please contact us, as we can evaluate on a case-by-case basis.
(Note: This workshop is not intended for couples in active addiction. If you or someone you know needs help, please see these resources for support.)
As a result of this workshop, you will be able to:
- Build and share a deeper connection
- Measure and manage emotions and keep discussions on-track
- Identify warning signs to help you avoid ineffective conflict management patterns
- Recognize and celebrate your relationship strengths and successes
As a result of this workshop, you will learn about:
- The nature of addiction and its physiological impact on both partners
- Warning signs for relationship killers like the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and what to do if they are attacking your marriage
- Skills to help define and establish boundaries and roles (interdependency vs.
- Special techniques to process arguments, express needs and effectively manage conflict
- Routes to new rituals of connection and family recovery
- How to build a solid foundation for your own Couple Recovery to help your dreams and aspirations come true for you, your partner and your relationship
Dr. Navarra is a consultant, speaker, trainer and author in Gottman Method. He is a Research Associate at Mental Research Institute and Co-founder of the Center for Couples in Recovery at Mental Research Institute where he developed the Couple Recovery Development Approach, a relational model of addiction treatment. He has presented his original research at conferences and workshops.Dr. Navarra has co-authored a chapter with John Gottman titled, Gottman Method Therapy:. Click here to learn more.
Additional Workshop Info
This workshop is sponsored by The Gottman Institute. The model integrates 10 years of couple recovery research by Dr. Bob Navarra (the “Couple Recovery Development Approach,”) with the “Sound Relationship House Model,” developed by relationship experts Drs. John and Julie Gottman.
If cancellation is more than 3 weeks before the workshop, a full refund minus a $50 processing fee will be given. After the cut-off date, your registration will be converted to a workshop credit, good for a full year, that you can use to attend future couples workshops through The Gottman Institute.
Additional Help & Resources
If you would like to learn more about additional help & resources, click here.