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February 10, 2019 @ 7:45 am - 10:00 am

Educational Goals: In this presentation the speakers will review their research findings related to the effectiveness of Gottman Method Couples Therapy with same-sex couples. They will describe couple dynamics illuminated by the Gottman Model, discuss similarities and differences between heterosexual and same-sex couples, and share important considerations when using the Gottman Method with same-sex couples. These considerations will help you add to your knowledge base, reframe some clinical scenarios with couples, and strategize potential interventions when couples appear “stuck” in a repetitive, unproductive interactional loop.

Learning objectives:

  1. Recognize six things all couples argue about
  2. Explain how same-sex couples tend to argue differently than heterosexual couples
  3. Recognize key differences in same-sex presenting problems
  4. List at least three basic tenets of the Gottman Method and their importance


Salvatore (Sam) Garanzini, LMFT, is the Executive Director and Co-founder of the Gay Couples Institute, based in San Francisco, CA. Salvatore is also an adjunct professor in the University of San Francisco Counseling Psychology Department. Alapaki Yee, LMFT is also a Cofounder of the Gay Couples Institute. Both are Certified Gottman Couples Therapists. Sam and his husband Alapaki opened the Gay Couples Institute in 2007, and to-date GCI has served over 2000 couples. In addition, they supervise clinical staff performing couples therapy at the Institute’s San Francisco, San Diego, and New York locations. In collaboration with Dr. John Gottman and his team, they have just published the first empirical outcome study demonstrating the effectiveness of the Gottman Method on same-sex couples and entrepreneur.

Meeting schedule:

3:45- 4pm Registration

4 – 6 pm   Considerations for Gottman Couples Counseling with Same-Sex Couples

  • Recognize six things all couples argue about
  • Explain how same-sex couples tend to argue differently than heterosexual couples
  • Define key differences in same-sex presenting problems
  • List several basic tenets of the Gottman Method and their importance

CEs offered: 2 CEs for $10, general admission is free.

SF CAMFT is a CAMFT approved CEU provider (#62283). The above course meets the qualifications for two hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPs, as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. If you are interested in obtaining CEUs, you may do so by paying $10 (cash or check) at the beginning of the workshop. To qualify for CE credit, you must arrive on time, sign in at the CE table, stay until the end of the program, sign out at the CE table, turn in the evaluation and pick up your certificate.

SFCAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs of any level of experience, in private practice, non-profit and hospital settings. SFCAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

Contact: For any questions, concerns, special needs accommodations or grievances related to programming, please contact the Programming Chair, Rose Dito at (650) 692 – 4118.

Location instructions:

To access paid garage parking take the Duboce entrance between, Castro and Scott into California Pacific Medical Center, and drive straight to enter the parking structure. There is also free street parking around the hospital area. Bicycle parking is located in the parking structure just to the left upon entering.

To find the Gazebo Room, turn right upon leaving the parking structure, walk down the hill to the Emergency room entrance, walk in the door and then down the hall to your right. Take the elevator up one floor, and walk right to the end of the hall.  The Gazebo Room is at the left at the end of the hall.

We encourage you to wear layers of clothing as the room temperature may vary.


February 10, 2019
7:45 am - 10:00 am


Rose Dito


CPMC Davies Campus, Gazebo Room