I am so excited to announce “the specifics” of my new position! Starting in a few short weeks, once I wrap up my project management work with technology and marketing projects with Microsoft, I will be taking a 180 degree turn and dive into my new position as the Manager of Professional Development at The Gottman Institute!
The mission of the Gottman Institute, as stated on their web site, really sums it up:
“We understand that the human family is in crisis, and that all individuals are capable of and deserve compassion. It is our mission to reach out to families in order to help create and maintain greater love and health in relationships. We are committed to an ongoing program of research that increases the understanding of relationships and adds to the development of interventions that have been carefully evaluated. It is our goal to make our services accessible to the broadest reach of people across race, religion, class, culture, sexual orientation, and ethnicity. We are also committed to the care and support of our Institute team, as we know that compassion must begin with ourselves.”
Also as noted on The Gottman Institute’s website… “Today, with divorce rates of 50%, couples face severe challenges and seek a scientifically sound therapy to help them in the real world. Part of the mission of the Gottman Institute is to empower therapists to provide this help to couples and families. Accordingly, the Gottman Institute offers accredited training in research-based assessment techniques and intervention strategies for mental health professionals, allied professionals and clergy who wish to serve today's couples and families.”
Specifically, I will be overseeing this training program in Gottman Method Couples Therapy. (I won’t be conducting the therapy myself, of course; I will be managing the program that certifies mental health professionals to do so.)
Can you see why I am so completely honored to have been chosen to join their team (apparently from an applicant pool of quite a few hundred)?
If you want to learn more (or realize that you’ve already read a bunch of John Gottman’s books), here’s a reading list for you:
- The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work
- Why Marriages Succeed or Fail… and how you can make yours last
- And Baby Makes Three
- And many, many more!
I’ve also seen mention of Gottman's work in Blink, by Malcolm Gladwell. (“How do we make decisions--good and bad--and why are some people so much better at it than others?”)
You will surely be hearing more (to the extent appropriate and possible, of course). I'm sure that this job will blur the lines between “work” and “life” because my heart will truly be fully engaged in both.
I am still pinching myself and grinning ear to ear at my good fortune to have been asked to join the amazing team at this wonderful Institute, and I can hardly wait to jump in!