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    Couples Workshops


    The Seven Principles Workshop is education (not therapy) for couples of all walks of life and relationship stages. It is designed to help couples learn how to deepen their friendship, talk to each other about anything, and manage conflict successfully. This educational workshop is based on the internationally acclaimed research of Dr. John Gottman and has strengthened the relationships of tens of thousands of couples around the globe.

    The workshop involves lectures, videos, and private couples exercises, and is designed to be insightful, informative, and a little bit of fun! Couples are not asked to share personal information publicly — break-out sessions are built into the experience for couples to do some private work.

    In-Person Workshops

    These are one-day events held on a Saturday, once in the spring and once in the fall. They are held at CBT Specialty Services of Iowa (1811 Boyson Rd, Hiawatha, IA) and are open to couples anywhere.

    Virtual Workshops

    The virtual format of the Seven Principles Workshop is currently offered once per year, in winter. We will meet online one evening per week over a period of 6-8 weeks. The online workshops are also open to couples anywhere.

    Registration per couples includes:

    One Seven Principles Book

    Two Seven Principles Workbooks

    One Love Maps Card Deck

    One Open-Ended Questions Card Deck

    Couples that would benefit from this workshop include:




    Everyone from newlyweds to seniors

    Those who wish to take their marriage from good to great

    Those needing better conflict management skills

    This workshop is not well-suited for couples experiencing:

    Severe relationship distress

    Emotional abuse

    Domestic violence

    Active addictions (alcohol, drug, gambling)

    Serious mental health problems in one or both partners

    Individuals not currently in a relationship

    To register for an upcoming workshop, contact us at 319.250.1267 or cbtspecialtyservices@gmail.com.