Seven Principles for Great Relationships: What We Know from Scientific Findings

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On March 15 2018 at SGU's Charter Hall, the Psychological Services Center sponsored a free public lecture titled "Seven Principles for Great Relationships: What We Know from Scientific Findings".  This event was facilitated by Dr. Don Cole, Clinical Director of the World-Renowned Gottman Institute.

Donald Cole, D.Min. LPC-S, LMFT-S is the Clinical Director for the Gottman Institute. As a Master Trainer, he offers all levels of training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy for therapists throughout the United States. He also serves as a consultant for therapists completing their final training in Gottman Method.

Dr. Cole is a licensed Professional Counselor and a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and is an approved supervisor in both disciplines. He received the Doctor of Ministry degree in Pastoral Counseling and Psychotherapy from Garrett-Evangelical Seminary at Northwestern University in 1993. Dr. Cole, along with his wife, Carrie Cole co-founded The Center for Relationship Wellness, a private practice for therapy, consultation and training in the Houston, Texas area. His work with couples includes couple's therapy, workshops, seminars and intensive marathon sessions. He is also committed to training therapists and other professionals and has provided supervision, graduate courses and continuing educational programs throughout his career.

Dr. Cole has authored a number of workshops including: The Unique Challenges of Second Marriages, Ethics in Couples Therapy, Domestic Violence and Law Enforcement and Living as God's Family: Relationship Enhancement for Congregations and has presented to a wide range of audiences such as The American Association of Pastoral Counselors and the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology. As an ordained Lutheran Pastor and Native American, Dr. Cole has served on the Board of Directors of the Oaks Indian Center where he helped design programs for staff training and family restoration. As an approved presenter for the Gottman Relationship Institute, Dr. Cole, partners with his wife Carrie, to offer The Art and Science of Love Workshop to couples three times a year.

Dr. Cole is an international writer and speaker who is known for his humor and down to earth approach.

He has authored or co-authored articles for Time Magazine, The Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy and Journal of Family Theory & Review.

About the Gottman Institute:
The Gottman Institute, founded by Drs. John and Julie Gottman, is world-renowned for its breakthrough research on couples and families. The institute has trained over 100,000 clinicians around the world, literally changing the face of marriage and family therapy over the past 40 years. Based on the Gottmans' early research on predicting whether couples will stay together, the Institute has been able to provide intervention and training to help couples and families to manage conflicts, deepen their relationships, and share their life purpose and dreams based on the Sound Relationship House Theory.