The Art and Science of Love: A Weekend Workshop for Couples

Communication Skills for Physicians

Medical marriages are hard!

The Institute for Physician Wellness is proud to partner with Master Gottman Trainer Dr. John "Jack" Crossen to present a special offering of the Gottman marriage workshop, exclusively for physicians and their spouses/partners.

Whether your relationship is in distress or just needs a few adjustments, the Art and Science of Love (aka Gottman Training) is designed to help couples do better. Don’t worry, we’re discreet. Group discussion of your private matters is not allowed.

This extraordinary event is perfect as a weekend getaway for couples to focus on each other, re-connect, and get to the heart of what matters most. This workshop digs deep into the groundbreaking Gottman Institute relationship studies, and will prove invaluable for both newbies and veterans of Gottman methods.

The skills learned and developed in this workshop will also carry over to improve your patient care. Let's face it: life is messy. Every day we work with patients and their families who are struggling with relationship problems. What can we say to a patient in a strained marriage, an adult needing to care for an elderly parent, or a child living in high-stress home? What do we do when our patients lose independence and become dependent on their spouse for daily needs? Developing our communication skills and learning tools to share with others is essential to providing optimum patient care.

Dr. Crossen is uniquely positioned to help medical professionals understand and apply the concepts of The Art and Science of Love to their relationships. Dr. Crossen helps physicians and their spouses/partners withstand - and even thrive - under the unique challenges of the medical marriage. A trainer for healthcare professionals, Dr. Crossen has an extensive history of direct collaboration with Gottman Institute founders Drs. John and Julie Gottman. He has 30+ years of experience and numerous partnerships with universities, counseling centers and private practices throughout the northwest region.

Dr. Crossen will be assisted by Caralee Frederic. Caralee is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), Certified Gottman therapist (CGT) and Certified Sexual Addiction Recovery Therapist (SRT) who has been using the methods developed by the Gottman Institute with couples since 2003. She is in private practice in Colorado, where she lives with her husband and 3 children.


November 3 - 4, 2017

Location:  Talaris Convention Center in Seattle

Workshops Times: 8 am - 5:15 both days

Cost: $925 per couple. Cost includes breakfast and lunch. Special pricing is available on accommodations for couples staying at Talaris.   

CME is available to us for this special offering!

CME credits:

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Washington State Medical Association and The Institute for Physician Wellness. The WSMA is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The WSMA designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.75  AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

 This activity meets the criteria for up to 12.75 hours of Category I CME credit to satisfy the relicensure requirements of the Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission.

What is included?

  • Two-day workshop with Dr. Crossen and Caralee Frederic
  • Breakfast and lunch for both days
  • Up to 12.75 hours Category 1 CME credits

What is not included?

  • Accommodations (special group rate available)
  • Travel insurance

Questions? E-mail the Institute for Physician Wellness.


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Frequently asked questions:

Where is the conference center?

Talaris Conference Center is located just five miles north of downtown Seattle, only a few blocks from the University of Washington campus in the "backyard" of Seattle Children's Hospital.

Sea-Tac International Airport is approximately 20 miles from Talaris, with travel time between 30-90 minutes based on traffic. There are a variety of transportation options available:More information is available at Talaris.

When does the workshop start and end?

Our time together starts at 8:00 am and runs through 5:15 pm on both days. 

What food will be provided?

Talaris provides daily breakfast and lunch in addition to refreshments throughout the day. Special dietary requests can be made in advance directly with Talaris.

Can my family join me?

The workshop is for physicians and their spouses/partners. Other family members are welcome at the conference center. Childcare is not provided.

Is Talaris accessible for all?

Please feel comfortable contacting Talaris in advance to discuss accommodations.