Unique CME Opportunity: April 28 and 29, 2018 – Chicago

"We took this workshop in November 2017 in Seattle. I highly recommend the whole experience. The trainers were top-notch and the staff was terrific. There wasn't any group sharing or anything like that; when we worked on specific issues - we did it on our own. I've gained skills that can be used in a wide variety of settings - both at work and at home." - Communication Skills for Physicians Workshop Participant

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

Join the  millions of couples around the world who have benefited from the research-based Gottman Method for healthy, lasting relationships and improve your patient care.

CME: Up to 12.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™.




Medical marriages are hard!

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.

Information about the research-based Gottman approach to relationships.

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 teach this course with Sinead Smyth, a licensed marriage and family therapist who has a clinical and consulting practice in the San Francisco East Bay since 2000, specializing in work with couples. A certified Gottman Therapist and couples workshop leader, who has trained clinicians in America and Europe.


Dates: April 28-29, 2018

Location:  Hyatt Regency: O'Hare in Chicago. This iconic Chicago airport hotel is located near O’Hare International Airport, downtown Chicago and shopping destinations. The hotel provides free shuttle service to and from O'Hare Airport.

Cost per Couple: Early registration rate $1395 until January 31, 2018 (plus accommodations.) After February 1, 2018, $1495.00. Group rate for hotel rooms - $139 per night. Participants can add the Regency Club to their reservation for $50 per night. Regency Club access includes indoor lounge, daily continental breakfast, refreshments and snacks throughout the day, light hors d'oeuvres and desserts each evening. Group rate reservation link.

CME Credits: 12.75

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 physics.

The WSMA designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physician 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 1 CME credit to satisfy the reclicensure requirements of the Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission.

What is included?

  • Two-day workshop with Dr. Crossen and Sinead Smyth, LMFT
  • Up to 12.75 hours Category 1 CME credits
  • Free shuttle (provided by the venue) to and from the airport
  • Coffee service and refreshments during the workshop. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are on your own - there are many restaurants onsite and within walking distance from the hotel.
  • Discount group rate for rooms, free access to fitness center and free wifi in all guest rooms.
  • All workshop materials.

What is not included?

  • Accommodations (special group rate available)
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Travel insurance

Questions? E-mail the Institute for Physician Wellness.

Registration is Full

Couples Workshop Waiting List

We will try to accommodate everyone who is interested in attending this retreat. To place your name on the waiting list, please provide your contact information.


Frequently asked questions:

Where is the conference center?

Hyatt Regency: O'Hare - Chicago

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?

The venue provides coffee services and refreshments throughout the day.

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 the venue accessible for all?

Please feel comfortable contacting the venue in advance to discuss accommodations.

Cancellation Policy: Before 60 days of the workshop, a full refund minus a $100 service fee. Within sixty days of the workshops, no refunds unless we can fill your spot. If so, a $150 service fee will be charged.