The Bringing Baby Home
Certification Training Program (BBH)
Carolyn Pirak, MSW and Joni
Become a Certified Gottman
Bringing Baby Home Educator!
The Bringing Baby Home Certification Training program is
by Master Trainers, Carolyn Pirak, MSW and Joni Parthemer,
and offered under the direction of John Gottman, PhD, and the
Relationship Research Institute in Seattle. This 3-day
authorizes professionals from a variety of disciplines
educators, nurses, social workers, and clergy) to teach
and parenting couples the research-based relationship skills
essential for a successful transition to parenthood.
Purpose of Training:
The research shows that while this period holds potential for
great joy in a parent’s life, approximately two-thirds of
will experience a significant drop in relationship quality
3 years after the birth of a child. This decrease in
known to result in a dramatic increase in postpartum
relationship conflict, and hostility. These changes in
relationship result in compromised parenting and a decrease
the quality of parent-child interactions. It is our goal that
becoming a Certified Gottman BBH Educator, you will learn
the program and teach it in your community in the format
that best meets the needs of the population you serve.
Upon completion of the Bringing Baby Home Certified Gottman
Educator training, an instructor will have learned the
and skills necessary to teach the 16 hour psycho-educational
intervention in a variety of diverse settings. Educators will
able to provide couples with research-based information that
can dramatically change the course of their relationship. The
workshop is focused on providing new parents with the
and skills necessary to cope constructively with the birth of a
Through lecture, group discussion, and planned exercises, the
BBH workshop teaches couples how to strengthen their
increase intimacy, regulate conflict and how to build a
Through both lecture and video presentations, you will teach
couples to co-parent with their partner, to foster child
and to see the value of keeping dad involved. Educators teach
for sensitive and responsive parenting in an effort to promote
children in the emotional, social, cognitive and physical
Additionally, the BBH workshop encourages early parent-infant
dialogue and increases positive communication, ritual
and shared meaning for the whole family. The class can be
taught in a
variety of formats, (4 weeks, 6 weeks, 2 weekends, 1 weekend,
to cover the content of the workshop which is 12 hours.
Participants attending the training will receive the materials
to teach the workshop including: The Certification Training
one copy of the Couple’s Manual, and 4 sets of Bringing Baby
Exercise Cards. Participants will receive additional
for facilitating this program such as a Frequently Asked Questions
Pathways for Program Development and a How-To Guide for
a Program in the Community. Participants will have the
to purchase two newly produced videos or DVDs entitled: “What’s
Saying” and “Let’s Play With Baby” though these are not required
teach the class. To teach the class, instructors need to
purchase a $35 "toolkit"
for each which includes 2 manuals, 4 set of cards and signal cards
in the workshop).
In order to make this program successful, participants are
to read at least 2 of
3 books by John Gottman prior to the training
The first book titled, The Seven Principles of
Making Marriage Work
will lay the foundation for the theory upon which this training is
The second book titled The Relationship
Cure, is an introduction to the
skills and types of exercises that will be taught in the
training. The third
\book titled, Raising an Emotionally
Intelligent Child, teaches parents
to be aware of a child’s emotional state and gives guidelines for
foster emotional development in parenting.
To order these books at a discount, on amazon.com, click
Emotionally Intelligent Child:
In order to be certified by the Relationship Research Institute and
permission to teach this program in the community, an Open-Book
Certification Exam will be offered
during the last 75 minutes of the
This exam will be approximately 60 questions and
will include a combination of multiple choice and true/false
and one brief personal essay. A 70% or better score is
By completing the exam, educators will receive a certificate
them to present the Bringing Baby Home material to pregnant
parenting couples. Educators will be required to purchase the
Manuals from the Relationship Research Institute to use in
workshops and will be required to report the number of hours
and number of couples that they teach to RRI.
By attending the Certified Gottman Bringing Baby Home
Training Program and by completing the necessary tasks for
an instructor will be qualified to teach this workshop in his/her
Experienced instructors will teach you how to easily facilitate
and provide you with the fundamental knowledge set key to
the theories and skills for making this program successful.
be ready to facilitate this workshop and will have the required
and skills for teaching parents and couples. Participants
will have discussed
how to work with providers in their own communities to insure
Educators will have an understanding of the theories and skills for
this program successful and will have the information needed to
the program available to expectant parents and parents of infants
This is the same program presented by John and Julie Gottman in
their "Bringing Baby Home"
keynote session at the 2004 Smart Marriages Conference. You
can order a DVD or Videotape
of the keynote for $25 at 800-241-7785 or at http://www.playbacknow.com/cmfce.
Order session #754-P2. It provides a great preview of the
and it makes a great baby gift for new parents.
attended the Bringing Baby Home training in Seattle 3/05 and I was
can see how this program will help save marriages and help create
want to encourage anyone who is thinking of taking the 3-day
training in Dallas -- it is VERY
The presenters, Carolyn Pirak and Joni Parthemer, were great; the
and the possibilities are endless for helping young couples that
are bringing babies
the world. We are implementing Bringing Baby Home into our master
plan to help
the Central California area and are excited to see what
Mentoring Ministries, Inc.
For questions or information,
contact the Gottman Relationship Research Institute
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