This is the end of the third year that Marcia and I have been offering Art and Science of Love workshops together, and we have come to the point that we feel that we need help with a very important job, interviewing our prospective couples on the phone. One of the requirements of the Gottman Institute is that we interview each couple before processing their registration for the workshop to determine whether or not the workshop is suited for the needs of the couple. Our primary c0ncern is to make sure, as much as we can before the workshop, that the workshop will not pose undue stresses on the couple and that it will be helpful to the couple. Marcia and I take this concern seriously and although we clearly need help managing our workload, we have never been willing to delegate this task to someone who does not meet our standards.
Luckily we were able to hire Gina Carini, who will take over this responsibility starting with the registration for our upcoming November 6th and 7th workshops. Marcia and I have each worked with Gina for several years, as she works for the Kaiser Santa Rosa Psychiatry Department as a Patient Service Representative. She has years of experience working with our patients on the phone and registering them for appointments in the clinic. Furthermore, she has a B.A. in Psychology from Sonoma State University and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco, and is currently working as a Marriage and Family Therapy Intern at Memorial Hospice in Santa Rosa.
We are thrilled to have Gina on our staff and we know that all of our couples will have the benefit of her wonderful personality and clinical experience. Welcome Gina!