IRNA is a membership organization incorporated as a non profit in the State of Illinois, USA in September 2018. IRNA became recognized as a tax-exempt, charitable organization by the United States Internal Revenue Service in June 2019.
Some of IRNA’s functions are to provide professional resources to members, assist in coordinating regional conferences, support the formation of regional Imago chapters in North America, market Imago Therapists, Facilitators and Workshops in North America, and actively represent North American Imago Professionals in collaborative circles established by Imago Relationships Worldwide (IRW).
To provide support, connection, educational opportunities and inspiration to Imago Professionals in North America.
A world where individuals, couples, organizations and communities are empowered with Imago skills to effectively and safely cultivate conscious and connected relationships.
to Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
Make a donation (tax-deductible in the US) to our 501c3 organization, to be used for research, workshops or conference scholarships, diversity initiatives or to a project of your choosing.
Sociocracy, also known as Dynamic Governance, is a system of governance which seeks to achieve solutions that create harmonious social environments as well as productive organizations and businesses.
Sociocracy was adopted by IRNA as its method of governance with the ultimate goal of a collaborative, effective and efficient organization. In many ways Imago and Sociocracy are two different applications of the same idea. The two are linked and interdependent.
Circle Structure & Members - Lists the various circles and sub circles, their members and roles
Circle & Stewards Role Definitions - Defines the various roles in sociocratic circles
Aims & Domains - Outlines the tasks and authorities of each of the IRNA Circles
ImagoInsights: Sociocracy Education Series with Karen Gimnig
Dynamic Governance Summary Sheet
ImagoAfrica Meeting with Karen Gimnig - Sociocracy and what is happening.
We the People: Consenting to a Deeper Democracy
Book recommended by Lori Karch - Holocracy: The New Management System for a Rapidly Changing World
Interview with founder of Sociocracy Gerard Endenburg - 1 hour 32 minutes
While IRNA might not follow all aspects exactly as presented, this video provides a great overview of Sociocarcy and its application in an organization like IRNA.
Since the publishing of Getting the Love You Want in 1988 by Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Hunt and Harville’s subsequent appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, therapists have wanted to train in Imago. As more and more people became Certified Imago Relationships Therapists, there was a natural desire to gather and learn together, from which several organizations were born. Imago Training Institute (ITI), Association of Imago Relationships Therapists (AIRT) and Imago Relationships International (IRI) are all iterations of this desire over the years.
Starting in 2005, countries and regions around the world began forming local organizations under IRI. Today, over one thousand Certified Imago Relationships Therapists can be found in nearly 52 countries around the globe. Because IRI was based in North America, Imago Therapists (and now Facilitators) in the US and Canada, never formed their own, independent region.
In May of 2019 IRI transitioned from being an international membership organization and shifted their focus to the enormously important task of overseeing the research studies underway to make Imago an evidenced-based modality.
In anticipation of this shift, a task force was created in 2017 and charged with creating a new global organization to take the reigns from IRI, providing support and connection to Imago Local Organizations (ILOs) around the world. Thus, Imago Relationships Worldwide (IRW) was formed.
The same task force that created IRW recognized that, with the transition of the global organization, it was the right time for North America to follow the same path as the rest of the Imago global community and charged Imago Professionals in North America to form their own region.
Leading that charge were 3 IRI Board members: Lori Karch, Maureen McEvoy, and Virginia Thomas. As the the founders and shepherds of Imago Relationships North America, they created a business plan, raised funds, wrote grants, and have spent countless hours gathering and organizing members to get the organization off the ground. With the mission of providing support, connection, educational opportunities and inspiration to Imago Professionals in North America, countless others have risen to lead, organize and volunteer to create and continue to develop the organization as we know it today.
We get it! There are lots of acronmys in Imago-land....the alphabet soup can get very confusing. We've got you covered...
Imago Relationships North America (IRNA) is a membership organization incorporated as a non profit in the State of Illinois, USA in September 2018, with the mission is to provide support, connection, educational opportunities and inspiration to Imago Professionals in North America. IRNA’s purpose is to provide a sense of belonging and connection among Imago professionals throughout North America. Some of IRNA’s functions are to provide professional resources to members, assist in coordinating regional conferences, support the formation of regional Imago chapters in North America, market Imago Therapists, Facilitators and Workshops in North America, and actively represent North American Imago Professionals in collaborative circles established by Imago Relationships Worldwide (IRW).
Imago Relationships Worldwide (IRW) is the central Imago organization, which began on 6/1/19. IRW functions as a web connecting the many Imago professionals around the globe and provides conduits for the flow of information and ideas within the Imago community and out to the broader world. Contact James Kennedy for more information.
Imago Local Organizations (ILOs) are regional groupings of Imago professionals which exist all around the globe. Links to the various ILOs can be found on the Imago Around the World page of the IRNA website.
Imago Central Collaborative Circle (ICCC) is the central circle of IRW. Representatives from the ILOs and the various IRW circles and task forces meet monthly to connect and discuss the business of the worldwide organization. Anyone is welcome to attend as an observer. Contact Carol Dixon for more information.
Global to Local Organizations Worldwide (GLOW) is a meeting of the leaders of the various Imago Local Organizations (ILOs) to connect, collaborate and learn from each other’s experiences in their region. Contact Can Baycan for more information.
Imago Relationships International (IRI) is the former global Imago organization. IRI “closed its doors” as a membership organization on 5/31/19 to focus solely on research moving forward. Contact Tani Strain for more information.
Christine Hamm is an Independent Contractor who has been serving as the Executive Director of Imago Relationships North America (IRNA) since January 2019 and was instrumental in the formation of the organization from the very beginning. Having served as Association Administrator for the former worldwide organization, Imago Relationships International (IRI), Christine brings a deep knowledge and understanding of the Imago Community and an immense appreciation for the importance of Imago in the world.
She has a knack for technology and organization and a diverse background including visual communications, marketing and business administration. Christine manages a team of marketing, administrative, finance and information technology contractors and does a masterful job of balancing the many tasks she does to "keep the lights on" with being a dynamic and authentic leader.
She is a mom of 2 teenage sons and married the love of her life, Jared, in early 2021. She credits the success of her second chance at love, in part, to attending a Getting The Love You Want® Couples Workshop with Jared in 2018….describing the experience as “nothing short of life-changing!”
Linda A. Lewter, MA, LPC, NCC is a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in Imago Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, among others. Linda’s goal in working with individuals is to focus on their relationships with others, uncover unconscious thoughts and drivers, help them regulate their emotions, bring healing in areas of childhood wounding and help them understand how emotions and memories shape them today.
What makes Linda’s service distinctive is her uncanny ability to meet clients where they are and help them achieve positive results in a short number of sessions. She has worked with individuals, couples, parents and teens, military families, and those caring for aging parents. Linda received her Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia State University in Petersburg, VA, where she majored in Accounting.
She then went on to do a Master of Arts degree in Counseling/Psychology from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. Linda lives in the Hampton Roads Virginia area.
Latasha D. Harrison, MS, MA, EdD, LGPC has completed a third Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling through Loyola University’s Pastoral Counseling department. Latasha is providing professional counseling services for individuals (adults and children), couples, and families.
Latasha has a heart for helping people who are transitioning through divorce or relationship break-ups to restore their trust of self and others and provide support to help clients effectively address the challenges of separation in relationships. She is passionate about helping couples improve, deepen their relationship, and embrace the joys of a healthy relationship while incorporating spirituality. She also enjoys working with children.
Latasha is happily married with three daughters and one son. She enjoys dancing, cooking, and spending time with her family.
Jennifer Saunders, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in private practice in Studio City, California, specializing in working with couples and with individuals at transitional points in their lives who are seeking balance and a better way of being and doing. She has a special passion for couples work because when our primary relationship is working well, life is all the sweeter. She has extensive training and advanced certification in Imago Relationship Therapy, as well as training in other modalities (e.g., Gottman, Discernment Counselling).
Jennifer holds a B.A. in Literature from UC Santa Cruz, which included spending her junior year abroad at Birmingham University in the U.K. After graduation, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sri Lanka for two years. Upon returning to the States, Jennifer earned her J.D. at UC Berkeley and embarked on her almost 20-year legal career as a corporate finance attorney in downtown Los Angeles. In 2010, she left the law, returned to school and earned an M.A. in Psychology from Phillips Graduate Institute in Chatsworth, California, where she also earned her trainee and intern hours.
In addition to serving as a Steward for IRNA, Jennifer also currently serves as the President of the Board of THE MUSES of the California Science Center Foundation, dedicated to supporting and promoting the California Science Center’s education programs for youth, and as a Member at Large for the San Fernando Valley Chapter of the California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists. She eagerly looks forward to her next exotic vacation while waiting for any of her three adult children to visit her.
Walt Ciecko, PhD, BCB is a licensed psychologist in private practice for 36 years. He is the Director of the Delaware Relationship Center specializing in relationship work with individuals, couples, families, and organizations. Walt is an Imago Advanced Clinician, Workshops Presenter and Consultant. Additionally, he is certified as an EMDR therapist and HAT clinician, a Board Certified Biofeedback Clinician and a Heart Math Stress and Wellness Assessment Provider.
Walt joined the Imago Community when he took his initial clinical training in New York City in 1993 with Harville and the original five Master Trainers. He has presented the Getting the Love You Want Couples Workshop® for 25 years.
Clinically, he has extensive training in existential-humanistic, gestalt and gestalt body work, trauma and hypnosis, stress management and wellness, sexuality, men’s issues, and the mind/body connection and peak performance training. In his position as Director of the Delaware Relationship Center, Walt provides psychotherapy and counseling and various workshops and runs a long-standing Men’s Group.
Russell E. Hamm, PhD has served in higher education administration, in the federal government (Labor Department) , and as a consultant, project manager and, author in private practice. He is currently retired. Dr. Hamm has worked primarily in the fields of workforce training and as a technical writer/speech writer for leaders of national nongovernmental agencies and organizations. He holds a B.A., an M.S. and a P.h.D. which have focused primarily on communication, educational administration and, research.
Thavone Isabel Huinil, MSW, LMSW, CIRT, CAADC specializes in Relationship Issues, Highly Intuitive and Sensitive People (HSP), Racial Trauma, Cross-Cultural issues, and addictions. In addition to other models, she uses Imago Relationship Therapy to help couples, families, and individuals to connect on a deeper level and heal. Her approach is intuitive, holistic, and integrative of the best modalities that will fit her clients.
Thavone is well known for her welcoming and acceptance of all people from every religion, race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and political values. She believes the human spirit is strong, and we will work together to discover your unique innate gifts of resiliency and capacity for healing.
Maureen McEvoy, MA, RCC has been working in the field of trauma and anti-violence for 30 years. She works with individuals, couples, and groups. She is a long-standing instructor with the Justice Institute of BC, teaching other counselors skills for working with survivors of child sexual abuse and other traumas.
She provides clinical consultations to a number of counselors and agencies. Most recently she has undertaken projects to bring a trauma-informed approach to BC’s mental health and justice sectors, including a specific program with psychological staff within Corrections Canada. Maureen also works with couples where one or both of the partners is a trauma survivor – either recent or historical. She is a Certified Imago Relationship therapist (Advanced Clinician) and Clinical Consultant. She also presents – along with her business partner Tamara Adilman – the Getting the Love You Want® Couples Workshop weekend workshop for couples.
She has extensive additional training in working with couples including Gottman, Emotionally Focused therapy and Psychobiological Approaches to Couples Therapy (PACT). Many of her individual clients have experienced trauma, either recent or historical. Over the years she has developed a robust toolbox, including training in EMDR, Developmental Needs Meeting Strategies, Somatic Experiencing, and Sensorimotor Therapy along with earlier training in hypnosis and art therapy.
Ciara Simonson, MDiv, MS, 2021 Virginia Mother of the Year®, is an ordained minister with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and relationship counselor with the Imago Center of Washington DC. Indicative of her compassion for humanity and commitment to helping others heal and grow, Ciara established herself as a dynamic speaker and pastoral counselor integrating her theological and clinical background. Ciara identifies herself as the “wounded healer” who shares her passion for healing by educating, encouraging, and empowering others to honor the full context of their life.
Ciara’s pride and greatest joy is engaging the fullness of life with her loving husband, Victor Simonson while sharing the honor of parenting her daughter Victoria Grace, son Immanuel Justice, and carrying the memory of her angel baby Trinity.
Charles Sue-Wah-Sing is a first-generation Canadian of mixed ethnicity including Indian, Chinese, Armenian, British and African. He’s a conscious leadership and life coach and co-founder of WAY - a boutique coaching company with a focus on bringing consciousness to individuals, organizations and families.
He’s certified as an Imago Relationship Facilitator, Co-Active Coach (CTI), and holds accreditation with International Coach Federation (ICF). He’s also a faculty member with CTI. He also brings into his coaching an understanding of family dynamics, Positive Intelligence (PQ), Conscious Leadership, Emotional Intelligence (EQ), and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP).
Charles is on the board of multiple nonprofits targeting BIPOC, youth and poverty. Charles is a life-long seeker and an avid reader. He’s knowledgeable in many religions, politics, sciences, history, culture, ceremonies to name a few. Charles has facilitated men’s groups and ran workshops for couples and is now writing a number of projects pertaining to culture, ceremony, purpose and the times we're in.
Jill Wolf, LCSW graduated with an MSW in 1984 from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois, and began her professional career in the child welfare system. She quickly recognized that if someone could have helped the parents, maybe so many of these kids wouldn't be in the system in the way they were. She began her training with and was certified by Dr. Harville Hendrix, the founder of Imago, in 1990. To say it changed her life personally and professionally is a huge understatement.
Jill continues to see mostly couples in her private practice, as well as presenting the Getting the Love You Want® workshop for couples and the Keeping the Love You Find workshop for singles. In 2021 she will be presenting the Imago Clinical Training for therapists who want to learn this model. She has had the amazing opportunity to offer many presentations at international Imago conferences, including many stand-up comedy bits there. Jill’s 5 kids (and now 3 grandkids!) keep her humble by telling her that she’s not that funny (she is!).
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