At its essence, Imago is a shift in consciousness - we’re all in relationship, all of the time. Through the lens of a relational paradigm, Imago creates truly healing, healthy, and loving relationships in a profound and dynamic way. Imago training gives you the actual tools and practice to become comfortable and adept with any couple that walks into your office, and it also puts you on a spiritual path for your own wholeness and healing in relationship. This truly transformational training increases awareness of your own potential whether in relationship with your clients, your partner and/or the world.
Imago Relationship Therapy (IRT) is a comprehensive yet remarkably coherent theory and application, developed by Harville Hendrix, Ph.D., and Helen LaKelly Hunt. IRT powerfully synthesizes major aspects of depth psychology, object relations, systems theory, and humanistic-existential theory into a comprehensive approach to working with relationships.
Through the Imago Clinical Training program (ICT), you’ll have an opportunity to learn Imago theory and methodology that helps you love working with couples. The clinical training program is offered in two parts, Part 1, Fundamentals of Imago, can be taken in person or online. Part 2 of the clinical training is offered in person through lecture, demonstration, and experiential learning.
With this training, you’ll gain the tools and support necessary to integrate this unique and effective approach to working with couples into your professional practice, therefore, being able to teach couples how to use necessary skills to grow through power struggles inevitable in many committed partnerships.
You’ll find yourself becoming increasingly more conscious of healing that occurs when a difficult relationship begins to move into the empathic connection as opposed to the defensiveness so characteristic of couples experiencing pain.
You’ll also begin to realize the possibilities and opportunities for all couples when “individual diagnosis” is replaced with a relational lens. “The paradigm of relationship” allows us to see the wonderful potential for growth and healing via the interpersonal as opposed to the pathological labeling associated with a focus on the intra-psychic.
The Imago model…
Consistent with the approach itself, Imago believes that learning comes as much through experience as through understanding. Therefore, we compliment all of our theoretical teachings with direct practice, as well as personal exploration.
Our goal is to help therapists develop the skills that will allow a sense of confidence and competence in working with couples and relationships, thus skillfully guiding clients into “healing through relationship.”
This highly gratifying work will...
After this training, participants will be able to:
Level 1 (Training) - a 96 hour (12-day) training program which is usually completed in three parts, each equivalent to four days, broken up over 6-8 sessions if taken online.
Level 2 (Supervision, Self-Study) - based around a six-month program of supervision which prepares for submission of a final clinical video for evaluation as well as written reports.
12 Day Training: approx. $ 3,000
Supervision: $100 per month (6 months minimum)
Final video submission and Certification: $195
If a subsequent video is needed, the fee will be $150 for each further video presented for certification.
Average Total Investment: $3,795
96 hours of CE credits are awarded, which are recognized by APA.
(Not required for Fundamentals of Imago)
Each applicant will be considered on his or her own merits. If you do not have all of the above credentials, please attach a cover letter that addresses the exception to your applications. Please note that admission to this program does not guarantee certification.
At three months, the participants should write a one or two-page typed report of their experiences both in their personal lives and in their clinical practice and submit it to their Clinical Instructor. This report can be written before the evaluative video is passed. It is important that this report is not a glowing report of how wonderful everything is. It is to be a report of your growing edge and what you are personally and professionally working on to become a better clinician.
At six months, the participant should write a second one or two-page typed report of their development both in their personal lives and in their clinical practice and submit it to their Clinical Instructor.
These two reports should be about the trainee’s growth edge both personally and professionally to encourage the theory and practice of Imago Therapy to become more integrated in the trainee’s life and practice.
Assisting at a workshop
After completion of the 12 Days of training the participant should serve as a support therapist in a Getting the Love You Want Couples Workshop conducted by a Certified Workshop Presenter®. The trainee must meet with the presenter after the workshop for feedback and receive a positive evaluation from the presenter, which must then be submitted directly to the Professional Training Coordinator with a copy sent to the course instructor.
*After completing the requirements of the 12 Days of training and the 6-month supervision consultation to the satisfaction of your clinical instructor for 6 months you may apply for Certification.
In the event that the video is not considered by the Assessor to be a passing video, the Assessor will contact the trainee’s Clinical Instructor.
The CI will watch the video. If they agree that it is not a passing video, the Assessor will let the trainee know, and will proceed to give feedback to them. They will email the CI to let them know when this is done.
If the Clinical Instructor thinks it is a passing video, then the trainee will have the option to send it to another faculty member. This will be done anonymously. The Central office will send the DVD to another faculty member. That view will be binding.
Graduates of this track are eligible to: