Imago Clinical Training Online

Introduction to Imago

Module 1

Begin your journey towards Imago Certification...

Imago Clinical Training - Introduction to Imago

Help create more safety, harmony, and compassion in all your clients’ relationships and advance your knowledge and skills by learning the deep relationship healing power of Imago. 

Program Description and Agenda

This course will enable you to experience, for yourself, the powerful intervention of the Imago Dialogue in couples therapy and provide you with a taste of the power of the "space between" in the couple dyad. You will practice and experience using Imago skills and begin to see the effectiveness of this intervention and understand why it is so powerful and impactful.

Our goal is for this to be a delightful and empowering experience for you!

Module 1 is divided into 8 lessons (32 hours) of a hybrid course and is an overview of the fundamental foundational theory upon which assumptions and ideas of Imago Relationship Therapy are built. Participants will explore and practice the application of the material in their clinical settings and with one another. Clinical skills include: Imago Workup, Imago Dialogue, Creating Safety, Deepening Empathy and Connection, Providing Feedback, Identifying Growth Edges, Appreciation Dialogue, Re-imaging and Re-visioning. 

This hybrid course of both self-paced learning and live, online class is designed to introduce mental health professionals to the theoretical foundations and clinical applications of Imago Relationship Therapy, a powerful and effective approach to couples therapy and counseling. 

This training is intended for therapists with psychotherapy education. The agenda for each session is as follows (times shown in ET):

1:00 to 1:50 PM lecture of the day

1:50 to 2:00 PM Q & A

2:00 to 3:00 PM small groups of 3 to 4 in break out rooms


Learning Objectives

As a result of this training you will be able to:

  • Seamlessly integrate psycho-education into a couples’ therapy session
  • Understand committed partnership as a journey from unconscious to conscious relating, reactivity to intentionality, and symbiosis to empathy
  • Help couples increase relational and emotional safety through empathic mirroring and validation, enhancing differentiation

Click here to read the complete list of learning objectives.



Early Bird Pricing - $790
(if registered more than 2 weeks prior to the start of the session)

32 total CEs - $40 (available for purchase after registration).

Continuing Education

This course provides 32 CE hours and is cosponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars, P.O. Box 14473, Santa Rosa, CA 95402.

Satisfactory Completion
Participants must have paid tuition fee, signed in and out each day, attended the entire seminar, and completed an evaluation in order to receive a certificate. Failure to sign in or out each day will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates available after satisfactory course completion at

Click here for Continuing Education (CE) details for this course.

Faculty Instructors

Nedra Fetterman, PhD
Dr. Nedra Fetterman has been a licensed psychologist for 25+ years with a demonstrated history of working in the professional counseling and training industry. She is highly skilled in Couples Therapy, Psychotherapy, Training Therapists,  Public Speaking, and Personal Development. She received her PhD focused in Human Development and Family Studies from Bryn Mawr College in 1990 and has trained extensively in Imago Relationship Therapy. She is a graduate of the Relationship Council of Philadelphia and the Gestalt Institute of Pennsylvania. She has been a keynote speaker at conferences (see her CV) and is a Senior Member of the Global Dialogue Institute of Haverford College in Pennsylvania.

Gene Shelly, M Div
Gene Shelly lives in Chambersburg PA after living and practicing in New York City for 48 years. He specialized as an individual psychotherapist/marriage counselor practicing Imago Relationship Therapy. Gene has been primarily known for his work as a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist, leading “Getting the Love You Want” couples workshops and as a Clinical Instructor of Imago theory and practice. He also provides supervision/consultation for several groups. Some groups are in their early learning stages of Imago practice and others are long-term groups working with couples in therapy.

Kobus van der Merwe, BD 
Kobus van der Merwe began his training in Imago Relationship theory in 1996 with Hedy and Yumi Schleifer and subsequently completed his advanced training with Maya Kohlman in Denmark to become the first Imago workshop presenter in South Africa. Over the past 20 years, Kobus has presented workshops for couples all over Southern Africa and in the process assisted some 3200 couples in improving their relationships. He also works with individuals and groups.

Herb Tannenbaum, PhD 
Herb has been a licensed psychologist for over 40 years. He is a faculty member of Imago International Training Institute and a certified Imago Therapist for over 30 years. Herb has presented the Getting The Love You Want Workshop throughout the United States. Herb is also a Fellow of the American Institute of Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. Currently, Herb is excited to be teaching online with the Online Committee of IITI.

Imago Clinical Training - The path to certification...

Please be sure to review the Admission and Certification Requirements prior to registering for Module 2. 

Cancellation and Disclosures

Registration cancellations made up to 30 days prior to the start of the course (the date of the first live class) will be refunded in full (less transaction fees). Cancellations made between 30 days and 1 week prior to the start of the course will be refunded minus a $50 administrative fee. Cancellations made less than one week prior to the start of the course will be refunded minus a $100 administrative fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations after the first live class. All cancellations, questions, and concerns can be submitted to  

There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.

Module 1

  • Sept. - Oct. 2022

    Thursdays from 1-3 pm Eastern

    September 8, 15, 22, 29
    and October 6, 13, 20, 27

    Early Bird Pricing thru Aug 25, 2022

  • Dec. 2022 - Feb. 2023

    Thursdays from 1-3 pm Eastern

    December 1, 8, 15
    January 5, 12, 19, 26
    and February 2

    Early Bird Pricing thru Nov 17, 2022

  • March - April 2023

    Thursdays from 1-3 pm Eastern

    March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
    and April 6, 13, 20

    Early Bird Pricing thru Feb 16, 2023

Imago Relationships North America
12172 South Route 47, #207
Huntley, IL 60142
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(866) 960-1550

Diversity and Inclusion

IRNA welcomes and aims to be enriched by all people and cultures.

Outside of North America?

Imago networks can be found all around the world.