Characterological Growth

Parts Work for Relationships - Online Advanced Training

presented by Carol Kramer & Marcia Ferstenfeld

Come explore your shadow, how it works in relationships, and how we can integrate our missing selves in order to reclaim our full aliveness.

This course is designed to go deeply into the ways your defenses and your character structure affect others. Another purpose is to grow your container so you can be big enough to hold all that life hands you and to help you rock between the joy and the sorrow of life.

In the role of therapist, we have a gift of distance. We care about the pain we see in others and we have the experience of being in the role of “the good parent.” We are rarely aware of the parts of yourself that reside in the shadow.

We try to accept our clients as they are. Although we can be challenged at times to accept specific traits or behaviors in our clients, it is much easier than accepting our partners, our children, our friends, and our colleagues. How bewildering it is to be loving, conscious, and empathic with clients and unconsciously mean-spirited to those we are closest! The parts of us that hide in the shadow and specifically in our role as therapist will deeply impact our personal relationships and at times painfully challenge our professional abilities.

Learning Objectives

In this course, participants will learn to...

  • Apply insights regarding childhood adaptations to facilitate emotional growth and healing in the client population
  • Summarize and define self-defeating patterns of behavior that challenge personal growth
  • Explain specific skills for increasing attunement capacity in therapy sessions
  • Demonstrate and apply exercises that clarify counter-productive patterns
  • Create new neural pathways for personal and clinical application
  • Practice Integrating shadow parts of self
  • Create awareness of defensive structure
  • Define characterological adaptations and how they affect relationships
  • Review how to link self-defeating patterns of behavior to the unmet needs of childhood.
  • Formulate forgiveness structure and plan
  • Describe awareness of hidden self
  • Construct a personal vision statement for self-growth
  • Tell how to develop and accept disowned self traits
  • Identify denied traits and discover positive aspects
  • Discuss how to build and expand sentence stem vocabulary for use with couples

This training is intended for Imago Therapists, Imago Professional Facilitators and therapists in general at the intermediate level.

About Carol

Carol Kramer, LCSW, a sought-after clinical Imago Faculty trainer, was trained by Dr. Harville Hendrix. She brings enthusiasm, passion, expertise, warmth and clarity to the process of understanding and learning Imago theory. She is able to break down the skills of how to utilize the theory in practice in a tangible and practical way regardless of learning style. Carol is a gifted teacher as well as a compassionate, thoughtful and connected healer which makes the process of learning and engaging in the process safe, fun and productive.

About Marcia

Marcia Ferstenfeld, M.A., CIRT, CI is known for her keen grasp of the heart of Imago theory and practice. She has been a moving force in Imago since 1993. Marcia brings warmth, humor, clarity, knowledge and intuition to her teaching which creates a learning environment that benefits every learning style.

Marcia works to create a safe environment that allows participants to stretch into their potential, and do the work of growth and healing, both personally and professionally. The core of her clinical practice, Imago has transformed her work. Assisted by Larry, her husband of nearly 59 years, the two bring a wealth of insight and experience gleaned from their personal devotion to their own evolving Imago relationship.

Continuing Education

This webinar is co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars, P.O. Box 14473, Santa Rosa, CA 95402.

*Please note that R Cassidy is no longer an APA approved sponsor and the coverage provided is limited. Please read the coverage details carefully before purchasing.

February 22 - 25, 2024

Online, via Zoom
7:00 am Pacific, 8:00 am Mountain, 9:00 am Central, 10:00 am Eastern
for 7 hours each day

Cost: $750

IRNA Pro Members - 15% off
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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  


IRNA strives for full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), by being committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodations for participants with disabilities.

Prior to the beginning of the program, any known conflict of interest or commercial support will be disclosed. In the case where there is no known conflict of interest or commercial support, this will be made evident also. Information concerning conflicts of interest and commercial support is also disclosed via promotional materials that are made available to any potential participants prior to registration for the course.

Partial scholarships are available for individuals identifying as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC).

Imago Relationships North America
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Diversity and Inclusion

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

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