This course is designed to teach therapists how to use their own centered, embodied, and attuned presence to meet a couple or client where they are and bring the structure to them in an attuned, safe way.
As therapists we expect a little chaos. However, there are couples who just seem to challenge us every step of the way. Even when resistance and reactivity center on the dialogue itself, we can track energy with skill, empathy and compassion, moving couples toward connection, replacing negativity with positivity and affirmation. Through the use of video clips, role plays, demonstrations and didactic material we will create an interactive, fun and dynamic space to focus on our own inner attunement and ability to connect, thereby deepening our work.
From an Imago perspective, anxiety is at the core of all relational challenges. Anxiety causes clients to react to their partner in unconscious, hurtful, and destructive ways, and it causes clients to be very resistant to the counseling process. Anxiety in the therapist also causes unconscious reactivity and resistance to the counseling process. This course challenges the traditional understanding of resistance and reframes it as an indication of something much deeper—Terror. Taught from the perspective of the relational paradigm and Imago Relationship Theory, this course employs a combination of interactive lectures, personal writing exercises, role play, and demonstrations.
This course challenges the participants to identify their reactivity. It explores when and how that shows up in the counseling session sabotaging the entire counseling process. Course participants learn skills to determine their countertransference and stay consciously present with themselves and consciously attuned to their clients in session. This course explains the participant to model and teaches attunement, compassion, validation, and empathy in the therapy session to empower highly reactive couples to be their wounded healers and step into loving long-lasting, fulfilling love relationships. This course employs findings from the research in neurosciences, attachment theory, mindfulness, and Imago Relationship Theory.
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This program is intended for Certified Imago Therapists, Certified Imago Facilitators and Educators and Certified Imago Workshop Presenters at the advanced level. There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.
IRNA Gold Members - 20% off
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CEs available for purchase after registration for an additional $40.
This Live Interactive Webinar provides 24 CE hours and is cosponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars, P.O. Box 14473, Santa Rosa, CA 95402.
Rebecca Sears, M.Div., LPC has been in practice as a pastoral psychotherapist in Washington DC since 1986, an Imago therapist since 1994 and a Faculty member here at IRI since 2003. As a Clinical Instructor and Faculty member of Imago Relationships International, she trains clinicians and other professionals in Imago Relationship Therapy both in the US and abroad. Deeply rooted in the healing and growth potential of Imago Relationship Therapy, Rebecca is passionate about empowering clinicians and teaching the fine art of becoming a skilled couple’s therapist. Her dedication to the trans-formative power of Imago theory has taken her from being a Workshop Presenter of “Getting the Love You Want”, to now training psychologists, therapists, educators and mediators globally. Since 2001
Rebecca took Imago to Russia where is still involved in training and building a community of over 20 Imago trained therapists. She has also trained in South Africa, Namibia and now very involved in Estonia and Vancouver Canada. Rebecca continues a practice in Washington DC dedicated to helping couples restore safety and connection in their relationships and marriages.
An internationally recognized speaker, teacher, leader, and the developer of her own theory on intuition that includes a 9-trait model for Highly Intuitive People, the Invalidation Wound, and narcissism as an adaptation in highly sensitive and intuitive children. Michelle has been teaching the clinical training for Clinicians of Color since 2021 (we begin during Black History month each year) along with Linda Lewter and others she is mentoring towards leadership and faculty. She started a training for those who identify as Sex Positive in 2022. These trainings create a special space for those who have a specific experience, unique culture or identity, as well as those who work with relationships that have faced the pressures and trauma of marginalization.
Michelle is a Certifeid Group Pracitioner and Fellow in the American Group Psychotherapy Association. She frequently lectures about talking about money and honing intuition in groups. She has lead weekly process groups since 2009 and a weekly process training group for therapists since 2018 and utilizes these skills as a trainer. Michelle has trained in: Voice Dialogue, EMDR (certified since 2009), Sensory Motor, Group Psychotherapy, Modern Analytics at The Center for Group Studies, and Imago! (of course). She is a PhD candidate at Daybreak University conduction research on the Imago Clinical Training to see if the training has an affect on the beliefs of the therapist. Michelle worked in Human Resources and Staffing for Dell Computer Corporation and also teaches the Imago Professional Facilitator Program to professionals wanting to apply Imago concepts to their teams, organizations, in their classrooms, and more!
Registration cancellations made up to 30 days prior to the start of the course (the date of the first live class) will be canceled at no cost. 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 must be submitted in writing via email. For questions or concerns, contact info@
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