Brilliant at the Basics

Advanced Clinical Skills - Online Advanced Training

presented by John Hjarsø Mortensen and Caroline Bernhardt-Lanier

A lively and interactive course of delving deeper into building our skills and deepening our processes of Dialogue.

Our goal is that you leave this training with an expanded understanding of how and why to use different interventions at different times, and to support you in being creative within the structure of the dialogue process. We will sharpen your use of sentence stems and doubling to increase connection, safety, and forward movement with your couples. Together we will clarify and deepen the essential theory pieces that help keep you calm and connected to your couples…yes, all your couples! As you master the Imago ‘Basics’ we will now add the skills to become ‘Brilliant’ and trust the depth of the Dialogue process even more.

The program is designed to review, deepen and expand the clinical skills that were taught in the Imago training. You will move beyond the mechanics of facilitation and learn to use sentence stems, doubling and focusing in a creative and artful way. You will work towards a stronger integration of Imago into your therapy parctice and develop an Imago Therapeutic stance at the proficient, expert-level.

Learning Objectives

In this course, participants will learn to...

  • explain 'The Big Picture' of what is going on with every couple's conflict seen through the 4 meta-theories
  • use sentence stems, doubling and directives more effectively and attune to the couples' need to move safely into unconscious material
  • explain and direct the PCD, Appreciation Dialogue and Commitment Dialogue more effectively.

Clarify and deepen the essential theory pieces that help keep you calm and connected to your couples...yes..all your couples!

About John

John Hjarsø Mortensen, cand.psych.aut, is a psychologist with a private practice in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is a lektor at University of Copenhagen at the Institute of Psychology where he teaches Relational Psychology, the psychology of couplehood and the therapeutic dialogue. He has been a lektor at the University College of Sealand where he delivered lectures on personal leadership, organizational learning, strategic leadership, and executive coaching. He is currently a clinical professor at Daybreak University Los Angeles.

John is himself a coach and organizational counselor with years of experience in narrative and constructivistic traditions. He is a Certified Imago Therapist, a Certified Workshop Presenter, a Certified Imago Consultant and a Clinical Trainer. John and his wife Pia have been married since 1989 and together they have a son Jakob (26 years old) and two daughters Anna and Line plus 5 grandkids.

About Caroline

Caroline Bernhardt-Lanier, LCPC, MS, MEd, NCC is licensed psychotherapist and certified Imago Advanced Clinician and Workshop Presenter. She is passionate about helping clients experience deeper connection and joy in their relationships. Her strengths-based, trauma-informed approach is integrative and grounded in the principles of Imago theory, relational neurobiology, positive psychology, and somatic and mindfulness-based modalities.

Caroline holds a Masters in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola and a Masters in Education from Harvard. She is completing a PhD in counseling with a specialization in Imago. She is the past President of the Mid-Atlantic Association for Imago and Relationship Therapists and the past Chair of the Stewardship Circle of Imago Relationships North America. Currently the Director of Education and Training at the Imago Center DC, she is also an Associate Faculty Member of the Imago International Training Institute and trains therapists in Imago Relationship Therapy.

She and Jason, her husband of almost 30 years, continue to learn about conscious relationships together and love leading workshops and retreats for couples. Multicultural global citizens, they have lived in France, the United States, and South America. Currently based in Barcelona, Spain, they speak English, Spanish, and French.

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.

November 1-4, 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 Members - 15% off
Members must be logged in to get the discount.


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).

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Diversity and Inclusion

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

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