Reframing Narcissism -
Working with Self-Absorbed Couples

with Eugene Shelly, Mdiv

Working with resilient couples who are largely within a range of healthy neurotics gives us somewhat of a bench-mark for an experience of helping partners connect safely. Imago’s main skill – the Imago Dialogue – is the main structure for helping partners with the differentiation and connecting the process. It is the self-absorbed couple that presents the many challenges for us in helping them with a process that allows for differentiation and connecting.

In this webinar, we will think about the non-resilient partners who have been so traumatized in infancy and childhood that the underpinnings of relational supports are missing. We will seek to understand some of the developmental ruptures to connecting and see how attempts at connecting are tedious and fragile. We will offer some repair guides for repurposing the negative energy to re-creating moments of connecting. 

Learning Objectives & Agenda

After this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify at least two ways the child was emotionally wounded in development.
  • Describe the parenting process that is relationally rupturing
  • Explain the core dynamics of the child that leads to romantically seeking a mirroring partner
  • Describe the non-resilient couple’s activity in the space between
  • Describe the non-resilient couple’s attempts at repair and why they fail when the partner doesn’t cooperate
  • Describe two major interventions that are essential for connecting to become more resilient

Click here for the detailed agenda for this webinar.

This program is intended for Certified Imago Therapists, Imago Therapists in Training, Certified Imago Facilitators and Educators, Certified Imago Workshop Presenters from beginning to advanced level. There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.

About Gene

Gene Shelly, M Div 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.

Continuing Education

This Live Interactive Webinar provides 6 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

Full CE information for this course can be found by clicking here.


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Pricing and Discounts

Cost: $180

IRNA Members - 15% off

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Presented by
Eugene Shelly, M.Div.

Imago Relationships North America
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Huntley, IL 60142
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