Family, Politics and Holidays

Part 1: A Braver Angels* Workshop, designed by Marriage & Family Therapist, Bill Doherty presented by M. Dorsey Cartwright, LMFT, certified Braver Angels Moderator and Karl B. Schmalz, Red Co-Chair of Braver Angels Central Texas

Part 2: Let’s Go Deeper, Interweaving Imago and Braver Angels presented by M. Dorsey Cartwright, LMFT, CIRT and Cheryl Dolinger Brown, LCSW

Fridays, November 19 and December 3, 2021

9:00 am Pacific, 10:00 am Mountain, 11:00 am Central, 12:00 pm Eastern for 3 hours each session

For many of our clients (and sometimes ourselves), family relationships are becoming casualties of our current toxic political environment. Family members are having nasty political arguments, avoiding each other, or even cutting off lifetime relationships. If you want to help your clients to preserve important family bonds while still being true to their values and political beliefs, this workshop is for you. Although the focus is on family relationships, the learnings in this workshop can be used with any loved one. You’ll laugh and have some fun in this workshop. After all, we all come from quirky families!

*Braver Angels is a national nonprofit with a mission to depolarize America. Its leadership is half “red” and half “blue.”  Learn more at  

PLEASE NOTE...this course has a prerequisite.

Prior to attending this workshop, participants must complete the online module:
Braver Angels* Families and Politics eLearning course 
(20-30 minutes). 

*Braver Angels is a national nonprofit with a mission to depolarize America. Its leadership is half “red” and half “blue.”  Learn more at  


Learning Objectives

This workshop will offer participants:

Part 1

  • Insight into why family differences over politics are uniquely challenging
  • Recognition of common roles that family members play in political conversations (for example, the Gladiator, the Defender, and the Sniper)
  • Strategies and skills for handling family political differences in a constructive way

Part 2

  • Exploration of how Imago processes can deepen and strengthen the strategies and skills learned in part I.
  • Opportunity to witness and practice these constructive processes and skills
Who should take this course?

This program is intended for all therapists and coaches.

Pricing and Discounts


IRNA Gold Members - 20% off
IRNA Silver Members - 10% off
Members must be logged in to get discounts.

Continuing Education Credits (CEs) will NOT be offered for this course.

About Dorsey, Karl & Cheryl

M. Dorsey Cartwright, LMFT, LPC, CCMHC, CIRT
Dorsey began her Imago career in the early 90’s, introduced the Getting and Keeping workshops in Australia, pivotal in bringing the Keeping single’s material into mainstream Imago with the Keepers, As an original member of the Peace Project, she was part of the foundation of forming Communologue. She is currently an active volunteer with Imago Relationships North America as well as with No Labels (depolarizing the government) and Braver Angels (depolarizing the public).

Karl B. Schmalz is the Red Co-Chair and co-founder of Braver Angels Central Texas. As a retired oil and gas industry tax lawyer, he serves as a senior advisor to the International Tax and Investment Center. Karl is a long-time member of the board of Communities in Schools Dallas Region, a stay-in-school non-profit that works with at-risk students. He and his wife, Bonnie Martin, are a Red/Blue couple, so he well appreciates the dynamics of family and politics.

Cheryl Dolinger Brown, LCSW, has been practicing as a psychotherapist in New York City for over forty years with individuals, couples and groups in addition to presenting workshops and supervising therapists. She directed wellness services in a national Employee Assistance Program where she developed and presented over 45 corporate seminars. She has written articles for the magazine, Social Work Today, and was an advisor on their editorial board. She believes in life-long learning and has been certified as a Psychoanalyst, Imago Relationship Therapist (Advanced Clinician and Consultant), Somatic Experience Practitioner and PACT therapist (2 years). Since a balanced life is so important to her, she practices yoga and meditation, cooks and bakes, creates jewelry in a weekly beading group, is in a book group and loves playing with friends and family.


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Presented by
M. Dorsey Cartwright

Karl B. Schmalz

and Cheryl Dolinger Brown

Imago Relationships North America
12172 South Route 47, #207
Huntley, IL 60142
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