Connected Parents,
Thriving Kids

presented by Marcia Ferstenfeld

The Imago Parenting Program - LIVE on Zoom

8 sessions on Wednesdays
Sep 11, 18, 25, Oct 9, 16, 23, 30 and Nov 6, 2024

12pm Pacific, 1pm Mountain, 2pm Central, 3pm Eastern for 2 hours each session

Anyone who was ever a child can understand and apply conscious parenting! This course is for you if you’re a parent or if any of your clients are parents.  Bringing the principles of the relational paradigm and the Imago Dialogue this course creates a plan for “upstream clean-up” by helping parents fully understand the needs of children. Based on the latest research into neuroscience and child development, you’ll learn practical tools to use to help your children develop into a healthy relational adults. 

8 recorded sessions, approximately 2 hours each

Learning Objectives & Agenda

After this course, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss connection as a fundamental emotional need, in relationship to brain function and brain development

  • Describe the stages of development

  • Demonstrate and integrate validating our children’s perceptions and way of thinking

  • Demonstrate and integrate experiencing and expressing empathy with our children’s feelings

  • Interpret the impact of childhood on parenting style

  • Discuss and recognize children’s need for limits and connection

  • Practice H.O.L.D. – setting limits while maintaining connection

  • Explain and restructure ‘I-Know’ talk and symbiosis

  • Describe the neurobiology of reactivity

  • Summarize how reactivity can damage the relationship and the individual‘s sense of self

  • Apply ways to help children self-soothe

  • Discuss and recognize the impact of early wounding on the way you or your client’s parent your/their children

  • Plan personal goal map for future

  • Describe patterns of behavior that indicate unmet needs

  • Differentiate between needs and wants in the developing child

  • Explain the impact of childhood relational trauma on adult functioning

The agenda for each session includes:

0:00 - 0:10 - Checkin
0:10 - 0:45 - Lecture
0:45 - 1:30 - Demonstration & Practice
1:30 - 1:45 - Small Group Discussion and Practice
1:45 - 2:00 - Q&A and closing

This program is intended for Certified Imago Therapists, Imago Therapists in Training, Certified Imago Facilitators and Educators, Certified Imago Workshop Presenters at the intermediated level. This program is also appropriate for parents or people who work with parents (the general public). There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program.

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 59 years, the two bring a wealth of insight and experience gleaned from their personal devotion to their own evolving Imago relationship.


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.


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Pricing and Discounts

Cost: $480

IRNA Members - 15% off + an additional 10% Early Bird discount if registered by 9/4

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Imago Relationships North America
12172 South Route 47, #207
Huntley, IL 60142
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(866) 960-1550

Diversity and Inclusion

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

Outside North America?

Imago networks can be found all around the world.

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