Listening When You'd Rather Not - Bridging Divides

with Cheryl Dolinger Brown

In this series of four 90-minute sessions, we will examine why it is so difficult to tolerate and listen to people who have opposing beliefs and how to find a way to listen when we’d rather not. Then we will look at ways that Imago therapists and social justice organizations are able to be a part of the solution to healing our divided country.


Learning Objectives & Agenda

After this course, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss and understand our defensive survival system when faced with difference
  • State and clarify the ways Imago therapy helps people listen deeply despite disliking and even disrespecting those we live with or care for, even across the political and racial divides
  • Demonstrate how Communologue and Safe Conversations and other Imago techniques have been used to bring help to our larger communities
  • Compare and discuss some social justice organizations and their (often similar) methods of bridging divides

The agenda for each session will be as follows:

0:00 - 0:10 Introduction

0:10 - 0:30 Lecture with videos

0:30 - 0:45 Q&A

0:45 - 1:00 Recorded interviews

1:00 - 1:15 Break out rooms

1:15 - 1:30 Group discussion

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 Cheryl

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.

Pricing and Discounts


Early Bird Discount - 10% off (if registered by 5/28)

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

6 CEs available for purchase for after registration.

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

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Presented by
Cheryl Dolinger Brown

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