Imago Clinical Training Program

Montreal, Canada (in English & French) and London, UK

Offered by Sophie Slade, Ph.D. Imago Senior Clinical Instructor

For psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, marriage and  family therapists seeking expertise in couples’ therapy.  An Educator track is available for relationship coaches, and others who counsel  couples who want to improve their relationships.


Clinical Training Program in Imago Relationship Therapy - Full Training to certification - OPQ accredited for 105 hours of continuing education.

Imago Relationship Therapy is a research-supported, systematic theory of relationship therapy developed by Harville Hendrix, Ph.D., author of Getting the Love you Want: a Guide for Couples, and Helen LaKelly Hunt, Ph.D. Imago theory powerfully synthesizes major aspects of depth psychology, object relations, systems theory and humanistic-existential theory into a comprehensive approach to working with relationships.

What you can expect from the training

  • A deep theoretical understanding of couple relationships which serves as a map to guide your interventions - why we pick the partners we do, why we have the conflicts we have, and what to do to move into the joy that is our essence. Imago is grounded in the science of interconnectedness and relationality rather than the psychology of the self.
  • Practice in developing skill in facilitating couples, holding them gently and firmly in new ways of connecting through the Imago dialogue processes, deepening their empathic connection, and empowering them to heal their relationship.
  • A personal growth experience that will quite possibly impact your own personal and professional relationships, your way of working with all your clients and your way of being in the world.
  • A sense that couple therapy can be fun joyful, and enlivening for you and your clients.

The Training Program consists of 3 modules of 4 days spread over several months (London) + 9 hours of on-line study (Montreal), or 4 modules of 4 days each (La Réunion).  These are followed by 6 months of clinical consultation to a required level of competence for certification. The modules must be attended in sequence.

Fees, Locations & Times (see below for dates): 

Montréal, Québec, Canada, 5202 rue de Verdun, H4H 1K1:  $3500. October 2020 to June 2021

London, UK, 11 Amazon, New River Avenue, N8 7QE:  £2,100. November 2020 to May 2021

Times:  9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.  Please make travel plans accordingly.

Fees are discounted for those who have already attended Days 1 and 2 on line or in-person: $2,900 & £1,700.

Fees do not include clinical consultation fees payable to consultant, for a minimum of once monthly for 6 months or equivalent in group consultation, to required standard of competence for certification. Meals and accommodations are not included.

Non-therapist partners are welcome to audit the course. Fees:  $1,600 or £950

Pre-requisites: Attendance at a “Getting the Love You Want” or "Keeping the Love You Find" workshop. Membership in OPQ, UKCP or a recognized regulating body with standards of training, supervision and ethics that allow the practice of psychotherapy in your location.

People who work with couples  in other modalities such as relationship counselling or coaching may be accepted on the Educator track. Certain conditions may apply.

Please register early to ensure your place. This is a small group training.

See below for dates and to register for Training starting in 2020

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The Training will be offered by Sophie Slade in English in London and Montreal starting in 2020.   On the island of La Réunion it will be offered in French by Sophie Slade assisted by Claude Parisot. Contact Claude at for more information and dates.

If Covid 19 continues to prevent in-person training through 2020, the programs will begin through the wonder of on-line connection.  Times may be adjusted to prevent zoom fatigue.

Next Trainings starting in 2020-2021

LocationMontreal (in English)
Days 1-4 22-25 October , 2020
Days 5-8January 7-10, 2021
Days 9-12June 25-28, 2021
Hours9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
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Location:London, UK
Days 1-4November 12-15, 2020
Days 5-8January 21-24, 2021
Days 9-12May 6-9, 2021
Hours: 9:00 A.M - 6:00 P.M
To registerDownload application form here


“This was a very amazing training and I feel I have grown enormously both professionally and in my personal relationship.”

Debbie Winterbourne

“Sophie is truly an exceptional instructor. I had so many “aha” moments both on a personal and professional level, that I’d highly recommend the training to anyone.”

Sabrina Weyeneth

“It is so valuable and exciting to see Sophie working the seamless flow and be gifted by receiving her feedback."

Andrea Schaal.

"Not only does Sophie come across as very intelligent and competent but also as a warm, loving and safe guide”

Andrea Schaal

For me, Sophie's presentation was explicit, though it is easy to assimilate the knowledge needed to learn Imago's processes. Her teaching is clear, full of warmth, firmness and patience. Sophie is a great guide, creating an ambiance of confidence and openness. The support and guidance provided during the training and supervision sessions were very useful. Each supervision session was an extraordinary personal process and a professional opportunity to assimilate the Imago.  DG, Romania