Clinical Training Program in Imago Relationship Therapy

Montreal (in English & French) and La Réunion (in French)

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

For psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, marriage and  family therapists seeking expertise in couples’ therapy. 

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

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.
  • 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 + 9 hours of on-line study (Montreal), or 4 modules of 4 days each (La Réunion).  These are followed by 6 months of clinical supervision to a required level of competence for certification. The modules must be attended in sequence.


Montréal, Québec:  $3500.  Meals and accommodations are not included.

Fees do not include clinical consultation fees payable to consultant, for a minimum of once monthly for 6 months or equivalent in group supervision, to required standard of competence.

Pre-requisites: Attendance at a “Getting the Love You Want” workshop, with or without a partner. Membership in OPQ or recognized regulating body with standards of training, supervision and ethics that allow the practice of psychotherapy in your location. People who work with couples therapeutically in other modalities 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 2020 Training in English

Days 1-2: April 2-3, 2020 - Communicating for Connection 

 Days 3-4:  April 4-5, 2020 - Deepening the Emotional Connection          

 Days 5-8: June 4-7, 2020 - Through Conflict to Connection

 Days 9-12: October 1-4, 2020 - Amplifying the Positive

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La Réunion:  Fees: €3000.  Training will be offered in French on the island of La Réunion starting in February 2020 with Sophie Slade and Claude Parisot. Contact Claude at for more information.

Next Trainings 2020-2021 in Montreal (taught in English and French) and in the Isle de la Réunion (in French)

LocationLa Réunion
Jours 1-21 et 2 février, 2020
Jours 3-6à être décidé
Jours 7-10à être décidé
Jours 11-14à être décidé
Heure9h00 - 18h00
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Location:Montreal, QC (Français)
Jours: 1-4à être décidé
Jours: 5-8à être décidé
Jours: 9-12à être décidé
Hours: 9:00 A.M - 6:00 P.M
To registerDownload application form here

Next Trainings 2019 in Montreal (taught in English).

LocationMontreal, Qc (English)
Days 1-4April 2-5, 2020
Days 5-8June 4-7 , 2020
Days 9-12October 1-4, 2020
Hours 9 a.m. - 6 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