Imago Clinical Training Program

On-line - 2022

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 to improve their relationships.   

For in person trainings in 2021  onwards contact Kalanit Ben-Ari (London);  Ian Tomlinson (Manchester); Pierrette Richard (Eastern Canada)


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.

Clinical Track open to psychotherapists, psychologists, couple and family therapists

Educator Track open to those who work with couples in other modalities, e.g. relationship coaching, thérapeutes en relation d'aide.

Partners of participants are welcome to attend.

The Imago Clinical Training is a one-year program consisting of 96 hours of class time + 9 hours self-study. In 2022 it is offered on-line over 6 weekends (Jan 14-16, 21-23, March 18-20, 25-27, May 20-22, 27-29. )

Fees: 2022 on-line training US$3000, CA$3900,  2250 GBP, 2520 euros.

Consultation:  US$100, CA$130, 75GBP, 85 euros per session.

Dates  (see below):  

Times:  Montreal/New York 8.30 am - 2 pm; UK, 1.30 - 7 pm, Europe 14h30 - 20h.

Fees are discounted for those who have already attended Days 1 and 2 or 1-4 on line or in-person.

Concessions available for therapists from under-represented communities and countries.

Non-therapist partners are welcome to audit the course for 1/3 fee.

Requirement: Attendance at a “Getting the Love You Want” or "Keeping the Love You Find" workshop before or during the training. 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.

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

See below for dates and to register for training starting in 2022

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Next Trainings  starting in 2021 & 2022

Imago Clinical TrainingFebruary 2 - July 13, 2021 - on Tuesdays
Imago Clinical Consultation September 7, 2021 - January 18, 2022 every 2 weeks
Hours Clinical Training

Hours: Consultation
Eastern US 8 am - 1 pm, UK 1-5 pm, Europe 2-6 pm.
Eastern 9 am -12 pm; UK 2-5 pm; Europe 15-18h
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Fundamentals of Imago Facilitation - on-lineMondays weekly starting 13th September to 25th October, 2021, 12-3 pm
Imago Clinical TrainingJanuary 14-16 & 21-23, March 18-20 & 25-27,
May 20-22 & 27-29, 2022
Brilliant at the Basics - on-lineVilsteren, Netherlands, November


“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