Imago Clinical Training:

Modules 1 - 3

The Imago clinical training program prepares you for Certification as an Imago Relationship Therapist™ and supports all therapists in deepening their clinical skills within a Relational Paradigm.

The clinical training program consists of three modules of four days or 32 course hours each*. The modules are scheduled with several months in between to enable trainees to practice with clients and prepare recordings of practice sessions. See Level 2 for the additional steps required for certification.

*Course structure and how the hours are delivered may vary slightly according to instructor, country and the delivery method (online or in person).

 What are the requirements to register for this training?

The trainee will work with couples in a clinical setting and be qualified and allowed by law to to clinical work depending on the state, province, or country of their residence.

  • Agreement signed with Imago International Training Institute (IITI) regarding training materials, logo, advertising, and titles.
  • Application
    • CV or resume
    • Copy of malpractice insurance and license or authorization to do clinical work with couples

*Partners/spouses and professionals who are not licensed psychotherapists who are interested in Imago certification: Please ask the instructor about imago facilitator and imago educator options.

Continuing Education Credits and Tuition:
Note: Requirements for continuing education or professional development varies depending on the state, province, or country.

  • 12-Day Training
  • 96 CEs
  • Tuition
  • Continuing professional development 105 credits by Order des Psychologues du Quebec


After this training, participants will be able to:

Hannah, M.T., Luquet, W., McCormick, J. Galvin, K., Ketterer, K., May, K., Hayes, R., & Kott, L.A. (1997). Brief report: Short-term Imago therapy and changes in personal
distress. The Journal of Imago Relationship Therapy 2 (2), 55-67.

Holliman, R, Muro, L., & Luquet, W. (2015). Imago relationship therapy and accurate empathy development. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy.

Love, P., & Shulkin, S. (2001). Imago Theory and the Psychology of Attraction. The Family
Journal, 9(3), pp. 246-249. doi:10.1177/1066480701093002

Luquet, W., & Hannah, M.T. (1996). The efficacy of short-term Imago therapy: Preliminary findings. The Journal of Imago Relationship Therapy, 1 (1), 67-75.

Luquet, W., Hannah, M. & Mccormick, J., (1997). Compass as a Measure of the efficacy of couples therapy. The American Journal of Family Therapy, 25(1), pp. 76-90. doi:10.1080/01926189708251056

Martin, T. L., & Bielawski, D. M. (2011). What Is the African American’s Experience Following
Imago Education? Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 51(2), pp. 216-228.

McMahon, M. (1999). Applying Stolorow’s theory of intersubjectivity to Hendrix’s Imago
techniques. Smith College Studies in Social Work, 69(2), pp. 309-334. doi:10.1080/00377319909517557

Muro, L., & Holliman, R. (2014). Relationship workshop with high-risk, hispanic couples.
North Carolina Perspectives 9, 51-62.

Oh, J. (2010). Psychosocial Development in South Korean Couples and Its Effects on Marital
Relationships. Journal of Human Understanding and Counseling. 31(1), 47 – 63.

Schmidt, C., Luquet, W. & Gehlert, N. (2015). Evaluating the impact of the Getting the Love
You Want Couples workshop on relational satisfaction and communication patterns. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy.