Characterological Growth
Characterological Growth
  • Virtual
Friday, October 21 - Monday, October 24, 2022
10:00 am - 5:00 pm Eastern, daily

This course provides the opportunity to explore your characterological adaptations and the ways they impact you personally and clinically. Utilizing the theory and technology of Imago, you will examine your ‘shadow’ and deepen awareness of your own defensive structure in a safe, non-judgmental, creative environment. With guided imagery, body work, written exercises, and dialogical processes, you will become more acquainted with all of the magnificent parts of yourself and be able to move toward greater integration and full aliveness.

STARTS  October 21, 2022 10:00 am ET




Registration Instructions

Cost: $750

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

24 CEs available for purchase after registration for an additional $40.


Ideally the trainee works with couples currently and has attended either the Keeping or Getting Workshop so they understand mirroring

The purpose of being alive is not to be forever happy. That is impossible. The purpose is to rock between the pain of the past and the promise of the present and be in the present more and more of the time, and to be able to share all that is inside us with those around us. – Geneen Roth

Come explore your shadow, how it works in relationships, and how we can integrate our missing selves in order to reclaim our full aliveness. This course is designed to go deeply into the ways your defenses and your character structure affect others. Another purpose is to grow your container so you can be big enough to hold all that life hands you and to help you rock between the joy and the sorrow of life.

In the role of therapist, we have a gift of distance. We care about the pain we see in others and we have the experience of being in the role of “the good parent.” We are rarely aware of the parts of yourself that reside in the shadow.

We try to accept our clients as they are. Although we can be challenged at times to accept specific traits or behaviors in our clients, it is much easier than accepting our partners, our children, our friends, and our colleagues. How bewildering it is to be loving, conscious, and empathic with clients and unconsciously mean-spirited to those we are closest! The parts of us that hide in the shadow and specifically in our role as therapist will deeply impact our personal relationships and at times painfully challenge our professional abilities.

Couples, individuals, and professionals in the Imago community are welcome to attend this course. No previous Imago training is required.


  • Gain tools and insights to work with reactive patterns as they show up in clients and in one’s own behavior.
  • Identify lost parts, distinguishing between denied, disowned… Identify self-defeating patterns and create new neural pathways, for clinical and personal application, through dialogues and exercises.
  • Link defenses to messages and developmental stages.