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Online Training – Navigating the Difficulties in Couples Therapy: An Introduction to Imago Relationship Therapy

November 17 Login to Zoom 8:30am; Training 8:45am-4:15pm (EST) $179, 6 CEUs Presenter: Shlomo Slatkin, MS, LCPC Zoom, MD + Google Map

Couple’s work can often feel overwhelming for clinicians. In spite of years of training in psychotherapy, the thought of having to manage the energy and the conflict of two people leads many therapists to run the other way. Imago Relationship Therapy provides the clinician with a new perspective into conceptualizing conflict as well as a clear structure for running a session. This allows the therapist to remain in control of the room and achieve phenomenal results.

This interactive training will help participants understand the theoretical underpinnings of Imago Relationship Therapy as well as the tools employed in a therapy session. Clinicians will learn how to better conceptualize the conflict that the couples is experiencing, and how to create enough safety to de-escalate the conflict and help the couple reconnect. Participants will also be exposed to the Imago Dialogue process and how it can be used to elicit more effective communication, understanding, and compassion.

Through lecture and interactive discussions, participants will explore Imago Theory and how it explains why couples originally chose each other and how that directly relates to their current conflict. Clinicians will learn how to explore the childhood influence in our relational style as well as a brain model which will explain how we respond when re-triggered by the past. Participants will be introduced to the Imago Dialogue as an effective tool to resolve conflict and foster connection and healing.

The Ferentz Institute, Inc. is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. CEU approval for all trainings is also granted to Psychologists, LCPC’s and MFT’s and approved by the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists and the Board of Examiners for Psychologists in Maryland. Reciprocity has also been granted for clinicians in Washington, DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Indiana, Georgia and Massachusetts. The Institute also maintains full responsibility for all programming.
In order to provide Category 1 CEUs for all of our trainings, the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners requires online workshops to be live, interactive, and experienced in real time. Therefore, none of our trainings are recorded for later viewing.


Learning Objectives

  • Understand the Imago Theory of why couples originally choose each other and how this relates to current conflict
  • Have a basic understanding of how to explore the childhood influence in our relational style
  • Understand how to use the Imago Dialogue as an effective tool to resolve conflict and foster connection and healing
  • Learn new behaviors to increase and rekindle love


8:45 – 10:30

  • Introduction to Imago Theory

10:30 – 10:45   BREAK

10:45 – 12pm

  • Learning the Imago Dialogue, Video and Instruction

12:00 – 1:00   LUNCH

1:00 – 2:30

  • Role Play and Discussion

2:30 – 2:40   BREAK

2:40 – 4:15

  • Additional Exercises and Questions
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"I liked his [Sholomo's] calm demeanor and thorough answers to attendee's questions." ~Hanna Palmer, Professional Credentials:

"Shlomo has an easy-going style when presenting knowledge. He engages the participants in the work and includes multi-media to enhance what he is teaching. He made the workshop fun and also informational." ~Tara Falcone, LCPC

"He [Shlomo] was very compassionate and you had a sense he believed deeply in his work. Sharing the personal stories was helpful." ~AnnaMarie Pemberton, LCPC, C-DBT

"I liked that he shared about his personal experience with his marriage. I also liked that he brought both perspective on religious values and other communities." ~ Rachel Zubek, LCSW-C