Imago Relationship Therapy (IRT) is a comprehensive theory and clinical approach to working with couples, developed by Harville Hendrix, Ph.D., and Helen LaKelly Hunt. IRT powerfully synthesizes major aspects of depth psychology, object relations, systems theory, and humanistic-existential theory into a comprehensive approach to working with relationships.
The process to becoming a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist involves completing two levels of program requirements (training + supervision) and several professional requirements.
Level 1 - Training is 96-hours of live online instruction, demonstration and direct practice completed with a cohort of fellow trainees. Training is delivered in three modules, each module is four days long, and each day goes from 10 AM - 6 PM (EST/EDT).
Level 2 - Supervision is a six-month program that includes monthly consultation with your trainer, submitting two reports, review of clinical videos and assisting in a Getting the Love You Want Workshop (GTLYW).
Module 1: May 2 - 5, 2024
Module 2: July 11 - 14, 2024
Module 3: September 12 - 15, 2024
Module 1: November 16 - 19, 2023
Module 2: January 25 - 28, 2024
Module 3: March 7 - 10, 2024
Training days are 10 AM – 6 PM (EST/EDT) and attendance is required at all sessions.
Imago Relationships North America specifies that after completing the ICT, participants will be able to:
The following is a breakdown of each expense associated with becoming a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist:
$3,000 - 96 hours of Level 1 - Training
$600 - six monthly consultations for Level 2 - Supervision ($100 each)
$799 - attend a GTLYW Workshop
$195 - final video submission/evaluation
$120 - 96 total Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) *
$4,000 - Total Bundled Price **
* - CEUs may be available through R. Cassidy. Please check with your state licensing board before purchasing.
** - $750 deposit to reserve your spot, then either pay in full, or with a payment plan of $1,083.33 due prior to each of the three training Modules.
These requirements are NOT needed to begin Level 1 - Training. You will need to document their completion by the time you finish Level 2 - Supervision in order to receive your Imago Certification.
To become a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist, the Imago International Training Institute (IITI) requires trainees to complete the following training and supervision program requirements:
At three months, the participants should write a one or two-page typed report of their experiences both in their personal lives and in their clinical practice and submit it to their Clinical Instructor. This report can be written before the evaluative video is passed. It is important that this report is not a glowing report of how wonderful everything is. It is to be a report of your growing edge and what you are personally and professionally working on to become a better clinician.
At six months, the participant should write a second one or two-page typed report of their development both in their personal lives and in their clinical practice and submit it to their Clinical Instructor.
These two reports should be about the trainee’s growth edge both personally and professionally to encourage the theory and practice of Imago Therapy to become more integrated in the trainee’s life and practice.
Assisting at a Workshop
After completion of the 12 Days of training, the participant should serve as a support therapist in a Getting the Love You Want Couples Workshop conducted by a Certified Workshop Presenter®. The trainee must meet with the presenter after the workshop for feedback and receive a positive evaluation from the presenter, which must then be submitted directly to the Professional Training Coordinator with a copy sent to the course instructor.
In the event that the video is not considered by the Assessor to be a passing video, the Assessor will contact the trainee’s Clinical Instructor.
The CI will watch the video. If they agree that it is not a passing video, the Assessor will let the trainee know, and will proceed to give feedback to them. They will email the CI to let them know when this is done.
If the Clinical Instructor thinks it is a passing video, then the trainee will have the option to send it to another faculty member. This will be done anonymously. The Central office will send the DVD to another faculty member. That view will be binding.
Once certified, you may engage in the following: