The Relational Self Advanced Imago Training
In Imago we know about relationships. We know about intimate couple relationships. We know how the Imago is formed in childhood and how it determines who we choose and how we react in adult relationships. We also know that the therapeutic relationship is consistently the most important element in therapy outcome studies. So how do we apply all this knowledge about relationships to our work with our individual clients?
Many individual clients come to us with relationship challenges, whether married or single. The Relational Self, developed by Imago Senior Faculty members, Wendy Palmer Patterson and Sophie Slade, helps therapists adapt the wisdom and skills of Imago, including the material presented in the “Keeping the Love You Find” book and workshop, to working with individual clients.
Sophie and Wendy will present 2 models for working with individual clients – a long-term psychotherapy model where the therapist is the primary attachment figure, and a relationship-coaching model for people who are in committed relationships. We will explore the latter in some depth. We will also address the challenges and ethics of working individually with clients who are in committed relationships, and focus on issues of projection, blame and the elements of the Missing Self when one partner is absent. We will discuss how to avoid some of the pitfalls of doing relationship work with individual clients.
Part of the training is participating in a “Keeping the love You Find” workshop. If you have not already attended this you can sign up to take it on-line with Sophie and Carol Kramer starting in September 2020. If you have already attended, then you do not need to repeat but are very welcome to attend again for a reduced fee of $200. We have found that each time we take this workshop new material comes up to be worked through.