Clinical Training in Imago Relationship Therapy – Clinical Skills One

Imago Institute for Relationships

Pre-requisites for this training are attendance at the Imago Fundamentals – Two Day Training (see above) and core competencies in counseling, psychology and/or psychotherapy.

Places are limited for this training.

PLEASE NOTE If trainees wish to become a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist, one of the requirements is full membership of specific professional associations.  This membership is not required to attend the Clinical Skills trainings.  Please contact us for further information.


Learning objectives include:

  • Expanding the repertoire of the Imago Dialogue, including affective deepening. The appropriate use of sentence stems, focusing and ‘doubling’ will be explored.
  • Learn the important elements and a clear protocol for the Initial Session, allowing therapists to establish safety and connection, whilst also obtaining necessary information and laying the groundwork for the work.   This includes recognition of the unique needs and therapeutic tasks of the initial session.
  • Introduction and Practice of the Dialogical Intervention of Parent/Child Dialogue to withdraw projections, expand empathy and deepen connection.
  • The ability to use Relationship Visioning to deepen a sense of working together and hope for the future.
  • Learning how to enable couples to be present with each other in the moment, softening the space between them and building limbic resonance and emotional co-regulation.
  • Take away a deeper understanding of how to work with the impact of childhood experience on adult relationship dynamics using a present day focus.
  • An understanding of the reactive interactional cycles which arise through attachment and developmental wounding and how to work with this.
  • Learn emotionally focused tools for working with couples with attachment wounds
  • Further consolidation and practice of Imago Dialogue
  • Introduction and Practice of the Dialogical Interventions of the Behaviour Change Dialogue to work with frustration, development empathy and withdraw projection.
  • Enable partners to find the ‘gold’ in the power struggle, the needs underneath their frustrations and conflict, and the means to powefully shift this dynamic.
  • Teach couples how to become a source of growth and healing for each other.
  • Theoretical understanding of the psychological journey, stages of relationship and partner selection, emotional symbiosis and the need for differentiation in couple dynamics.
  • A focus on re-romanticising and working with positive interventions which build connection and secure bonds between couples.
  • Recognition and understanding of the fear of pleasure and difficulties in Receiving Love in couple relationships.




Q Dates & Locations 2023

- Clinical Skills ONE (Days 3-7): Auckland 29 October-02 November 2023

- Clinical Skills TWO (Days 8-12): Auckland 02-06 December 2023

Q Fees

- Payment can be made via internet banking or credit card.

Clinical Skills 1 & 2 (Days 3-12):
- Discounted option for payment for 10 days upfront
- $2700 Early Bird Fee (Ends 29 September 2023)
- $2900 Standard Fee

Clinical Skills 1 (Days 3-7):
- $1500 Early Bird Fee (Ends 16 August 2023)
- $1600 Standard Fee

Clinical Skills 2 (Days 8-12):
- $1500 Early Bird (Ends 02 November 2023)
- $1600 Standard Fee

If you attend the training with your partner: there is a 50% reduction in your partner’s fee for Clinical Skills 1&2, if your partner is joining you on the training out of personal interest there is an 20% reduction in your partner’s fee for Skills 1&2, if your partner is on the Clinical track

Q Presenter: Peter McMillan

Clinical Instructor, Imago International Training Institute.
Peter is amongst New Zealand’s leading relationship experts. He has been specialising in working with couples since 1996 and has presented Imago Clinical Training for Psychologists, Psychotherapists and Counsellors in both New Zealand and Australia since 2007. Peter has also participated in trainings in most major modalities and brings this experience into this dynamic two-day training. Peter is known as an excellent teacher, dynamic and passionate, with a keen intellect and a warm, compassionate manner.


Imago Relationship Therapy (IRT) is a coherent, comprehensive and dynamic theory and practice, offering a cutting edge and effective method for working with couples. Relationship science has made giant leaps in the last decade and our work with couples is now more succinct, layered, and effective. IRT offers systematic, structured processes to transform painful relational dynamics, create safety and connection, and increase passion.

An effective, research-based modality, IRT offers both short term therapy and a deeper long-term approach for couples in distress. It teaches clear strategies which will transform your work with both individuals and couples. The Imago relationship Therapy model is based on psychological theories from Freud to Neuroscience, woven into dialogue-based interventions which deepen connection. Learning and integrating the Imago model into your practice can make working with couples more fun, rewarding and successful.

The Imago structure can help couples create conscious, loving relationships and clinicians report finding renewed confidence and excitement with couples’ work!

“I can say unequivocally that Imago Relationship Therapy is the most effective model for understanding and improving Relationships. It works!” Pat Love (EdD and author of Hot Monogomy)