Training in Australia 2020-05-29T10:27:54+00:00

IMAGO Training Programmes in Australia


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, lazered, and effective. IRT offers systematic, structured processes to transform painful relational dynamics, create safety and connection, and increase passion. 


At this point, we are not offering any training in 2020.  Please do register your interest or ask any questions, by emailing .  We will contact you once we have our next trainings confirmed.

You may like to consider attending a ‘Getting the Love You Want’ Couples Workshop, in the meantime.  These workshops are a co-requisite of the Clinical Training Programme, and are an opportunity to experience Imago, from a personal perspective.  See

  1. Imago Fundamentals – Two Day Training (DAYS 1&2)
  2. Clinical Training in Imago Relationship Therapy –  Clinical Skills 1 and 2 (DAYS 3-12)
  3. Certification as an Imago Relationship Therapist
  4. Advanced Trainings


1. Imago Fundamentals – Two Day Training 

See FLYER (Sydney and Melbourne)

See FLYER (Brisbane Toowoomba )


This Two Day Training is designed to improve and transform your effectiveness in working with couples.  You will be presented with an overview of Imago Relationship Therapy (IRT), a coherent, comprehensive and dynamic theory and practice offering an effective, research-based method for working with couples.

This training offers both an introduction to Imago Therapy and the first two days of the 12 day Clinical Training Programme, for those who wish to train further.

It is different from the ‘Getting the Love You Want’ Couples Workshop, which is a two day experiential component for couples.  Please contact us if you would like further information about this.  See Couples Workshop  


Days 1 and 2
SydneyTues/Wed02/03 April 2019Early Bird ends 02 March
MelbourneFri/Sat05/06 April 2019Early Bird ends 05 March
Brisbane (Toowoomba)Tues/Wed09/10 April 2019Early Bird ends 26 March


Days 1 and 2$395 Early BirdGenerally, ends one month prior to start of training
$450 Standard Fee


REGISTER NOW for Two Day Training

2. Clinical Training in Imago Relationship Therapy

Clinical Skills 1 and 2


Imago Clinical Training focuses on Imago clinical processes, clinical demonstrations and review of participants’ cases. It is open to Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Psychologists and Counselling Social Workers, or those in training, who wish to extend their skills or specialise in working with couples.

This Clinical Training comprises the following  options:

  • Clinical Skills 1  (Days 3-7)        5 Days
  • Clinical Skills 2  (Days 8-12)     5 Days


We want to enable you to transform your work with couples. It is possible to feel enlivened and passionate about working with couples, no matter what they bring.


Clinical Skills 1 (Days 3-7)
SydneySun-Thurs28 July – 01 Aug 2019
Clinical Skills 2 (Days 8-12)
SydneySun-Thurs10-14 November 2019


Please note that you can register and pay as follows:

  • for Clinical Skills 1 and 2 (Days 3-12)
  • or just for Clinical Skills 1 (Days 3-7) with the option of registering for Clinical Skills 2 (Days 8-12) at a later date


CLINICAL SKILLS 1 and 2 (Days 3-12)  Discount option for payment in full


    $2700 EARLY BIRD ends 28 June 2019

    $2900 STD FEE by 21 July 2019


CLINICAL SKILLS 1 only (Days 3-7)


     $1500 EARLY BIRD ends 28 June 2019

     $1600  STD FEE by 21 July 2019


CLINICAL SKILLS 2 only (Days 8-12)


    $1500 EARLY BIRD ends 10 October 2019

     $1600  STD FEE by 03 November 2019



This is a requirement for Certification, but it is highly recommended that you attend a ‘Getting the Love You Want’ Couples Workshop as early as possible in the training programme and preferably, prior to Day 8.  If you do not have a partner, then a friend, relative or colleague will qualify.  Please contact us if you would like to discuss this further.

Early Bird Fee $795 per couple. Available up to one month prior to workshop
Standard Fee   $850 per couple

For more information Couples Workshops

REGISTER NOW for Clinical Skills 1&2

3. Certification

(as an Imago Relationship Therapist)

Graduates of the Clinical Training Programme in IRT are eligible for Clinical Membership of Imago Relationships International. This distinction qualifies them, among other things, to call themselves Certified Imago Therapists and allows them to be listed on the Imago Relationships International Directory and on the website of the Association of Imago Relationship Therapists Australia (AIRTA)


4. Advanced Trainings

Advanced Trainings are offered annually by Brenda Rawlings and other international Certified Imago Trainers and are available to those who have completed a minimum of 8 days of the 12 Day Imago Clinical or Facilitator Training Programme.

In 2019, the following training is being presented by Brenda Rawlings 

Characterological Growth

Sydney, Crows Nest25-27 July 2019  $690 Early Bird to 25 June    OR $750 Std

Partners are welcome and non-therapist partners, attend at half-price


To REGISTER, please email

About Characterological Growth

This is one of the ‘signature’ Imago courses.  It has withstood the test of time because of its centrality to our core theory and processes.

Fundamentally this three day experience deepens theoretical understanding of characterological adaptations to pain through experiential processing at a personal level.  In the Talmud there is a quote:

“We can’t see the world as it is; we see it as we are.”  The Characterological Growth training takes the defense of projection and highlights the many ways we put it to use.  The less we project, the more available we are for connecting with ourselves and others, and with the world around us.

As we grow our personal container to hold all that life offers, we learn to increasingly live in the present and to share all that is inside us with those around us.  Equally, the more available we are to our own process, the more available we are to our clients and their experience.

Previous participants describe the training as “extraordinary,” “transformational” and “a vital part of the Imago journey”,  giving “great insights and tools for becoming a whole and vibrant being – both as a therapist and in one’s ‘private’ life.”

Learning objectives include:

  • Gain tools and insights to work with reactive patterns as they show up in clients and in one’s own behaviour.
  • Participate in the experience of personal growth by way of linking defenses to developmental stages.
  • Strengthen your personal skills of presence and attunement.
  • Learn therapeutic techniques which allow couples to move through their fear and shame, into consciousness and wholeness.
  • Learn and practice exercises that clarify self-defeating patterns and create new neural pathways, for clinical and personal application.
  • Celebrate vibrant aliveness as you practice shifting more and more into self-aware consciousness


Other Advanced Trainings offered by Brenda Rawlings (not currently available)

  • The Attuned Therapist
  • Giving and Receiving Love: Living Life Wholeheartedly
  • The Art of Supervision

5. Imago Educator Training

(for Non-Therapists)

For those who have attended the Couples Workshop and wish to deepen their understandings of Imago processes and theoretical understandings to use in a variety of contexts, it is possible to attend the Imago Clinical Training as an Imago Educator.

A special project follows from the training.  This is not a counselling training, but rather aimed at using Imago principles within your own context, and is suitable for those who wish to use dialogical processes within their workplace, home or community.

Please contact us for further information.

6. Two Day Enhanced Relationship Skills Training

(for Non-Therapists)

PLEASE NOTE:  This training is not currently available

This weekend is designed to improve your effectiveness in the workplace and at home, and transform your personal and professional life! It is for those who work in a wide range of vocations outside the realm of therapy, and who wish to bring Imago concepts, processes and understandings into their work and lives.

7. 12 Day Imago Facilitator Training

(for Non-therapists)

PLEASE NOTE:  This training is not currently available

This training is offered as a Two Day Training (see Two Day Enhanced Relationship Skills Training for Non-Therapists , above)  followed by a further 10 days, available in 3 modules.  All modules can be attended independently.

For those who complete the full 12 days training: you will also be able to assist with, or present on your own, Imago educational programmes – the Start Right Stay Connected, A New  Way to Love and Imago Connects workshops (Please note it will not credential you to provide Getting the Love You Want Workshops).