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About Us

Imago Relationship Therapy, founders Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Hunt dreamed about how Imago Theory and Practice would impact the world. Today, Imago Africa is a vibrant and diverse Professional Community where members enjoy a safe space to learn, grow and practice personal and professional development. Furthermore, Imago Africa is a space conducive to providing Clinicians and Facilitators opportunities that are empowering, encouraging and connecting. The collective passion of our members is what makes a difference.

It is our vision that as an organization we learn more about this Rainbow Nation, invite more trained professionals to do the work, and ignite the Imago flame throughout the whole of Africa.

Imago Africa Professional Community

Imago Clinical Therapists and Professional Facilitators are passionate about facilitating relational health.

Each Imago practitioner brings expertise and skills in teaching the art of relational living to assist clients to make sense of and develop deeply connected, meaningful relationships, whether it be with their partner, children, parents, friends or work colleagues.

Imago Therapists are clinically trained and have a previous degree either in Psychology, Social work, or Pastoral counselling. They are also registered with their own professional boards – e.g., Health Professional Council of South Africa.

Imago Professional Facilitators are professionals who are not clinically trained but are passionate about relational transformation. They may be teachers, nurses, lawyers, human resource management, coaches, or entrepreneurs.

Our Values

Our values are core to the work that we are so passionate about, and that we seek to emulate in all our daily interactions with our clients, our communities, and our own relationships.

Community

We are a community that supports couples, families, organisations and practitioners through individual interventions, intensives, workshops and trainings.

Safety

We create a safe place for couples, families, organisations, communities and practitioners to learn, reflect, observe, explore and grow.

Connection

We enable connection through dialogue and safe conversations for couples, families, organisations and as a community.

Relationships

We build relationships through conscious intent and application of the Imago principles in both our personal and professional worlds.

Growth

We continuously seek to grow as practitioners through advanced training, supervision, doing our own self work and as a community.

Our Vision

We are a multi-lingual, multi-cultural community of Imago Practitioners working to live in a truly democratic and inherently differentiated community and society. Our vision is to facilitate connection beyond similarity and difference using Imago dialogue, Imago theory and Imago principles. In creating connection, we acknowledge that we are each unique and generative, while being responsible to excellence, and the core principles of Imago Relationship Theory. We look to truly embrace the diversity of our clients, communities and nation.

Our Mission

We have a firm commitment to work with and for our members, and for the benefit of the public, to build diversity, inclusion and credibility of Imago Africa and Imago Theory as a relational modality.

  • We will listen to, learn from and work with our members to inform the work of the organisation.
  • We will support our members to be able to work in a fast-changing world, to be able to influence and contribute to the wellbeing of society.
  • We will be the support system of choice for members and communities of practice, providing relevant services and opportunities to learn, develop and inspire each other.
  • We will further develop confidence in and credibility of our craft by developing and upholding professional and ethical standards, informed by an evidence base.
  • We will champion the skills, competence and contribution of our members to the public.
  • We will optimize Imago Africa and the global organization of Imago Relationship Worldwide (IRW) to ensure it is flexible, responsive, and capable of resourcing the vision and goals.
  • We will co-create and collaborate with our members in all significant decision-making while enabling and supporting autonomy, differential, and the empowerment of local chapters and circles.

Our Charitable Objectives Are

As a registered 501c3 NPO, our two key charitable objectives underpin our work and we use our income and resources to promote these aims. In all of our activities, whether we’re providing services to members, commissioning research or campaigning, these are the objectives that guide us, and the principles by which we measure our success.
 

  • to promote and provide support for Imago therapists, facilitators, workshop presenters and consultants working in either professional or voluntary settings, whether full or part time, with a view to raising the standards of the professions for the benefit of the community and in particular for those who are the recipients of IRT
  • To provide a platform where we hold our members accountable for the work they provide to the public through peer governance, using sociocracy methods and ethical accountability
  • To provide a platform where our members can meet regularly to share and connect, build, encourage, grow and learn together.
  • To inform and educate the public about the contribution that IRT can make generally and particularly in meeting the needs of those who seek assistance for healing and growth in their relationships.