Conference Programme 2022

 

Please find below details and times for our conference. If you'd like to attend, have a look at the workshop details page then head to the booking form to choose your workshops and book your place.

 

Saturday, 26th February 2022

Finding Balance

In An Ever Changing World

WORKSHOP SESSION ONE: 10.45-12.15

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Gunjan Zutshi : I and We - Finding the balance (24 Participants)

Taking a systems psychodynamics view, the objective of the workshop will be to explore the dynamics of balancing individual and collective needs in a system. It will focus on the conscious and unconscious dynamics that are at play, including in the here and now of workshop, when the “I” meets the “We” and the processes of othering, exclusion, competition, envy and anxiety that such intersections evoke. To also explore what can we do to balance the two seemingly opposing forces so that there is more inclusion, cooperation and compassion in all our systems be it family, work or communities we are part of.

Knowledge of subject required:None

Focus:All Fields

Style:Experiential

Matthew Elton: Not Knowing and Deciding (No Limit)

De can all get hooked on wanting certainty before we make a decision, e.g. to quit a job, to leave a relationship, to attempt to begin one, or to begin a difficult conversation. In this workshop we’ll explore some different ideas of moving into action even when we might lack what we feel is critical information. We will look at some ways of working with clients who want to “know” before they can “act”, but are then stuck in an apparently endless state of “not knowing”. How can we help such clients to feel and think differently about knowledge and action or, in other ways, move out of their stuckness?

Matthew made his formative training in Transactional Analysis. While remaining committed to TA, he has also developed a strong interest in Narrative Therapy. He has a general counselling / therapy practice, based in Edinburgh. In addition, he specialises in therapeutic work with artists and writers. In some former lives he has been an academic philosopher and a manager in the third sector. 

Knowledge of subject required: Basic

Focus: Counselling & Psychotherapy

Style: Experiential, Didactic & Discussion

Bev Gibbons & Nicole Lenner : Physis and Resilience - An exploration the capacity of resilience via TA theories (24 Participants)

Physis is Berne’s unique addition to the 2 great unconscious drives in human life (identified by Freud as Mortido and Libido) Berne added Physis the force of nature, a general creative force which eternally strives to make things grow.’ (Berne 1969) as his belief was that the core human drive is for health and growth.

‘All men and women have secret gardens whose gates they guard against the profane invasion of the vulgar crowd. These are visual pictures of what they would do if they could do as they pleased (Berne, 1972)

We invite you to investigate with us the links between Physis – the secret garden of potential – and resilience. What is resilience? Does it come through nature or nurture? What is meant by the human core and how does that fir with ideas such as ego states and lifescripts? Join us to explore these ideas with us.

Bev is passionate about getting TA ‘out there’ so that as many people as possible are aware of it, and can have the opportunity to experience themselves positively through its great potential to transform. She is travelling an ongoing and ever deepening journey into intersubjectivity, and has a fascination and deep interest in the transformational possibilities presented by working with the liminal – the threshold between the ‘what was’ and ‘what next’. Bev is committed to working and developing work across all 4 TA fields, and to continuing to explore and experience the potential in relational, co-created processes. Bev is the former chair of UKATA Council

Nicole’s passion is working in intercultural settings. Her key activities are coaching of individuals and management teams, and leading learning in the context of her own training establishment. She is providing TA-training and Supervision in Hamburg and worldwide (online), with the motivation to create an experiential learning environment and space where professional and personal development go hand in hand. Nicole is EATA-delegate for Germany, EATA’s local exam supervisor for Germany (for CTA oral exams) and EATA’s Language Coordinator multiple Languages

Knowledge of subject required: Basic

Focus: All Fields

Style: Experiential, Didactic, Demonstration & Discussion

Dr. Seema Pradhan & Raguraman K: We find balance, not in isolation, but in togetherness (No limit)

We plan to discuss the role played by Transactional Analysis concepts of “I’m OK, You’re OK” to “We’re OK, They’re OK” and the autonomy and homonomy paradigms in fostering a sense of interdependence that can help pave a path towards achieving balance in an ever-changing world.
The importance of embracing this sense of interdependence will be corroborated using thoughts about mutually supportive relationships from diverse sources including Eastern philosophy of ‘dependent origination’ and unified field theory from the realm of science.
In the workshop we will describe some of these approaches with examples and foster experiential learning through exercises to illustrate the concept of interdependence.

Seema runs training groups and has a psychotherapy and supervision practice. She is a consultant at Fortis hospitals, Bangalore, India. She currently is a member of Vipassana Research Institute’s research committee, India. Seema is a regular presenter at International Conferences and workshops. She has a number of publications in reputed journals.

Raguraman is an Organisational consultant offering training, counselling and coaching in Coimbatore, India. He is a trustee of the South Asian Association of Transactional Analysts (SAATA) and is a faculty and secretary of Asha Counselling and Training Services in India. He conducts workshops for interpersonal, group and system development.

Knowledge of Subject Required: Basic
Focus: All four fields
Style: Experiential, Discussion & Didactic

Haseena Abdulla: Real life Fairy / Fairies from the mind? (24 Participants)

Relational needs are woven into our mind, outside of our awareness. Initial exchanges with the caretaker help us to meet our needs which is unknown territory for us as grown-ups unless we put effort to dive into the unconscious. They are an essential part of our existence to survive and thrive. ‘When there are repeated disruptions in meeting our relational needs, it impairs the Adult capacity to create the narrative’. It is difficult to identify the disruptions and the defenses we created to survive which is stored in the implicit memory. (Stuthridge, 2006). To recreate the Adult ego state capacity involves a reflective process. In this workshop we are experimenting relational needs playing with fairytales that will help us expand our Adult ego state. Come with A4 sheets, colors, and a thread to create masks. Be prepared to play with fairy tale characters.

Knowledge of subject required: Medium

Focus: Counselling, Educational, Organisational & Psychotherapy

Style: Experiential, Didactic, Demonstration & Discussion

Linda Gregory: Integration of Transactional Analysis, Spirituality and Quantum Field. (No limit)

This workshop presents new treatment plans for reaching Autonomy, Self-actualisation, Resilience, (ASR) working with Physis, being consciously part of universe are outcomes of this workshop. ARS are deep inner needs that all have, albeit often unconsciously. Spirituality, and working within the Quantum Field, are necessary to self-actualize.

This workshop explores belief systems, and how they often stop us reaching Autonomy and Self-Actualisation. Finding our purpose, is our deep Physis longing. Many have an “Unsung Song Syndrome.” Increased resilience is needed in this difficult time in our world. Working together in spiritual awareness, with Quantum Field can help make positive changes.

Knowledge of subject required: Basic

Focus: Counselling, Educational, Organisational & Psychotherapy

Style: Experiential & Demonstration

Ian Tomlinson: Helping Couples Find Balance In Their Relationship

Relationships can be all or nothing experiences. Couples often come to therapy having made their partner into a terrible person in their head, yet at some point felt madly in love with their other half. This workshop will examine how couples fall out of the romantic phase of the into the power struggle and how you as a therapist can help the couple restore balance back into their relationship.

 

Knowledge of subject required: None

Focus: Counselling & Psychotherapy

Style: Interactive Presentation, Experiential & Demonstration

Lisa Bedford-Cooper: Moving to the B roads - the power of the decision not to change.

When clients are battling with script change it can cause a level of existential anxiety and fear which makes that change seem impossible. In this workshop we will explore how aspects of existential therapy and decisional psychology can merge with TA to widen our treatment options. Celebrating rather than pathologising the clients defences and engaging the concept of micro decisions, can with some clients, gently unlock physis and lead to the very change the client has contracted for.

Knowledge of subject required: Basic

Focus: Counselling & Psychotherapy

Style: Didactic, Experiential & Discussion

Andy Williams: The Self & The Self Beyond The Skin: Landscape & Identity (No Limit)

Traditional forms of psychotherapy suggest that the sense of self is an internal construct, held deep within. For example, the Cumbrian Conference could be seen as a celebration of Mary Cox and her work, offering the TA world her famous “Fried Egg” model of self. Enid Welford will be offering the conference her thoughts which might well involve a person’s sense of self being held within a systemic constellation. This workshop will present emergent ideas from Eco-TA and beyond, exploring the idea of self as an internal construct, but also the self-beyond-the-skin. The practitioner will be armed with comparative models of “the self” to apply to practice

Andy holds TSTA(P). He was recently awarded an MSc. in research, exploring the supervisee’s phenomenological experience of supervision. Andy regularly presents at conferences at the national level including with the BACP. He is delighted to soon have his recent writing published in the TAJ.

Knowledge of subject required: Medium

Focus: Psychotherapy

Style: Didactic, Reflective & Discussion

WORKSHOP SESSION TWO: 13.15 – 14.45

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Sudha Thimmaiah: The meaning of Change and balance in Indian Family System (24 Participants)
The traditional Indian Family System comprises of three or four generations residing together and functioning as a collective system of family members functioning together .

in India, change has meant families breaking into nuclear systems, hence uprooting a system of socio economic cohesion that include patterns of communication, problem solving and decision making , rituals and practices as a collective unit.
This worksop will explore the meaning of “ Collective system of family”. We will explore our own Family Scripts to understand redundant introjected patterns , its impact of change in the here and now. The context of seeking integration of autonomy and homonomy in our systems as a way of finding balance.

Knowledge of subject required: Basic

Focus: Counselling, Psychotherapy, Organisational & Educational

Style: Relevant in all fields

Rebecca Elston: Who am I? And what are we doing here? (24 Participants)

Based in Eco TA, this workshop will encourage participants to work experientially using nearby inside and outside spaces that are available to them.

In our traditional approach to TA, we work with OKness at an interpersonal level. Expanding on Berne’s OK Corral and working from a newly evolving theory around the OK Corral as a holistic model, this workshop with seek to encourage participants to consider the locational, cultural, and socio-economic influences on who we think we are, and how we relate to others and place, and how out experience differs in changing landscapes.

Knowledge of subject required: Basic

Focus: All fields

Style: Experiential

Dr. Cathy McQuaid: Transformational Change (No limit)

Cathy has undertaken two research projects, one exploring TA trainees’ experience of psychotherapy training and another investigating how bereaved parents and siblings manage their loss. During the analysis she applied Mezirow’s phases of Transformational Learning* to understand the phenomenological experiences of trainees and those who are grieving. During this workshop participants will be introduced to these ten phases; consider how they can apply them to their own experiences of change and, how they might be useful when working with others who are grieving or are managing life adjustments.

Cathy has run workshops for various conferences/organisations over the years both nationally and internationally. Her specific experience for this workshop has come from two different research projects – one exploring TA Trainees experience of the TA psychotherapy training and another exploring the experiences of bereaved parents and siblings.

Knowledge of subject required: None

Focus: All Fields

Style: Interactive Demonstration, Experiential & Discussion

Daniel Weaver: Standing up-moving your therapy out of your chair (No Limit)

Some discussion and experiential exercises around the idea of moving with clients – beginning with the possibility of standing, walking, moving etc. to include the joy of gesticulating and celebrating expressive behaviour. Relevant to online, face2face or group sessions

Daniel is an integrative therapist in private practise with a background in expressive arts. Trained in Drama, Psychodrama and TA, he now works creatively and expressively with a varied client group which includes people with learning disabilities and autistic spectrum conditions. He celebrates the non-verbal aspects of communication as a crucial part of the human and inter-human experience, as an intuitive language to be respected and understood.

Knowledge of subject required: None

Focus: Counselling, Psychotherapy, Educational & Bodywork

Style: Experiential & Didactic

Annette Terry: Unexpected Gifts of The Shared Journey (24 Participants)

In an ever-changing world, perhaps we need to accept imbalance in order to re-balance. This can challenge our hunger for stability and structure. I will introduce a developing model and we’ll use experiential exercises to explore what happens when we suspend our expectations and lean into the liminal space – “the midpoint between two points of certainty” (Barrow et al 2019). We will journey together, embracing our innate sense of spontaneity, to explore the rich, stimulating area beyond over-planning and projection. This can be relevant to clinical work, the supervisory relationship and the learning space.

Knowledge of subject required: Basic

Focus: All Fields

Style: Experiential, Discussion & Interactive Presentation

Anna Zuykova: Self-support techniques for therapists and clients (No Limit)

In this workshop I combined various self-support techniques, based on TA, mindfulness, art therapy, bodily approach, existential psychotherapy, acting therapy and other combined methods connected by bio-psycho-socio-spiritual paradigm. It is based on my work during last years with individuals and groups as well as being part of groups of professionals working on voluntary basis with refugees and migrants, LGBT+, other socially vulnerable groups strongly affected by lockdowns and COVID situation. Together with colleagues we had intervision groups, where we shared how to support our clients and ourselves. Preventing burn-out and taking care of ourselves as professionals and human beings was an important part of our activities and will be included to the workshop.

Knowledge of subject required: None

Focus: All Fields

Style: Experiential

Maggi McAllister-MacGregor: Vagus Nerve Function and the Connection with Balance, Wellbeing, and Adaptability (No Limit)

The Vagus Nerve, which forms the main part of the Parasympathetic Nervous System, provides one of the main mechanisms in homeostatic balance within the body. It is involved in social connection allowing us to regulate our nervous system resulting in a flexible response to change.
In the workshop we will look at vagus nerve function and at some of the impact of dysfunction, as well as easy ways to optimise vagal function.

Knowledge of subject required: None

Focus: All Fields

Style: Didactic

Alison Betteridge; Finding the compassionate Adult (24 Participants)

The workshop will address the question why is self care so hard to do?
Through the lens of TA we will think about the ways we can easily forfeit self care in favour of drivers and script behaviours. We will then consider the development of the ‘observing/witnessing skills’ of the Adult Ego State as a means of balancing the conflicting energies of the CP and Adapted Child gaining the capacity to not only attend to the nurture and self care of the adapted child, but to ultimately transcend scripty behaviours, acting with attention, intention, purpose, meaning, value and authenticity from the Adult. The workshop integrates mindfulness skills, spiritual development and neuroscience within the TA model.

Knowledge of subject required: None

Focus: Counselling, Educational, Psychotherapy & Bodywork

Style: Didactic, Experiential and Demonstration

Karen Minikin: Evoking and Regulating Disturbance (24 Participants)

This workshop offers debate concerning how to evoke necessary change for development, growth, evolution or even revolution. Change can be experienced as disruptive, dysregulating and so in the service of “balance” we will consider tolerance. What social and psychological support do we need to bear the disturbance of change?
We will explore examples of how disturbances can evoke greater consciousness or defensiveness at social and psychological levels. Thoughts about the conditions we need to bear and move with change will be discussed and shared amongst us.

Knowledge of subject required: Medium

Focus: All Fields

Style: Didactic, Experiential & Discussion

WORKSHOP SESSION THREE: 15.00 – 16.30

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Alexis Brink: Intersectional Healing: Find your inner balance with Jin Shin & Transactional Analysis (No Limit)

Alexis will lay the foundation for understanding the relationship between The Art of Jin Shin and Transactional Analysis. Jin Shin is a simple, hands-on Japanese healing modality that harmonizes and balances the body, mind and spirit. Alexis will demonstrate how we can help our clients find balance on a somatic and energetic level. Alexis will share simple routines that counselors and therapists can teach their clients on how to calm and regulate their nervous system. Counselors and therapists can also apply Jin Shin on themselves as part of their own self care practice.

Knowledge of subject required: None

Focus: Educational & Bodywork

Style: Experiential & Discussion 

Michael Gavin: Body as Fulcrum (No Limit)

This practical, interactive, session, will draw on concepts and exercises from Transactional Analysis, Interpersonal Neurobiology, Radix Body Psychotherapy and Somatic Trauma Therapy, Mindfulness, and Qigong (Taoist Energy Theory), and Jung’s Analytical Psychology.

We will explore balance between body mind and spirit, east and west, self and other, individual and collective, and especially the balance between caring for self, and working for others.
There will be exercises for grounding, centring, and connecting, or holding and dissolving boundaries, with time for experimentation and discussion.

Knowledge of subject required: None

Focus: All Fields

Style: Experiential, Didactic & Discussion

Claire Bowers: Playing in the Shifting Sands: Taking Creativity Online (24 Participants)

Making use of the tool https://www.onlinesandtray.com/ we will use case vignettes, live demonstrations and small groups skills practice to show ways that we can support clients to explore their internal worlds, conflicts, thoughts and feelings – including where there may be elements of ‘stuckness’. We will show how the unconscious and nonverbal can be made conscious using online sandplay to create dialoges between internal (structural) parts of self to bring about change and deepen affect. We will explore theories such as family constellations, redecision work, creation of narrative and self reparenting using creativity throughout.

Knowledge of subject required: Medium

Focus: Psychotherapy

Style: Experiential & Demonstration

Enid Welford: Hierarchy and Balance, the impact of devaluing an ego state (24 Particpants)

During the pandemic there have been strong differences between law abiding people and those who insist on freedom to choose. This has brought home to me how in the TA community some ego state functions tend to be seen as ‘bad’ and ‘good’. I am curious as to whether some approaches to TA lead us to value some parts of the ego over others and see this as reflected in different cultures. I am also interested in the impact of diminishing one part of our ego on our sense of balance and congruence. In the workshop we will experiment playfully with different balances in the ego and explore the impact of ego discrimination on a healthy lifestyle. Enid is a Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst based in Manchester. She is passionate about working with systemic issues, an approach which values balance. She is a longstanding member of the UKATA Ethics committee and was a trainer with Jane McQuillin at the Lakeland Institute. She enjoys presenting serious topics playfully

Knowledge of subject required: Basic

Focus: Educational, Organisational, Counselling & Psychotherapy

Style: Experiential, Didactic & Discussion

Sarah Taylor: Crisis and Transformation (No Limit)

Using a combination of experiential exercises, theoretical discussion, and with a focus on clients, we will explore the theme of transformation through crisis. The word crisis means ‘decisive point’ in Greek: and with the right support and wisdom, our clients can harness the energy of what can seem like frightening symptoms. If we can offer courage, vision and containment, such clients can be supported through life-enhancing transformation to find the physis and inner balance needed to live in and contribute to our ever-changing outer world.

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Kathy Johnston & Wilf Hashimi: Loss unbalanced (24 Participants)

When we suffer significant loss, our world is changed and we feel unbalanced. This is especially true during COVID 19 and its impacts. We will share experiences, and examine research and concepts within TA and beyond, to help find balance following loss in an uncertain world.
The presenters will share their encounters with loss (personal and professional), and present ideas that engage and enliven them.
Participants will be offered space in small groups, keeping the same group throughout the workshop, to explore experiences and reactions to the material presented.

For confidentiality, this workshop will not be recorded.

Kathy, a former teacher and educational psychologist, is a PTSTA(P) with a private psychotherapy and supervision practice in Southampton, UK.

Wilf, also a PTSTA(P), is a primary tutor at Metanoia, and works in private practice in Wantage, Oxfordshire, UK.

Both have presented conference workshops previously.

Knowledge of subject required: None

Focus: All Fields

Style: Didactic, Experiential & Discussion

Jamie McDowell & John Heath: Balancing the impact of change on the body and the mind. (No Limit)

Environmental and cultural change are having an impact on us on us both somatically and psychologically and we will share our strategies for managing this by paying ongoing attention to our body/mind balance, integrity and well being. Using a psychophysical paradigm which we have developed over years of working together we bring concepts from TA and match them to body based experiences derived from Alexander Technique and other body based methods.
Focusing on the key concepts of Agency, Intersubjectivity and Autonomy, we will explore the balance between self and other, between self and the world and between mind and body.
There will be some lecture input, small group work, exercises in body awareness and movement.

Knowledge of subject required: Basic

Focus: Psychotherapy & Bodywork

Style: Experiential, Didactic & Demonstration

James Sweeney & Paul Robinson: Balance through engaging co-creatively with others.The importance of relationship in finding balance (24 Participants)

Paul and James want to explore with you, using the ideas of Co-Creative Transactional Analysis, how we can find interpersonal balance at many levels; one-to-one, small groups, large groups, our community, our culture, national and supranational organisations, humanity and in our world in all its beauty and diversity. We will also take into account our relationship with ourselves again using the ideas and principles of co-creative transactional analysis. We believe Co-Creative Transactional Analysis gives us a way not only to think about finding balance but gives us a practice through which we can engage in the process of finding balance in whatever context we choose.
Come and join us in a co-creative process.

James is fascinated by process and how we relate and learn. James uses co-creative practice to facilitate therapeutic change and learning. This also challenges James to reflect on how he can relate to those around him in a deeper more meaningful way. James is interested in how we articulate and use Tudor’s ‘empathic method’ as the method of co-creative relating.

Paul is passionate about supporting people to learn and develop in order to achieve their potential. He uses co-creative TA as the basis of his training, supervision and personal development work and he added to the CCTA literature with his TAJ article, in January 2020, on using Co-creative transformational learning as a way to break out of script.

Knowledge of subject required: Basic

Focus: All four fields

Style: This workshop will invite participants to experience working together co-creatively.

Lyn Wall & Kate Jones: Neurodiversity finding our unique balance can be a daily challenge. (24 Participants)
Finding Balance when your capacity & functioning may fluctuate dependent on factors such as environment, executive function, processing capacity, proprioception/interoception/exteroception, neuro-fatigue, anxiety, communication differences, sensory overwhelm or underwhelm.

We will consider TA concepts and models that could be reflective of neuro-divergent experiences. We will explore factors influencing balance and means of supporting emotional regulation in the therapy space.

This workshop is based on the principles of the Neurodiversity Movement, a social justice campaign for acceptance and inclusion. It accounts difficulties, disabilities, strengths, and aptitudes.

Knowledge of subject required: Basic

Focus: All Fields

Style: Invitation to learn your way and what works for you