Workshop Session 1 – Saturday 24 April – 12.30 to 14.15

Introduction to Workshops

We have workshop sessions running on each day of the conference.

Your choice of ticket will allow you to choose up to four workshops, i.e. one for each of the available slots.  There are two slots per day.

To help guide your choices, additional information is provided for each workshop summary to advise:

a) Level of prior experience required

b) Focus of the subject content

c) The discipline of the presenter, and their level of qualification relevant for those delegates  seeking to count workshop hours towards their qualification

d) The discipline of the presenter, and their level of qualification relevant for those delegates  seeking to count workshop hours towards their qualification


Workshop Session  1

Saturday 24 April 2021

12.30 – 14.15

(choose 1 workshop from 6 available)


(1) An Enquiry into the Experience of the Dyslexic Transactional Analysis Psychotherapist

A focus on training and the exam process      

Jan Baker:  MSc (P), CTA (P), Dip. TA Supervision (PTSTA) and Antoinette Davey:  MPHil, DipTA

Jan Baker

In the first published article, (An Enquiry into the Experience of the Dyslexic Transactional Analysis Psychotherapist), it was noted ‘The results indicate further research would be beneficial to facilitate a deeper understanding of the impact of dyslexia and to facilitate appropriate support for both trainees and qualified psychotherapists’.

This workshop will take the form of a piece of live research to gather information for a second article looking at how we can incorporate the skills and creative possibilities of dyslexic trainees into TA training and exam processes.

Workshop outcomes: To explore the possibilities of encouraging and promoting changes to the training and exam processes to make them more accessible to dyslexic students

Jan Baker, MSc (P), Certified Transactional Analyst (psychotherapy), Dip. TA Supervision, is a Provisional Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst (psychotherapy) and a UKCP-registered psychotherapist. She has a private clinical and supervision practice in North Lincolnshire, United Kingdom. She is dyslexic.

Antoinette Davey, MPHil, DipTA, is a researcher at the University of Exeter and has a private TA clinical practice in Exeter, UK. She is chair of the UKATA Research Committee. She is dyslexic.

Level of prior experience required: None

Focus: Psychotherapy

Style: Discussion, small group and pairs work


(2) TA in relationship to the Body Mind Spirit connection

Alexis Brink:  TA Trainee

Alexis Brink

Alexis will lay the foundation for understanding the relationship between energy medicine and TA and how we can help our clients on a somatic level. Alexis will be sharing methods on how therapists can teach their clients how to calm and regulate their nervous system, by using the Art of Jin Shin – a simple, hands-on healing modality – which they can apply on themselves to harmonize their body, mind and spirit. Therapists will also learn how to balance their own energy during a client session or for their own personal self care.

Workshop outcomes:  That attendees feel comfortable sharing basic Jin Shin self-help with their clients, that they will gain a solid understanding of why and how it works, and that they will walk away with tangible tools to share with their clients or use for themselves.

Alexis Brink is the author of “The Art of Jin Shin” and “Healing at Your Fingertips” and is the President of Jin Shin Institute. Alexis is a member of the Social Action Committee and a TAP Trainee of the USATAA. Alexis is an LMT and Interfaith Minister and has taught workshops around the world. Alexis has had a private practice in NYC since 1991. She has written two textbooks on how to become a Jin Shin practitioner. Jin Shin Institute, under Alexis’s guidance, is offering a comprehensive curriculum to a new generation of practitioners and teachers.

Level of prior experience required: Developing Level – Middle Years of Training

Focus: Education and Training; Organisational; Counselling and Coaching; Psychotherapy

Style: Didactic teaching, Discussion, small group and pairs work, Experimential work


(3)  TA and diversity (20 participants maximum)

Ensuring TA is inclusive with reflective trainer training

Isabelle Delannoy:  TA Trainee

Isabelle Delannoy

Diversity has many facets. In this workshop, we will discuss the impact of diversity on the therapeutic relationship, especially covering the unconscious bias of the therapist towards invisible differences, such as neurodiversity, cultural differences, gender and sexual identity. I will present some vignettes taken from the lived experience of trainees. How is TA apt to respond to the reality of a diverse human nature, as it becomes impossible to shun the dialogue? What is missing to make TA a resolutely modern, progressive and relevant psychotherapy? I suggest that part of the answer is in the training of trainers.

Workshop outcomes:  I would like to trigger more self-reflection about how inclusive we are in our work with clients and encourage people to seek more supervision and therapy on topics linked to diversity.

Isabelle is a student at the Berne Institute in third year of advanced psychotherapy training. She is passionate about understanding issues around diversity and the role psychotherapy can have in making our society more welcoming, by constantly aiming at translating quality research into best practice.

Level of prior experience required: None

Focus:  Education and Training; Organisational; Counselling and Coaching; Psychotherapy

Style:  Didactic teaching; Discussion, small group and pairs work


(4) Knowing Ego States (20 participants maximum)

Some thoughts on phenomenology and Transactional Analysis

Robin Hobbes:  TSTA / TTA/ STA

Phenomenology has two main usages. One emphasises ordinary everyday experiencing and the other   a “deep” knowing of “fundamental” essence. I find in the TA community using phenomenology in these same two ways. The two approaches are brought together through the idea of phenomenology as being a pathway of knowing –  phenomenology as a way of knowing.  It is, of course, one of the four ways that Berne claimed for recognising Ego States. In this workshop I will explore the idea of phenomenology and how to apply it to TA practice. We will touch on the philosophical history of phenomenology but focus on ways of knowing that are present in the practice of Transactional Analysis.

Workshop outcomes:  Understanding and insight

Robin Hobbes BA, CQSW, CTA(p), TSTA(p) is Director of training at elan training and development, a TA training centre in Manchester. He is also the ethical advisor to the European TA Association.

Level of prior experience required:  Early Level – TA101, Foundation, Year 1

Focus:  Education and Training; Organisational; Counselling and Coaching; Psychotherapy

Style:  Didactic teaching; Discussion, small group and pairs work


(5) Creativity in Psychotherapy (25 participants maximum)

Hide and Seek

Leanne Riley:  TA Trainee

This workshop has evolved from personal experience of using creativity within a therapeutic relationship. Of discovering where the “child” in us might play or hide, uncovering the vulnerable and the free parts of self. Of finding the place where connection, intuition and energy wait to emerge. The workshop will allow space for you to experience and express your own material through creative exercises. Ideas will be presented but the space is open for curiosity, difference and meaning making; It is what it is, in the moment, for you.

Workshop outcomes:  For attendees to have experienced space to explore, play and discover and to hopefully have some ideas to take away for use in their own life/work

Leanne Riley is a Contractual Trainee Psychotherapist at the TA Training Organisation in Leeds. She has a small Private Practice in Liverpool, She has a creative and teaching background and is a keen reader and writer. She also works as an artist and her paintings are commissioned for homes and therapeutic settings. Leanne is interested in theory around Attachment, Developmental Trauma and Attunement and has personal and professional experience of working with Neurodiversity.

Level of prior experience required:  Developing Level – Middle Years of Training

Focus:  Psychotherapy

Style:   Didactic teaching; Experiential work


(6) Professional Competence in Dilemma Situations (20 participants maximum)

From the Dilemma Circle to the Purpose Circle  

Sabine-Inken Schmidt:  PTSTA

Humans in Organisations deal with increasing complexity in the workplace. Most people experience at some point of time a situation where they are being torn between different options, experience ambiguity or feel they are in a dilemma situation. Based on the work of the Bateson and the Double Bind Model, Bernd Schmid developed the Dilemma Circle and received 1988 the Eric Berne Scientific Award. In 2009 he summarized his ideas and developments around the Dilemma Circle and made the connection to what he calls the Purpose Circle. We will look in this workshop at the way how he describes this model being as well social as inner psychic dynamics and he brings up the idea of despair as a professional quality.

Workshop outcomes:  Gain access to the theory of Dilemma Circle of Bernd Schmid which is not translated to English. Being able to identify dilemma situations working in Organisations. Getting some idea how to steer out of that situation professionally

Sabine-Inken Schmidt is PTSTA in the Organisational Field. Professionally she works as an international HR Director with a passion for organisational development. Her playing field in TA is what she calls “Applied Transactional Analysis in Organisations“ where she strives to bridge the application and theory of TA as she applies it in her workplace. Privately she lives in Dusseldorf, Germany together with her partner.

Level of prior experience required:  None

Focus:  Organisational; Counselling and Coaching

Style:  Didactic teaching; Experiential

On-line Networking

We are proud to introduce on-line networking during the Conference. You will be able to jump into a chat bubble with one or more of your friends at any time during the day, to catch up on the news! You will also be able to access information about our sponsors, and any special offers that have brought along to tempt you. The networking opportunity will be available to all ticket holders registered for that day, from the moment the conference opens, right until the moment the curtains close at the end of each day.