Workshop Session 2 – Saturday 24 April – 14.30 to 17.30

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  2 

Saturday 24 April 2021

14.30 – 17.30

(choose 1 workshop from 7 available)

 

(1) Transition, Change, and Loss, the Dynamics of Grief (20 participants maximum)

How Our Script or Cultural Scripting Influences Our Grief

Sheila Beare:  PTSTA

Shelia Beare

Grief occurs as a response to transition, change and loss. In our ever-changing world we can experience an enormous amount of change, from growing out of nappies; changes at work or home; losses through death; and not least a global pandemic. In this workshop we will consider together: different responses to transition, change and loss; how grief is a dynamic process; and how our Script and Cultural Scripting might interrupt or interact with this. I hope to help you be more able to account for grief processes wherever you practice – the therapy room, the workplace or the classroom.

Workshop outcomes:  To gain a greater sense of the dynamic experience of grief and to be able to account for grief more in your work.

Sheila Beare, PTSTA, has a private practice in Fife which she has developed over the last 18 years where she provides workplace and clinical supervision, as well as psychotherapy. She is a COSCA Diploma Accredited Trainer and has many years’ training experience. Sheila enjoys bringing what we read on paper to life.

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; Experiential work

 

(2) Improvisation in the therapy room

Practical techniques for creating a new therapy for every client

Matthew Elton

Matthew Elton

“Create a new therapy for each client” urges the renowned practitioner Irvin Yalom (The Gift of Therapy). This workshop looks at why this might be a good idea and how, practically, we might do it. We will ask how we can adventure into the unknown alongside our clients while also honouring what is good and valuable about the tried and tested theory, techniques, and norms of practice that TA offers us. And we’ll explore approaches to improvisation through a series of exercises looking at openings, stretching and “breaking” therapy norms, and working with client’s image schemes.

Workshop outcomes:  insights and practical ideas about how to safely improvise in the therapy room

Matthew Elton is a psychotherapist based in Edinburgh. He works with a wide range of clients and, in addition, specialises in therapeutic work with writers and artists. His formative training was in Transactional Analysis and he has since developed an interest in Narrative Therapy. Before becoming full-time as a therapist, he was an academic philosopher working on the philosophy of mind and a manager in the charity sector. His book about therapy and its links with learning practical skills, Talking it Better, was published by PCCS in 2021. www.extra‑help.org.uk

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

Focus: Counselling and Coaching; Psychotherapy

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

(3) Creating Connection in Relationship Therapy 

Joanna Groves CTA (P)  and Ian Tomlinson PTSTA (P)

Ian Tomlinson

Whether you work with couples or individuals, everyone brings their relationships to therapy. Being able to approach relationships from a relational paradigm, rather than an individual one, means you naturally shift the focus of your couples work into safety and connection. Couples, connected through safety, thrive.

Imago Relationship Therapy is a relational modality of couples therapy, that offers both a ‘Why’ (theory) and a ‘How’ (practice). Come join us and explore the core themes of Imago theory and how they link to TA. You’ll gain insights into how you can practically apply Imago in the therapy room.

Workshop outcomes:  Practical tools that therapists can take into their practice.

Joanna has a psychotherapy, training, and supervision practice at The Affinity Centre, Manchester. With a special interest in relationships and couples work, Joanna co-presents the Imago Getting The Love You Want couples workshop with her partner Ian. Joanna is the founder of Relationful.com, a social media & online psycho-ed business, that shifts couples therapy “off the couch and into the community”.

Ian is an Advanced Imago Relationship Therapist, Clinical Trainer, and Faculty Member. Ian delivers the Clinical Training Program in Imago Relationship Therapy and co-presents the Getting The Love You Want couples workshop with his partner Joanna. Ian has a private practice at The Affinity Centre, Manchester, working with couples and individuals.

Level of prior experience required:  None

Focus: Counselling and Coaching; Psychotherapy

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

 

(4) Connection and Separation in a time of radical change (20 participants maximum)

A training on group process – working online and face to face.

Rosalind Sharples: MSc – psychotherapy, PTSTA(P) and Nathan Gould:  PTSTA(P)

We are in each-others’ rooms and separated across the world. Our sense of closeness and separation is radically different. As teachers, supervisors, psychotherapists and trainees this has changed all of us.

How has it effected you?

What can we learn from this?

Where do we go next?

The presenters have spent the last year working with online with both therapeutic and training groups and the material in this workshop draws on their experiences and the lessons they have learned.  This workshop uses Berne’s theories of the group imago and Lee’s theories of group boundaries to explore intimacy, potency, privilege and meaning in the group encounter.

In this workshop will share our ideas and ask you to contribute your experiences to develop a new understanding of group process.  This is a learning encounter for those who want to fully participate in a creative learning experience online

Workshop outcomes:  Excitement, curiosity and optimism through the experience of learning and co-creating new theory for our current time. A joy in experiencing groups however they happen. We want to challenge and be challenged in return.

Rosalind is the Director of Transactional Analysis Cymru, a training centre in West Wales. She is passionate about teaching from within the group. This means that her training is lively, exploratory and experiential. Her other passion is exploring the environment we meet in. This influences her training style and has she has been challenged to really consider what this means during this last year. Rosalind also supervises and has a full clinical practice. She is a supervisor for UK Counselling network.

Nathan is a psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer working in Bradford, West Yorkshire. He is keen to make TA accessible to the wider population and has a particular interest in using TA to work with angry men. He is a core trainer at TA Cymru and a Director of the UK Counselling network which offers low-cost counselling and psychotherapy as well as providing clinical placements to trainees.

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

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

Style: Discussion, small group and pairs work; Experiential work

 

(5) Empathy and its role in contact and cure (20 participants maximum)

James Sweeney:  PTSTA

Empathy has not been highly theorised until the writing of Barbara Clark, then William Cornell, Helena Hargaden and Charlotte Sills and Keith Tudor and Graeme Summers. The later four authors work was a reaction in some ways to the absence of writing about empathy. Theorising about empathy is one thing but its essence is much more a way of being with others. In this workshop I want to explore how we think about empathy, how we theorise it if you like, and I want to explore with you how we manifest empathy in relationship and its role in contact, relationship and cure.

Workshop outcomes:  A critical understanding of empathy within and outside TA. A critical understanding of the practice of empathy and finally being able to evaluate the role of empathy within the therapeutic relationship.

James Sweeney is a PTSTA with a training and education, supervision and therapy practice. I am fascinated about process and the facilitation of change. I work very much through a co-creative lens where for me empathy is my method and my understanding of empathy is very much informed by constructivism, the work of Tudor and Summers and the emerging neuroscience. I am also interested in training and education as a process and have completed teacher training for Higher Education.

Level of prior experience required:  Advanced Level – Towards CTA and beyond

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

Style: Discussion, small group and pairs work; Experiential work

       

(6) No one Playing

Living beyond Games and Scripts

Martin Wells:  TSTA / TTA/ STA

Martin Wells

For us to be playing Games or caught in the Drama Triangle some aspect of our personal story needs to have been triggered. When we are free of our own personal story there is, quite literally, no one playing.

In this workshop we will explore the understanding and practice of how this freedom can be realised. From this perspective Games may even be seen as an opportunity to face those aspects of our scripts that remain unresolved and as such be keys to our freedom.

Workshop outcomes:  An understanding and even a glimpse of the freedom possible beyond Script

Martin Wells is a teaching and supervising transactional analyst who has been studying meditation for over 30 years. He works in the NHS in the UK, as a consultant psychotherapist, where he integrates non-dual teachings with mindfulness and psychotherapy.  His first book “Sitting in the Stillness”, on psychotherapy and non-duality was published in February 2020. His second book ‘”No one Playing”, on the theme of non-duality and performance, will be published in the Summer of 2021.

Level of prior experience required:  None

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

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

 

(7) Pluralistic Philosophy, My Philosophy and TA

Who am I as a practitioner and who are they?

Andy Williams:  TSTA(P)

Andy Williams

This workshop is intended to help the practitioner!  Both to know who we are, and what’s important to us as Transactional Analysts as well as accessing Pluralistic Philosophy to help us think about difference and diversity within our TA practice.  By the end of the workshop it is hoped that we know ourselves and our practice better, and have some great ideas from Pluralism to apply to our thinking – especially in the arena of difference and diversity.

Workshop outcomes:  To know themselves as practitioners and have a way of working with difference.

Andy Williams TSTA(P) is Director of the TA Training Organisation based in the North UK.  He was delighted to receive a UKATA medal in 2018 for services to the UK TA community.  He recently completed an MSc. – the focus of the research being on the efficacy of clinical supervision for the supervisee.  He takes delight in supporting the practitioner to the best they can be, standing in their own boots!  Andy is increasingly working in the outdoors with clients and often runs his indoor sessions with all parties standing and moving in the space.

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

Focus: Psychotherapy

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


 

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.