Workshop Session 3 – Sunday 25 April – 10.00 to 13.00

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  1

Sunday 25 April 2021

10.00 – 13.00

(choose 1 workshop from 7 available)


(1) Transcultural Self with an Intersectional Lens (20 participants maximum)

An Ego State Model

Victoria Baskerville:  TSTA and Jazz Rehal:  CTA

Victoria BaskervilleJazz Rehal

This workshop will present a transcultural Ego State model of the self with an intersectional lens. Offering a comprehensive diagnostic model to consider the influence of transculture on self and other.

Considering the intersectional interface between race, gender and other cultural selves, accounting for the complexity of cultural experiences and narrative. Considering that through enquiry of cultural selves we can develop more insight into themes around intersectionality, including how privilege and oppression is manifested, how we may reflect on cultural impasse, unconscious bias, generational trauma, white privilege and power.

Workshop outcomes:  More insight around cultural selves, intersectionality and how this manifests.

Victoria has been practising as a Transactional Analyst Psychotherapist, supervisor, lecturer and trainer for over 20 years, based in multi -diverse East London. Victoria began her career as a community artist and later a teacher and refugee support worker, she sees her identity now as a culmination of all these life experiences.

Two years ago she founded TA East London Institute, which is housed in a library and community building in the heart of the urban community, Integral to the training is an awareness of difference and cultural diversity, bringing counselling and psychotherapy into social and political contexts.

Victoria is committed to making training more accessible, representing transcultural East London.

Jazz Rehal CTA

Jazz has a private practise in Berkshire which she runs part time alongside her first career as a Senior Communications consultant in healthcare. Jazz is a continuity tutor at TA East. She sees the power of Transactional Analysis and the healing nature of Group work as a significant opportunity to better understand power processes, politics and difference in relation to the self, other and between.

Jazz has seen a significant rise in the number of Asian individuals and couples in her private practise, many of whom are second generation and struggle with the duality of being British and Asian and the challenge of belonging to two cultures and often the painful alienation of the in-between.

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

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

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


(2) An Anatomy of OK

Embodied presence (in a virtual world)

Michael Gavin

Michael Gavin

In this interactive, experiential workshop, we will anatomise the concept OKness, key in all four TA fields, identifying two necessary attitudes, and five underlying healthy core beliefs, (from the neglected work of TA pioneer Denton Roberts.)

Next, we’ll explore how embodied awareness, the felt sense (Gendlin) of personal physical presence, can become the ground of our own OKness, helping us recognise and support OKness in those we serve, while also revealing subtle energetic patterns and relational needs.

Presence: the fourth therapeutic P, from which Protection, Permission and Potency can emerge, all the more vital when we are physically distanced.

Workshop outcomes:  Develop a richer and more complex understanding of the concept of OKness (dimensions of the Groder octahedron)  Distinguish between Self Esteem and Roberts’ concept of (mutual) “Human Esteem” cf “ubuntu”  Learn, understand and practice Roberts’ 2 perspectives: “The truth is in the body” and “Am I on my side or on my case?”  Understand and experience somatically the felt sense of the Healthy Core Beliefs: Capable, Powerful, Valuable, Lovable, Equal.  Experience, learn and understand: Grounding sequence: Grounding, Centring, Connecting  Practice of Presence sequence: Comfortable, Aware, Ready, Engage  Cosmic Shrug  Understand the interrelations of OKness, presence, body awareness, self-care and Human Esteem Recognise somatic correlates of not-OKness, and some remedies  Consider practical uses in self-care and work with others.

Michael Gavin is a certified Radix Body Psychotherapist, and Somatic Trauma Therapist and Supervisor.

A Regular Member of the (old) ITA since 1982, he has presented at TA conferences over four decades, mainly about the interface of TA with trauma and somatic approaches.

With advanced qualifications in Education and Management his interests cover all four fields of TA.

From 2007 to 2016 he was External Clinical Supervisor to the London Underground Counselling and Trauma Service.

Recently emerged from retirement he now offers individual mentoring and teaches “Working with Body in Mind” online.”

Level of prior experience required:  None

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

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


(3)  Physis, Intuition and Autonomy  (20 participants maximum)

A spiritual perspective

Geoff Hopping:  TSTA and Jane Tillier: CTA in progress

Geoff HoppingJane Tiller

This workshop is intended to revisit and develop some of the foundational ideas from Transactional Analysis. We intend to show how these concepts are linked to ancient and contemporary spirituality and form the basis of tremendous opportunities for us to not only deepen our own personal relationship to these ideas, but to facilitate ways of thinking about and enhancing work with our clients. In the workshop it is our intention to share some of our thoughts about what these ideas mean to us and to give you the space to share and deepening your understanding of where these ideas arise from in you personally. In addition to our here input there will be opportunities for small and large group work.

Workshop outcomes:  To achieve a deeper connection and curiosity about their truest selves.

Geoff Hopping is a TSTA with fifty years’ experience of working in Mental Health. Already qualified in psychiatric nursing and social work, he started his TA training at the Metanoia Institute in 1990 where he worked for over 20 years as a primary tutor. He spent eight years as a Consultant Psychotherapist in a high security prison as well a having a private practice for twenty years. He also qualified as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and trained in supervision at the Society for Analytic Psychology (Jungian).  His interests have been and continue to be broad ranging including, LGBTQI work,  Forensic work including a treatment model for working with personality disorders. Since retiring from prison work Geoff has had a supervision and small clinical practice. He continues to work as a tutor at TA East and the Link Centre and is currently in ministry training with the One Spirit Foundation in London.

Jane Tillier has over thirty years’ experience in offering warm, relational and inclusive soul space to individuals and group in a wide variety of settings such as health care (hospice, hospital and primary care) and church. With a background in the study of modern languages and a PhD in Spanish, she was amongst the first women to be ordained in the church of England in 1994. She is now also a UKCP listed trainee psychotherapist, with particular interests in the interface between psychotherapy and spirituality and in the impact of neurodiversity in mental health and well being. She is in the process of completing her CTA in TA Psychotherapy and her certificate in transactional Analysis at the Metanoia Institute.

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


(4) The Cultural Other in Transactional Analysis

A space to reconstruct Self together

Divya Sharma: TA Trainee

This workshop provides a space to explore some Transactional Analysis concepts relating to issues such as social change, responsibility, okayness and justice. I intend to draw parallels between Transactional Analysis concepts and literary trends e.g., post-colonial and feminist writings, culture studies and to the current issues of ‘Black Lives Matter.’  In a co-creative way, I will introduce a model of binaries for us to play with and to create a space to connect polarities thus making psychotherapy more inclusive. This model is an integration of previous models and reflections arising from my social interaction and client work.

To use this space to generate increased awareness, reflection, and gain sensitivity. This is also a chance for attendees to first-hand observe the launch of a model and add to the value by giving me their input.

Divya Sharma is a British Asian woman. I moved to UK in 2005 to Romsey. My first career was in Academia. I have a Ph.D in English from University of Rajasthan , India on the topic ‘ The Cultural Other in the Writings of D. H Lawrence in 2003.  I completed a Foundation Degree in Humanistic Counselling based on Transactional Analysis at Peter Symonds, Winchester in 2014.The course was accredited by BACP and validated by Middlesex University. Currently I am enrolled at The Berne Institute on the Advanced Training in Psychotherapy. I have published two articles in Transactional Analyst Magazine.

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

Focus: Psychotherapy

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

(5) Growing under Canopy of the Family Tree

Intergenerational  Family Script

Alexandra Piotrowska


The workshop will be based on AT, imago , systemic constellations   techniques to create a map of connections and hidden loyalties between generations in the family system.

By exposing these dynamics and looking at unconscious processes, we create opportunities to alter the personal and family script.

The work will be based on discovering Family Script based prohibitions and permissions, taking into account somatic components of intuition, non cognitive experiences  and techniques focused on imago application

Part 1 AT theories of Script Decisions conditioning in non-verbal transactions and prohibitions  “” running through  generations in the form of  hot potato””, Fanita English Gloria Noriega, Winford parental impasses as well as  Constellations insights of Hellinger Ruppert, Schneider and Schutzenberger

Part 2 application of these theories to personal history and Family Script

During the workshop, we will work on examples provided by the trainer and participants At the same time, part of the workshop will be exploring your own (family tree) to understand how your personal experience and topics resonates with the ongoing family script in following areas life Roles : “Relationships, Procreation , Work- Career and Money” Alex Piotrowska MSc in Pedagogy TSTA  from London

Workshop outcomes:  To understand the influence of multigenerational  family of origin on script formation To find more about hidden  family  messages  shown on the level of functioning and third degree games To use these as a diagnostic tool in the therapy and other interpersonal relationships

Alexandra Piotrowska is a psychotherapist, coach, trainer  and supervisor working using Relational, and Systemic Solutions approaches.

I am influenced by Positive Psychology and phenomenology    My early experience as a therapist in a family field and in couple counselling gave me a good background for understanding the importance of relationships for wellbeing of individuals and life-long attachment patterns.  I have studied Constellation approach with CISSIS in London and ISCA in  Germany.

I run a private practice in London and work as a freelance trainer and supervisor in the UK, Poland and Romania

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

Focus: Counselling and Coaching; Psychotherapy

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


(6) On reflection 

The aftermath of 2020 

John Renwick

The Covid-19 crisis of 2020 has impacted our lives and is likely to still be doing that at the time of this workshop.  The question for this workshop is “What were the impacts on you and your work?”  This will be an opportunity to reflect on how the crisis has impacted you, your work as a Transactional Analysis practitioner.  What have been the losses and what if any are the gains?  Part of the workshop time will be spent in small groups discussing the themes that are identified at the beginning.  The workshop is not about theory it will be a time for personal reflection and gaining from the experience of colleagues.

Workshop outcomes:  Awareness of the impact of the previous 18 months on personal & professional experience.

John Renwick is clinical tutor at Wealden College and has been practising TA at various levels since 1974.  He has a therapy and supervision practice in East Sussex one online.

Level of prior experience required:  None

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

Style: Discussion, small group and pairs work


7) Co-creative Transformational learning as a way to break out of script   (20 participants maximum)

Paul Robinson:  PTSTA-E        

Using co-creative TA in an adult learning environment challenges many parts of our script, particularly those parts that we developed during our early experiences of learning.  As adults, we often choose what we want to learn, but our script beliefs about learning, which we developed at an early age, can get in the way of our learning process. If we can face the challenge of learning to learn as an adult, then we can transform our learning process which, in turn, changes our beliefs about ourselves as learners and, hence, our script. We will explore the process of transformational learning to support script change in this workshop, using the principles of co-creative TA to support the transformational change process

Workshop outcomes:  That our script beliefs about learning are self-limiting and can be changed to enable us all to achieve our potential

Paul Robinson has been supporting people to learn and develop for 30 years as a manager, mentor, coach and trainer. He runs his own training company, focusing on supporting people to develop and change through TA based personal development programs. He is based in Ipswich (UK) and delivers programs internationally.

Paul uses co-creativity extensively as a base for his work and is an Educational Transactional Analyst (PTSTA-E). He believes that everyone should have the opportunity and support to achieve their potential and is passionate about supporting people to achieve this through a process of co-creative transformational learning and change.

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

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

Style:   Experiential 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.