Workshop Session 4 – Sunday 25 April – 13.30 to 16.30

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 Session 4

Sunday 25 April 2021

13.30 – 16.30

(choose 1 workshop from 7 available)

 

(1) Sounds in Silence (20 participants maximum)

Exploring the phenomenological relationship in silence

Helen Davies:  PTSTA(P)

“Who knows doesn’t talk. Who talks doesn’t know” Urself K Le Guin

In the past few years’ I have been observing a phenomenological shift in my relationship with silence. As a child I remember fearing silence, the lack of sound, between myself and the ‘other’ (I- U+). In my teens I could use silence as a weapon to attack others (I+U-). More recently I notice a yearning for silence, in the ever ‘noisy’ world of family and beyond. With 24/7 ‘sounds’ of online social or mainstream media where everyone feels the need to speak, and the continuous ‘white noise’ of marketing, there seems a constant pull to speak…but to say what? And what or whom is listening?

Sounds in Silence is offered as a space to reflect on silence both experientially and theoretically. To explore how our individual relationship with silence could be impacting our relationship with our clients.

In a workshop that could leave you with more questions than answers, you are invited to bring and explore your current and historical experiences of silence, with clients and elsewhere, and to ask yourself questions about how this has and is influencing your work with your clients.

In an attempt to expand the TA map, my question would be ‘what if… ‘What do you say after you say hello?’… is nothing…..?'”   

Workshop outcomes:  

Come and play with silence, and use your experience to broaden your thinking and feeling about working with this aspect of relating. We may put some theory to it too!

Helen Davies PTSTA(P) is a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist and Supervisor, working with adults in private practice in Chichester, West Sussex, nestled between the beach and the South Downs National Park.

She is a core tutor at TA East, and Peter Symonds, Winchester, where she enjoys mixing skills from her original Degree in Theatre Studies with teaching TA theory, and other modalities.

In 2015 Helen started Open Space Therapy to offer some occasional dynamic CPD programme in Chichester, where she and visiting specialists offer workshops on subjects related to therapeutic provision.

Helen has been an active member of UKATA’s Ethics and Professional Practice Committee since 2016 and is passionate about working in person, when safe! She welcomes discussion and debate with professionals around the world and can be reached on info@helendavies.org.uk.

Previous conference workshops and webinars: have included: Intuition (SE Conference), Ticking Clock and Blank Pages with Briony Nicholls (Cirencester), On-Screen Relations:Implications for Practice and The Ethics Committee Presents (Brighton), and for IARTA Womens Seminar for Therapists as Mothers in Isolation

Level of prior experience required:  None

Focus: Counselling and Coaching; Psychotherapy

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

 

(2) The Art of Not Knowing, The Bridge of Hope and The Principles of Peace

The Felton Identity Matrix

Mo Felton:  TSTA(P)

In a world of chaos, conflict and rigidity how do we maintain hope for ourselves, our children and our clients?

When our actions are limited, when no one seems to have an answer, and we fear the outcome, then how do we find a way through?

In this workshop I will present elements of The Felton Identity Matrix and invite exploration through reflection and discussion

Including a synthesis and development of the philosophy of Okayness.

We may  “”arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. Through the unknown, remembered gate.”” (T.S.Eliot)”

Workshop outcomes:  Increased understanding of The Felton Identity Matrix and the integration of personal and professional challenges during the current pandemic.

Mo Felton is a TSTA in psychotherapy with 40 years’ experience of counselling psychotherapy training and supervision

The Identity Matrix is a synthesis of my life and experience of working with trauma, particularly kids in care, families, domestic violence, and the healing process.

I currently work on-line and also have a therapy centre in Polesworth. Warwickshire.

Level of prior experience required:  None

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

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

 

(3)  There are people that stand in doorways and people that don’t!

Constructivism and Script Development

Mark Head:  TSTA       

In my childhood this comment was often made in my family, and therefore potentially forms part of my script. Yet, what’s it actually mean? It is ambiguous. I believe I know what it meant in my family, however does this statement have only one correct meaning or are there multiple meanings? How might context and culture influence the meanings we make?

This workshop offers a space to explore constructivist thinking on script development. Script is presented as a means of making meaning of our world.  During challenging times our meanings can help or limit us. However, we can make many different meanings from what we perceive – providing us with options for script exploration and change.

Workshop outcomes:  An expanded concept of script

Mark Head is a director of the Link Centre a Transactional Analysis (TA) training Centre in East Sussex. Mark divides his time between managing the Link Centre, his private psychotherapy practice, supervising and training. As well as being a qualified TA trainer mark has also undertaken training as a mindfulness instructor and has a particular interest in the neurobiological impact of the work Transactional Analysts do. Mark places most emphasis in the development of the individual or group in achieving their desired goal, through increased awareness and insight.

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; Experiential work

 

(4) The 10 Phases of Transformational Loss (15 participants maximum)

Using learning theory to understand the process of grief.

Cathy McQuaid:  TSTA / TTA/ STA          

As a result of her research exploring the experience of bereaved parents and siblings, Cathy has applied Mezirow’s phases of Transformational Learning* to grief. During this workshop participants will be introduced to these ten phases and will consider how they can apply them to their own experiences of loss and how they might be useful when working with those who are grieving. The participants will be invited to work in small groups and in order to provide the necessary protection the numbers will be kept low.

*Mezirow, J. (1991) Transformative dimensions in Adult learning. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. pp.168-9.”

Workshop outcomes:  1. To understand the ten phases of transformational learning. 2. To apply those phases to loss 3. To explain how this may be useful for their own personal/professional practice.

Dr Cathy McQuaid is a trainer, supervisor, psychotherapy training consultant and researcher. Her interest in research and training led to her first book What You Really Need to Know About Counselling and Psychotherapy Training: An Essential Guide published by Routledge in 2014. Her most recent research project has resulted her latest book Understanding Bereaved Parents and Siblings: A Handbook for Professionals, Family and Friends due out in May 2021. In addition to writing and researching Cathy runs a supervision and consultancy practice in the North West offering research, clinical and training supervision along with various CPD training courses and workshops.

Level of prior experience required:  None

Focus: Counselling and Coaching; Psychotherapy

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

 

(5) Understanding and Working with Cultural Beliefs using Contextual Transactional Analysis

James Sedgwick: CTA Trainer

With transactional analysts increasingly interested in working sympathetically and effectively with clients from different cultures, we all face to challenge of adapting our old ways of working to meet new demands. Contextual Transactional Analysis is a new approach which offers a framework for helping us better understand clients as always socially and culturally bound. The workshop offers an opportunity to learn more about this approach and its original reworking of key theoretical concepts and will incorporate group discussion and reflective exploration of your own cultural beliefs.

Workshop outcomes:  Greater confidence in understanding and working with cultural beliefs.

James M. Sedgwick is a Certified Transactional Analyst and Senior Lecturer in Counselling and Psychotherapy at Newman University, Birmingham UK. He has recently concluded working at a therapist for the UK National Health Service after 11 years. He is the author of Contextual Transactional Analysis: The Inseparability of Self and World, published by Routledge in 2020. He lives in Birmingham, UK.

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

 

(6) Screen Relations and unconscious process – On Intimacy & Social Distancing

Ronen Stilman:  PTSTA(P) MSc (TA psychotherapy)

From Zoom calls, Teams, Tele-therapy to Houseparty meet-ups, the Covid pandemic had put screen relations at the centre stage of relating.

In this workshop, I will invite you to explore attitudes towards working and relating through screens. Through practical examples and case work, we will explore questions of power, intimacy and proxemics through the lens of theoretical constructs from transactional analysis and psychoanalysis.

Workshop outcomes:  To explore the unconscious process in working online. To identify adjustments in how to approach working online

Ronen PTSTA(P) MSc (TA psychotherapy) is a psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer, working with individuals, couples and practitioners in his Edinburgh centre practice and in Cyberspace. He has a keen interest in Humans and how they relate and identify, integrating his background in technology and organisational change. Ronen is also a core tutor at Physis Scotland.

More at:  www.facebook.com/RonenStilmanPsychotherapy  www.ronenstilman.com

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)  Trauma and the heroic journey  (20 participants maximum)

Enid Welford:  TSTA  

During the last year the restrictions have thrown into stark relief the differences in how people respond to obstacles. For some they are tasks to be completed like challenges in a heroic quest, for others there is a sense of deep injustice and helplessness.

Using myth and legend as a starting point, we will explore how early attachments and subsequent life positions impact our resilience in face of trauma, and question whether ancestral trauma may be a root cause of paralysis in difficult times. I will suggest some identifying signs of ancestral trauma and ways to work with it in service of the client.

Workshop outcomes:  Account some impacts of historic trauma on resilience. Have some tools to work with this.

Enid Welford has a supervision and psychotherapy practice based in South Manchester and is a peripatetic trainer (in normal times).  She began her TA journey working with Mentally Disordered Offenders, many of whom had experienced profound trauma.  She has for many years, originally in partnership with Jane McQuillin, explored the interface between TA and systemic approaches in therapy, with a particular emphasis on the impact of ancestral trauma. She has an enduring love of story and legend, She delights in the way the most unpromising of clients can become the triumphal hero/heroine of their own story.

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

 

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.