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Friday Workshops

Friday Workshops

Workshop Session 1: 14.00 – 17.00  
(choose 1 workshop from 8 available)

   1. Pain, Grief and Renewal in This Disturbing World

A shared space for reflection    

Adrienne Lee: TSTA / TTA/ STA


We will create a shared space to reflect on the experience of being in a liminal, global, cultural and personal space as we experience the changes in our world. We will consider the grief processes and the processes for renewal and transformation. We will apply and create TA theory to facilitate our understanding and how this impacts us and our clients in all fields of work and experience.


The focus will be on embracing our interconnectedness and homonomy.

Workshop outcomes:

Seeing grief and pain as an enlivening process.

To experience and encourage authenticity.

To appreciate our interconnectedness.

To honour our responsibility to our wider community and our planet.    


Adrienne Lee, BA (Hons), TSTA(P), past president of EATA, is Director of The Berne Institute, UK. She has received the Gold EATA Medal, and the Muriel James Living Principles Award.

Adrienne enjoys inspiring the development of TA, focusing on homonomy and spirituality, and is dedicated to co-creating learning and transformation with passion, authenticity, and excellence.                                                                

Level of prior experience required:



   2. Embodying OK – the Essence of TA - in all Four Fields

The felt sense of OK in practice: presence, boundaries, contact, boundaries, authority, responsibility, self-care

Michael Gavin:  Other Professional Status                  


Interactive workshop

  • Examining the structural, interpersonal, and intrapsychic forces that support or threaten the felt sense of I am OK, You are OK, the aim of TA practitioners in every field

  • Applying

    • “the wisdom in the body” (Denton L Roberts) and his anatomy of OKness

    • Berne’s insights (“Principles of Group Treatment” and “Structure and Function of Organizations and Groups”)

  • Introducing

    • mindful and embodied practices from Qigong and Body Psychotherapy that help sustain or regain the felt sense of OK.

    • the “Psychic Acrowprop”


Workshop outcomes: 

  • Refined awareness of the concept of OKness

  • (Re)established personal Felt Sense of ‘I am OK” and access to Somatic Markers and practices for restoring it as is needed.

  • Refined cognitive framework and sensorimotor skills for recognising, accounting for, and regulating indications of unease and dysregulation in self and others.

  • Reviewed Berne’s Structural diagram and its relation to work settings - dyad, group, organisation, society – in each field.

  • Examined patterns of pressure and distortion prevalent in each field and work setting, and own idiosyncratic susceptibilities to them.

  • Applied concept of contamination to OKness within work settings.

  • Learned to activate the Psychic Acrowprop. (For private practice: Unmasked the Inner Boss, cathected the Inner Shop Steward.) Outlined a Practice of somatic self-awareness, and self-regulation skills* and a Practice for self-care. (*including specifically: Grounding Sequence, simple and extended; Cosmic Shrug; Three Treasures; Four Directions, the Spectre of the Tribunal)


A Regular Member of ITA since 1982, when he first attended a TA conference, Michael Gavin retired as a Certified Radix Body Psychotherapist, and Somatic Trauma Therapist in 2016, after an earlier career as Teacher, Headteacher and Education Consultant.

He was External Clinical Supervisor to London Underground's Counselling and Trauma Service (2007-16)

He now offers individual mentoring sessions, and trainings integrating contemporary psychotherapy with eastern energy approaches (Qigong).

 with a focus on embodiment, resolving trauma, and practitioner self-care.

Level of prior experience required:



   3. TA as a leveller

Harnessing the power of TA to create a level playing field for our clients and learners

Jenny Labbett:  TA Trainee


This workshop will explore our potential as TA practitioners in all fields to support our clients and trainees to learn, develop and change in Adult and OK:OK ways.

We will look at different learning imagoes; which ego states and transactions are prevalent in each; and how each imago impacts on the outcomes both for the learner and for the practitioner.


Which are levelling, which are not, and does it matter?

What do we do in our own TA practice which invites levelling?

The session will be interactive and co-created and can include small group and whole group discussions.


Workshop outcomes:  ​

  • To have enjoyed the workshop

  • To have an understanding of learning imagoes

  • To be inspired to use co-creative TA in their practice


Hello, I’m Jenny.  I am a trainer, facilitator and coach with management and training experience in the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK.  I ran my own IT consultancy for over 20 years.  After training as a coach, I set up Renaissance Training, offering training and development workshops, based on TA, which deliver transformative and sustainable change. 


My particular interests are women returning to work, men and women going into leadership roles for the first time, and people facing redundancy. I am passionate about both the quick wins and the long term changes that TA enables us all to achieve. I love singing and swimming and being a grandma.  I’m a contractual trainee (E) and I live in Suffolk.

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

Focus:  Education and Training (but applicable to all fields)

Style:  Discussion and Small Group and Pairs work (Chairs to be arranged around a number of small tables - café style.)

   4. Functional Fluency in a Co-creative TA frame

Paul Robinson:  & James Sweeney PTSC(P)


The Functional Fluency model was developed from within a TA frame of reference and supports the development of emotional intelligence. The positive modes of functionally fluent behaviour originate in the Adult ego states and promote present centred processing to generate positive behaviours that invite Adult to Adult complementary transactions, reducing the risk of miscommunication and/or conflict arising. In this workshop we will explore the connections between Co-creaticve TA (CCTA) and the Functional Fluency model in order to support improved relationships and more open communications.   

Workshop outcomes: 

  • An understanding of the links between Functional Fluency and cocreative TA

  • An appreciation of how Functional Fluency can support achieving the four aspects of CCTA (we-ness, shared responsibility, present centredness and unconditional positive regard)

  • some practical experience of using Functional Fluency to stay in a cocreative relationship.

Paul 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 and is a licensed TIFF provider Paul uses co-creativity extensively as a base for his work and is a 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.    


James is fascinated by process and how we make contact, how we relate and learn. James uses co-creative practice to facilitate therapeutic change, supervision 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.

Level of prior experience required: 




   5. Huh? What Did You Say?

The Therapy Room - A D/deaf Perspective   

Hasan Volkan Kurtarici:  TA Trainee

This workshop is a brief exploration of D/deaf people and those around them. Firstly understanding D/deafness and how it can develop, then exploring communication methods ands looking at potential clients that may end up in your room. This workshop offers an overview on D/deaf people, culture, language and barriers. 


Workshop outcomes:

My passion is to marry these two worlds, as I have met many D/deaf people who struggle with their own mental health and resources are not easily accessible. Not only do I want to bring awareness of D/deafness to hearing peers, but I want to bring awareness to my D/deaf peers. My passion is to marry these two worlds, as I have met many D/deaf people who struggle with their own mental health and resources are not easily accessible. Not only do I want to bring awareness of D/deafness to hearing peers, but I want to bring awareness to my D/deaf peers.

Level of prior experience required: none

Focus: Counselling and Coaching, Education and Training, or Organisational

Style: Didactic Teaching, Discussions and small group/Pair work and Experiential Work



   6. Radical Relational Perspectives: Deception and Dependency

The Therapy Room - A D/deaf Perspective   


Karen Minikin:  TSTA / TTA/ STA


TA is a social psychology that has been interested in both macro and micro perspectives. We have ideas that can help analyse single transactions as well as those that help deconstruct social, economic and political dynamics. Taking a radical perspective, we consider the role of deception and dependency in maintaining systemic, institutional and personal dynamics of oppression. The workshop will target those interested in exploring political, psychological and social dynamics and all levels and approaches in TA are welcome.


Workshop outcomes:

I hope they will feel stimulated and engaged in the discussions


Karen Minikin TSTA (P) lives and works in the southwest of England. In addition to her psychotherapy practice, she teaches and supervises locally and internationally. She has lived and worked in a number of different environments and makes use of her diverse history to inform her radical and relational take in social psychology.


Level of prior experience required: 




   7. Demystifying the sexual offender 

Current research on men who have committed sexual  offences and its application to Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy/Counselling


Deborah Blagden:  PTSTA      

Sexual Violence is a serious public health and human rights abuse problem. Those that commit such crimes are often demonised and have difficulty accessing therapy – partly as a result of their own shame as well as therapist’s reluctance to work with this client group. Therapy with those who have committed sexual offences can be both highly challenging and anxiety provoking. Working with those who have sexually offended can be a prime site for unhelpful transference and projection and maintaining an Ok - Ok position difficult. There is a scarcity of literature written and published on working with this client group in a counselling/psychotherapeutic setting. Likewise, there has been remarkably little in formal theory or training within transactional analysis communities that addresses either the meanings of 'deviant sexual behaviour' or possible approaches to working with it.


In this workshop I aim to demystify this client group by exploring current research into the aetiology and progression of such behaviours. Using up to date research results we will explore the concept of ‘treatment needs’ which are associated with 'sexual deviancy' and offending and consider how to work with these within a TA framework. We will reflect on attachment theory research and sexual offending and what the core therapeutic tasks are for the TA therapist. The overall aim of this workshop is to support treatment planning and build confidence, whilst empowering the practitioner to work effectively. I will use didactic, experiential and interactive methods within the workshop, alongside case study material. Given the potentially emotive subject matter, participants need to be or have access to a therapist. All case study material will be generalised and anonymised throughout.


Workshop outcomes:

  • To demystify this client group – by exploring the current research about treatment needs and treatment focus.

  • To support Treatment planning

  • To build confidence and empower you to work effectively with this client group


Deborah Blagden (PTSTA) is Programme Lead and tutor on at the MSc Integrative Psychotherapy course at the Sherwood Institute Nottingham. She has worked in both private practice and for the children’s charity the NSPCC and the Criminal Justice System for 28 years delivering the Home Office’s community sex offender group treatment programme for men and women convicted of sexual offences. This has involved working therapeutically with both perpetrators and non-abusing partners individually and in group settings. Alongside this her role has involved multi agency work in preparing risk assessment reports for the parole board, criminal and family courts. Deborah is interested in developing theory and practice using Transactional Analysis to work with this client group.

Level of prior experience required: 




   8. Unpacking the Internal Supervisor

An Alternative Developmental Lens


Bev Gibbons:  TSTA-P  & Ronen Stilman TSTA-P

Patrick Casement created the term 'internal supervisor' to describe the way in which aspects of the supervisory process and relationship are internalised and then integrated by the supervisee as a means of self-support and self-review' (Bell et al, 2016)


This workshop will invite you, as a supervisee, to explore the influences, experiences and relationships that have contributed to your internal supervisor and how it shows up in your practice. We will offer an alternative model of practitioner development that accounts for the potential for blind spots at any stage of practice and experience.


This workshop is applicable and will be useful to all fields and levels of practice

Workshop outcomes:

  • Increase awareness of resources as a practitioner

  • Identify own developmental edge

  • Explore and critique developmental models of practice

  • Cross fields working and sharing of insight


Ronen is a Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst in Psychotherapy. He is a psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer, working with individuals, couples and practitioners in his Edinburgh centre practice and Cyberspace. He has a keen interest in Humans and how they relate and identify, integrating his background in technology and organisational change.


Bev is a TSTA (Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst) in the field of psychotherapy. Who has an MA In TA psychotherapy and BA Hons in integrative counselling. She works in North Yorkshire, in the UK, as a trainer, supervisor and psychotherapist in private practice, and as a core trainer at TA Training Organisation based in Leeds, UK. She works with individuals, groups and organisations, drawing on her experience of leading teams as well as from her many years of work in counselling and psychotherapy practice and supervision.


The Co Creative TA principles lie at the heart of my work and way of being, working intersubjectively in the ‘space between’ is a passion. I am also passionate about working across all fields of application in TA.


Level of prior experience required: Some experience of professional practice is useful, and not essential as thinking about your internal supervisor will be great preparation for practice

Focus: Supervision in all fields of TA                  

Style: Discussion, sharing of theory and ideas, small groups, pairs and whole group

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