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Saturday Workshops

Saturday Workshops

Workshop Session 2: 11.00 – 13.00  
(choose 1 workshop from 7 available)


   1. Beyond fields - A unifying theory and philosophy

'Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I'll meet you there'. Rumi

Martin Wells: TSTA / TTA/ STA


Our minds and our language are great separators. As the Tao says into a world of 'ten thousand things'. We tend to be focused on difference, on subjects and objects.

Perhaps only in Nature, in meditation, in music, art and poetry do we glimpse the unity and interbeing of all things.

In this workshop we will explore what this perspective means for us as Transactional Analysts.

Workshop outcomes:

  • An understanding of the radical philosophy of non-duality and how this perspective might impact on our work as transactional analysts across the various fields.   


Martin Wells is a teaching and supervising transactional analyst who has also been studying and practising meditation for over 40 years. He works part-time in the NHS in the UK, as a consultant psychotherapist and teaches mindfulness from a non-dual perspective.

He has led retreats in Scotland, Goa and Spain and is the author of ‘Sitting in the Stillness’, ‘No one Playing’ and a recently published book of poetry "Lost for Words'


Level of prior experience required:



   2. Functional Fluency in Action

An interactive workshop from Double Empathy: a group of neurodivergent and neurotypical TA practitioners


Kate Shaw (E), Sarah Lowes (E, O), Sue Ashby: CTA-P, Cathie Long (C, P), Chdel Cooke (C, P)

This workshop will help you to have a better understanding of the FF model and its application across the Four Fields of TA, and to consider its potential use in your field of Transactional Analysis.


It is an opportunity to explore the FF model as a tool to assist clients from a wide range of backgrounds – both neurotypical and neurodiverse - to:-

  • communicate more effectively and find relationships more satisfying and successful

  • learn how to choose responses that help things turn out well, instead of repeating old automatic reactions

  • save a lot of time, energy, and stress


Workshop outcomes: 

The Functional Fluency model helps us examine our own behaviour and find ways to increase our choices in communication with people who are different from us.


FF is useful as a self-reflective tool for the practitioner and for the client – particularly those who prefer more autonomy over the direction and development of their personal work - as the FF model provides a menu of effective behaviours to choose from to help develop “functionally fluent” and inclusive relationships.


This workshop will help you have a better understanding of the FF model and its application in assisting our clients to:

  • communicate more effectively and find relationships more satisfying and successful

  • learn how to choose responses that help things turn out well, instead of repeating old automatic reactions

  • save a lot of time, energy, and stress


Our aim is to help you to think about the potential use of Functional Fluency in your field of Transactional Analysis.


Kate Shaw: neurotypical woman, Business and Functional Fluency Coach, mentor at the Prince’s Trust, and Human Resources advisor. Educational TA, Eco TA, a lover of nature and being in community.


Sarah Lowes: neurotypical woman, trained actress, Business and Functional Fluency Coach and development facilitator, Diploma in Organisational TA, working towards CTA in Educational TA, loves working co-creatively, and is learning to play the piano again.


Chdel Cooke: neurodiverse woman, storyteller, and fiction writer, a psychotherapist in advanced clinical training in private practice, has completed her Diploma and is now working towards her CTA, loves working co-creatively in both indoor and outdoor therapy.


Cathie Long: neurodivergent woman, Independent Social Worker, Functional Fluency Coach, a psychotherapist in advanced clinical training. A published author, she loves cold water swimming and is learning to cycle again.


Sue Ashby: neurotypical woman who works as a TA psychotherapist in Dorset. She was an early Functional Fluency licensee training in 2006 and uses the model with clients and supervisees and education and health care practitioners. She is passionate about the arts and has 24 plays produced and performed in the north west, Dorset, and Northern Ireland.


Level of prior experience required:




   3. Self-disclosure as a necessary relational condition

How do you get to know me?  The good, the bad, and the (perhaps sometimes) ugly?


Michael Meleady:  PTSTA

Samia Nelson: PTSTA


We will consider the implications of therapist self-disclosure within the paradigms of therapeutic relationships, while reviewing when self-disclosure is decided as therapeutically necessary and deepens ways of knowing within the dyad.  We will question the process of consideration, and what we reveal regarding ‘self’ to our clients, be that deliberate, unavoidable, or accidental. 

Exploration into the impact of self-disclosure on personal wellbeing, as well as that of our clients, will help ‘knowing’ how we might ‘offer’ ourselves differently and think beyond our conventional therapeutic frame when working with clients/ working as professionals who hold different cultural contexts and intersectional identities.

Workshop outcomes: 

  • To be curious about self as other in the therapeutic dyad

  • To begin to develop a framework for considered self-disclosure

  • To question the power implications of what we show or do not show to our clients.


Mike is a PTSTA with a private practice in Central London, providing relational therapy and supervision for individuals and groups. He has worked in a number of clinical settings and works with the marginalised in society, applying an intersectional lens to his work. He aims to foster an environment whereby ‘all’ are included regardless of race, gender, sexuality, disability and class. He is a primary tutor at TA East London institute and holds in mind the social, cultural and political conditions on lived experience.


Samia is a culturally sensitive psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice in North London. Her work is grounded in a philosophy of inclusiveness and her interests lie in the dynamics of power in relationships and the impact of cultural, societal and political influences on the self. She is drawn to the healing nature of groups and works with marginalised individuals and groups, including those who are neurodiverse or hold multiple intersecting identities. Samia is a primary tutor at TA East London institute and is interested in challenging the structures within traditional psychotherapy and counselling trainings.


Level of prior experience required: Advanced - towards CTA and beyond

Focus: Psychotherapy but applicable to all fields of TA

Style: Discussion and small group work.


   4. Covid-19 Recovery Process Group

An opportunity to share the personal and professional impact of Covid-19 


Sue Parker Hall CTA


During Covid-19, I have hosted online workshops and weekly groups, for psychological practitioners to support each other emotionally. However well-meaning our government in their efforts to protect us, their policies have had a significant psychological impact on practitioners and clients, still ongoing, the extent of which is yet to be fully understood. I will present slides that capture support group themes and invite workshop attendees to share their experiences. This is an opportunity for practitioners to supplement their Covid-19 self-care, to continue to address their individual trauma, and share what Deborah Dana would say, ‘the words that mend the tear’.


Workshop outcomes: 

That attendees experience a safe enough environment to share Covid-19 emotional experiences that they are already aware of, but also, through their identification with other attendees, to have and share experiences that they become newly aware of.


Sue Parker Hall is a relational psychotherapist (CTA), supervisor and free-lance trainer. She is author of ‘Anger, Rage, and Relationship: An Empathic Approach to Anger Management’ (Routledge, 2008); she conceptualises rage and shame as trauma symptoms, and anger as a healthy processing emotion. Sue offers a variety of models for understanding these phenomena and a relational methodology for working with them to practitioners, nationally and internationally. She facilitates several relational supervision groups and is passionately committed to practising, researching, and teaching a philosophy and methods that recognise a real human relationship as the crucible and vehicle for positive change.

Level of prior experience required: 




   5. Exploring the Resources & Challenges of FRIENDSHIP and it’s Influence in

       our Work: A workshop for All 4 Fields of TA

Bev Gibbons: TSTA-P & Nicole Lenner: PTSTA -C


Inspired by our own friendship, and by the book The Heart of Friendship (James and Savary, 1978) we invite you to an exploration of friendship drawing on theory and ideas applicable across all 4 fields of TA application.

Questions that inspire our curiosity include:


What IS friendship; what challenges our friendships?

What are the unspoken rules of friendship?

What are the taboos?

Can friendship withstand rupture? If so what is it that makes this possible?

Why is it that sometimes we can’t get to a repair?

How can/does the experience of friendship bring resources to our professional self?


We will draw on theory from TA and the wider field to explore, reflect, debate and make meaning together with you. Practitioners from all fields very much welcomed. We are interested in your questions and hope to leave the workshop with a greater understanding of where our TA fields meet and diverge in thinking about and meeting the very important, human push, pull and need for friendship, and it’s place in our work. We are looking forward to sharing and discussing with you!


Workshop outcomes: 

  • Participants will learn together from some ideas about the process of friendship through a TA lens, with different theoretical thinking used to unpack this relational process

  • Participants will gain insight to the intrapsychic and the interpersonal worlds of friendship 

  • Participants will have a greater understanding of the ways friendship may reinforce Script or free us from it 


Bev Gibbons - I am a TSTA (P) I have an MA In TA psychotherapy and BA Hons in integrative counselling. I work 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. I work with individuals, groups, team- and organisations. 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 developing cross fields working across all fields of application in TA. 

I work as the EATA COC Exam Supervisor for CTA oral exams run in the UK and I am a member of UKATA Training and Accreditation Standards Committee.


Nicole Lenner - I am a PTSTA in the field of Counselling, living in the north of Germany. My passion is working within the framework of co-creative TA in international settings. My key activities as a counsellor are coaching of individuals and teams and facilitating conflict solving processes in organisations. As trainer/supervisor I am leading TA foundation courses and advanced training in the context of my own training establishment in Hamburg and worldwide (online). My main motivation is to create an experiential learning, living and loving environment and a safe space for human beings, where professional and personal development go hand in hand. I am engaged in the TA community as EATA-delegate for DGTA, EATA General Secretary and EATA language coordinator for multiple languages.


Level of prior experience required: All welcome and none needed

Focus: Exploring the experience, process, importance and challenges of friendship, and what we can learn about ourselves from this                

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



   6. Outstanding in Our Fields!


Sarah Devine:  PTSTA 


ECOTA is a lens, or frame of reference through which we can approach our lives and our work in all of the TA fields of application.


In this workshop I will introduce my frame of reference (as a pagan ECOTA practitioner). I will use existing TA theories to show how we can expand our practices to consider Earth and our relationships with other creatures, to consider how we might apply this approach personally and professionally, to become outstanding in our fields! 


I will use a blend of didactic teaching and experiential exercises. We will begin the workshop inside and then move outside.


Workshop outcomes: 

I would like attendees to understand what ECOTA is and to begin to think about how they could apply this lens in their own practice, whether they are working indoors, or outside, and whichever field of application they are coming from. 


My name is Sarah Devine, I am a CTA(P)  and have a private practice in Burton upon Trent. I am passionate about ECOTA and spending time outdoors. I and offer workshops and supervision for people who are interested in developing an ecological practice.


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


Focus: Applicable to all fields of application.

Discipline: CTA Psychotherapy 

Style: A blend of didactic teaching and outdoor, experiential exercises.


   7. Going Behind The Curtain of Supervision

What's really going on in Supervision?


Andy Williams: TSTA -P & Michelle Hyams-Ssekasi:  PTSTA-P        


This workshop will offer you a fun and creative space to consider several aspects of supervision - relevant to all the fields of TA!  Together we will explore a couple of models of supervision (a process and a developmental model).  We will support you in your own self-inquiry - "Am I getting the best out of my supervision?"  We will also look at some outcomes from a phenomenological research study, exploring the supervisee's journey in supervision.  By the end of the workshop, you will have a greater understanding of the supervisory process and how to make the best use of it, to your professional advantage.


Workshop outcomes: 

  • To have a greater understanding of the tasks and responsibilities of the supervisor and supervisee.

  • To have a greater knowledge of critical models and processes within supervision.

  • To have an opportunity to self-reflect on how to improve one's own supervisory experiences.

  • An opportunity to reflect critically on supervision, identifying ones needs in this professional process.


Andy Williams TSTA(P), UKCP, BACP Snr Accred, BABCP Accred, MSc, MA is the Training Director at TA Training Organisation and offers training and supervision in TA, Psychotherapy, Counselling, and Coaching.  He has a passion for working therapeutically using the outdoor landscape.  Andy is a keen writer of all things psychotherapeutic and has a wide range of professional interests.  His recent MSc. was a study on the efficacy of supervision from the supervisees’ perspective.


Michelle Hyams-Ssekasi (MSc TA, PTSTA(P), CTA (P), DipSW,) is a Psychotherapist, Supervisor, Trainer, Social Worker & Certified Parent Workshop Facilitator.  She has a wide range of experience working with Children, Young People, Adults, and Families in Greater Manchester and Lancashire. She is a core member of the TATO Training Team in Leeds. Her interest in Parenting led her to train in Educational TA in Minneapolis and deliver Parenting workshops in Washington State, USA, and the UK. She is a Safeguarding Officer for UKATA and a Member of the UKCP Child College Training & Assessment Board.


Level of prior experience required: 




Day 2: Saturday 22 April 2023
Workshop Session 3: 14.00 – 17.00
(choose 1 workshop from 8 available)


   1. Managing Grief and Bereavement

An Exploration in How Loss Can Be Managed in Different Settings


Cathy McQuaid:  TSTA-P


Have you ever wondered why people respond in the way they do after a loss or bereavement? Why are some forever changed whilst others appear stuck? How do you manage or respond to grief – does that help or hinder your relationship with your friend/colleague/client?


In this workshop Cathy will introduce her ABC of Grief and Transformational Loss models (McQuaid 2021) that have arisen from her research.  These provide a framework for the participants to consider how the impact of grief and loss can be managed in any setting. Participants will be invited to explore and share their own experiences.


Workshop outcomes: 

  • For the participants to be able to apply the ABC of Grief to their own life and work situation.

  • For the participants to be able to apply the Transformational Loss phases to their own life and work situation.

  • For the participants to begin a conversation about grief and loss and how this may influence the behaviours of others.       

Cathy McQuaid, DPsych, TSTA(P), MSc (Psychotherapy), Dip Clinical Supervision, 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 in Understanding Bereaved Parents and Siblings: A Handbook for Professionals, Family and Friends published in May 2021. In addition to writing and researching Cathy runs an online supervision and consultancy practice offering research, clinical and training supervision along with various CPD training courses and workshops.


Level of prior experience required: None

Focus: Psychotherapy and applicable to colleagues from all fields

Style: Discussion and Small Group/Pairs work 


   2. Exploring autonomy

Reflecting on Berne’s definition of autonomy with mindfulness, creativity and openness.


Jayakara Beverley Ellis: TSTA

In this workshop I will be inviting you to explore what you understand by Berne’s term autonomy and compare this with what he may have meant.   Then we will look at the various components of autonomy and how we can embody, convey and model this in our work with clients, students, organisations and for ourselves.   I will be inviting you to participate in mindfulness exercises, other exercises, and in small and large discussion groups.


Be warned, as Berne said autonomy ‘may be frightening and even perilous to the unprepared’.

Workshop outcomes: 

For participants to have a clear understanding of what Berne meant by autonomy, to come away with a felt sense of what autonomy is and the importance of this as a person, practitioner and how to practice and model this is their work. Also for participants to experience how autonomy can increase their capacity to work with diversity and difference.


Beverley Ellis is interested in helping people find their true self and enabling them to let go of the ways they are psychologically oppressed. 


Beverley is an ordained Buddhist and prefers to be called by her Buddhist name Jayakara (Ji ark ka ra).  Jayakara integrates aspects of mindfulness and compassion into her practice.  She is also part of the leadership team of the Black African and Asian Therapist Network (BAATN).


Jayakara has a private practice in East London, having trained at Metanoia. She currently teaches at TA East and has supervisee from several Registered Training Establishments.


Level of prior experience required: 



   3. A Transcultural and Intersectional Ego State Model of the Self

The Influence of Transcultural and Intersectional Identity on Self and Other


Victoria Baskerville: TSTA -P


This workshop will present a transcultural and intersectional Ego State model considering the influence of transculture and intersectional identity on self and other. The model considers the intersect and interplay between race, gender, and other cultural selves, accounting for the complexity of cultural experience and narrative. Through enquiry of cultural selves and through mapping on an Ego State Model, we can develop more insight into intersectional identity, including how privilege and oppression is manifested in self and enacted in the world, how we may reflect on and locate cultural impasse, unconscious bias, generational oppression, white privilege, othering, and power dynamics.


Workshop outcomes: 

  • To explore lived experience of Intersectional identity

  • To locate parts of self that our privileged and parts of self that are oppressed

  • To reflect on the Intersectional relationship in each unique encounter

  • To engage in radical open and non defended dialogue around themes of power and difference

  • To reflect on what has come before us, what sits between us and the part we each play in systemic oppression.

  • To embody intersectionality within the being of Transactional Analysis, considering the social, cultural, historical and political contexts.


Victoria Baskerville (she/her) founded TA East London Institute in 2019.  Integral to its being is Intersectionality, considering the dynamics of difference, cultural selves  and power dynamics across all aspects of theory, process and practice, aiming to   contribute to the evolving of Contemporary Transactional Analysis.

Victoria is the Chair of a UKCP funded Research project on Inclusivity and Exclusivity in training. She is on the editorial board of the Transactional Analyst and writes a column ‘Amplified Voices’, interviewing an Intersection of marginalised voices each edition. Victoria published her Transcultural and Intersectional Ego State model in July 2022.


Level of prior experience required: 


Style: Didactic Teaching, dialogue, group process



   4. CCTA World Café

An interactive introduction to Cocreative Transactional Analysis

Nicole Lenner: PTSTA-C, Berit Fahlén: PTSTA-P, Bev Gibbons: TSTA-P, James Sweeney: PTSTA-P, Paul Robinson: PTSTA-E & Traian Bossenmayer: PTSTA-O

In this event we will invite colleagues to explore and experience Cocreative Transactional Analysis – as described by Keith Tudor and Graeme Summers. Following the principles of present centeredness, we-ness, shared responsibility and unconditional positive regard, we’ll meet in a world café where you choose the table at which the subject of conversation interests you most. You will be invited to change tables as often as you like, listen, ask, contribute in whatever way you feel comfortable. Each table will be hosted by one of the presenters. The result will be a variety of inspiring thoughts, questions, answers. And most likely a nourishing relational experience. We’re looking forward to meeting you there!

Workshop outcomes: 

Attendees will get an insight in CCTA theory and an experience of lived Cocreative TA. There will be practise oriented discussions so that most likely people will be able to take away some nuggets to enrich their own practise.


Nicole Lenner (PTSTA-C)

My passion is working within the framework of co-creative TA in international settings. My key activities are coaching of individuals and teams and leading TA foundation and advanced training in the context of my own training establishment. My main motivation is to create an experiential learning, living and loving environment and a safe space for human beings, where professional and personal development go hand in hand. As community is important to me I am engaged in EATA as General Secretary and EATA language coordinator for multiple languages.


Berit Fahlén (PTSTA-P)

I’m a partner in The Scandinavian Institute for Transactional analysis, SITA, providing TA supervision and training. In my private practise I meet divers clients with a broad variety problems. Until recently I have been an owner of a therapeutic community that works with children and teenagers with severe psychiatric problems. I’m a board member of STAF and former president. Living CCTA theory has become more and more important over the years. Every day, every meeting carries opportunities for learning. My grandchildren help me to stay curious.


Bev Gibbons (TSTA-P)

Bev also has an MA In TA psychotherapy and BA Hons in integrative counselling. She works in North Yorkshire as a trainer, supervisor and psychotherapist in private practice, and as a core trainer at TA Training Organisation based in Leeds. The Cocreative TA principles lie at the heart of Bev’s work and way of being, working intersubjectively in the ‘space between’ is a passion. Bev is also passionate about working across all fields of application in TA. Bev is the current EATA/UKATA CTA oral exam site supervisor, a member of the UKATA Training and Accreditation Standards Committee and a former chair of UKATA.


James Sweeney (PTSTA-P)

I am fascinated by how we relate to each other and how we learn in an interpersonal context. This has involved me applying co-creative theory in my practice to facilitate therapeutic change and learning. This also challenges me to reflect on how I can relate to those around me in a deeper more meaningful way. I am also interested in how we articulate and use Tudor’s ‘empathic method’ as the method of co-creative relating. The role of power in relationships and how this is co-created in the areas of sex, gender and sexuality both from individual and cultural perspectives is another field of interest for me.


Paul Robinson (PTSTA-E)

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. 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.


Traian Bossenmayer (PTSTA-O)

Traian is an organizational development professional, with experience in training and leadership development initiatives. He is currently working for a multinational gaming company as HR Director and as a freelance consultant and TA supervisor and trainer. He is passionate about facilitating change within teams, by encouraging an authentic contact through meaningful conversations. Traian invites and supports growth in a thoughtful, caring and enthusiastic way.  


Level of prior experience required: 



   5. Homesickness

An archetypal longing?


Jane Tillier: CTA-P & Geoff Hopping:  TSTA -P

Whilst we both work in Psychotherapy, we are drawn to question some of the limitations of what can become an overly individualistic frame.  We offer this workshop to TA practitioners from all fields and look forward to rich, expansive engagement with intrapsychic, interpersonal and transpersonal processes.

We will open exploration of the following themes:

* What does 'home' mean to us?

* Where have we come from and where are we going? 

* Experiences of alienation, separation, disconnection and isolation in relation to self, other and the wider world.

* The potential for the pathologisation of human responses to oppression and alienation and of spiritual hungers and yearning.


Workshop outcomes: 

Our intention is that participants from all four fields will gain deeper understanding of the yearning for homecoming and greater compassion for self, others and the contexts in which we are set in respect of this universal hunger as we grow in awareness, spontaneity and intimacy individually and collectively.


Geoff Hopping is a Psychotherapist (with TA and psychoanalytic training and qualifications), Supervisor and Trainer with decades of experience working in mental health and psychotherapy settings. Latterly he worked in a high security prison as a Consultant Psychotherapist specialising in Group Work.  He has a passionate interest in spirituality and was recently ordained as an Interfaith Minister after two years of training with the One Spirit Foundation. Geoff held the role of a primary tutor at the Metanoia Institute from 1996 until 2019. He moved from London to Brighton and is a partner at The Link Centre.

Jane Tillier recently qualified as a UKCP-registered Psychotherapist, having completed her MSc and CTA (P) after five years of training at Metanoia.  She has over 30 years of experience in offering warm, relational and inclusive soul-space to individuals and groups in a wide variety of settings such as healthcare (hospice, hospital and primary care), education (school and university) and church.  She enjoys exploring the interface between psychotherapy and spirituality with Geoff and others. She has a small private practice in Staffordshire and began working as a Primary Tutor at Metanoia in 2022.

Level of prior experience required: 




   6. It's Only Money

Is it?

John Renwick: TSTA -P

Recently a supervisee said “The only time we talked of money in training, was when we talked of fees”. On reflection I don’t recall money being part of my training or talking of it as a client, tutor or supervisor. Money, really does seem to be the last area to be discussed now that sex is clearly on our agendas, and yet it something that is crucial in our life. In this workshop we will explore how come it is almost a ‘taboo’ subject? What was your personal Scripting on money? Are those decisions still in place? How much do you talk of money in your practice? What is your attitude towards this major resource in your life? In this workshop I will be inviting you to explore your attitude, contaminations, and confusion around this area of your life and how your attitudes may impact on you as a practitioner.


Workshop outcomes: 

Understanding of personal attitudes and impact on work


John trained as a Youth & Community Worker where he started his TA journey in 1973, he went on to complete a Diploma in Counselling, CTA & TSTA. He has a private practice in East Sussex as a psychotherapist & Supervisor, he regularly teaches on a CTA training in Serbia.

Level of prior experience required: 101

Focus:  Professional & personal awareness.   

Style:  Mainly discussion..

   7. “How are your eyes today?” – “My heart is open.”

The Mind - Body - Spirit – Environment connection explored at the intersection of Transactional Analysis and the Mayan Cosmovision


A journey to Guatemala - our learning shared


Rosalind Sharples: PTSTA -P, Jo Grace UKATA Diploma: & Piotr Jusik PTSTA-C

We will bring findings from a journey in January 2023 to the heart of multicultural Guatemala. We will explore relationships between TA as a Western philosophy with indigenous teaching from local spiritual guides, community counsellors and body therapists. We are curious about how reductionist cultural frames of reference discount native practices as exotic or unsophisticated. We wish to deepen our understanding of the mind–body–spirit connection in the context of current human relationships to a planet objectified as a resource. We will share images of our journey and experiences acquired from Guatemalan teachers to enliven new developments in TA thinking. We invite reflection and involvement in mind and body from participants.

Workshop outcomes:

A challenge to the way that we think of TA with a Western mind.

Rosalind Sharples PTSTA(P) is an experienced trainer and supervisor in the field of psychotherapy. Over the last years she has built strong relationships with transactional analysts globally and across the four fields. She is part of a discussion panel that investigates intercultural sensitivity, she has collaborated with a Polish university in a pilot scheme between her trainees and polish students, most recently she has been invited to travel to Guatemala to collaborate with Mayan teachers. Rosalind is a member of the training and standards committee for UKATA, UKATA's representative for the UKCP and runs a training institute called Transactional Analysis Cymru in Wales. This identity of TAC is how the mind-body-spirit connection relates to the environment through TA learning.       

Jo Grace is trauma focused therapist, qualified at UKATA Diploma and as a Play Therapist. She offers a "body up", nature based approach with a focus on Nervous System Health and Relational Neurobiology. 25 years ago, inspired by the work of Joanna Macy and Deep Ecology she developed a special passion for linking people creatively to the natural environment. Through this process, she became more interested in the "People Care" aspect of permaculture and the connection between individual and collective dis-ease and planetary health, leading to her work now. She is interested in the synergy between indigenous intuitive wisdom, TA theory and the latest offerings of neuroscience.      

Piotr Jusik PTSTA(C) Born in Poland and now in Guatemala, he has lived in several countries and held various roles in education, including pupil referral units, international secondary schools and universities. Piotr works internationally as an intercultural coach, counsellor and group facilitator providing services in English, Polish, French and Spanish. Recently, he has been involved in cross-cultural research concerning passivity in education as well as developing methodologies for enhancing resources of multicultural groups. Piotr is part of the ITAA social engagement committee and loves working collaboratively with other TA colleagues from around the world.      


Level of prior experience required: ​



   8. Working with the Male Psyche

John Paradise: PTSTA


We will begin by looking at the scale of the hidden crisis in men's mental health before moving onto explore just what we mean by the term 'psyche'. This will lead us into discussion around how we each think about the male psyche and what we typically think of as forming parts of the male psyche. We will examine the male psyche through a model of culture, adapted from Pearl Drego's concept of the Cultural Parent.. Working in a mix of plenary and triad groups the workshop will be very much experientially based. We will examine just what is it like working with a man. Is there a difference in the transferential domain? Participants are encouraged to bring their own experiences of working with men, as we examine this through the lens of the male psyche cultural model.


Workshop outcomes: 

  • State examples of the crisis in men's health

  • Cite a model of the male psyche

  • Identify their own countertransference when working with a man

  • Describe the importance of the role of the father/other

  • Explain the concept of the father archetype

  • Recognise how their theories/modalities consider the father/other and the role of the father/other


John Paradise CTA (P) PTSTA(P) is a UKCP registered psychotherapist working in private practice in Exeter. John will be drawing upon his experience of working almost exclusively with men, often in long term therapy.


Level of prior experience required: 



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