Reachback and Afterburn: When Past and Future Threaten the Present (Part 2) – Enid Welford

Suggested Reference

Welford E (2018). Reachback and Afterburn: When Past and Future Threaten the Present. [ONLINE] Available at: [Last Accessed 03/03/2018].

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Starting with Berne’s writing about reachback and afterburn, we experimented together in this workshop with different ways of looking forward and looking backwards. We considered the significance of the past and the future at different stages of life and which approaches to the boundaries between past, present and future were conducive to peace, and which were more likely to result in stress and anxiety.

This was an interactive workshop, with some teaching, discussion and experiential exercises.

About Enid Welford


Enid Welford

I am a supervisor and trainer based in South Manchester. I have many years of experience in the field of mental health and in using TA to help clients who suffer from mental disorder.

I started my TA career in the context of working with Mentally Disordered Offenders. I became aware of the family system as a vehicle whereby relationship patterns and associated trauma passed down the generations. I later worked as a trainer, supervisor, and colleague with Jane McQuillin at the Lakeland Institute in Ulverston, Cumbria. Together, we explored the interface between TA and Family Constellations, which dealt with difficulties in the family system often related to trauma experienced by previous generations.

Jane and me wrote an article for the TAJ on Groups in 2013, and I wrote a further article for the recent TAJ on Loss, Death, and Dying. Both articles have a focus of combining a TA theoretical framework with a Family Constellations approach, and accounting the family system as part of the client’s assets and difficulties.

I now work as a peripatetic trainer, and run a supervision and therapy practice from my base in South Manchester.