Category: TA

Fight – Flee – Freeze – or – FLOW? This is About Functional Fluency – Susannah Temple

Susannah Temple

In this conversation, Susannah will be sharing some of her ideas about her Functional Fluency model – what it is, key aspects of how she created it and ways in which it can be used. She says, “Functional Fluency is a way to put ‘I’m OK – You’re OK’ into action to create mutual benefit. I believe people can learn to choose their behaviour and that this makes a huge difference to how they relate to others (and themselves). The FF model offers a menu for choosing how to behave, moment by moment.

‘It ain’t what you do – it’s the way that you do it – the functionally fluent way’.”

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Inter(national)vision – Keith Tudor

Keith Tudor

In this event, Keith will discuss some of his ideas about supervision, including: the difference between being person-centred and client-centred; issues of responsibility and professional regulation; and supervision across jurisdictions. All these can be framed as part of inter-vision, i.e., super or wider vision between supervisor and supervisee, as distinct from supervision of or over the supervisee.

He also has interests in group supervision; supervision of brief therapy; supervision that is consistent with therapeutic modality; and training supervisors: all areas which might be discussed in this interactive online event.

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The Critical Adult: A Critical Concept for Interesting Times – Keith Tudor

Keith Tudor

Critique is a method of disciplined, systematic analysis of a specific text, a body of work, or an oral discourse. In philosophy, critique refers to a methodical practice of doubt, and criticism is viewed as essential to enquiry, making meaning of life, and to being human.

Yet, in the field of psychology, including transactional analysis, criticism and being critical is, more often than not, viewed negatively. In this keynote speech, Keith argues that critique, criticality and being critical is (also) an Adult activity, and uses the concept of the critical Adult to develop these ideas.

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Vulnerability Quotient – Giles Barrow

Giles Barrow

I am proposing to take a look at an idea from early TA which I think gets overlooked but is worth re-visiting. It’s Woollams and Brown’s (1978) Vulnerability Quotient.

This is a neat little notion that was originally presented to help make sense of the context out of which the small child creates a script. I really like it just for that purpose, however, I have noticed how useful it is to make sense of what goes on in the educational experience.

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Relational Principles in Coaching, Therapy, and Supervision – Charlotte Sills

Charlotte Sills

I came to a relational approach to therapy through my experience as a therapist, my discussions with Helena Hargaden and other colleagues, and in supervision, reading and studying. But my thinking about a relational perspective has been broadened, deepened and shaped by contemporary energy physics and organisational theory, research into neuroscience, and indeed my spiritual teaching.

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Ideas About Change – Matthew Elton

Matthew Elton

As practitioners and clients we carry with us a many ideas about what it means to be ‘unwell’ / ‘stuck’ / ‘broken’, ‘sad’, etc. as well as ideas about what it means to be ‘well’ / ‘un-stuck’ / ‘fixed’ / ‘happy’.

There is a risk that some of these ideas bring with them a set of limiting assumptions about what kind of change is possible, how hard it might be, how long it might take, and what the end point will look like etc.

Matthew will discuss some of the ideas about change that he has learned about from his clients. And he’ll describe how playful and creative challenges to such ideas can help clients come closer to their preferred way of being.

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The Challenge of Leadership & Change in Organisations: A TA Perspective – Debbie Robinson

Debbie Robinson

Many organisations are struggling with economic, technology and cultural challenges – how can we influence organisations and develop leaders to create vision, cohesiveness and accountability rather than command and control, fragmentation, conflict and stress?

Debbie will discuss TA concepts that can support change in organisations and enable leaders to develop and grow teams that have the resilience to perform and thrive.

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Contact After Contact: TA and the Treatment of Combat-Related PTSD – David Harford

David Harford

David has worked in private practice in Edinburgh since 2008; his clinical work evenly divided between the provision of TA counselling and psychotherapy to Scottish armed forces veterans experiencing combat-related PTSD and a similar service for “civilian” individuals and couples from premises located in Leith.

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Education Matters: An Introduction to Educational Transactional Analysis – Giles Barrow

Giles Barrow

Giles Barrow (TSTA – Ed) offers a personal view about some of the distinctive features of educational transactional analysis (EdTA).

The seminar will include ideas about central theory and models in EdTA, and thoughts on underpinning philosophy. An important consideration will be exploring the distinction between educational TA and TA in education, arguably the central question for those practitioners interested in CTA in the field education.

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Being with Others: Musings on Autonomy and Attachment – Jim Davis

Jim Davis

Being with others – at work, in intimate relationships, in therapy – faces us with a fundamental, inevitable, and lifelong challenge of both being fully, spontaneously, me and fully, securely, attached to you.

Jim presented some ideas on the inherently and developmentally relational nature of self, with implications for some key concepts in Transactional Analysis theory and practice.

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Somatic Process in Therapy – John Heath

John Heath

I am still a talking therapist first and foremost, using TA as my main modality, but I have learned to integrate somatic data into my day to day work. Working with an awareness of body process has the power to deepen and accelerate the talking work. In this seminar I hope to share some of my enthusiasm for this way of working and perhaps to inspire others to extend their existing clinical skills.

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TA: A Model for Understanding Mental Health and Relationship Based Treatment Planning – Kathie Hostick

Kathie Hostick

As an alternative to the medical model most often used in mental health I relate to specific TA concepts to make sense of many clinical presentations such as obsessive compulsive disorder, eating disorders, post natal depression, self harm etc. Clients will often present with these symptoms and a further diagnosis of personality disorder due to their developmental and relationship issues.

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A Conversation About TA and Its Use in Therapeutic Communities – Beren Aldridge

Beren Aldridge

Beren shared his experiences working as a psychotherapist in private practice and in Growing Well, a farm-based therapeutic community based in Kendal, Cumbria.

He also discussed how he has developed the therapeutic direction of the organisation over the last ten years, and the way TA’s theoretical and philosophical framework suits a community approach to mental health recovery.

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Trauma & Transactional Analysis – Michael Gavin

Michael Gavin

Michael Gavin is deeply passionate about the role Counselling & Psychotherapy can play in helping people who have experienced Trauma.

Michael has extensive experience in working with people who are experiencing Post Traumatic Stress. He has agreed to talk to us about how his work has been informed by the theory of Transactional Analysis and how he thinks about the clients embodied experience, engaging with the whole person of the client to facilitate recovery.

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#TATuesdays – Transactional Analysis in the Postmodern World with Helen Rowland PTSTA

The postmodern critique of truth and reality is starting to have a significant impact on the practice of psychotherapy, but its influence often remains unspoken. In this TA Tuesday I’d like to open up a conversation about truth, reality and psychotherapy and explore what transactional analysis can bring to the postmodern table.

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Cross Fertilisation of our Fields – From Psychotherapy to Developmental and Back to Psychotherapy – Julie Hay TSTA (O&E)

Julie Hay

In 1978 when Robert & Mary Goulding first identified the ‘Impasses’ in Redecision TA therapy they offered a diagrammatic model for the Type 3 Impasse, this was followed by Ken Mellor in 1980 with his model, who identified the developmental stage. Later by Petruska Clarkson who suggested another diagram.

For me, none of these models have been satisfactory in explaining this primitive experience of the infant. In this presentation I will review previous models and present a new representation developed on the ideas of the Child ego state in Hargaden & Sills book on Relational Transactional Analysis.

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Brains People Gain: TA and Mindfulness – Mark Head

Mark Head

Mindfulness is now widely used in mental health, organizational and educational settings. Furthermore, an increasing body of research suggests that mindfulness not just impacts on psychological health but the very structure of our brains. At the same time TA continues to be a valued approach in all of these settings.

This workshop seeks to explain mindfulness, and look at some of the research regarding its impact on psychological health and brain development. It will then look at how it may relate to TA and what a Mindfulness Based approach to TA might offer.

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#TATuesdays – Making the Most of Supervision – Mark Head

Mark Head

As a trainer and supervisor mark is often aware of beginning supervisees struggling to understand how best to use supervision.

As a trainer of both therapists and supervisors, in this TA Tuesday Mark will share some his thinking about supervision. The intention is both to provide supervisees with a wider understanding of what might be obtainable from supervision, as well as offering supervisors and advanced practitioners some ideas around their own supervision practice.

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TA In All Its Shapes and Sizes! – Leilani Mitchell

Leilani Mitchell

TA is a great tool that can be used in a range of ways, my experience is that TA therapists in particular often limit themselves to using their skills and knowledge within the therapy room, but there are many other areas we could apply what we know.

I talked about TA as a psycho-educational tool and shared some ways that we at The Link Centre facilitate learning TA concepts while inviting growth and development in our students. We mostly use these ideas when training therapists but they can be applied in many different settings.

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