Manchester Transactional Analysis Conference

Manchester Transactional Analysis Conference 2020, Workshop Information

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Morning Workshops

Carol Lucas (B.Ed, CTA, TSTA)

Mental Wealth and Financial Health
Our relationship with money is one of the most important we have, influencing most, if not all of our everyday life choices. How we take care of this relationship is not about minimising its existence or moralizing our goodness or maximising our greediness but instead recognising our humanness and humaneness.

Does our relationship with money lead us to defend against being effective and fulfilled?

Carol Lucas is the owner of The South Manchester Centre for Psychotherapy (smcp) established in 1991. She has been practising as a psychotherapist, since 1991 and began a TA training programme in 1997. She also works as a Supervisor. (CTA, TSTA (member UKATA and UKCP)).

Aims and Objectives: To challenge our psychological agendas involving money

Theory to be Covered: Psychological processes and Adult functioning

Main focus: Educational
Other focus: Psychotherapy
TA Knowledge Required: None
Style of Presentation: Experiential; Didactic; Discussion
Number of Participants: 20

Katie Watson

Writing, Trauma & TA
This workshop will explore creative writing as a method for accelerating therapeutic engagement, particularly with clients who have experienced trauma. Various studies have shown us that traumatic experiences immobilise areas of the brain which we need to put words to our experiences, and therefore understand them. For clients with a trauma history, writing can be a valuable catalyst to healing and recovery. Through writing, clients can begin to cultivate linguistic control over their trauma and reorganise their story, with the therapist as companion and witness. This workshop will look at how we might introduce trauma-sensitive writing exercises into the therapy room, and how they might even support diagnosis in TA.

Katie has worked in the charitable sector with vulnerable adults for over 8 years and is also a qualified teacher. In 2018, she was awarded a scholarship to train as a trauma-informed writing guide for Write Your Self, a global writing movement aimed at supporting women to reclaim their stories after experiencing trauma. She is the first guide to be trained in the UK. She is also a published writer, and in 2017, she was runner-up in Mslexia's prestigious women's poetry competition. She is currently in her second year of training for an Advanced Diploma in TA Psychotherapy with SMCP. (Advanced Diploma in TA Psychotherapy with SMCP - in progress, Student Member of BACP)

Aims and Objectives:

  • increase awareness of the therapeutic value of using creative writing for trauma recovery and the current research that supports this
  • To identify the links between key concepts in TA and trauma-informed writing.
  • To equip participants with the main principles of trauma-informed writing and their application in the therapy room
  • To allow participants to experience trauma-informed writing practice in action
Theory to be covered:

  • Script
  • Decontamination / deconfusion
  • Ego states
  • Second-order structural
  • Personality Adaptations
Main focus: Educational; Psychotherapy
TA Knowledge Required: 101
Style of Presentation: Experiential; Didactic; Discussion
Number of Participants: 15

Susie Hewitt (PTSTA(P); CTA(P); MSc Psychotherapy)

Evidence Based Practice - a Science or an Art?
In today's cost driven health care sectors, NICE, insurers and private medical providers recommend Evidence Based Therapies such as CBT. How do we measure and demonstrate our efficacy as psychotherapists and why should we commit to this as a daily practice?

The main critique of long-term based psychotherapies is that they are not as clinically effective as shorter term treatments. We must hold Berne's 'one session cure' in mind as we also look at Script cure not just Symptomatic Relief.

Susie is a Primary Course Tutor at the Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy and also for Physis Scotland. She runs several Clinical Supervision Groups (in Manchester & Edinburgh) and has a thriving Private Practice in North Manchester. ( PTSTA(P); CTA(P); MSc Psychotherapy; UKCP Registered Psychotherapist & Supervisor; BACP Accred)

Aims and Objectives: This workshop is for those practitioners who want to 'sharpen the saw', and who have a continual desire to improve their clinical skills (whatever their level). You will learn the various definitions of Effective Practice, how to measure your own efficacy and the main arguments around which modalities are the most effective, and what are the main ingredients of effective psychotherapy.

Theory to be covered:

  • Contracting
  • Supervision
  • Deliberate Practice
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • The therapeutic dyad
  • Attachment
  • Transference & Counter-transference
Main focus: Counselling; Psychotherapy
TA Knowledge Required: TA 101 and Advanced
Style of Presentation: Experiential; Didactic; Discussion; Demonstration
Number of Participants: Unlimited

Afternoon Workshops

Alan Jones (Msc TA psychotherapy, CTA, PTSTA)

Understanding the Marketing of your Therapy Practice through TA
Helping therapists to understand what marketing is and what it is not. Therapists script response to marketing. Using an Autonomous, Aware and Integrated approach to marketing based on Berne’s concept of health. Market research in terms of empathising with people you haven’t met yet. Understanding marketing communications using attachment circle and discount matrix. Basics of marketing using the classic 4 Ps marketing model Price, Product, Place and Promotion from a TA perspective. Understanding the marketing communications funnel and routes to market. Looking at the relevance of communications material to differing personality adaptations.

Alan worked for 35 years in the motor industry in International Marketing and Sales as regional sales manager. He trained at Chartered Institute of Marketing. He is now working as a business consultant, CTA and PTSTA running successful private practice since 2008 (CTA, PTSTA, UKATA, ITAA)

Aims and Objectives: Helping therapists to understand how to promote their practice and realise that there is great opportunity in this field and how TA equips therapist to do this. The competition may turn out not to be the next therapist, it may in fact be anything that a potential client is prepared to regularly spend £40-£50 on!

Theory to be Covered:

  • Underpining theory is drawn from E Bernes writings on Autonomy.
  • Mellor and Sigmund’s Discount matrix
  • A Lee’s attachment circle
  • E Berne and C Steiner on life scripts
Learning outcomes:

  • Understanding what marketing really is
  • Understanding market research
  • Understanding effective marketing communications
  • Using the Classic 4 Ps approach to marketing
  • Understanding the marketing communications funnel and routes to market
Main focus: Counselling; Educational; Organisational; Psychotherapy
TA Knowledge Required: 101
Style of Presentation: Experiential; Didactic; Discussion
Number of Participants: Unlimited

Emma Wilmer (UKCP Registered psychotherapist)

Real and Present Theatre, RaPT
Real and Present Theatre, RaPT invite you to join us to experience and experiment with fun, play, spontaneity and creativity using a psychologically-informed theatrical form. Known more widely as Playback Theatre, we will warm up using games (the good kind!), then listen to each other's true stories, hear the story behind the story - and reflect them back it back instantly, using vocal and physical methods in a variety of choreographed forms. The work promotes both discipline and naturalness, clarity of mind, higher energy levels and greater confidence, joy and engagement with the world. I believe it also allows us to act more effectively in the world from an inner state that is both authentic, spontaneous and contactful.

Emma founded Real and Present Theatre, RaPT in 2016, a delightful bunch of (mostly) psychotherapists who work together to blend psychological thinking with exuberant and reflective improvisation. I am also a UKCP registered psychotherapist and work with complex cases as a Senior Psychological Therapist in the NHS.

Aims and Objectives: To generate, release and channel physical and emotional energy, to use your psychological and analytical skills in an embodied and vibrant setting, to contact your inner creativity and confidence, to create focussed and imaginative work, to think laterally and to promote the growth of both yourself and others.

Theory to be Covered: No theory - all practice! The practice of play, improvisation techniques, psychodrama techniques and going public with your creative, spontaneous self.

Main focus: Counselling; Educational; Organisational; Psychotherapy
TA Knowledge Required: None
Style of Presentation: Experiential
Co-Presenting Workshop with: The company - a group including an IT consultant, a person-centred therapist, a dramatherapist, a CBT therapist and a psychodramatist
Number of Participants: 15

Enid Welford (Training and Supervising Transactional Analyst, Level Three EFT Practitioner.)

Tapping away trauma - Connecting with the somatic Child
Berne emphasised that TA was focussed on cure. Transactional Analysts were encouraged to go straight for the original splinter rather than deal with symptoms. Despite many creative tools it can take time to access the young Child where the seeds of early script are located. I find tapping (Emotional Freedom Technique) offers a direct route to the ‘splinter’. This is congruent with a current trend that clients expect to be ‘cured’ in a short time.

In the workshop I will discuss the advantages of combining TA and EFT to work safely and effectively with early and later traumas. Participants will have the opportunity to experience the effects of tapping for themselves.

Enid works with intergenerational trauma, which often can only be accessed through the body, and uses Family Constellations alongside TA to resolve this. She finds tapping an additional resource and a route into somatic experiences where there is no cognitive ability to explain experience.

Aims and Objectives: To give participants an experience of weaving together TA with EFT in the service of fragile clients

Theory to be covered:

  • Script
  • Attachment theory
  • The Racket System
  • Second Order Structural Analysis
  • Trauma Theory
Main Focus: Psychotherapy
Other Focus: Counselling
TA Knowledge needed: Advanced
Style of workshop: Experiential, Discussion, Demonstration
Number of participants: unlimited

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