Online TA Events – 2 Hours – in collaboration with Online Events

We are running a series of talks, in collaboration with Online Events.

The events are hosted on the Zoom meeting platform where we will use our camera and microphones to interact with each other as a group and we will utilise the Zoom breakout rooms function for small group work.

To support practitioners in this time of extraordinary circumstances we are offering access to this group for a self-select fee. Please contribute what you can so that the group is accessible for all colleagues.

These events will include live discussion and group process and are not appropriate for recording.

Topic: TA and the Brain – Why Therapy Works

Date: Monday 18th May                 Time: 10.00 – 12.00 (BST)

Speaker: Rebecca Davies

Research evidences what those who have experienced personal change in therapy already know – that therapy works; but why does it?

In this online event, Rebecca will give an introduction to the work of Louis Cozolino, and his book, “Why Therapy Works: Using our Minds to Change our Brains”. Rebecca will look at some of the neurological mechanisms of psycho therapeutic change, and consider some of these from the perspective of Transactional Analysis.

Topic: Working with Out-of-Control Sexual Behaviours During Lockdown

Date: Thursday 21st May               Time: 18.00 – 20.00 (BST)

Speaker: Joy Rosendale

With Coronavirus lockdown bringing online therapy to the fore, what impact does this have on clients with sex, love and romance addiction?

‘Out of control behaviours’ include compulsive viewing of pornography, visiting sex workers and multiple affairs. If addiction is an illness of escape, and isolation its friend, how can we keep a therapeutic connection alive during this time?

Joy will talk about this topic generally and a case will be discussed using TA and 12 Step Fellowship work.

Topic: Return to Default Settings during Covid-19

Date: Monday 25th May                 Time: 10.00 – 12.00 (BST)

Speaker: Steff Oates

Steff will invite participants to consider their own default settings during the Covid 19 pandemic, suggesting that at such times we may feel some regression to earlier experiences which are not so easily articulated.

She will introduce the concept of protocol as a “programme” which forms the original skeleton or anlage of Script (Berne 1963/75) and introduce ideas whereby we may rethink regressive processes as having value if understood with compassion and intrigue.

Topic: Disorders of Dependence and Independence – Personality Disorder – 3

Date: Wednesday 27th May         Time: 18.00 – 20.00 (BST)

Speaker: Geoff Hopping

In this session we will explore and discuss the so called disorders of dependence and independence DSM 5 Cluster B.

We will describe the personality traits of the Obsessive Compulsive, Avoidant and Dependant personality disorders.

We will then consider examples, draw on clinical material and therapeutic responses. We will consider them in relation to TA concepts and treatment planning and in particular we will think about the challenges that these presentations bring to the psychotherapist or counsellor.

Topic: TraumaRupture inside a Rupture

Date: Thursday 28th May              Time: 18.00 – 20.00 (BST)

Speaker: Janine Piccirella

In this workshop, we will consider the impact of the current climate in relation to ‘rubber-banding’ or triggering us into traumas from our past, therefore developmentally.

I will present a client to demonstrate different developmental ruptures or traumas. With this client example, we will explore what is needed in the relationship to offer support & repair.

Topic: An Introduction to Affect Theory and the Compass of Shame

Date: Monday 1st June                  Time: 10.00 – 12.00 (BST)

Speaker: Alison Ayres

In this workshop we will explore the concept of shame, which is part of our experience of being human.

We will look at “affect theory” (Tomkins 1962, 1991). Tomkins described affect as “pre-programmed and neurological responses” to certain stimuli, observable in early infancy. He suggests that even small children experience shame when interrupted while experiencing the rising physiology of one of what he called the positive affects of ‘Interest-Excitement, or ‘Enjoyment-Joy’.

Nathanson (1992) offers “The Compass of Shame” as a model for how the individual makes a choice of how to manage this experience. This simple model helps us to understand and explore what is a complex process involving an interruption to the original rising affect followed by the individual’s attempts not to have the consequent painful feeling of shame.

Participants will be introduced to Tomkins’ ‘Innate Affects’, the ‘Cognitive Phase of the Shame Experience’ (Nathanson 1992) and the ‘Compass of Shame’ and invited to think about the application of these models to their work with their clients, or, indeed, to themselves.

Alison Ayres recently moved to Crieff from Edinburgh where she was in private practice for many years as a psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer with CPTI, and more recently with Physis. Although she has now retired from her practice as a therapist she continues to run a small supervision practice for individuals and groups, as well as bi-annual seminars.

Her published articles have included ‘Suicide: The Only Way Out’ (2006: The Transactional Analyst), and ‘Thoughts on Shame and Pride’ (2013: Strokes).

She has had a particular interest in exploring issues involved with the universal experience of shame.

Topic: Bereavement, Loss and TA

Date: Thursday 4th June                 Time: 18.00 – 20.00 (BST)

Speaker: Liza Heatley

As counsellors, psychotherapists and students we may frequently deal with bereavement and loss in our work.

In this two hour workshop we will consider the current experience of loss which may for many be very different from our usual expectations. This might include being unable to say goodbye or attend a funeral, often a useful ceremony in completing an important rite of passage. How does this challenge or change our imago of death and the rituals around it. How can we work with it?

We will consider how attachment styles may affect a client’s response to grief and the way in which cultural and family script affect these responses. What is the impact on the family system? How do we support clients through this and what changes do we need to make in our practice, now and in the months to come? We will explore this through the use of case studies and participants are encouraged to bring examples from their current practice.

Topic: Accounting Cycle

Date: Monday 8th June                  Time: 10.00 – 12.00 (BST)

Speaker: Mark Head

One of the important concepts within TA is the idea of discounting – involving an inhibitory process concerning our perceptions of ourselves, others and reality. Although this can be useful for understanding and working with people’s psychological problems, it does not explain what healthy functioning is.

The accounting cycle is a model Mark has developed for understanding how people’s perceptions arise, are thought about and acted upon. In this talk you will be introduced to the accounting cycle, including the stages through which we account, and how it is useful in understanding and working with interruptions to our normal functioning.

Topic: Psychopathy – Personality Disorder – 4

Date: Wednesday 10th June                        Time: 18.00 – 20.00 (BST)

Speaker: Geoff Hopping

 In this session we will reflect on the definitions and descriptors of people suffering from Psychopathic disorder.

We will consider briefly the work of James Fallon and then look at Robert Hares 20 point psychopathy model and discuss some clinical presentations and models for treatment. This will be of interest to anyone who wants to work in forensic settings or anyone who thinks that may be in relationship with a psychopath!

Topic: Exploring Resistance to Change

Date: Monday 15th June               Time: 10.00 – 12.00 (BST)

Speaker: Rebecca Davies

Why do some clients seem to have difficulty letting go of self-defeating behaviours and old ways of relating?

In this online event, Rebecca Davies will spend some time exploring how we can use the Transactional Analysis model of Second Order Ego States, to answer this question.

Rebecca will cover the Divided Psyche (Joines, 1977) and Relational Units (Joines, 1977; Little, 2006), and offer some ways to engage with clients who may be resisting the therapy process.

Topic: From Well-Being to Being Well in the World

Date: Monday 22nd June                               Time: 10.00 – 12.00 (BST)

Speaker: Giles Barrow

In this session I will be presenting a new idea featuring ecological transactional analysis.

Drawing on influences from holistic education and eco-psychotherapy/ecopsychology, I’ll suggest that we are reaching the limits of an ‘indoor mind’ approach to the helping professions.

We are living in a time and place where mental health and well-being has to be understood in an ecological context. I think this has implications for practice, ethical considerations, training and supervision.


How Can I Join?

Click on the “Book This Course” tab, to book your space .  This takes you through to the Eventbrite booking system where you can obtain your ticket by donation. 

This is an online event, using the Zoom platform. Ideally you will need access to a laptop or computer with a working webcam and microphone as well as a good internet connection although these can also be accessed on a phone or tablet.

Click on the link below to see Leilani Mitchell and Mark Head, Link Centre Directors, talking about TA in a Crisis, at a similar previous Online CPD Event held in March:-

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Booking and Dates

Monday 18th May (TA and the Brain)


Thursday 21st May (Working with Out of Control Sexual Behaviours)


Monday 25th May (Return to Default Settings during Covid-19)


Wednesday 27th May (Personality Disoders 3)


Thursday 28th May (Rupture inside a Rupture)


Monday 1st June (Affect Theory & Compass of Shame)


Thursday 4th June (Bereavement, Loss & TA)


Monday 8th June (Accounting Cycle)


Wednesday 10th June (Personality Disorders 4)


Monday 15th June (Exploring Resistance to Change)


Monday 22nd June (From Well-Being to Being Well)


Upcoming Dates:

Monday 18th May – TA and the Brain – Why Therapy Works

Thursday 21st May – Working with Out-of Control Sexual Behaviours during Lockdown

Monday 25th May – Return to Default Settings during Covid-19

Wednesday 27th May – Disorders of Dependence and Independence – Personality Disorders 3

Thursday 28th May – Trauma – Rupture inside a Rupture

Monday 1st June – Affect Theory & Compass of Shame

Thursday 4th June – Bereavement, Loss & TA

Monday 8th June – Accounting Cycle

Wednesday 10th June – Psychopathy – Personality Disorder 4

Monday 15th June – Exploring Resistance to Change

Monday 22nd June – From Well-being to Being Well


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