Day one: Thursday, 5th of July 2018

09:15 – 09:30 Introduction and start to the day

09:30 – 10:30 Keynote

Charlotte Sills (TSTA) and Steve Chapman
Creative Adventures in Transactional Analysis

10:30 – 11:15 Tea & Coffee

11:15 – 12:45 Panel Discussion/Papers

11:15 – 12:45 Panel Discussion

Panel: Dr. Biljana van Rijn TSTA, Mica Douglas TSTA (P), Enrico Benelli PTSTA (P)

11:15 – 11:45 Papers

Günther Mohr TSTA
Scoring Instrument for Organisational Analysis
Abstract: A measurement instrument (questionnaire) for the quality and resilience of an organisation is presented with current research examples. The theory behind is a new part of Transactional Analysis, the Dynamic Organizational Analysis, which works with system dynamics.
Piotr Jusik
Formal and informal use of transactional analysis counselling in education
Abstract: This paper applies role theory and thus clarifies the differences between educators and counsellors who use transactional analysis as a method of conceptualising their work to support growth and development of learners. Educators are seen as facilitators of growth that results from acquiring knowledge, skills and understanding, whereas counsellors emphasise growth resulting from introspection based on relational experiences with the practitioner. Furthermore, counselling interventions can be differentiated into formal and informal work that show considerable differences in terms of contract, roles, levels of containment and confidentiality. Several transactional analysis models have been described in the context of formal and informal interventions. Relevant case studies have been presented to show how the concepts are applied in an educational environment. The author suggests that transactional analysis counsellors need to bring awareness into the roles that they hold and their ability to account for role differences will make their interventions more robust.
Caterina Romaniello CTA
The Italian Translation and Validation of the “Joines Personality Adaptation Questionnaire”: Preliminary Results
Abstract: The Joines Personality Adaptation Questionnaire (JPAQ; Joines, 2002) was developed to measure the six types of personality called “personality adaptations”: creative-daydreamer, charming-manipulator, brilliant-skeptic, enthusiastic-overreactor, responsible-workaholic, playful-resister. The last edition is a yes/no 72-item questionnaire, validated on an American sample composed by patients and therapists. The internal validity and the factorial analysis were overall satisfactory, proving the usefulness of JPAQ for clinical purposes. However, there are no studies referred to non-American samples in literature. Furthermore, external validity has not been verified.

11:45 – 12:15 Papers

Lucia Würsch
Transactional Analysis’ contribution to strategic organisational aims: A case study in Switzerland
Abstract: This paper explores how Transactional Analysis (TA) can contribute to strategic aims of an organisation by means of a case study conducted in Switzerland. The case organisation is a public administration unit which has applied TA through internal training for almost two decades. The overarching strategic objective of the case organisation aims at assisting unemployed people to reintegrate into the labour market though effective consulting. This all-embracing goal is underpinned by the organisational vision about operations (e.g. We make considerable contributions for Economy), attitudes (e.g. We respect the personality and the dignity of each human being), and principles (e.g. We do purposeful personal and professional further training). Hay (2000) introduced a TA-O model with the notions of organisational ‘hardware’ (strategies, structures, systems) and ‘software’ (psychological safety, stroking, stimulation). The study explores alignments and contradictions between elements of the TA-O model and the strategic objectives of the organisation. The data includes organisational artefacts and documents and interviews with senior executives and accredited TA trainers. The analysis of the collected data is done with help of Saldana’s (2016) coding techniques such as In Vivo, Initial and Value Coding.
Antonella Fornaro
Integrating relational TA theory with the post Bion intersubjective theories
Abstract: A comparison is made between Berne’s model and Bion’s model on the issue of group dynamics, and the hypothesis of integrating relational TA theory with the post-Bion inter-subjective theories (Baranger, Ogden and Ferro) is made. Albeit belonging to different epistemological models, in their writings, Berne and Bion often point out the importance of intuition and emotion which are the foundations for building relationships and indispensable for establishing a relationship with ourselves. For both Berne and Bion emotions ‘drive’ thinking, and as they do so they give shape to thinking. In addition Berne and Bion attach value to the interpersonal and inter-subjective dimension when they discuss the group process. For instance Berne refers to Bion’s concept of ‘basic assumptions’ as observable unconscious psychic processes that can be observed and described in the group and analysed in previous and current relationships. This integration offers advantages for individual and group settings.
Silvia Baba Neal CTA
See you on the other side: A psychotherapy revision
Abstract: This paper is an auto-ethnographic revision (Ellis, 2009) of a psychotherapy case study. The client and therapist discussed their work together five years on, reflecting on post-therapy growth and aspects of the therapeutic relationship. The process of revision opened up new avenues for reflective inquiry.

12:15 – 12:45 Papers

Noushan Rezaeifar
The Effectiveness of Psychotherapy Based on Transactional Analysis on Marital Intimacy and Sexual Satisfaction in Women with Non-Clinical Depression
Abstract: The main objective of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of psychotherapy based on transactional analysis method on marital intimacy and sexual satisfaction in women with non-clinical depression. This research was a semi-experimental study including a pretest-posttest design and acontrol group. The study population is consisted of all women with non-clinical depression referring to health centers in Tehran; Out of this sample population, 40 -individuals were selected by an entry-exit method purposefully and randomly assigned to experimental (n=20) and control (n=20) groups. The experimental group received 10 psychotherapeutic sessions based on transactional analysis. In the pre-test and post-test stages, both groups completed Beck’s Depression Questionnaire (Beck and Brown, 1996), Couple’s Intimacy Needs Questionnaire (Bagarozzi, 2001), and Hudson’s Sexual Satisfaction Questionnaire (Hudson, 1981). Covariance of the data was calculated by using SPSS-22 software. The findings of the study showed that, the mean of marital intimacy (emotional, psychological, sexual, physical, spiritual, and recreational dimensions) and sexual satisfaction are significantly different in the experimental and control groups in the post-test stage (p<0.01). The study results indicated that psychotherapy based on the transactional analysis has a positive impact on marital intimacy and sexual satisfaction in women with non-clinical depression.
Lisa Burrage and Sarah Lister CTA
Reducing Burnout and Stress: Piloting the Effectiveness of Resilience & Restorative Groups in the Teaching Profession. Part of a whole school approach to emotional, mental health and wellbeing in the London Borough of Ealing
Abstract: Ealing Clinical Commissioning Group with the support of Ealing Council agreed to fund an innovative pilot project to offer emotional health and wellbeing support for teachers and support staff from their primary schools during the 2016/17 academic year. This formed part of a whole school approach to improving children’s emotional health and wellbeing (DH 2015).

12:45 – 14:00 Lunch and posters

14:00 – 15:30 Workshops

  • Dr. Sue Burdett Robinson
    Moral Injury: The Darkness Within
  • Susanna Ligabue TSTA (P) and Roberto Bestazza PTSTA (P)
    Working with refugees and trauma experience in a participatory care context
  • Keri Phillips CTA (O)
    Working with Intense Emotions in Supervision
  • Barbara Giacobbe PTSTA
    Test-Games in the relationship between adolescents and adults: theory and practice
  • Liza Heatly CTA
    Working with Gender Variance
  • Eleonor Lindt PTSTA (P)
    From research to theory to practice on internet addiction
  • Antonella Fornaro TSTA (P)
    Communication verbal, non-verbal and psychic field in supervision experience
  • Maria Tersea Tosi TSTA (P)
    Developing a research oriented clinical work in psychotherapy training
  • Heather Fowlie TSTA
    Ego States

15:30 – 16:00 Tea & Coffee

16:00 – 17:30 Workshops

  • Massimo Gaudieri TSTA and Antonio Stefanelli Counselor
    Lifestyles and stroke styles
  • Stefano Iapichino TSTA (P)
    The Relational Edge in Trauma-Related Disorders through Social – Cognitive Transactional Analysis (SCTA)
  • Boris Volodin PTSTA
    Working with phobic clients. An integrative approach: classical and relational
  • Carole Shadbolt TSTA
    A contemporary understanding of the Parent Interview
  • Gerry Pyves PTSTA
    Neuroscience, Seratonin and the Role of Touch in Treating Trauma
  • Emma Hayes PTSTA, CTA
    Treating Perinatal mental health conditions with TA psychotherapy
  • Emanuela Lo Re TSTA (P) and Roberto Bestazza PTSTA (P)
    Fluid identity: group and research with young adults
  • Jill Hunt TSTA
    How Is Supervision Relational?