Workshop Details

Kathie Hostick, TSTA(P): Keynote7033403-e1497785271584
“Three years ago I received an official complaint. It rocked my world professionally and seriously challenged my code for living life (script). Following the shame of this experience and it’s impact, I faced the ongoing challenges by allowing myself to be vulnerable. From my vulnerable place, I was more freed up to reach out to others.
In sharing my personal experience, I will invite you to think about shame and vulnerability in your experience. I will introduce you to some ideas that Barbara Clarkson, TSTA(P) and I are developing based on Brené Brown’s theory of shame and vulnerability and Nathanson’s model (1992) The Compass of Shame.”
Kathie is a TSTA in psychotherapy. She is the director of The Ellesmere Centre and has a thriving private practice.  She has over 30 years experience in mental health and a passion for developing services for people diagnosed with Personality disorder.

Morning Workshops

Creating the Trainer: Breathing Life into Your Training Practice
Dr Cathy McQuaid, TSTA(P), DPsych, MSc (Psychotherapy), Cert Ed
This workshop is for anyone who is a trainer or is thinking of becoming a trainer of counselling and/or psychotherapy. Drawing on Cathy’s doctoral research we will use creative methods to uncover who you are as a trainer or potential trainer. Identify what makes you the trainer you are or want to be and what impact being a trainer has or will have on you. We will use the research findings and your own experiences to highlight the key attributes of an effective trainer and what makes for a rewarding training experience for you and your trainees. We will also discuss some key issues that are rarely talked about e.g. how does someone make the change from being a therapist to being a trainer, what are the gains and losses of being a trainer, how does our own script influence our reasons for being a trainer plus much more.
Dr Cathy McQuaid is a trainer and supervisor of trainers and supervisors. She is passionate about training and training standards and is Chair of UKATA TASC and a member of PTSC. She runs a series of two-day workshops for trainers in Manchester and a bi-monthly training group in Liverpool.
“I want it my way”: Desire and Eric Berne’s fear of loneliness
Jim Davis, BA(Oxon), MSc, Relate Cert, TSTA
In Eric Berne’s last book, “What do you say after you say hello?” he defined the ‘object of script analysis’ as the ‘opening of the garden of aspirations to the world’ or as he put it more prosaically “I want it my way”. In doing so he was placing the pursuit of desire, vitality and aliveness at the centre of transactional analysis despite the dynamic tension in his work, and TA more generally, between the forces of adaptation and those of aspiration and desire. In this workshop we will explore our experience of this tension, how it plays out in our curiosity, hopes, desires and fantasies, and how we might work with it, whatever our field.
Jim has worked in TA for almost 30 years, as psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer. His influences also include gestalt, bodywork and relational psychoanalysis, and his key principles of practice are stimulation, provocation and enjoyment.
“No man is an Island, entire of itself – every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main”. Diversity and me Where do I fit in?)
Carol Faulkner, CTA (P) PTSTA Dip Supervision, Dip Counselling
How can we be ourselves and stay true to ourselves while in the presence of others? During this workshop we will be looking at diversity. What does it really mean and why is it so important? We will be taking a relational look at how society looks at and manages concepts of diversity. Can we trust ourselves and others to be who we really are? The workshop will take the format of discussion and exploration exercises. We will be looking at the uncertainty within our communities and cultural mistrust we have around issues of diversity – the tensions between the familiar and the different, between Self and Other.
Carol Faulkner is PTSTA and works in private practice in Kent as a Psychotherapist and Supervisor. She originally trained in General Nursing, specialising in ophthalmology. With over twenty years of experience Carol has a special interest in working relationally around issues of diversity and trauma.
Keeping supervision alive: how to understand and respond to our shame and fear in supervision
Helen Rowland, PTSTA(P)
Supervision is a crucial part of our development as clinicians, and yet for beginning practitioners it can also be filled with fear and anxiety about feeling shamed, exposed or inadequate. Shame deadens the supervisory experience and limits our abilities to fully explore our clinical practice and therapeutic skills and knowledge. In this workshop we will explore how we might use our fears to deepen the supervisory process, develop our curiosity about our work and keep our learning alive.We will also consider different ways of supporting ourselves as we grow our confidence as practitioners.
Helen Rowland PTSTA (P) has a psychotherapy and supervision practice in Skipton, North Yorkshire, and is the clinical director of The Lightwell Practice, Skipton. Helen sits on the UKATA exams committee and is on the editorial board of the TAJ.

Afternoon Workshops

Swimming in the Emocean: Using Imagery, Metaphor and Symbolism in Our Work
Bev Gibbons, PTSTA (P) CTA (P) BA Counselling Studies and Mandy NicholasMandy Nicholas BACP Accredited Relational psychotherapy; BSc Therapeutic Counselling; Diploma Clinical Supervision.


Images, metaphors and symbols are a universal language; they provide a bridge, between the inner, felt-sense and the outer sense, which is expressed in behaviour and language. They give a way of both containing and expanding emotional experience. Attention to this material in all areas of our work can give us a wonderfully rich way of becoming phenomenological researchers i.e. they provide ways of exploring and understanding the unique, individual experience of another, and the way meaning is constructed. The experience of summoning up images, metaphors and symbols can be understood as “synesthesia in which one sense stimulates others. As in poetry, images mix up our partition of the senses and restore us to a more primary, holistic way of knowing in which meaning is conveyed, interpreted, and understood via the relationship between our senses” (Gordon, S. 2015). Join me in an experiential workshop in which we will consider, using TA and other thinking, how these ‘research findings’ can be useful in our work.
Bev is a psychotherapist and counsellor, supervisor and trainer working in private practice in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire. She is deeply interested in the co-created, relational process, and also in the ways people learn and can have a good time doing it.

Mandy finds combining the warmth of Person Centred Therapy with the analytical aspects of Psychodynamic therapy helps clients gain insight and understanding about how they relate to self and others. She enjoys working creatively, bringing the ‘inner child’ into the therapy, giving a voice and insight into self that may not have been heard. As a therapist and as a supervisor she sees a key part of her work as enabling a genuine dialogue with the internal and external aspects of self.


What do I create in what is seemingly an increasingly destructive world.
Steff Oates, TSTA(P)
I am I and You are You. Impact, intention, splitting and projection. A reflective workshop processing the impact of tragic world events on ourselves as practitioners. How do we integrate our moral and ethical principles or hope and aspiration without turning away from horror and despair?
Steff Oates TSTA(P) runs a private psychotherapy practice in Cheshire. Post-CTA she began training in integrating Body Psychotherapy and TA. She travels to teach and learn on various training programmes thoughout the UK and continental Europe. She is passionate about the value of accessing our phenomenological experience and the unconscious wisdom to be found there.
The 3 S’s – Stamina, Speed and Strength? Staying vitally alive to enjoy ourselves and our clients.  
Carol Wain, BSc Hon (Psych) MSc (TA) CTA (P) PTSTA(P) UKCP
After working as a counsellor and psychotherapist for over 20 years and entering my 40s, I began to consider more seriously than before how I could stay vitally alive and enjoy my work as a therapist for the long haul. This was also when I decided to embark on the journey as a triathlete and mountain climber. I discovered that to succeed and enjoy these outdoor challenges, I had to consistently attend to the 3 S’s – Strength, Stamina and Speed. This got me thinking about my wellbeing and work as therapist..could these 3 S’s also be important to keep myself and my work with clients fully alive and well? This workshop is a space for us to reflect on and discuss with each other these 3 S’s and ways we can stay vitally alive and enjoy your work with clients over the long haul.
Carol lives and works in Liverpool city centre and South Liverpool as a CTA(P) and PTSTA(P). Carol has helped set up and is a co-director of an Red Kite training which is an RTE. Carol is a keen triathlete and mountain climber and interested in how we can stay vitally alive and well to enjoy life and our work as therapists. Carol is also interested in neuroscience and links with clinical practice.
Creativity in supervision
Enid Welford, TSTA(P)
How can we be most alive in supervision? We tend to train supervisees to present clients with whom they are stuck, and then our A2 works hard to solve the ‘problem’. As a supervisor I find I have to be energized and alive if I am to find the clue that leads to resolution and greater understanding. We will experiment together with creative supervision tools, especially use of story and family systems. The workshop will be light hearted and creative, with A2 and A1 working energetically together.
Enid Welford is a peripatetic trainer, and practices therapy and supervision in Manchester. She includes family systems, story and ego imaging in supervision. She believes that supervision should be creative and full of surprises, and practices this with her supervision groups.
Who’s life is it anyway: An infinite Blank Canvas?
Debbie Jelpke

Who are you? What gets in the way of you really knowing and being yourself and living the life you choose? Are you present in your own life?

Participants will explore how we can be free to be who we really are, and to live our lives the way we would like to. And whether we can truly know and connect with others and our lives if we don’t know ourselves.
Debbie has been particularly inspired recently by some writings and talks by Thich Naht Hahn – a Vietnamese Buddhist monk; on living mindfully and being present and will share some thoughts around this – linking beautifully with Berne’s concept of Autonomy – shown by awareness, spontaneity and intimacy.
Debbie is a therapist, trainer and supervisor. She has a  private practice where she has worked with adults for over 13 years. Feeling strongly that the earlier people can have help the better she has trained in child and adolescent psychotherapy. A more recent interest is how to live mindfully and use meditation to be more intentional and present in her own life -therefore impacting positively on her work.