What are Personality Adaptations?
What a great conference! I’ve not attended the UKATA Cumbrian Conference in Penrith for a few years – it’s a great venue and lovely event tucked away just outside Penrith. I wasn’t intending to run a workshop and had planned for a social time with some interesting CPD then was asked if I could replace a presenter at the last minute, who was ill.
My workshop was on working with people who are anxious, material and ideas I have been pulling together over the last few years in response to working with a number of therapy clients with anxiety in my private practice in Chesterfield.
There are three key messages to my presentation:
- How the Racket system can be a very helpful in looking at the interlocking patterns of thinking and feeling
- Using Berne’s Four Stages of Cure to structure the interventions and thinking of the therapist
- The existential nature of anxiety
Here are the slides from my session, along with a couple of pictures of the Cumbrian Hills to wet your appetite for next years event.
Andy and I are thinking about a future training day on working with anxiety using a mixture of modalities. If you think you might be interested please email us to express your interest using the form below.
We are really excited about our next new project here at TA Training Organisation. We are going to be offering a series of Supervision and Professional Development days over the next few months. The purpose of these new sessions is to offer professionals, both qualified and unqualified, the chance for transactional analysis supervision and continuing professional development.
A new venture
This is a new venture for Andy and me and comes out of a few over coffee discussions, as we have been talking to colleagues, supervisees and trainees, researching and reflecting on else we might support qualified counsellors, therapist and trainees in the Yorkshire area with interesting transactional analysis training and development.
We will run an open agenda day where the topics for the day together are decided by the group at the beginning of each day. This could be a mixture of classic supervision of client work, professional development issues, teaching of theory, personal process time, preparation for CTA or Diploma examinations and ethical and professional practice questions. The list goes on!
Here’s a typical example of what a day might comprise.
|Topic||Main Training Room||Topic||Room 4|
|Group Introductions and agenda||Andy and Lin|
|Case Supervision||Andy||Ethics Discussion||Lin.|
|Theory Teach on Personality Adaptations.||Andy and Lin|
|Case supervision||Andy||Case Supervision||Lin|
|Diploma Exam discussion||Andy||Case supervision and tape||Lin|
|Discussion of contracting||Andy||Case Supervision|
|Case Supervision||Andy||Mock CTA Exam||Lin.|
|Check out.||Andy and Lin.|
With a small group (less than eight people) either Andy or I will take the group with 8 people or more and we will both be present.We take a list of topics and requests at the beginning of the day and then develop the programme. Attendees are welcome to attend whichever session they wish.
These will be “drop in” groups, you can sign up for just one day or for the whole programme. Depending on the interest for the rest of this academic year we hope to run these sessions on an ongoing basis meeting once every two months for a day together.
We wanted to offer professionals not qualified in transactional analysis the opportunity of supervision and further development beyond the TA 101 and year one to support them in using transactional analysis in their practice with clients and to be supported in so doing and TA trainees will be able to count hours of supervision according to UKATA and EATA guidelines.
So, if you think this might be something you would like to experience the first session begins in the new year on Friday 5th February, click here to go to more information, if you’d like to find out more please Contact Us with any questions. Or click on the dates below to go directly to Eventbrite and online booking.
The ego state model is one of the models in transactional analysis I frequently draw on in working with my clients. It’s also one of the models I share most directly with people I am working with as it is easily accessible and applied to self.
Ego States in Depth
However, for me, this is not the most useful aspect of this piece of theory. I many ways I think Berne’s theory of ego states – Parent Adult and Child suffers from being so readily accessible as people often stop with this first understanding that there are three parts to the personality a Parent, Adult and Child part and go no further into the wealth of theoretical understanding that can come from looking at the model in greater depth, in how Berne also used the model to look at the early stages of child development, how he integrated ideas from object relations, how transgenerational and cultural messages might be part of the ego state structure.
Using Ego States in Practice
I make great use of these ideas, they help inform how I understand my client and also the direction I take with them in the work. One of the key tasks in transactional analysis psychotherapy is to help clients to identify when they are functioning from Child or Parent and to facilitate them in moving to Adult. Alongside this is the task of working with the content of ego state messages to help the person identify if these messages are useful in their life of if they need updating. We have a variety of approaches and methods of doing this and I’m looking forward to running a workshop on the Friday the 9th of October that will be looking at the model in greater depth and some of the techniques that can be used.
More information on the course can be found here.
You can book directly via our venue The Horsforth Centre.
The TA101 is the official introductory course in transactional analysis. So, if you want to understand yourself, or your relationships better whether at home or at work the TA101 can often provide with insight and understanding through two days of interesting theory, discussions, and personal development exercises.
If you are thinking you might like to train as a counsellor the TA101 can be a good course to attend as it introduces you what it might be like to study a psychological model. For existing counsellors the TA101 can be great CPD and provide new insights into clients and new and different effective ways of working
Whether you are in business or sales, the hotel trade, a teacher of children or adults, a mental health or social worker, working the in the prison service or in a hospital the TA101 can help with understanding self and relationships in new and useful ways. It’s for anyone who wants to know more about themselves either for using on a personal basis or in a work setting. You don’t need previous psychological knowledge or understanding as the course starts from the very beginning.
Transactional Analysis was developed by Eric Berne in the 1950s and 1960s, he wrote 8 major books and numerous articles. He was a trained medical doctor and psychiatrist and he wanted to make psychotherapy effective more quickly and more accessible for people. He wanted to remove the distance between client or patient, and doctor as expert. He encouraged people to engage with and use the theory for themselves. Because of this TA uses normal everyday language and is easily accessible and understood.
The course is dynamic mixture of formal teaching where the trainer will present an idea or concept from TA and lots of discussion in large and small groups as the delegates on the course apply it to themselves and their situations.
The syllabus is set internationally and covers the key ideas and concepts in TA in a short two day programme. Those people who then want more can go on the study TA in-depth which begins with a one year introductory course and can lead to a post graduate Diploma and the Certificate in Transactional Analysis which is a worldwide qualification and is at Masters Level.
Lin teaches two TA101’s a year at TA training Organisation and she says “ I really like teaching this material, it’s a fabulous experience as a trainer to see people learning about TA for the first time and understanding themselves and their relationships with other people in ways they have not done so before.”
What people say about the TA101
“A very informative course and hadn’t realised how much it would benefit my own life” Annie J
An excellent course; incredibly informative, intense and enjoyable. Lin Cheung’s knowledge and experience is enhanced by her warmth. I learnt a huge amount of new knowledge to apply to my own life and my clients. Most highly recommended.” CLH