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2018 Webinar 7- Keith Tudor: Co-Creative Transactional Analysis

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Sep 192018

This webinar is about co-creative transactional analysis. It is aimed at participants at all levels, though people will get more from the webinar if they have read something about co-creative TA.

In this webinar, participants will:
• gain an understanding of the history, influences, and principles of co-creative TA,
• appreciate how this may be applied to TA theory and practice,
• be interested to apply this in their own work.


Dr. Tudor is a CTA and TSTA in the field of psychotherapy, with strong links with the other fields of application of TA. He is a professor of psychotherapy at Auckland University of Technology in Aotearoa, New Zealand. He has keen interest in critical thinking, and in the interplay between culture and psychotherapy and politics and psychotherapy.

2018 Webinar 5 Sandra Wilson: The influence of the coach’s unconscious mind

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Aug 032018

This webinar will introduce participants to the research conducted by the presenter into how the coach’s unconscious mind influences the coaching process. During this webinar, the presenter will share the journey of discovery for both the researcher and participants and the emergent data that identifies the coach’s relationship not only with the external parties but also with the different parts of self. There will be an explanation of the research process during which the participants travelled from mental activity, reflecting on lived experience, perceptions and events to the exploration of mental process and constructs which are inferred discovered and translated into conscious awareness throughout the research interviews.
The webinar is aimed anyone who is interested in the power of the unconscious mind, although the focus is on coaching.

1. An understanding of the omnipresence of the unconscious mind
2. An experience which encourages reflection on our own practice
3. Tool and techniques for uncovering their unconscious process in relationships with clients

Sandra’s successful consultancy experience is in working with large organisations.  Specialising in the systemic introduction of coaching, coach training, and executive coaching, she works with individuals and teams to promote change, increase competence and improve performance in the workplace.  She has a wide and diverse client base in both the public and private sectors and she works both nationally and internationally.  Sandra works with individuals and teams to support enhanced performance through effective relationships.  Sandra is a Teaching & Supervising Transactional Analyst (Organisational).   She uses transactional analysis to develop her client’s understanding of the unique role that unconscious plays in how human beings interact, communicate and build relationships.

She Master Certified Coach Status with the International Coach Federation and in 2009.  Sandra has a Professional Doctorate (DProf)in Coaching Psychology

Clients who work with Sandra can expect to experience a robust framework for professional growth without rigid formulas.



Exciting TA conference in Kochi, India – get connected!

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Aug 022018

Wonderful connections and learning moments lie ahead between the evening of Friday 17th August and Sunday 19th August as the TA community from many places converge on the beautiful city of Kochi in Kerala, India.

I am writing this from Bangalore in India, having spent 2 days with some trainees of my (usually) on-line educational TA group. Once again I am loving the vibrancy of this land – people, sights, sounds, aroma’s and such a sense of connection and connecting.

We were privileged to have a preview of one of the conference workshops from a member of the group.  Arvind Shivakumar presented a taste of his workshop – ‘Standing on the shoulders of Giants’. Using his skill of data collection and analysis, Arvind has tracked themes of articles in the TAJ over many years. We explored the theme of Empathy and it was fascinating to see how Tudor’s articles in 2011 referenced back authors of many years ago – and how those articles went right back to some of Berne’s writing in 1934. For me it shifted my perception of the rather dry and academic rigour of the need to reference things, to a fascinating emergence of the linking through the ages to tell the ever emerging story of a theme in TA.

It speaks right into the conference theme of ‘The Dance of Culture’ – how TA theory has ‘danced’ through the decades and been reinterpreted to be relevant to current cultures, challenges and emerging world views. It also inspired me to be part of this dance – and to think and write to re-imagine or newly imagine TA theory to be relevant to my lived experience in my communities. The invitation is for you to do likewise!

South Africa is well represented with workshops from Diane Salters, Alex van Oostveen and myself.

India is at the forefront of technology – they have made it possible for you to experience some of the high points of the conference through joining in the Conference Webcast of selected sessions. See to register and get a sense of the amazing spirit unfolding in Kerala!

India is always an exciting mix of work and play – here is a snapshot of me getting a ride back to my hotel by one of my trainees – two wheelers really bring out my Natural Child!


Karen Pratt
TSTA -education


2018 Webinar 4 Part 1- Trudi Newton: The social roles triangle, folktales and TA metaphors

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Jun 062018

The webinar introduces the social roles triangle as a way of describing healthy development, and explore how it can become distorted into the drama triangle. We use different folk-tales to look at how cultural messages are passed on between generations, how we can challenge them and how we create positive TA models for change.
The webinar is aimed at everyone interested in new TA thinking and personal development.
Outcomes: participants will
• meet some recent TA concepts based on ‘positive metaphors’
• have the opportunity to explore the influence of cultural stories in our development
• consider how these ideas can enhance the work we do with clients

Trudi Newton TSTA-E works internationally to facilitate radical approaches to learning and community development. Co-author of several books, including TACTICS which looks in detail at the process of learning and teaching, her most recent is Educational Transactional Analysis: an international guide to theory and practice. Trudi has guest-edited two issues of TAJ, on Education and on TA Training. She contributes to training programmes in several countries including South Africa. In 2011 she received the Muriel James Living Principles Award from ITAA and in 2017 the EATA Gold Medal in recognition of her work in developing the educational field of TA.

Layo shares her memory on a workshop by Anette Dielmann and Kathy Christina Pithan from the Berlin Conference in 2017

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May 082018

Anette Dielmann and Kathy Christina Pithan observe that the effectiveness of TA is very much evident in relationships – with ourselves, our clients and systems. In their workshop in Berlin on 28th July 2017, Anette and Kathy demonstrated how they make use of the special relationship competence of animals in their practice, specifically horses and dogs. Thinking back to this workshop almost a year later, snapshots of memory form in my mind’s eye. I remember what had meaning for me on that day.

We are sitting in a circle, Kathy’s two dogs in the middle, greeting participants, accepting cuddles and pats. They go very close to some people, keep more distance from others.

A woman wants to explore her behaviour in relationships. She chooses a dog to do this with. The exercise: connect with the dog, ask her (the dog) to get onto a shiny carpet of silver foil and stay on it for a set time (a few seconds). The client connects strongly with the animal, speaking softly, there are many words, cooing, cuddling, patting. After a while, they begin to walk around together, the dog eager at first, the human very caring, looking big and somewhat hesitant. When the woman steps onto the carpet, the dog does not follow, seems unsure. The exercise looks difficult. I feel tension in the room. The facilitators ask the client how she feels. I recognise TA concepts in their questions. The client reflects with the coaches around “who is OK in this relationship and who is not”, “who is taking care of who”, “how is responsibility held”, “how does discounting self and others show up typically”.

The facilitators end the exercise when the client has recognised her own patterns, decided what she wants to work on developing for herself – in her own context. Everyone relaxes. The dog plays on the silver carpet.

The aim was not for the client to become an expert in getting a dog to do what she wants. It was to support the client in becoming more of an expert on herself.

How coaching sessions with direct feedback from animals (responding to all that is present in the moment) can help increase a client’s self-awareness, clarity and confidence can be described theoretically at length. For me, experiencing this phenomenon has had the most profound impact.

2018 Webinar 3- Pete Shotton: This is who I am, this is where I live, this is where I learn

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May 032018

This webinar is about education and existence. Pete will explain his thinking about practice and purpose of education using ideas developed from TA theory and from existential philosophy and thinking. During the webinar, we will explore the tensions between the political and the personal in the practice of education. This webinar is aimed at practitioners who work in, or are interested in, or affected by, learning settings. Take-aways for participants include:

• an enlivened curiosity

• a desire to question the context and purpose of education

• an enhanced sense of their own place and importance within the educational process

2018 Webinar 2: The Happy Educator with Nevenka Miljkovic

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Apr 072018

How can an educator, where ever she or he works, support herself or himself in the best way?

The webinar is for all practitioners, who may at times play the role of educator. The webinar will assist those who use TA in their thinking and teaching.

Participants will review Contracting and Relational needs and reflect on their own (relational) needs when they are in the role of educator.

Nevenka is a native Serb, living in Germany for more than 25 years. She has served as Vice President for the European Association of Transactional Analysis and is currently their language coordinator, (Serbo-Croatian languages). She is a Provisional TSTA in the Educational field.

2017 Webinar 5- Lieuwe Koopmans: The Power of the Encounter

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Mar 182018

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This webinar is about the here and now relationship between coach-coachee, counsellor-client, teacher-pupil. We will research the ideas behind co-creative TA and translate them into daily practice. What do they mean for your work? How can you develop skills that will make you more able to gain benefits from the here and now relationship?

Topics explored are:
– Working without knowing
– Creating a timeless experience
– Speaking from your heart
– The necessity of humour
– The meaning of emotions and your body
– Empathy
– Being Aware

At the end of this workshop you’ll have:
– Gained insight in the backgrounds of co-creative TA and the relation with positive psychology
– Ideas how this can enrich your practice and what you need to develop
– Curiosity to learn more about it

The webinar is for everyone with an open mind, open heart and open attitude for development and learning.

Lieuwe Koopmans (1962) is a Dutch TSTA-O. He works as a coach, trainer and consultant. In 2016 he was in South Africa twice, where he introduced the Functional Fluency model and the TIFF (Temple Index for Functional Fluency). He has written several books on TA. One of them has just been translated into English: This is me-becoming who you are with Transactional analysis’.

Trudi Newton reviewed: ‘I love this book. Why? I love stories, drama and theatre, and Lieuwe Koopmans presents a lively and original take on Transactional analysis concepts by creating an engaging theatrical metaphor.’ (sherwood publishing)

His latest book (in Dutch) is called ‘This is who we are-The power of the encounter’.

2018 Webinar 1- Elena Soboleva: Time, Script and Procrastination

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Mar 182018

Time, script and procrastination
Elena Soboleva TSTA (P) Psychologist

During the webinar recording, participants explore their script beliefs around time structure; find a connection between procrastination and attitude to time structure and script beliefs.

Takeaways include:
• learning a model of focusing,
• using a focusing model to change script beliefs, and
• preventing procrastination.