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Key TA Concepts

Key TA Concepts is a series of six 2 hour workshops looking at key concepts of Transactional Analysis. The workshops are aimed at student therapists giving opportunity to explore TA concepts in an ‘all questions welcome’ way. 

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Workshop Content

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What is Transference and Countertransference? -

from a TA Perspective

6 February 2024  6.00pm - 8.00pm 

In this workshop we will explore principles of Psychodynamic Transactional Analysis. We will be looking at our understanding of the dynamics of transference and countertransference in therapy and how these phenomena can be utilized for therapeutic insight and growth.

Gain a deeper insight into the interplay between client and therapist, and the ways in which unconscious patterns and emotions from past relationships are transferred onto the therapeutic relationship.

 

Workshop Outcomes:

  • Understand the dynamics of transference and countertransference in therapy.

  • Utilise transference and countertransference as sources of therapeutic insight and growth.

  • Analyse and navigate the interplay between client and therapist in the therapeutic relationship.

  • Apply psychodynamic Transactional Analysis principles to enhance therapeutic interventions.

face sculpture - relational ta

5 March 2024  6.00pm - 8.00pm 

What is Relational TA?

How is it Different from Psychodynamic TA?

This workshop will empower you to work more effectively with clients, supporting them to focus on the relationship, thereby fostering deeper insights, emotional growth, and lasting transformation.

Deepen your understanding of transference and counter-transference and learn advanced techniques for managing and utilizing transference to promote therapeutic change.

Workshop Outcomes:

  • Deepen understanding of transference/counter-transference phenomena

  • Apply advanced techniques for managing and utilising transference in therapy

  • Foster deeper insights, emotional growth, and lasting transformation through working with the therapeutic relationship

  • Utilise Relational Transactional Analysis to enhance the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions

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26 March 2024  6.00pm - 8.00pm 

Working with the Parent Ego State in Therapy

Gain insight into the underlying dynamics and factors that contribute to certain challenges and explore different approaches and techniques to address them.

Examine the role of the parent ego state in therapy and learn how to navigate potential pitfalls associated with this aspect, promoting productive therapeutic outcomes.

Workshop Outcomes:

  • Recognise the impact associated with the parent ego state in therapy.

  • Apply strategies to navigate and mitigate challenges related to the parent ego state.

  • Foster a balanced and productive use of the parent ego state in therapy.

  • Monitor and evaluate the impact of the therapeutic work with the parent ego state.

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14 May 2024  6.00pm - 8.00pm 

Procrastination and its Discontents: Working with Passive Behaviors in Therapy

In this workshop we will be exploring working with passive behaviors (e.g., procrastination, avoidance, etc.) – and the Cathexis School of TA.

We will be developing skills to address and work with passive behaviors commonly encountered in therapy, helping clients overcome obstacles and increase motivation

Workshop Outcomes:

  • Recognise and address passive behaviors commonly encountered in therapy.

  • Apply strategies to motivate clients and overcome obstacles related to passive behaviors.

  • Implement interventions to increase client engagement and initiative.

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions in addressing passive behaviors.

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4 June 2024  6.00pm - 8.00pm 

How to Make Establishing a Working Relationship Easier

How do we engage with different Personality Adaptations in therapy? In this workshop we will be looking at the Redecision School of TA.  You will get to grips and understand various personality adaptations and their impact on clients' functioning and learn techniques to engage and work effectively with each adaptation.

Workshop Outcomes:

  • Identify different personality adaptations and their impact on clients' functioning.

  • Employ techniques to engage and work effectively with each personality adaptation.

  • Facilitate client insight and personal growth through interventions specific to personality adaptations.

  • Adjust therapeutic approaches based on the client's personality adaptation.

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25 June 2024  6.00pm - 8.00pm 

Thinking developmentally in Relational TA Therapy

In this workshop we will be unpicking the Developmental Ego State Model. We will explore the importance of considering the developmental stages and processes in therapy.

Learn how to assess and address the client's needs based on their developmental history, attachment patterns, and current stage of growth. This approach allows for a more comprehensive understanding of the client and facilitates effective interventions that promote growth and change.

Workshop Outcomes:

  • Consider developmental stages and how they impact the therapeutic processes.

  • Assess and address client needs based on developmental history and attachment patterns.

  • Implement interventions that promote growth and change at the client's current stage of development.

  • Apply Relational Transactional Analysis principles to facilitate effective therapeutic outcomes.

About the trainer

Elvin Aydin Keles, PhD, LPC, NCC, MA, M Ed, PTSTA-P

Elvin has a theory-oriented background in Psychoanalytic Studies (MA and PhD, University of Essex, Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies) alongside of her process-oriented psychotherapy training in Transactional Analysis (Metanoia Institute). Now in the US, Elvin is a Licensed Professional Counselor (M Ed in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of Houston-Victoria). She is an international trainer and supervisor in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy (PTSTA-P) and currently holds a fully online globally oriented private practice as a therapist and supervisor. She has her own online psychotherapy training program delivered fully in Turkish.

Elvin is particularly interested in the role of mentalization when working with somatizing clients. 

Her first book on psychotherapy – “My Heart is Cross with My Tongue” (Aydin Keles, 2021) was published in Turkish which is aimed at a cultural attunement of relational psychotherapeutic concepts. Her second book – The Therapist’s Dilemma (in the press) which is  about unpicking the dynamics of relational psychotherapy will be published in 2024 also in Turkish.

Elvin currently lives with her family in Boston and is being trained by her two adolescent children and her dog in developing better coping skills in ambivalence while her husband fully supports her in her efforts!

Elvin Aydin Keles
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