Pre-Conference Extended Workshops

We are please to offer a choice of extended workshops starting on Friday am on the 27th April 2017. 

The first two advanced workshops are suitable for experienced practitioners.   The overall theme is of practice development or emerging theory.

Neil Young's workshop is open to all.  

No charge to attend a pre-conference Institute/extended workshop. 

To book, please use this link:

Please note if booking an extended workshop you will not be able to attend any workshops from the Friday afternoon programme. 

Extended Workshops 

9:30am-6pm  (Break 1pm-3pm)


27th April 2018

Incorporating Creative Techniques into Psychotherapeutic Practice - Andy Williams TSTA (P) & Lin Cheung PTSTA (P)

By the end of this institute, the early practitioner will feel far more confident in incorporating creative techniques into their clinical practice. The workshop will offer a range of creativity linked to specific client needs and presentations. Indicative content might include:

- The use of sculpts in the therapeutic space – infamous buttons and shells

- The use of sandtray in clinical supervision.

- The use of the body and three dimensional space.

- Therapeutic writing exercises

- Script representations through cards and objects


27th April 2018

Managing recipricols: a new development in Transactional Analysis theory and methodology - Gordon Law TSTA (P)

This is a research oriented Workshop using practice research as a form of research which incorporates an element of practice in the methodology or research output.

Participants will learn how to describe their own behaviour and categorise this at four levels (social, psychological, existential/scripty and unconscious) as a characteristic role profile in relation to the role profiles of others. This provides an operational definition for a reciprocal which is the primary variable of the research output. A series of reciprocals constitute a role sequence with associated imagoes and life positions that confirm satisfactory or dysfunctional relationships.

The Workshop is arranged in four ninety minute sessions.

Session One – Introductions and contracting. Over view, definitions and description of the methodology

Session Two – Demonstration followed by a series of structured exercises to illustrate the major concepts

Session Three – Feedback/clarification/discussuion of Session Two exercises

Session Four – Applications of methodology to research in different fields/settings and in supervision


27th April 2018

Who do we think we are? Lessons from emergent sexual and gender identities -  Neil Young

Who do we think we are? Lessons from emergent gender and sexual identities

Gender and sexual identity are lenses through which all of us are constantly negotiating our place and meaning in the world, against a background of powerful binaries and stereotypes, most notably male/female and gay/straight. Yet, in recent years there has been a sea change amongst teenagers and young adults, who are increasingly resisting traditional, binary gender identities and not defining themselves as heterosexual.

In this extended workshop – and with the support of the arts – we will examine the impact of this generational shift for clients and therapists of all ages. We will explore our identities and therapeutic practice as well as engaging with contemporary culture and research, created by and for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) children and young people.

Neil Young is a psychotherapist working with the arts training at the Institute for Arts and Therapy in Education. Neil has over 20 years’ experience as a trainer and queer community advocate, including founding Mosaic LGBT Youth Centre in northwest London and working as an LGBT advisor for the first two Mayors of London. Neil recently published ‘Young People: Not Straight, Not Narrow’, in the BACP University & College Journal.

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