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We hope you enjoy exploring our website. Membership of IARTA is open to everyone interested in Relational T.A. and costs just £30 per annum. To receive regular information about our conferences and workshops, and access online events JOIN HERE 

Spring 2017 online colloquium...

Saturday March 25th to Saturday 1st April

For this Spring colloquium, we are experimenting with an OPEN SPACE supported and facilitated by members of the steering group. 

As you know IARTA is one of TA’s vibrant and effective communities, bringing together contemporary and innovative thinking in TA, central to which is the "Relational turn". Members of the steering group along with other relational theorists and practitioners have developed Relational TA’s ideas and presented, taught and written about them widely. This involved the fundamental Relational process of finding our own voice, identity and mind through reflection, curiosity, enquiry, dialogue, the building blocks of Relational TA thought and practice.

We offer The OPEN SPACE colloquium in the spirit and continuation of this tradition and invite you to bring or send your questions, thoughts, wonderings and ideas to the OPEN  SPACE colloquium, where we will create a learning environment based upon  a genuine "labour of ideas" .

One of the satisfying benefits of taking part through contributing to the community by writing, is the opportunity to think about what you think, find your voice, and take the opportunity to expand your professional identities.  We hope you will take this invitation to ‘plunge in’.

More details  on our Colloquium page.

Recent colloquium...

11-20th November 2016

'The Extended Game Formula; from Payoff to Transformation'

In our last international colloquium we continued to engage with and develop relational aspects of Transactional Analysis.

We took as our starting point the work of Carole Shadbolt on failure and rupture within psychotherapy, which was first presented as a paper in Paris and later as an article in the Transactional Analysis Journal, in 2012.

Carole was joined by panelists; Ed Novak (USA), Jo Stuthridge (NZ) and David Tidsall (UK) - and IARTA members all over the world.

Find out  more on our Colloquium page.

Events with our friends at...

Jessica Benjamin

in conversation with Lynne Segal

Thursday November 10th, 2016, 2pm - 3.30pm
Birkbeck, University of London, 28 Russell Square

This is a FREE event. Click here to for details and booking at Eventbrite

Jessica Benjamin is one of the best known contemporary psychoanalysts, whose work has had a profound impact on psychoanalysis, feminism and political activism. She is a practicing psychoanalyst in New York City, where she is a supervising faculty member at the New York University postdoctoral psychology program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, and at the Stephen Mitchell Center for Relational Studies.

Lynne Segal is Anniversary Professor of Psychology and Gender Studies in the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck. She is widely recognised as a major feminist scholar, whose many books include Is the Future Female?


In Dialogue with Stephen Seligman: 

'Disorders of Temporality and The Subjective Experience of Time: Unresponsive Objects and the Vacuity of the Future'

Sunday November 27th, 2016, 2pm - 5pm
The Guild of Psychotherapists
47 Nelson Square, Blackfriars Road, London SE1 0QA

Special price for IARTA members £25 (+small Eventbrite booking fee)

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Stephen Seligman is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco; Joint Editor-in-Chief of Psychoanalytic Dialogues; Training and Supervising analyst at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California; and Clinical Professor at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis. Dr Seligman has authored over 70 publications, including the forthcoming Attachment, Intersubjectivity, Infancy: Toward a Relational-Developmental Psychoanalysis (Routledge). He is also co-editor of the American Psychiatric Press’ Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health: Core Concepts and Clinical Practice. He is also associate editor of Studies in Gender and Sexuality, and a member of the founding executive board of the Journal of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy.

Description of the afternoon: Drawing from his paper, Stephen will present ideas and reflections for us to consider and explore. He will make use of video clips to inform our discussion. The paper will be made available prior to the event.

Most recent event: July 31st...

'Opening Up the Subject(s) of Difference: Cultivating Curiosity as an Alternative to Multicultural Competence'

with Anton H.Hart PhD

Sunday July 31st 2016, at the DoubleTree Hotel, Ealing, London.

Starting from the premise that racial, ethnic and other forms of discrimination represent dissociative defenses involving profound failure of curiosity, this workshop addressed diverse issues of difference and 'othering', as they emerge and might be taken up in the psychotherapeutic situation.

Through the use of clinical examples–from participants and presenter, supplemented by opportunities to view and reflect on video material (including outtakes from the film 'Black Psychoanalysts Speak' and other rare footage), Dr. Anton Hart, an American psychoanalyst working within the Relational, Interpersonal and Object Relations traditions, offered an approach to diversity, discrimination and otherness which stands in contrast to prevailing approaches emphasizing multicultural 'literacy' and 'competence'. Dr. Hart examined the central roles of curiosity and openness in the psychotherapeutic relationship, and also their obstacles - in considering how debilitating forms of difference between self and other may be engaged with and transcended.

Anton H. Hart, PhD is a Fellow, Training and Supervising Analyst and on the Faculty of the William Alanson White Institute in New York City. A member of the IPA and APsaA, he is a Fellow of the Board On Professional Standards and an Alternate Member of the Executive Council. He supervises at Teachers College, Columbia University and at the Derner Institute of Adelphi University. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of the journals Psychoanalytic Psychology and Contemporary Psychoanalysis. He teaches in the Department of Psychology at Mt. Sinai/St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, and at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies. He has published papers on issues of mutuality, disruption and safety. He served as Associate Co-producer for the film, “Black Psychoanalysts Speak,” in which he was also featured. He is a Co-Founder of the White Institute’s Study Group on Race and Psychoanalysis. He is writing a book, to be published by Routledge, entitled, Beyond Oaths or Codes: Toward Relational Psychoanalytic Ethics. He is in full-time private practice in New York City.

Recent online colloquium...

Spring Online Colloquium

'Games, enactments and re-enactments'

May 6th - 15th, 2016

The Spring 2016 Colloquium - an online discussion open to IARTA members across the world - took place between May 6th and 15th.

The presenting paper was: 'Are Games, Enactments, and Reenactments Similar? No, Yes, It Depends' by Edward T. Novak, published in the Transactional Analysis Journal 20I5, Vol. 45(2) 117-127.

In the first few days, author Edward T. Novak was joined by panelists Sue Eusden, Heather Fowlie and Charlotte Sills, before the colloquium was opened to all IARTA members. The moderators were Carole Shadbolt and Suzanne Boyd.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this such a rich and inspiring ten days.

Previous event...

Autumn 2015 Online Colloquium

(ran from 20th - 29th November 2015)

Presenting paper;
'Implications, Development and Possibilities', Chapter 10 of Co-Creative Transactional Analysis by Graeme Summers and Keith Tudor (Karnac, 2014)

The panel included the authors Graeme Summers and Keith Tudor who were joined by Brian Fenton and Helen Rowland before the colloquium was opened to all IARTA members around the world. Our moderators were Carole Shadbolt and Suzanne Boyd.

panel biographies (left to right);

Graeme Summers is the Managing Director of Co-creative Coaching (UK). He is an international Executive Coach and Trainer. He also a Steering Group Member of IARTA and co-author of Co-creative Transactional Analysis (Karnac, 2014).

Keith Tudor
is Professor of Psychotherapy at the Auckland University of Technology (NZ) where he is  Head of the Department of Psychotherapy & Counselling | Tari Whakaora Hinengaro ā Whakangārahu. He is co-author of Co-creative Transactional Analysis (Karnac, 2014)

Helen Rowland PTSTA is a psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer in private practice in Skipton, North Yorkshire. She has a background in social work, community work and political activism and is interested in the role psychotherapy may (or may not) play in social change.

Brian Fenton PTSTA, MSc Psychotherapy, Post Grad Dip in Clinical Supervision, is a UKCP registered psychotherapist. He has a particular interest in the development of Relational Transactional Analysis and is a steering group member of IARTA. Brian works for the NHS and has a private practice based in Whitstable in Kent.

We look forward to your engagement in another colloquium adventure in Spring 2016!

Previous event...

Spring 2015 Online Colloquium...

The Spring 2015 online colloquium took place between Friday 27th February and Sunday 8th March. The chapter discussed is available to download from the Members Area

We are delighted that Martha Stark again agreed to share her work with us and joined the rich online discussion so wholeheartedly.
The chapter this time was ‘Relentless Hope’, again from Modes of Therapeutic Action (2000). In it, Martha explores the importance of grieving as we face the fact that what was done in our early years cannot be undone. The issue of therapeutic rupture and its gradual repair, is central to this theme.

Martha was joined for the online discussion by a panel of TA practitioners - and IARTA members from many countries.

Report on IARTA's 5th Annual Conference, 2014

Our 5th Annual Conference took place on Saturday October 4th 2014 in London

Click here for a personal reflection on the day by Silvia Baba Neal

Above: Conference keynote speaker Darlene Bregman Ehrenberg (r) discusses clinical work with a panel including (l to r) Shoshi Asheri, Robert Downes, Helena Hargaden and Charlotte Sills (Chair).

'When the personal is professional'

Carole Shadbolt shares her experience of the IARTA workshop on inter-generational trauma, which took place in London in June 2014. More... 


by Keith Tudor and Graeme Summers

‘This long-awaited book by Keith Tudor and Graeme Summers is a major contribution to TA. The authors reprise their original model of co-creative TA and then go on to offer us a co-created dialogue that explores how their thinking and practice has developed – both individually and together – over the last fifteen years. They demonstrate in the book the very best of creativity in relationship. It is a must-read for anyone in the field of psychotherapy, counselling,or coaching.’

Professor Charlotte Sills, Metanoia Institute and Ashridge Business School

Click here for more information and to buy

Recent events...

June 2014 - Workshop with Helena Hargaden and Maya Jacobs-Wallfisch The 'UnBelonging' - Relational Perspectives On Inter-Generational Trauma - When The Personal Is Professional more...

March/April 2014 - Spring online colloquium discussed David Tidsall's paper'The Presence of Absence in Relationship' more...

November 2013 - Autumn online colloquium ran from November 1-10. The paper under discussion was 'Not Playing it by the Book', a chapter from Phil Lapworth's Tales from the Therapy Room - Shrink-Wrapped (2011 London: Sage, buy here). It was introduced by our new Colloquium Co-Organiser Mica Douglas and moderated this time by Sue Eusden, with technical facilitation by Graeme Summers. Details of the paper and the discussants can be found here.

October 2013 - The 4th IARTA Conference took place in London on October 12th, with Lew Aron (centre) author, editor, professor and relational psychoanalyst from New York, as key-note speaker. The day culminated with a panel discussion, for which Lew was joined by Carole Shadbolt, Ray Little, Andrew Samuels and Paul Kellett van Leer (all pictured with Chair, Charlotte Sills) to discuss themes of the day. See the full report and Brian Fenton's reflections on the day here...

About IARTA...

The International Association for Relational Transactional Analysis is a professional and intellectual community of practitioners who are committed to developing relational perspectives in transactional analysis theories and methods, and to exploring similarities and differences with other approaches. It has grown out of a sense of passion and enthusiasm by the founders to promote our clinical and consultative professional identities.

IARTA was founded on 1st September, 2009 and membership quickly grew. Membership costs only £30 per year and is not restricted to the TA community; it is our intention to collaborate with anyone who is interested in the development of relational theory, no matter what their denomination! We wish to use our energy to increase our relational knowledge base, form bridges with other modalities and provide a space whereby theories and methods of relational perspectives such as  intersubjective, co-creational, object relational, selfobject transferences and the role of the unconscious can be debated and developed in an atmosphere of stimulation and curiosity within a dialectical frame of reference.

Our aim is to encourage difference and debate as we believe this process enlivens and contributes to depth of understanding.   As an organisation, our ethos reflects a passion and a desire for learning, rather than an attempt to find and concretise any particular methodology or set of beliefs. As a part of this we seek to honour our TA roots and at the same time, to play with and develop new ideas and new ways of thinking and working that emerge from our discussions with each other and with those from other similar associations, organisations and professional bodies.

In keeping with our ethos, we have formed our new association in as open a way as possible, acknowledging our differences and collaborating with each other in a way that reflects our interest in emotional connectedness, mutuality - and relationship! Within this we have taken and remain committed to taking an active anti-oppressive and non-discriminatory stance. In these ways we hope to encourage the formation of an organisation in which free and creative thinking and open discussion can thrive.

Membership of IARTA costs £30 per year and is open to everyone interested in Relational T.A. Join here


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