A report by Suzanne Boyd
Our first one day conference took place on Saturday 4th December at the NCVO, Regent's Wharf, London, and it was a wonderful day! Despite major snowfall across the country in the previous week, almost all our delegates managed to attend and I think all agreed that the travel struggles that some experienced were well worth it.
After a warm welcome from one of our founders, Sue Eusden, the day began with an inspiring and moving keynote speech on Use of Self in Psychotherapy by Professor Diana Shmukler. Diana's speech, with some added new material, will be posted elsewhere on the website, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank her very much for her generosity in providing us with this. Diana's keynote was followed by a panel discussion elegantly chaired by Charlotte Sills. Brian Fenton, Heather Fowlie, Ray Little and Suhith Shivanath joined Charlotte and Diana and gave us their thoughtful reflections on the theme of Use of Self before the floor was opened up for more general discussion.
Our second conference took place onthe 1st October 2011 in London and was a huge success. Seventy people gatheredat the NVCO in Kings Cross and unlike the previous conference, where it snowed,the weather this year was truly glorious.
The theme of the conference was Inside Out:A relational transactional analysis approach to trauma. We were richlystimulated by presentations on trauma by Jo Stuthridge from New Zealand andJean Maquet from France. These were interspersed by clinical discussion groups.
Social Identity and the Therapeutic Relationship
This years’ IARTA conference theme was psychotherapy as a political project. The conference took place at NCVO in a room overlooking a canal with colourful boats gently bobbing in the water. There was great coffee, a proper feast at lunchtime and plenty of opportunity to reconnect with old friends and make some new ones.
IARTA was delighted to welcome the Keynote speaker for their 2013 annual conference, who was Dr Lew Aron. Lew spoke about some of the topics from his latest book co-authored with Karen Starr entitled A Psychotherapy for the People. He focussed in particular on mutual vulnerability in the therapeutic relationship and the concept of thirdness as well as offering a fascinating overview of the history and development of relationality in psychoanalysis.
The keynote speaker was Dr. Lew Aron (pictured right). Dr.Aron has received the New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA) Distinguished Service Award and the Division of Psychoanalysis (39) Leadership Award. He holds a Diplomate in Psychoanalysis from the American Board of Professional Psychology and is a Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and of the Academy of Psychoanalysis.
Lew was one of the founders, and is an Associate Editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues and is the series editor (with Adrienne Harris) of the Relational Perspectives Book Series, Routledge and is the Editor of the Psychoanalysis & Jewish Life Book Series, The Academic Press.
IARTA is pleased to announce their first webinar: "Relational TA and Research".
Running over a week, 7th - 13th Feb 2011, participants first downloaded and read a paper which explains different research methodologies and the philosophies behind them and then through e-mail with the webinar convenor Dr Biljana van Rijn and the other webinar participants, raised questions and discussed the implications that research has or could have for relational practice.
We welcome comments and feedback from particpants - as well as suggestions or requests for further webinars.
On Sunday 3rd June 2012, IARTA were delighted to offer its qualified members the chance to attend a workshop with Donnel Stern
Workshop Title: Dissociation, Enactment, and Witnessing: Theory.
A rich day of conversation with Donnel Stern in which he discussed his theory of unformulated experience (experiences we have not yet reflected upon and put into words) and the implication for clinical process and conceptions of unconscious conflict, phantasy, and interpretation.
He discussed this in relation to the significance of enactment, using the definition of enactment as the interpersonalization of dissociation, and the significance of what he calls “witnessing” in life and the clinical process. He compared his conception of dissociation and enactment with projective identification.
This workshop, held in London and and at the EATA conference in Oslo, explored Berne’s ideas about games, alongside contemporary concepts like enactment. A pdf of the slides is available here.