We are delighted to invite you to our 10th Anniversary Relational TA Conference on Friday 29th November 2019.
We have a very special event planned for the conference this year – a fitting retrospective of relational TA in the 10th anniversary year of IARTA – we have invited the co-editors of the book From Transactions to Relations: Helena Hargaden and Bill Cornell to be our guest speakers discussing Relational TA and its Critiques and Challenges. They are two of the world’s leading thinkers in transactional analysis, people who have done much to shape relational TA and relational thinking and we are very excited to have them both with us.
Since the publication of “Transactional Analysis: A Relational Perspective” in 2002 there has been a theoretical evolution of relational concepts which has inspired me to revisit the domains of transference. It is through these transferential processes that the therapist and client create a new life together. Held loosely in mind the domains of transference illuminate and contain intrapsychic and intersubjective worlds. From this vantage point, the therapist can engage with the increasing amount of therapeutic plurality that continues to alter our ways of understanding. Fonagy, Beebe and Lachman, Tronick, Gerson, Benjamin, Annie Rogers, and many others have enriched the relational dialogue. How to think about this pluralistic contemporary world as clinicians?Dr Helena Hargaden
The emergence and continuing evolution of the relational paradigms in transactional analysis have brought a richness and depth to the theory and practice of TA. At the same time, the relational model is but one lens through which to view the psychotherapeutic project. Drawing upon the work of Christopher Bollas, Thomas Ogden, Muriel Dimen, and Ruth Stein , my presentation seeks to expand our understanding of the nature and functions of the relational field beyond that of the interpersonal. While relationships with other people—good, bad and ugly—over the course of a lifetime are deeply formative and informative, so too are our relationships with one’s self, the body, physical objects, and the capacity to learn.Bill Cornell
We will we celebrating not only our anniversary, but also the launch of the second edition of From Transactions to Relations, which continues the work of tracking the development of relational TA since its roots in the 1980s. The new book:
The Evolution of a Relational Paradigm in Transactional Analysis.
What's the Relationship Got To Do With It?
will be available to buy (cheques or cash only please) from the Bill and Helena.
In the evening, there will be the book launch and a party, with drinks and finger foods as well as short speeches by IARTA’s past guest speakers and panellists. When you book for the conference, we will ask you to commit to whether you will stay for the evening in order to have some idea about numbers for catering.
And even if you can’t stay for the whole evening we hope you will come and raise a glass with Bill and Helena as they launch the new book at the end of the day!
Please note our conference this year is different from the usual format. Firstly, it is on a Friday rather than a Saturday. Secondly, it is being held at the DoubleTree Hotel in Ealing as we decided we needed a venue with a room that would allow more delegates and more movement. We have negotiated a special conference rate for bedrooms in case you want to arrive the night before or stay over on Friday. (There are also relatively affordable rooms at the Premier Inn down the road. For more details see the website).
Some of you will be attending the UKTA Trainers Network meeting on the previous day. If you wish to stay over for the conference or if you are arriving on the Thursday night, we are arranging a get-together supper in a restaurant near the hotel. (The Grange Restaurant – details available from Nikitta) So if you are interested please do let us know if you would like to come.
The Steering Committee