IARTA Colloquium - Overview

IARTA hold an online colloquia twice a year in spring and autumn.


Colloquia invitations are sent to all IARTA members.

This event is only available to members with an active subscription.

All members will be sent an invitation via email to subscribe and participate before each Colloquium is announced.


Please familiarise yourself with the guidelines on this page as you join us.

We look forward to joining you on another colloquium and look forward to creating a rich learning community together again.

Past Papers

Please feel free to browse our past Colloquia papers which are listed on the right.

Colloquium Participation Guidelines


Please follow the participation guidelines outlined below.

IARTA expects that all participants of the colloquium will behave professionally and ethically both when posting to the forum and with what is received from the IARTA colloquium.

Posting to the Colloquium

We ask you also to keep your postings to not more than 500 words please.

The IARTA colloquium is a public forum and should not be considered to be, in any way, a private communication.

All postings should be written with the assumption and awareness that any clinical material, or any references to a client/patient, may be read or heard of by the person themselves or by a friend or relative of the client. Therefore, in line with written material presented for journal publication (e.g. TAJ) and the individual practitioners' member organisation code of ethics, when colloquium participants wish to describe clinical material in a posting they must either have a written consent from the client/patient or they should remove all personal information and disguise the material sufficiently so that the person being described is unrecognisable to anyone who might know him or her.

Copyright of material sent to the colloquium remains the property of the person posting the material. However, posting material to the colloquium grants IARTA rights to use the material during the colloquium and for use in the IARTA archives.

IARTA wishes to support open debate and discussion of ideas, concepts and philosophy of therapy, and expects that all participants of the colloquium will strive to maintain a respectful collegial tone. No arguments or comments that attack or criticise the individual will be accepted.

Referencing Colloquium Postings

The content and copyright of postings received on the colloquium belong to the author of each communication. Nothing may be reproduced in any form without written permission of the person who wrote the message. This means you are not to copy or distribute anything you receive within the IARTA colloquium without written permission of the author. Permission to use material should be obtained back channel from the individual author and not via the colloquium discussion list.

If you wish to quote anything from a particular colloquium, then it should referenced in the following manner:

Smith, A. (2010) IARTA Colloquium, 30th Oct. - 7th Nov. 2010.

Each quote from the colloquium should display the date and time when it was retrieved or received and the particular web address, as in the example above.

Past Paper - Spring 2018 online colloquium
Psychoanalytic Ethics That Go Beyond Oaths or Codes: Seeking Safety from Within the Analytic Dialogue Itself


5th - 11th February, 2018

Psychoanalytic Ethics That Go Beyond Oaths or Codes:
Seeking Safety from Within the Analytic Dialogue Itself


Past Paper - Spring 2017 online colloquium
What's on your mind?


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’.

Past Paper - Autumn 2016 online colloquium
The Extended Game Formula; from Payoff to Transformation


We will use 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.

Shadbolt explores failure and rupture within TA from ethical, cultural, theoretical and clinical perspectives suggesting a Relational praxis which sees failure and rupture as inevitable and necessary in the effective therapeutic encounter.

Towards the end of the article Shadbolt offers a Relational therapeutic sequence which addresses failure and rupture and extends Berne's Formula G. In this colloquium we hope to engage, in particular, with this aspect of Carole's paper.

The final draft of Carole’s article “The Place of Failure and Rupture in Psychotherapy” is available to download here.

The published version is available from Sage here.

The full APA reference is:
Shadbolt, C. (2012). The Place of Failure and Rupture in Psychotherapy. Transactional Analysis Journal, 42(1), 5–16.

Carole Shadbolt will be joined by panelists; Ed Novak (USA), Jo Stuthridge (NZ) and David Tidsall (UK).

Carole Shadbolt  MSc (Psych). CTA. TSTA. CQSW. Dip.Soc.Sci. UKCP Registered Psychotherapist, Member EATA. ITAA, lives and practices in the United Kingdom. In a career approaching 30 years, she originally trained as a social worker and worked both as a generic social worker and later as a psychiatric social worker at The Maudsley Hospital in South London. She went on to train as a transactional analyst and qualified a UKCP registered practitioner. A relational psychotherapist by instinct, Carole is a founder member of the International Association of Relational Transactional Analysis.

Edward T. Novak, MA, is the book review editor for the Transactional Analysis Journal and a member of the editorial board. He has been interested and engaged in transactional analysis psychotherapy for 25 years. He is a graduate of the National Institute for the Psychotherapies’ National Training Program in Contemporary Psychoanalysis and maintains a private practice in Akron, Ohio. He can be reached at 1653 Merriman Road, Suite 212, Akron, OH 44313, USA; email: edtnovak@gmail.com.

Jo Stuthridge MSc, NZAP is a Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst and a registered psychotherapist in New Zealand. She maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Dunedin and is director of the Physis Institute, which offers training in transactional analysis. She has published several articles and book chapters on transactional analysis. Jo is a teaching and research associate with the Department of Psychotherapy and Counselling at Auckland University of Technology. She is also a co-editor for the Transactional Analysis Journal (http://tax.sagepub.com/.) She can be reached at 85 Cliffs Rd, Dunedin 9012, New Zealand, email: jstuthridge@xtra.co.nz

David Tidsall MSc TA psychotherapy, CTA(P) PTSTA(P) Metanoia diploma in supervision, Registered UKCP Psychotherapist and MBACP (Accred). David has a psychotherapy private practice in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire and a supervision practice in both High Wycombe and Oxford. He is the lead trainer on a TA psychotherapy training programme with a relational perspective at TAworks Ltd, Oxford. He is a member of the Steering Group of The International Association for Relational Transactional Analysis.

Full details of how to participate have been sent to all current IARTA members.

Past Paper - Spring 2016 online colloquium
Games, enactments and re-enactments


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.