Course Outline:

We will look at affect theory (Tomkins 1962, 1964, Nathanson 1992, 1994), script protocol (Cornell1994) and “the mother’s idiom of care” (Bollas 1985) and we will discuss how these ideas relate to addictions in later life.  Core to our discussion will be the idea that “shame is relational” DeYoung (2015).

We will explore ways of using these ideas in our work with our clients.  “The gradual internalization of the therapeutic relationship is the heart of the resolution of shame.”  (Cornell 1994)


To offer students and practitioners a context for understanding shame and working with clients whose early relational experience(s) have damaged their capacity to form healthy relationships in the present, both with others and with themselves, sometimes resulting in their attachment to alcohol or other addictive substances.

This workshop will have a broad application to working with clients who struggle with feelings of shame, difficulties in sustaining relationships and/or alcohol or other addictions.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the day participants will have a range of ways to think about and work with clients who experience shame, addiction and/or difficulties in relationships.

Course Structure:

Didactic, experiential, discussion and small group work.

Facilitator’s Biography:

Alison is an experienced TA therapist, supervisor and trainer.  While she no longer works with clients or as a trainer, she maintains her supervision practice and continues to offer occasional training and seminars. She has been exploring issues of shame, pride and resilience for many years.

Published papers include:

“The Only Way Out: a consideration of suicide.” (Transactions: Spring 2006)

“Shame and Resilience” (Strokes: 2014)

“The Triple Helix: a model for training TA Trainers.”  (ITA News: 2014)

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Coming Up

June 1, 2020 10:00 am
An Introduction to Affect Theory and the Compass of Shame – Online
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June 1, 2020 6:00 pm
Who Am I Today? My Identity as a Supervisor – Online
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June 2, 2020 6:00 pm
TA Taster Session – Online
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June 5, 2020 1:00 pm
TA 101 Online – Introduction to Transactional Analysis Sold Out
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June 8, 2020 6:00 pm
Creativity in Supervision – Online
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June 20, 2020 10:00 am
The Art of The Therapeutic Storyteller – Online
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June 22, 2020 6:00 pm
Power and Diversity in Supervision – Online
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June 29, 2020 6:00 pm
Working at the Teach/Treat Boundary in Supervision – Online
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July 1, 2020 10:00 am
Introduction to Counselling Skills – Online
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July 4, 2020 10:00 am
TA 101 Online – Introduction to Transactional Analysis Last Few Places
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July 13, 2020 6:00 pm
Supervision: Views from the Helicopter – Online
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August 15, 2020 10:00 am
The Borderline Adaptation – Walking on Eggshells
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August 29, 2020 10:00 am
Guide to Working With Transference in the Therapeutic Relationship
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September 25, 2020 9:30 am
TA Foundation Year 2020 – 2021
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October 3, 2020 10:00 am
Diploma in Counselling Supervision 2020-2021
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Previous Courses and Events

May 28, 2020 5:30 pm
CTA Written Exam Q&A for supervisors, trainers and sponsors – Online
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May 20, 2020 5:30 pm
CTA Oral Exam Support – Online
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May 16, 2020 10:00 am
Open Morning – Online
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May 13, 2020 5:30 pm
CTA Written Exam Support
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May 8, 2020 3:30 pm
TA Conversation Across the Nations – Online
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May 2, 2020 10:00 am
From Firefighting to Future-proofing
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April 25, 2020 10:00 am
An Introduction to Working with Couples
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April 3, 2020 3:30 pm
TA Conversation Across the Nations
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