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Schedule for Saturday

09:00 - 09:30Arrival – tea and coffee

09:30 - 09:40 – Welcome by Bob Cooke

09:40 - 10:30 – Keynote speaker

Gregor Zvelc

Affect regulation, attunement and mentalization - attachment theory and psychotherapy

In the keynote speach author will discuss importance of developmental theories and research for  psychotherapy. Observations of early child-parent interaction can teach us a lot about nonverbal processes of attunement and affect regulation between client and psychotherapist. We will explore psychotherapy of different attachment styles and ways to develop mentalization capacity in clients.

10:30 - 11:00 – Refreshments

11:00 - 13:00 – Morning Workshops

Carrie White

The Accounting Model

During her work with people with the BPD diagnosis Carrie brought together a number of pieces of TA theory to develop a model for supporting clients to grow their ability to step out of feeling and into thinking.  In this experiential workshop you will have the chance to apply the model to a client’s issue or one of your own.

Bio: Carrie White is a Transactional Analyst with over 22 years experience. She has worked in a range of settings in private, public and 3rd sector organisations, including Rampton Maximum Secure Psychiatric hospital and the TA Cathexis community.

Carrie is a specialist working with people who meet the criteria for a Borderline personality disorder (BPD) and more recently set up a new BPD care pathway in her local NHS service.


Catherine Knibbs

The workshop will look at the impact of cyberspace on the developing brain of children and adolescents and the impact on neuroplasticity. 

There will be an engaging research based approach to the impact on interpersonal and attachment processes of our clients and how this can appear or play out in the therapy room. 

Bio: Catherine Knibbs is a child trauma therapist  MBACP(accred) UKCP. She is the leading Cybertrauma researcher in the UK, providing consultations to the Oyoty AI robot, writing for and other cyber software providers. She is completing a dual MSc and is the CEO of her own company that provides therapy for children and adolescents.


Ian Tomlinson

“You and I are one, and I’m the one!” The symbiotic power struggle in relationships and its roots in our childhood.

This workshop will look at how our childhood helps us decide who to partner up with and why this attempt at healing our childhood wounds inevitably leads to us entering a power struggle with our chosen mate.  

We will explore how we get there from an Imago Relationship Therapy theoretical perspective and explore steps we can take to shift into a conscious loving relationship and differentiation.

Bio: Ian Tomlinson PTSTA is a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist and an Advanced Imago Relationship Therapist.  He is the Director of The Affinity Centre, a psychotherapy and counselling centre in Wilmslow, Cheshire and is also a supervisor and trainer in Transactional Analysis, Imago Relationship Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.


Sarie Taylor & Jacci Jones

The LEAVE approach, managing overwhelming feelings

and building self esteem 

During this workshop we will give you an overview of the approach we use so that this can then be used when working with vulnerable adults or children. We will also give some insight into the creation of the approach and why it is an excellent approach to help build self esteem in anyone we work with!   

Bio: Sarie Taylor has completed her 4 year diploma in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy. Sarie has a thriving, full time practice, working with families, couples, children & adolescents, as well as individual adult clients. Sarie also provides training for Parents & Teachers in areas from ‘managing anxiety in children and yourselves’ to ‘developing your practice,’ to help other therapists build up successful practices. Sarie’s background has been mainly within the Criminal Justice Services, delivering CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) group sessions as well as being involved in working with adolescents in a residential setting, using a DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy) framework, with young people. 

Bio: Jacci Jones has completed her 4 year diploma in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy and runs a private practise. Jacci has been working with children, and has loads and loads of experience in working with children as a Foster Carer, as well as working in a variety of educational and parenting settings, including a huge repertoire of training she has completed as well as delivered. I challenge anyone to have experienced and lived with children with as challenging behavior as Jacci has, she has lots of fab techniques to share with us all!


Bernie Meagh

A child friendly assessment – to be done with children.

I have worked with children and young people for the majority of my working career and mainly in education setting offering therapeutic intervention.  

I have found it extremely important when working with young people/children and their families to get a good understanding of the child’s perspective on how they are experiencing education settings and how they cope in the world.  I have found parents/guardian can  have more insight to their children and children themselves get a better understanding of how they themselves experience the world around them.

The assessment is easy to share with education and can help both the child and the school overcome difficulties within reason. I have also found the assessment that when  parents have been present to have helped parents and guardians feel more reassured or able to make a better informed decision regarding what next.   

I have devised this assessment so that it can help the therapist and the child to work together and gain a good insight and better understanding of `the distress they may be experiencing.   This assessment is very good for use with children from the age of 6 right through to the age of young adults.  I have sometimes used this with some older teenagers who have struggled with different transitions but possible not understood why.

Within this assessment I use a combination of therapies the assessment gives a good grounding and can help to plan goals that are inclusive of those people working with the child...  

It is a 3 pronged approach

Brief look at family life – Simple family tree to help find out how the child relates in family life

Intense look at t School life socially - created by MATTAC

Intense look at school life academically - created by MATTAC

Anxiety Questionnaire – Free and accessible to all


Jocelyne Quennell

Creative and Relational Approaches to Wellbeing for Children, Young People, Families and Communities: Multi-disciplinary Perspectives in Action

This workshop will introduce a multi-disciplinary model for supporting the development of children and young people through creative and relational approaches to wellbeing. It will be an experiential opportunity for participants to reflect in depth through a range of creative media on the themes of the conference. The aim will be to link integrative psychotherapeutic theory with child-centred creative and relational practice. The imagination and creative process are at the heart of the workshop and will facilitate the range of diversity and expertise across the spectrum of participants.  

Bio: Jocelyne Quennell is a Fellow of the UKCP and has been committed to creative and therapeutic approaches to training and education, as well as service delivery for adults and children for over twenty-five years. She is currently responsible for the Wellbeing Faculty at the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE) where she was formerly Principal. She has a wealth of experience in health, education and social care in statutory, independent and charity sectors, pioneering quality and standards in psychotherapy and supervision.


13:00 - 14:00 – Lunch

14:00 - 17:00 – Afternoon Workshops (15.30-15.50 mid workshop break and refreshments)

Kathy Finkel

The avoidant therapist and vicarious healing.

It is a cliché to suggest that many in the ‘helping’ professions are motivated by a desire to process and heal their own emotional wounds, however clichés are generally built upon a kernel of truth.

My default attachment style is avoidant and or ambivalent and for many years I sort to heal my early wounds by giving many of my clients that which I consciously and sub consciously longed for.

There is a value in this; I am an emotionally generous therapist and many of my clients have blossomed within the environment I have provided for them, however this comes at a cost.

While I give so much to my clients my “child” remains starved allowed only to witness the nurturing, growth and development of others and my clients, ultimately, are disempowered.

I believe that I have to model healthy behavior for my clients and that if I do not seek my own primary healing then I ultimately fail them and me.

This will be an experiential and exploratory workshop where we all have a permission to not be perfect!

Bio: Kathy Finkel UKCP registered and accredited Integrative Psychotherapist, Supervisor and Trainer, working in the NHS and private practice.


Karen Davies-Hough and John Deacon

Working with Mum and Dad

This workshop explores the experience of co-training students. How students working with a male and female trainer may have issues raised in regarding to their experience of being parented and  how having the opportunity to work in this way may facilitate the working through of  archaic material.

Bio: Karen Davies-Hough UKCP registered and accredited Integrative Psychotherapist, Supervisor and Trainer, working in the NHS and private practice. Karen is the course leader on the Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling with Children at Therapy And Counselling Teesside (TACT). Karen’s previous working life was that of being a Teacher and Social Worker in Children and Families. In those roles Karen felt that there was little opportunity for therapy for children in the North East and felt there was a need for specialist training. She set up the Diploma, with the loving support of Ken Evans, in 2005 and had the course accredited by UKCP in 2015.

Bio: John Deacon UKCP Registered Integrative Psychotherapist is an accredited UKCP Integrative Psychotherapist   who is in private practice in Malton, North Yorkshire and in   Redcar. He also works with staff and young people in a secondary school in East Yorkshire.  John’s background is teaching and management in schools and colleges. He works relationally with adults and children on a wide range of issues


Pete Lavender and Lydia Noor

Group Process: An Embodied, Relational Response

As co-facilitators of group process, we have become increasingly curious about our embodied, relational response both towards members of a processing group as well as towards each other.  We invite you to join us to explore how our individual histories meet in the between of relationship.  We hope to also to provide the opportunity for individual work as it arises as well as time for theoretical reflection.

Bio: Pete Lavender is a Director of the Scarborough Counselling & Psychotherapy Training Institute where he wrote and teaches the Relationally-Centred Psychotherapeutic Counselling course. He also supervises and has nearly 30 years’ experience working with clients in both private practice and general practice in the NHS. His areas of special interest are in working with the relationship in therapy, attachment and personality styles.

Bio: Lydia Noor is an integrative psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer working in the East Riding of Yorkshire.  Lydia was a former director of Scarborough Counselling and Psychotherapy Training Institute where she taught Integrative Psychotherapy. She is particularly interested in the how shame emerges within the therapeutic relationship, how our individual histories emerge in the here and now of relationships and how this is communicated both in and out of awareness.   


Joanna Groves

Adolescents and the stories they tell; exploring the shift in to adult and Adult

We will look at the importance of the stories we weave in childhood and take with us into early adulthood. Why do we hold on to memories and place such importance on them?

Looking at the cycles of development, we will explore how we might support adolescents and young adults as they move in to adulthood and Adult ego state.

Participants are invited to bring a photograph from their adolescence.

Bio: Joanna Groves is a TA contractual trainee (P) and facilitates Imago Relationship educational workshops for couples.

Joanna’s interest in neuroscience and child development has led her to develop an extensive psychotherapy practice within schools and colleges in the North West. She works in private practice with adolescents, adult individuals and couples and has a particular interest in how childhood trauma and experience ‘shows up’ in adult relationships.


Andy Ryan and Angela Carr

Addiction - A Trauma Bonded Secure Base

This workshop will look at addiction through an attachment and trauma bonding process. We will explore the cycle of addiction, the reinforcement of reward and punishment and how this creates powerful emotional bonds that are resistant to change. Our hope for the workshop is that after the presentation of our thoughts based on years of field experience, there will be space for all to share their knowledge. We would like to create a space to share our model for working with addiction, focusing on the importance of relationship and the capacity to relate. We hope to discuss the process presented so we can hopefully answer and maybe create questions for each other to take away into practice or personal life from the day.

Bio: Andy Ryan. I am a UKCP integrative psychotherapist with more than 14 years’ experience working in the field of addiction. I am an area manager for a national charity that delivers local authority contracts supporting people experiencing problems with addiction, housing, domestic abuse, sex work and much more. I have co-authored research on the importance of relationship in the addiction and recovery process and have delivered workshops in the UK and Europe on addiction and attachment.

Bio: Angela Carr. I am a UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) registered and BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) registered psychotherapist and accredited as a psychotherapist, trainer and supervisor with EAIP (European Association for Integrative Psychotherapy) of which I am chair of the institute membership committee.  I work as a therapists, supervisor and trainer in the UK and Europe. During the eighteen years I have worked in the therapeutic field I have gathered proven specialist skills in: occupational therapy: sexual violence; primary care, and addictions work.  Prior to therapeutic training my background was in social work, youth work and homelessness.

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