Ordinary People, Extraordinary Protections: Neurodivergence in TA Therapy – Jo Moores and Steff Oates

Workshop Details ollowing their workshop at the TA Cumbrian Conference, Steff and Jo continue to...

Last updated 3 May 2024

Workshop Details

ollowing their workshop at the TA Cumbrian Conference, Steff and Jo continue to think and develop their ideas about TA, therapy & Neurodivergence. With figures suggesting that around 20% of us are neurodivergent, they advocate that training in neurodiversity is an essential therapeutic competence if we are to avoid harm.

Arguing that divergent minds and bodies are likely to be over-represented in the therapy space, both as clients and as practitioners, they suggest that TA can offer a distinct, inclusive and empowering frame to work within.

Using Berne’s metaphor of the pile of coins they will reflect on the experience of being “differently able” both as therapists and clients and use Charlotte Sills ideas about drivers and the Window of Tolerance to reflect on hyper-empathy, hyper-logic ( ‘thinking Martian’ anyone?) sensitivity, masking and regulation.

Using examples from their own therapeutic journeys, they will advocate for an expansion of our psychological thinking, to radically account for neurocognitive and embodied differences and the creation of a new kind of ‘facilitating environment’ (Winnicot) in our therapy rooms.

They will present ideas from Eric Berne, Judy Singer, Joseph Palombo, Thomas Boyce and Stephen Porges and will be encouraging conversations around difference, inclusion, ableism and the important contributions we can make as neurodivergent practitioners.

Course Content

Ordinary People, Extraordinary Protections: Neurodivergence in TA Therapy - Jo Moores and Steff Oates
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Presenter

Jo Moores

Jo Moores PTSTA, has a psychotherapy and supervision practice in Manchester, in the north of England. She has spent the last ten years exploring the world of neurodiversity both personally, with her family and increasingly in her clinical practice. She is a proud member of the Neurodivergent community and passionate about inclusive practice.

Steff Oates

Steff Oates is a Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst (P) living and working in Cheshire. She has held a passion for many years in seeking to reach clients who feel misunderstood and recently having been diagnosed as ADD with a leaning towards a self diagnosis of ASD she is beginning to understand that she knows this experience from the inside out. She is Vice President Research and Innovation for the ITAA and a regular contributor to the TAJ and Script. She enjoys writing and is excitedly embarking on co-authoring her first book.

The Link Centre

This workshop in a collaboration between the Link Centre and Onlinevents

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