Education – Richard G. Erskine, PhD – Unconscious Relational Patterns, Cumulative Neglect, and Therapeutic Involvement

Richard Erskine, PhD, famous TA teacher, the only triple winner of Eric Berne award for TA development and founder of Relational based Integrative psychotherapy, will hold new seminar  on October 13th, 14th and 15th 2023, at 6pm to 9pm (GMT/UTC + 1h), about one of the basic theoretical assumptions of Transactional Analysis 

– Life Scripts – 

from a developmentally based, relational-integrative perspective:

Unconscious Relational Patterns, Cumulative Neglect, and Therapeutic Involvement

Outpatient psychiatric practice “Bubera” will host this event with technical support of National Association for Transactional Analysis of Serbia – NATAS and Association “Belcounsel”.

One of his Eric Berne awards he has won exactly for his Racket/Script system concept

Education will be held in 3 sessions on Zoom app. October 13th, 14th and 15th 2023, (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) from 18 to 21 Central European time (GMT/UTC + 1h) (Western Europe = 6-9pm; Eastern Europe = 7-10pm; UK = 5-8pm; North America Eastern time = 12-3pm; North America Pacific time = 9:00am-12:00pm).

In accordance with the previous positive practice and the results of the previous evaluations of the educations we organized with Dr. Erskine, as well as the great response of professionals in the field of mental health, we continue to organize educations with Dr. Richard G. Erskine, the doyen of psychotherapy theory and practice known worldwide, who shapes and conveys theoretical concepts in great receptive manner and discusses, analyzes, and supervises examples from practice with the participants.

We invite all professionals in the field of mental health, psychotherapists and trainees of various psychotherapeutic approaches to apply for this program, and especially trainees of Transactional analysis, Integrative Psychotherapy, Gestalt therapy, Body psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.

Unconscious systems of psychological organization and self-regulation are developed by our clients as a consequence of cumulative failures in significant, dependent relationships. Unconscious relational patterns may be ‘perceived’ by the client as physiological tensions, incomprehensible affects, longings and repulsions. In this context, the therapist’s sensitivity to and understanding of unconscious experiential conclusions, and the unique relational nature of therapeutic involvement is essential for an in-depth therapy of archaic relational patterns, current relational disturbances and fixated systems of psychological organization.

Unconscious processes permeate the therapeutic relationship and form the basis of both transference and countertransference. Unconscious processes involve prelinguistic memories, never-languaged emotional experiences, the “untalkedaboutable”, survival reactions and conclusions, implicit procedural memories, and denied explicit memories. Such unconscious processes are expressed through psychological enactments and the transference and countertransference dyad as compliance, projection and identification as well as the psychotherapist’s emotional presence and “therapeutic free association”. Presymbolic experience, implicit memory and repressed explicit memory all constitute unconscious process. A comprehensive psychotherapy involves making what is unconscious, conscious.

Through lecture, case vignettes and clinical discussions we will explore  various aspects of unconscious processes. Emphasises will be placed on how early attachments are formed through physiological survival reactions, implicit conclusions, explicit decisions, and introjections at various stages in the process of development.

Participants are encouraged to present their work with clients (in the way that respects confidentiality of the client) for case discussion (supervision) from Dr Erskine, because this workshop is envisioned as a way to apply theory directly in psychotherapeutic practice with clients.

The workshop is accredited as a professional meeting of the first category by the Medical Chamber of Serbia under registration number A-1-1273/23, the Dental Chamber of Serbia under registration number V-1796/23-II and the Health Council of Serbia under registration number C-1-46/23 by decision of the Health Council of Serbia under the  number: 153-02-347/2023-01 date 21.08.2023.

This education will be in English and Serbian language with consecutive nonprofessional translation done by colleagues from mental health field.  (You can read here about consecutive interpreting: what is consecutive interpreting).

Erskine, PhD, insists on consecutive translation, because this is the best way to attune alive with translators and participants – to monitor whether participants understand the content, to monitor participants and their reactions and potentially include them in the discussion.

The seminar has been confirmed, and we are accepting applications for participation until October 1, 2023.

Who is eligible for this education?

Psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, clinical social workers are eligible to participate at the education, but also all other professionals from mental health field (special pedagogues, andragogues, MDs, nurses…) provided that they are in the process of psychotherapy training, and that they have filled in application form.

Registration fee: 185 Euros for payments from abroad or 22 000 Dinars.

Please DO NOT make payments before you receive registration confirmation and payment instructions, as we will only send those when we have checked the submitted data and have a sufficient number of registered participants. If you pay before that, and it turns out that you do not meet the conditions for participation in the education or the education is canceled due to insufficient number of participants, we will be forced to refund your payment reduced, according to the General Terms and Conditions for participation in education.

Handouts, PowerPoint presentation and video recording of the education will not be included in the price.

Detailed information / application form:

For more information contact:

Zvonko (Zvonimir Ninić); Email:

Phone/Text/Viber/WhatsApp +38163249239

Richard G. Erskine, PhD is a Clinical Psychologist and Training Director of the Institute for Integrative Psychotherapy.

Originally trained in client-centered child therapy, Dr Erskine also studied Gestalt therapy with both Fritz and Laura Perls.

He is a certified clinical Transactional Analyst and a Licensed Psychoanalyst who has specialized in psychoanalytic self-psychology and object-relations theory.

His work is an integration of these concepts and fifty years of clinical experience which has included working with disturbed children, inmates in a maximum security prison, borderline and narcissistic clients, post-traumatic stress and dissociative identity disorders.

Recently his research and clinical practice have focused on the treatment of the schizoid process and on the psychotherapy of obsession.

He is the author of several books and scores of articles on psychotherapy theory and methods. His best-selling book (with Jan Moursund and Rebecca Trautmann) is “Beyond Empathy: A Therapy of Contact-in-Relationship” (1999, Brunner/Mazel). Recently he published The Art and Science of Relationship: The Practice of Integrative Psychotherapy 2022, Early Affect Confusion: Relational Psychotherapy for the Borderline Client 2021, A Healing Relationship: Commentary on Therapeutic Dialogues 2020, and now prepares the book about the Schizoid process.

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