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The Fourth International Online Conference
“USTA is Welcoming Friends”
The Unbreakable Power of Life

The Fourth International Online Conference "USTA is Welcoming Friends"

Dear colleagues and friends!

On the 9th and 10th of February 2024, we invite you to take part in the Fourth International Online Conference “USTA Is Welcoming Friends” on the theme “The Unbreakable Power of Life”.

The USTA International Conference is an annual event that has already become a good tradition, bringing together supporters of the Transactional Analysis method around the world.

At the Conference, you will find interesting and useful workshops from international and Ukrainian speakers.

The USTA Conference is a space where new knowledge is acquired, new interesting acquaintances, useful professional connections, and great ideas are born.

We invite you to participate in the Conference.

Conference Program

February 09, 2024 Note! All time points are in GMT+2


09:30 – 09:50

09:50 – 10:00

10:00 – 11:30

Julie Hay
Julie Hay (UK)
WORKSHOP Autonomy – is it possible?

Julie will invite you to consider whether autonomy is only a cultural remnant of hippies in the 1960s in California, that would be largely inappropriate in different cultures and circumstances. How do we achieve it in circumstances where physical and/or psychological power is being used to oppress us?

Although it is often regarded as the opposite of being in script, references to autonomy were sparse in early TA literature and since then the concept has also been challenged. Julie will describe the developments since Berne to nowadays, including Berne's diagram that links autonomy to Adult, and her own figure of the Autonomy Matrix. She will also describe a model of autonomy which extends Berne's elements from three (one of which is defined in terms of the other two) to six.

Julie Hay is a TSTA in all fields of TA who has taught TA in more than 40 countries, including having run programs for China, India, Japan, Russia and several Eastern European countries. She has been ITAA and EATA President, is the inaugural and ongoing Editor of the International Journal of TA Research & Practice (, set up the International Centre for TA Qualifications (, and the World Online TA Association (

Julie is the author of several TA books and many articles, and is currently producing a series of free books that are reviews and critiques of TA theory over the years.

Julie was born in the UK in the middle of the 2nd World War and her father was one of few to survive in his infantry regiment that operated in France.


11:30 – 11:45

11:45 – 13:15

Sonja Billman
Sonja Billmann (Germany)
WORKSHOP Awareness of organizational script- influences from history and actuality – expanding frame of reference from Leadership and teams

Awareness of organizational script - influences from history and actuality- expanding frame of reference from leadership and teams.

What gives us courage in difficult times in organisations? What can we learn from past events and influences from the time when organisations were formed? How do we place current events such as the war in Europe, the gender movement, environmental protection, digitalisation and much more in the everyday life of leaders and teams?

How does this affect our transactional analysis work in organisations?

Roza Krausz's theories on the script in organisations and Muriel James' reflection on the cultural script enable us to be aware and thereby show a way into the rather hopeful, changeable world full of options. Our awareness as transactional analysts also enables us to access the extent of despair.

How do leaders and teams deal with authentic despair, with understandable hopelessness? What does the "breaking of our world" mean for our professional encounters in organisations? How do we as transactional analysts respond to developments in the world? In the workshop we will discuss the changeability of the world and organisations in the face of these complexities and challenges.

Sonja Billmann - TSTA (O)

13:15 – 14:00

14:00 – 15:30

Bev Gibbons
Bev Gibbons (UK)
WORKSHOP Exploring the Resources & Challenges of FRIENDSHIP and its Influence in our Work:
A workshop for All 4 Fields of TA

Inspired by the theme of this conference - "USTA is Welcoming Friends: The Unbreakable Power of Life" I invite you to an exploration of friendship drawing on theory and ideas applicable across all 4 fields of TA application.

Questions to inspire our curiosity include:

  • What IS friendship; what challenges our friendships?
  • What are the unspoken rules and taboos of friendship?
  • Can friendship withstand rupture and find repair? What is it that makes this possible and what might get in the way?
  • How can/does the experience of friendship bring resources to our professional self?

I will draw on theory from TA and the wider field to explore, reflect, and make meaning together with you. Practitioners from all fields very much welcomed. I am, above all, interested in your questions and contributions and hope to leave the workshop with a greater understanding of the very important, human push, pull and need for friendship, and it’s place in our work. I look forward to sharing and discussing with you.

Bev Gibbons

I am a TSTA (Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst) in the field of psychotherapy. I have an MA In TA psychotherapy and BA Hons in integrative counselling. I work in North Yorkshire, in the UK, as a trainer, supervisor and psychotherapist in private practice, and as a core trainer at TA Training Organisation based in Leeds, UK.

I works with individuals groups and organisations, drawing on my experience of leading teams as well as from my many years of work in counselling and psychotherapy practice and supervision.

The Co Creative TA principles of We-ness, Present-Centred Relating and Shared Responsibility lie at the heart of my work and way of being. Working intersubjectively in the ‘space between’ is a passion. I am also passionate about working across all fields of application in TA.

I am a current member of the EATA PTSC, and a member of the UKATA TASC (Training and Accreditation Standards Committee).


15:30 – 15:45

15:45 – 17:15

Катерина Булгакова
Kateryna Bulhakova (Ukraine)
WORKSHOP A modern approach to physis management

At the master class, I will present different approaches to therapy and the theory of physis.

We will dwell in detail on Ken Mellor's ideas about options for managing physis.

Mellor's "grounding" technique, options for its application, and practical exercises for mastering the technique will be offered during the workshop.

Kateryna Bulhakova has been the first in Ukraine to obtain the Certified Transactional Analyst (CTA-P-EATA) certification. Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst (TSTA-P-ITAA).
Practicing psychotherapist with 40 years of experience. Chairman of the USTA Trainers Board.


Наталія Клименко
Nataliia Klymenko (Ukraine)
WORKSHOP Linking ego states and attitudes to money

The master class is dedicated to the topic of the connection between ego states and attitudes to money.

We will look at how ego states are related to types of money beliefs and behaviors, attitudes to money, and social-psychological attitudes in the area of motivation and needs.

We will also discuss money and explore our attitudes towards it.

Natalia Klymenko is a PhD student at the G.S. Kostiuk Institute of Psychology of the National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine (laboratory of organizational and social psychology); trainee for CTA-P-EATA, CTA-O-EATA; psychologist, trainer, organizational consultant, 23 years of experience.


Ангеліна Сашко
Anhelina Sashko (Ukraine)
WORKSHOP Stress in our life: to escape or to manage? Stress Scripts

Since stress is an automatic reaction of the body to difficult or unfavorable conditions, it is almost impossible to avoid.

The concept of "stress" in psychology. Stages of stress stance development in humans. Inventory of stress symptoms. Types of people by stress resistance. Stress scripts. Practical exercises to overcome stress.


Anhelina Sashko - Certified Transactional Analyst in Psychotherapy CTA-P-EATA, Vice-president of USTA

Влада Березянська
Vlada Berezianska (Ukraine)
WORKSHOP Thirst for life.
6 resources

6 resources that provide us with the energy to live, regardless of the circumstances given. When you open your eyes in the morning and cannot find the strength to live the day with a smile, you need to turn to yourself and ask the question, what will inspire me?

The answer to this question can be found in our true self, in our soul. Eric Burn said that "This real person is probably the real Self, the one which can move from one ego state to another. When people get to know each other well, they penetrate through the script into the depths where this real Self resides, and that is the part of the other person they respect and love, and with which they can have moments of real intimacy " (Berne, 1972, p. 272).

I invite You to get to know Your own Self. We will look for resources that will inspire you to live, not exist.

My name is Vlada Berezianska, I am a person looking for soulmates. Over the years of my work, I realized that each of us needs: stability, security and acceptance. What I do best is to love, to support and to inspire. Teaching others is possible only through one's own example.

I have three children and a wonderful family. I stayed in Ukraine with my husband because I understand that a family should be whole and be a support for each other, regardless of the circumstances.

I look forward to meeting you.

17:15 – 17:30

17:30 – 19:00

Наталія Єгонська Спенсер
Nataliya Yehonska-Spencer (Ukraine)
WORKSHOP Transference and countertransference through the prism of integrative transactional analysis with a focus on relationships

In this MC we will dive into the concepts of transference and countertransference through the prism of relational therapy. We will trace the evolution of transference analysis from Freud through Kohut to Erskine.

We will focus on transference therapy - relational therapy in the practice of a transactional analyst.

Nataliya Yehonska-Spencer is the founder and director of ITAiIP: Institute of TA and Integrative Psychotherapy. ITAIP is an educational institution that specialises in certified training in psychotherapy in two methods at once - Transactional Analysis and Richard Erskine's Integrative Psychotherapy.

In addition to my international certification in TA, I am also a certified International Integrative Psychotherapist IIPA, a trainer and supervisor in the field of psychotherapy of IIPA - the International Association of Integrative Psychotherapy.

I have been practicing psychotherapy and psychological counselling for over 20 years. During this time I have worked, lived and studied in Ukraine and Europe.

Сергій Кухарук
Serhii Kukharuk (Ukraine)
WORKSHOP Spirituality alienation

At this MC, I propose to reflect on the experience of spirituality. And also to distinguish between script and autonomous spirituality. To look at the Radical Approach in Transactional Analysis and apply the formula of Hogie Wyckoff to spirituality. Explore how the suppression of Spirituality leads to alienation from the spiritual core and deep contact with people.

Serhii Kukharuk is a psychologist and teacher of psychology.

Олена Миколенко
Olena Mykolenko (Ukraine)
WORKSHOP A sense of security in the body

We are living in times that would be easier to watch a film about.

At the workshop, I will propose you to do a research: where in your body and how you feel in/security.

What bodily reactions are important to pay attention to (especially when influenced by the Be Strong driver).

How to choose a technique for working with the body depending on the level of stress in the situation.

We will finish with a technique to restore a sense of security.

Olena Mykolenko - Master Degree in Psychology Psychologist, psychotherapist in the areas of client-centred psychotherapy and transactional analysis Experience in psychotherapy 20 years Owner of the Festival of Psychosomatic Practices (Kharkiv). I participate in the communities of NPA, USTA trainee for CTA.

Денис Старков
Denys Starkov (Ukraine)
WORKSHOP Post-traumatic compartmentalisation, splitting and dissociation

Psychological trauma is closely related to the processes of dissociation and splitting. The presentation will examine the processes of post-traumatic compartmentalization, splitting, and dissociation in trauma through the prism of transactional analysis.

We will also consider what role these processes play in the formation and maintenance of psychological trauma, in particular in PTSD.

We will also reflect on the connection between these processes and the phenomenon of mentalization. Based on the proposed model, recommendations and suggested techniques for trauma-focused psychotherapy will be provided, including the specifics of building rapport in PTSD, work on stabilizing the mental state, cognitive restructuring, and processing traumatic experiences.

Denys Starkov

  • PhD in Psychological Sciences (Medical Psychology);
  • certified psychotherapist in Transactional Analysis (CTA-p-EATA) and Addictions Psychotherapy (UPU - Ukrainian Psychotherapists Union);
  • supervisor of the UPU;
  • master of social work.

Author of the program, methodologies, and supervisor of the medical and psychological rehabilitation of stress and trauma-related disorders of the Kyiv City Crisis Centre "Sociotherapy".

The author of a number of scientific papers on PTSD, including the scientific and methodological manual "Organisation of inpatient medical and psychological rehabilitation of disorders associated with mental trauma and stress" (Kyiv: Individual entrepreneur - Yamchynskyi O.V., 2023).


February 10, 2024 Note! All time points are in GMT+2


08:30 – 08:50

08:50 – 09:00

09:00 – 10:20

Keith Tudor
Keith Tudor (New Zealand)
WORKSHOP Friends, neighbours, and enemies: A critical transactional analysis

This short paper offers a transactional analysis of friends and friendship, and of enemies and enmity. The paper notes the absence of TA literature on either subject, analyses the one story on friendship offered by Berne, published in 1965, and then turns its attention to enemies and enmity. Following the presentation of the paper, there will be opportunity for some discussion.

Keith Tudor is professor of psychotherapy at Auckland University of Technology, Aotearoa New Zealand where he is also co-Lead of Moana Nui – Centre for Research in the Psychological Therapies. He is a Certified and a Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst in the field of psychotherapy, and a well-published author and editor, including four books on TA, and 23 TAJ articles, the latest of which offered a transactional group analysis of war. He was the winner (with Graeme Summers) of the 2000 Eric Berne Memorial Award for their work on co-creative transactional analysis. He has a small private practice as a therapist, trainer, and supervisor, based in West Auckland.

10:20 – 10:30

10:30 – 11:30

Tony White
Tony White (Australia)
WORKSHOP Hard contracts, soft contracts and the unconscious

This webinar will describe the differences between these two types of contracts. How they can be used in therapy and how the effect the therapy differently. They access different parts of the psyche making them useful in different ways.

Tony White - TSTA-P-ITAA


11:30 – 12:00

12:00 – 12:20 Presentation of the USTA Dialogues Journal
Владлена Артеменко
Vladlena Artemenko (Ukraine)

During the presentation, you will learn about the journal's concept and principles of work, structure and headings, history of its creation, a brief overview of published topics, subscription conditions, and opportunities for cooperation for authors.

We will also introduce you to the plans for the development of the journal for 2024. A competition for the editorial board will be announced.

Vladlena Artemenko

  • Practicing counselling psychologist in TA modality (completed Advanced TA training program, December 2020);
  • Certified business coach, mentor, supervisor (ECF);
  • Member of the USTA, NPA;
  • Member of the Ukrainian Association of Organisational and Occupational Psychologists;
  • Chief Editor of the USTA Dialogues journal since 12.02.2021.

12:20 – 12:30

12:30 – 14:00

Karen Minikin
Karen Minikin (UK)
WORKSHOP TA and Relational Relevance in 2024

The original Transactional Analysis theory was developed in California during the 1950s and 1960s. It took off as a body of theory in the 1970s. Since then there have been many advances in the wider realm of research and psychological paradigms such as further understanding of child development, trauma, bonding and attachment and the development of relational and intersubjective perspectives.

Karen Minikin, (and others such as James Sedgewick) has been very interested in developing thinking about the systemic and social context and how that is integral to work in all fields of application, including psychotherapy. Her thinking around radical-relational perspectives helps to address the dynamics of power in the work and how this is relevant in therapeutic relating.

This workshop considers alienation within a relational framework as a means to exploring the bigger question: How can we ensure our theories have ongoing relevance in the world of today.

Karen Minikin: MSc (Psych), TSTA (P) CTA (P). Karen Minikin currently works in West Somerset. In her much former life she taught geography in secondary schools.

Karen lives and works in the southwest and is currently Program Leader for TA at the Iron Mill College in Exeter.

She has a commitment to raising consciousness on oppression and alienation and in light of this, she has written a book on Radical-Relational Perspectives in TA Psychotherapy, which includes contributions from other TA colleagues.

She is co-editor for the Transactional Analysis Journal and for Psychotherapy and Politics International.

14:00 – 14:30

14:30 – 16:00

Harry Gerth
Harry Gerth (Netherlands)
WORKSHOP Developing our Ethical Maturity

The workshop “Developing our Ethical Maturity” gives insight in the never ending learning process that leads to ethical maturity. Participants gain insight into the various components of the learning process through theory, reflection and exploring. The workshop applies to all fields.

Harry Gerth - TSTA is an international trainer and supervisor in the organizational field. He provides workshops, lectures, webinars, and supports students on their way to certification (CTA and TSTA).

Harry is an enthusiastic member of the EATA and ITAA.

He has more than 35 years of experience as an HR-manager, HR-consultant, coach and trainer within the government and private sector.

16:00 – 16:15

16:15 – 17:45

Panel discussion with the USTA trainers The theme: “Unbreakable Power of Life”
Panel discussion with the USTA trainers
Kateryna Bulhakova, Nataliia Isaieva, Vlada Berezianska, Nataliya Yehonska-Spencer, Serhii Kukharuk Moderator

The following questions will be considered:

  • What is the "unbreakable power of life " in terms of Transactional Analysis?
  • Is "unbreakability" innate or acquired? What can be the formation mechanism of "unbreakability" of a person from the perspective of Transactional Analysis?
  • What can hinder the formation of the person's "unbreakablity"?
  • Methods of cultivating "unbreakability" (for individuals, communities, organizations)?
  • How can a transactional analyst help a person and an organization to strengthen their "unbreakability"?

The panel discussion will take place on February 10, 2024 at 16:15 (fifth line), duration is 90 minutes, it will be interpreted into English (consecutive translation).

Moderator of the panel discussion: Natalia Klymenko.

The panel discussion "The Unbreakable Power of Life" is a creative platform for uniting the opinions of Transactional Analysis specialists!

Speakers of the panel discussion:

  • Kateryna Bulhakova,
  • Nataliia Isaieva,
  • Vlada Berezianska,
  • Nataliya Yehonska-Spencer,
  • Serhii Kukharuk.

17:45 – 18:00

18:00 – 18:30

Registration for the USTA Conference

Conference participation fee: 70 EUR


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Sincerely and warmly,
USTA Conference Organising Committee