ALL workshops and talks are held at The University of Reading, Whiteknights Campus, The Cedars, Building 55. Please see the Map and Location tab for directions and a map of the campus.

Doors open from 7.30pm for registration. Talk starts promptly at 8pm. Free to members or £10 on admission for non RTG members.

We regret to say that unfortunately we are unable to provide refreshments at our evening event at this point as we don't have a volunteer willing to take this commitment on. It is also becoming difficult to continue serving refreshments due to some changes in the RTG contract with the university. If someone would like to step in and be responsible for the refreshments, please let us know.

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Workshop Saturday
9 March
Roles we play within a family: an experiential exploration using a scene from Sophocles Antigone
Jeanette Glasser
12 March Vicarious Traumatisation
Lisa Nel and Mark A Stancombe
23 April AGM, 7.30-9.30pm
(All members welcome)
11 May
Jane Knowles Memorial Event
Free to Members
From the Instinctual to the Cosmic: Jung's use of Colour in the Red Book
Diane Finiallo Zervas
14 May Parent-infant psychotherapy against the odds:How a negelcted and abused dad's motivation to be with his baby and his partner was the catalyst for change
Joanna Tucker
11 June Destructive Processes in Groups
Val Parker
8 October There is no such thing as an individual: Exploring the client in the round
Joan Bristow
12 November Treating OCD and Phobias using TA
Niki Costas Tanto
10 December TBC

Past Presentations

Summaries of RTG's past presentations can be found by following this link.


Vicarious Traumatisation

Presented by Lisa Nel and Mark A Stancombe
Tuesday, 12 March 2019 8.00-9.30pm

Synopsis:‘Vicarious Traumatisation (VT) is a transformation in the self of a trauma worker or helper that results from empathic engagement with traumatised clients and their reports of traumatic experiences‘

McCann and Pearlman (1990)

Anyone providing therapeutic support to people communicating their traumatic experiences, can be at risk of experiencing trauma vicariously. Through empathic connection, mirror neurons in the brain replicate the same physiological processes, which can impact the listener, sometimes instantly but more often cumulatively, over time. For both individuals and organisations, a greater awareness of risk factors and the ability to recognise and monitor the signs of VT, can help to mitigate its potential impact. Therapy training tends not to linger much on the risks to therapists, and effective self-care typically sits at the bottom of our ‘to do’ lists! So, the purpose and hope of this brief introduction to VT is that it will be both of interest and practical use to colleagues, through enabling people to:

  • Get a clearer understanding of what VT is (and isn’t)
  • Clarify important risk factors – both personal and organisational
  • Recognise the signs of VT and how to monitor these
  • Identify and commit to effective strategies for self-care

Biographies: Lisa Nel BA(Comb) Hons, PGCE, A.Dip. Int. Couns., Dip. Couns. Children & Adolescents, MBACP (Accred) Lisa has 31 years' experience in teaching, counselling and training. She is founder of I’m OK, You’re OK Counselling and Training, which provides counselling and well-being support for children, young people and families as well as CPD training and supervision for education staff and counsellors. She is motivated by a great enthusiasm for continuing to learn and share what works. Email: Mobile: 07810 441 896 Website:

Mark A Stancombe MSc Integrated Counselling & Psychotherapy; MBACP (Accred) Mark is a practising Integrative Psychotherapist, researcher and experienced counselling tutor. His interest in Vicarious Trauma arose from his own experience of working with adult female survivors of childhood sexual abuse. This gave rise to dissertation research into the impact of this work on male therapists. Mark presented his findings and recommendations to the 2015 BACP International Research Conference. Email: Mobile: 07787 291706 Website:

Free to members; £10 on the door for non-members.

RTG talks are approved for Royal College of Psychiatrists CPD: 1.5 external units per session. Sessions may also be used as proof of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) as part of re-accreditations. Certificates and records of attendance are available at each meeting.

Disclaimer: All details are subject to change without notice and RTG cannot be held responsible for any financial losses incurred as a result.

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