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.

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8 October There is No Such Thing as an Individual: - the Dynamics Within the Family.
Joan Bristow
12 November Partners of Narcissists
Donna Savery
10 December The Arts Therapies: Similarities, Differences and Strengths
Sydney Klugman and Lauraine Leigh

Past Presentations

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


There is No Such Thing as an Individual - the Dynamics Within the Family.

Presented by Joan Bristow

Tuesday, 8 October 2019 8.00-9.30pm

Synopsis: When we work with individuals, we get to know their inner object relationships. We also get to ‘know’ something of their family dynamics and the outer world they live in. A technique called ‘Family Sculpture’ is an expressive technique invented by experiential family therapists David Kantor, Fred Duhl and Bunny Duhl. This is where a client is asked to physically place other family members: mother, father, siblings and any other close or influential family members in a position in relation to one another - in a three-dimensional arrangement of people. We will use current clinical case material from a therapist who would like to explore their client’s world in a different way by using this method. We will then be able to symbolically bring the client’s family into the session without the client or their family being present.

Biography: Joan Bristow draws on 25 years of professional experience in a wide range of settings. She currently works in private practice as a psychodynamic psychotherapist. She has completed an MA on her special interest, working with adults who are on the autistic spectrum. She is a qualified supervisor working in local counselling centres, supervising groups of counsellors and individuals within her practice. She has a keen interest in training and has been involved locally teaching on Certificate and Diploma Courses and has led many workshops.

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.

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