24th-27th November 2016


Aotearoa New Zealand

St. Francis Retreat Centre,

Mt. Roskill, Auckland

Conference Theme:

The phenomena of rupture, repair, and restoration are inherent to all human relational experience. As global and local citizens generally, and as practitioners of Transactional Analysis particularly, how do we conceptualise and utilise these processes in ways to co-create positive change?

We have chosen keynote speakers who are immersed personally and professionally in aspects of experience most vulnerable to the effects of rupture, repair and restoration - animals, the environment, children and the elderly, and tangata whenua. As practitioners of Transactional Analysis we may be stimulated and challenged by their stories and perspectives.

Woven between the keynotes will be workshops and presentations offering transactional analysis theory, application, and clinical examples of working with the impact of rupture, the engagement of repair, and the possibilities of restoration.

ANZTAA invites you to participate in this year’s conference, which offers seeds for contemplation and conversation about the hurt of rupture, the healing in repair and the hope restoration instils in our connections to the environment, communities, whanau/families, and within ourselves.

The venue for the conference is St. Francis Retreat Centre in Mt. Roskill, Auckland; a unique and beautiful location, with up to 39 single-rooms accommodation available. Total ​numbers are limited​ to 55 participants so register at early-bird​ rates and pay to secure your room and your place in the conference. Certificates of attendance will be available as a record of training hours.

Conference Schedule:

We have five key-note speakers, and are gathering workshop presenters, and group facilitators with a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with us, providing the opportunity for engaging together our thinking, feeling, spiritual selves in a call to action. Speaker, presenter, and facilitator biographies can be found below.

2016 Conference Schedule (downloadable pdf)

Registration Fees:

Early Bird:

Until 18th Septmeber 2016 - with or without accommodation at St. Francis Retreat Centre. See our fee philosophy below.

ANZTAA members* $445
Non-members** $495​

Late Registration:

19th September to 18th November 2016 - with or without accommodation at St. Francis Retreat Centre. See our fee philosophy below.

ANZTAA members* $475
Non-members** $525​

*Available ​to current members only. Please renew your membership before registering.
**If you join the ANZTAA you can register at member rate.

Special Dietary Needs:

(select any, cost covers all days)

Gluten free $20
Dairy free $20
Vegan $20
Vegetarian* $0

*No extra charge; for catering purposes.

Philosophy underpinning flat fee structure:

Alongside the subsidised fee described above, the value of social justice is also reflected in the flat fee structure aimed at enabling equity of access for participants. Similarly, this conference aims at encouraging sustainable and respectful practices that protect and restore our planet.

Cancellation Policy:

If you need to cancel your registration, please do so as soon as possible to give others the opportunity of securing an Early Bird place (conference limit is 55 participants). Cancellations made before 30 September 2016 will receive a refund of fees, less a $50 administration fee. No refunds will be made for cancellations made after 30 September 2016. Please use the Contact Us button on the ANZTAA website, choosing the ‘Treasurer’ recipient, to let us know about a cancellation.

Payment Options:

Only successful registration and payment secures a conference place and a room, if requested.

When you register you can pay by POLi internet banking (preferred), by manual internet banking, or by PayPal (for international registrations only).

Invitation to join ANZTAA or to renew your ANZTAA membership:

Before registering​, we invite you to join ANZTAA, or to renew your ANZTAA membership if you have not yet done so. One of the benefits of ANZTAA membership is to register for these kinds of events at a special member rate, and to have opportunities such as applying for subsidised fees.

Keynote speakers:

Bob Kerridge


Bob Kerridge was born into the Kerridge dynasty headed by his father, Sir Robert Kerridge. Although on the outside privileged, his childhood circumstances created problems which only he could resolve to reach his eventual aspirations and journey in life.

Along the way other hurdles confronted him, including the collapse of the ‘empire’, and the loss of special people who were embedded in his heart.

His choice of the SPCA as his vocation resulted in an acknowledgement that he is the ‘voice for the animals’, achieved through his obvious passion for animals and his honest and rigorous defence on their behalf when injustices prevailed.

His is the remarkable story of the will to prevail.

Susan St John


Susan St John is an Honorary Associate Professor in the Economics Department, University of Auckland and the director of the Retirement Policy and Research Centre. Her principle research is in the field of designing possible annuity products for New Zealand to offer middle income New Zealanders some protection against the risks of outliving capital and requiring expensive end of life care. She is also engaged at the RPRC in researching the future sustainability of New Zealand’s retirement income policies in light of rapid ageing of the population and recent immigration flows.

See http://homes.eco.auckland.ac.nz/sstj003 and http://www.rprc.auckland.ac.nz/

Devon McLean

Devon received his professional training in forestry at Canterbury University and a Master’s degree in science from the University of California at Berkeley. During a 31 year career in the NZ forest industry he was responsible for a range of planning and management roles which included ten years as Chief Operating Officer at Carter Holt Harvey (CHH). Associated roles included Chairing the New Zealand Forest Industries Council for five years, two years as a Director the National Association of Forest Industries of Australia and seven years as a Director of the NZ Forest Research Institute now Scion.

During his time at CHH Devon was involved in the formation of Project Crimson and served as a trustee for 26 years. In 2005 he retired from CHH to pursue private interests and became involved in the ecological restoration of Rotoroa Island in the Hauraki Gulf. This lead to four of his current roles as, Director of Project Janszoon the privately funded ecological restoration of the Abel Tasman National Park, as Chairman of Zero Invasive Predators (ZIP), as a director of the Taranaki Mounga Project, the ecological restoration of Egmont National Park, and as an adviser to the philanthropic NEXT Foundation.

In 2014 Devon was appointed to the NZ Conservation Authority and to the Governance Board of the Biological Heritage National Science Challenge. He is also a trustee and former Chair of Predator Free NZ.

Devon was awarded a QSM for services to the environment in the 2015 New Year Honours list.

His (small) understanding of TA was gained by osmosis from wife Anne Tucker!

Keith Tudor

Keith Tudor is Professor of Psychotherapy at Auckland University of Technology, a Certified Transactional Analyst and a Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst. He is a widely published author, including most recently, with Graeme Summers, "Co-Creative Transactional Analysis" (Karnac Books, 2014) and is the editor of "The Book of Evan: The Work and Life of Evan McAra Sherrard".

Keynote Title: Rupture, repair, restore: An eco-transactional analysis.

In the concluding keynote speech, Keith will reflect on the previous keynote speeches and the conference as a whole and relate this to the theme “Rupture, Repair, Restore”. Taking these as imperatives, he will present a transactional analysis of these themes as a way of developing an eco-transactional analysis.


Ken Mellor

Ken joined the ITAA in 1970, and in the USA was certified CTA (1974) and TSTA (1975). A regular contributor to Transactional Analysis theory, he started in 1975 with two articles (“Discounting” and “Redefining,” co-author Eric Schiff) for which they received the Eric Berne Award (1980). A major dimension of his work is the integration of Transactional Analysis and other personal change systems. In recent years, Ken “Westernised” several Eastern spiritually-based procedures and introduced them to Transactional Analysis. A prize-winning author, he still teaches internationally. During this, his 40th consecutive annual trip to New Zealand, he will receive the Muriel James Living Principles Award.

Presentation Title : Claiming Our Power as We Live Through the Rupture-Restore-Repair Triad

Ken’s workshop is about claiming our power and learning from the lessons available to us in all stages of the rupture-repair-restore triad. We can be active agents as we take every step. We can learn from present encounters and grow in understanding and wisdom for the future. We can actively embrace everything and through this discover our parts in what is occurring. We don’t have to accept a passive role.

Rupture offers us the opportunity to free ourselves from deeply rooted, self-perpetuating, and unhelpful cycles. Repair brings us into the here-and-now so we can harness healing resources that are always available to us, although they may seem hidden and out of our reach. Restoration takes our attention into a future primed in the there-and-then by the lessons we have learnt in the hear-and-now. Our role in all of this it to unify ourselves with everything, so we are all free.

Rupture involves the fracturing of existing states, expectations, and commitments. The more devastating it is, the more our primal script protocols (both in utero and birth-related) are present. Repair involves understanding and releasing ourselves from these; also that “like attracts like” and how knowing this empowers us to learn the lessons that the events of our lives offer us.

Resolving 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th-degree impasses, using a unifying process, enables us to experience every element they involve. The earlier the origins, the more intense will be the situations we need to create to release ourselves from what binds us. (Careful of the “Cathexis Trap!”). Restoration comes from using the healing power of grounding. We hold our vision of a new future in our awareness, and ground ourselves to anchor it in the present. Doing so digests the accumulated unfinished business caught in our systems, and opens us to new futures.

Anne Tucker

Anne is NZ's latest TSTA in the organisational field and completed the exams in Edinburgh April 2015. Transactional Analysis has been an invaluable theory to have as she ran her Australasian business, Stratos Limited for 15 years providing counselling, consulting and training services to public and private organisations. Rupture was the main reason Stratos was called upon as people and organisations looked for ways to repair and restore effective relationships and functional organisations. She sold the business in 2006. The theme of Rupture, Repair and Restore continues to be relevant as Anne continues to provide Supervision, Coaching and Training to organisations and individuals both nationally and internationally.

Presentation Title : Is it possible to Embrace Rupture/Conflict and use it as an Opportunity for Growth & Learning?

Anne believes the question de Graaf and Rosseau ask in their TAJ article of 2015 is a very important one: “Can transactional analysis bodies offer leadership that provides a vital base that can embrace conflict and facilitate shifts in frames of reference?

This workshop will explore the fundamentals of conflict, what values get triggered and how to have robust conversations that enable the repair process to commence. If we avoid the conflict, is it possible we unknowingly embrace a marshmallow and saccharine culture? We hug each other without having to look the other in the eye.

Anne would like us to look at ourselves individually and as an organisation of transactional analysts and ask how well we manage conflict and work through them to effect constructive and healthy outcomes and how we foster a learning and growing organisation: not avoiding and becoming so sweet that it is sickly but learn how to have the robust and effective communications that heal and value difference. Anne doesn’t have all the answers, and she would love to hear the conversations start. Anne hopes you will leave the presentation with more questions than you came; that you will challenge your own frame of reference and be prepared to have the robust conversations with yourself and others about truly valuing difference within the framework of I’m Ok, You’re Ok.

Christine Kalin

Christine is a Registered Psychotherapist, Alcohol and Drug Practitioner, Certified Transactional Analyst and a PTSTA. She also holds a Diploma in Management and Master’s in Business and Administration. She has worked in mental health and addiction services for over 25 years in senior clinical and management roles, including 12 years as CEO in two not-for-profit organisations. She operates a private practice in psychotherapy, clinical supervision and executive coaching located in Parnell and Milford, Auckland. Christine was adopted at birth and has a personal experience of healing from the rupture of adoption within a therapeutic relationship.

Presentation Title : Threapeutic considerations when working with clients that are adopted

New Zealand was the first Western country to pass adoption legislation (the 1881 Adoption Act). We also had the highest rate of domestic adoptions in the western world in the late 1960s to early 1970s, with nearly 7% of children being placed for adoption. Adoption creates rupture in the normal development of the infant. The therapeutic relationship can provide an opportunity for repair and healing from the rupture of adoption. This presentation will focus on the therapeutic considerations when working with clients that have been adopted. It will provide an outline of relevant Transactional Analysis and Attachment theory and will include case presentations to demonstrate the application of theory to practice. There will also be opportunities for group discussion.

Vicky Blake


Vicky Blake is a provisional teaching and supervising transactional analyst (PTSTA) and lives in Christchurch where she works in her psychotherapy private practice. Vicky has a background in sexual health nursing working in both the UK in genitourinary medicine and in Christchurch in sexual health centres with young people and adults. She has been involved in clinics for transgender people working in the sex industry and undertakes psychological assessments under the CDHB health pathways for clients wanting referral to endocrinology as well as seeing clients for therapy in her private practice.

Presentation Title: Diagnosis of Gender: A Transactional Analytic and Jungian Analytic perspective

Feminist theory traditionally encompasses the formation of gender within the biological, environmental, social and cultural contexts of individuals’ lives. Psychoanalytic and psychotherapeutic theories see the formation of gender differently. The roots of psychoanalytic thinking provide fertile ground for the theories of Eric Berne and Carl Jung. In this paper Vicky will briefly summarize feminist gender theory and focus on the ideas of Berne and Jung to illustrate a diagnostic view of the formation of gender. Both intrapsychic and interpersonal relationships affecting the development of gender will be considered, as will the therapist’s role and aim of therapy in working with people particularly those who identify with a gender that is different to their assigned gender. The diagnosis of gender needs to be considered in a way that supports the development of our clients to live comfortably and safely in their bodies.

In presenting different viewpoints on the diagnosis of gender this paper focusses on people who report an incongruence between their expressed gender and their assigned gender. It is in the process of this rupture that we can begin to identify the division or split before any attempt is begun to repair and restore a sense of self and identity that feels more congruent. There is often a tension to begin a repair and restore process that may overlook the rupture and its effect on a person. It is in the rupture that both client and therapist have an opportunity to reflect on their own disavowal of a body that does not appear congruent. In the diagnosis of gender there is an opportunity to enter into the often confused state of the ‘other’ for the time it takes to begin a repair and restore process.

Michael Harsh

Michael A. Harsh, M.A., PTSTA-P, is a psychotherapist in Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.A. Michael’s background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, a Juris Doctorate, a Master of Arts in Christian Spirituality, and a Master of Arts in Counseling. He is certified as a Transactional Analysis Advanced Practitioner and a Transactional Analysis Practitioner Instructor through the USATAA, and holds a certificate in Redecision Therapy from the Southeast Institute for Group and Family Therapy. Michael is currently the North American representative to ITAA Board of Trustees and a board member of USATTA.

Presentation Title : "You’re not my mother.”— How projected transference disrupts the couple relationship

Michael’s presentation explores the role attachment wounding and transference plays in disrupting couple relationships. Drawing from Transactional Analysis theory of development and the attachment theory of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), the methodology presented facilitates the re-engagement of each individual’s authentic self, encouraging productive dialogue between couples. Participants will learn how to help individuals in couples therapy access his/her present moment experience in the transactions between them and, thus, move out of transference.

Participants will understand how:

  • projective transference becomes a co-created rupture in a couple’s relationship.
  • attachment and attachment wounds have a role in how couples interact.
  • stroking functions in transference and attachment in a couple’s relationship.
  • to help couples change from acting out their attachment fears to talking out their attachment longings.
  • couples work is a way of healing individuals, as well as a way of repairing and restoring co-created, bonded and authentic relationships.

Charlotte McLachlan

Charlotte McLachlan (CTA (P), PTSTA, ACP (NZAP)) has a B.A. in Community & Family Studies, Gender Studies, and a Diploma in Counselling. She lives and works in Dunedin as part of the Counselling Service at Otago Polytechnic, and maintains a private practice in the centre of town. In addition, she is the sole trainer of a Transactional Analysis training program based in Invercargill. Charlotte began her career as a counsellor at Rape Crisis Dunedin where she worked for 10 years. She has continued to develop a particular interest in working with trauma as a core aspect of her clinical practice.

Presentation Title : Shadow Traces Of Unthought Known: Using Clinical Intuition

In this paper Charlotte discusses her encounter with a client where the majority of their contact occurred outside of the therapy room in a destructive enactment, which can also be described as a therapeutic rupture. Given there was very little mutual dialogue between them, Charlotte had to rely on making sense of what was happening mainly through the use of clinical intuition.

The intentional use of clinical intuition requires us as practitioners to draw on our own bodily sensations and emotions. Working in this way brings immediacy to the dynamic. It requires skill to harness both imagination and creativity so that we are open to, and can make sense of novel information as it arises from moment to moment shifts in the emotional contours of the therapeutic relationship. The use of intuition can not only enhance our capacity to understand what is happening in the present, but also to intuit future possibilities for our clients, and for ourselves, lending itself to 'restore and repair.'

Janette Plummer

Janette is a PTSTA (psychotherapy), associated with the Wellington Transactional Analysis Training Institute. She is a registered psychotherapist and DAPPANZ registered clinician. Janette has worked extensively within addictions and trauma field and is in private practice in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.

Presentation Title : Good grief! My client is enthusiastic for therapy!

This year Janette has become increasingly curious about her colleagues’ use of EMDR, due to the exceptional outcomes they were reporting. She attended the first stage of EMDR training in March 2016, and since then, has been combining Relational Psychotherapy with EMDR, and found that clients have enthusiastically obtained cohesion and a new sense of self-esteem. They come to therapy excited about which impasse they will be working on and leave the session knowing that they have conquered it.

In this presentation, Janette will compare the two theories, highlighting the similarities and how she works with both theories to repair the rupture and then restore, so that the client has a cohesive sense of self. Janette will present the case study of a client, who experienced rupture within her family of origin, but has resolved her impasses, and now has meaningful relationships with those she associates with.

Margaret Bowater

Margaret Bowater (MA, CTA, TSTA) is the author of "Dreams and Visions - Language of the Spirit" (1997), many articles published in professional journals, including eight in the Transactional Analysis Journal, and a new book, "Healing the Nightmare, Freeing the Spirit" (2016). Margaret is President of the Dream Network Aotearoa-NZ, and runs a small private practice in Auckland.

Presentation Title : Facing the Inner Dragon

How effectively do you respond when a client brings a disturbing dream or nightmare, especially if it is recurring? A nightmare is an interrupted story, broken off at crisis point for dread of what will happen next - a rupture in the psyche. How do we apply First Aid to repair the inner rupture, and empower the dreamer to create a new dream-story? Then follows the restorative work, changing the script in practice, to "put a new show on the road."

Clients in distress are usually having dreams about the issues involved. A nightmare is a symptom of pain in the psyche, parallel to physical pain in the body, a rupture calling for repair. This must be attended to, then followed up to restore the life-journey with confidence. Margaret will describe how this process worked with a series of sexual abuse clients.

Accommodation and Facilities:

The St. Francis Retreat Centre is situated on three hectares of park-like surroundings, 20 minutes from Auckland International Airport. It provides opportunities for quiet reflection and conferences.

The accommodation facilities have a total capacity of 39 single, simple, comfortable, clean rooms. Excellent home-cooked meals are provided, including catering for many diets.

The surrounding grounds provide a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere - the perfect venue for our Conference. The Centre is staffed by Franciscan Friars and dedicated lay people who carry on the Franciscan Spirit of hospitality and peace.

The Centre's address is 50 Hillsborough Road, Mt. Roskill, Auckland.

St. Francis Retreat Centre

Shuttle and taxi services from Auckland Airport:

Please make your own transport bookings or arrangements from Auckland Airport to the venue, and back to the airport after the Conference.

Auckland Airport licenses specific taxi and shuttle companies. Taxi and shuttle ranks are located outside the arrivals area (Door 8) at the International Terminal and outside the Jetstar forecourt at the Domestic Terminal. You can pre-book or just turn up at the terminal ranks – taxis and shuttles are always available.

Indicative fares from the airport into the city are between NZ$75 – NZ$90 one-way for a taxi. Shuttles are $33 for one person, plus $8 for each extra person together in the same group. For specific fare pricing, contact the taxi and shuttle companies directly.

Auckland Airport : Licensed Shuttle & Taxi Companies