Richard G. Erskine, PhD will hold online workshop: Shame, internal criticism and relation withdrawal: psychotherapy of the schizoid process on December 4, 5 and 6, 2020 at 18:00 to 21:00 (Central European Time GMT/UTC + 1h).

Online workshop will be held by Zoom app. in 3-Session on Friday, Saturday and Sunday — 3 hours each evening.

This event is sponsored by the consortium of:

National Association for Transactional Analysis of Serbia

TA Centre – Association of Transactional Analysts of Serbia

TAUS regional TA association

Center for Transactional Analysis

Serbian Association for Transactional Analysis

Serbian Association for Integrative Psychotherapy

Shame, internal criticism, and relational withdrawal are core components of a “schizoid process”.  This internal process of fragmenting the Self can be present, yet unrecognized, in the psychotherapy of many clients where  Shame is a protective dynamic to avoid vulnerability, humiliation, and the loss of contact-in-relationship with others. The compounded and continual reinforcement of the core Script Belief ‘something is wrong with me’ presents the therapist with complex challenges. Often clients withdraw into a protective internal space that requires a sensitive attunement to their private experience.

In this 3-session Zoom Seminar Richard Erskine will not only teach about  the therapeutic significance of Shame, he will also explore the theory of the Schizoid Process and how it may relate to some of your clients who are depressed, shy, suffer from internal criticism, or fear intimate relationships. 

Dr. Erskine will illustrate the self-stabilizing process of internal-splitting, the various forms of the Self, the dynamics of compliance and withdrawal, alternating attachment patterns, the function of internal-criticism, and the therapeutic methods required for working with each part of the Self.

Working with individuals for whom internal criticism and shame are  primary ways of organizing their emotional experience and who engage in a Schizoid Process as an ongoing coping mechanism, it is essential that the psychotherapist has an understanding of the client’s phenomenological  experience and patience with the client’s difficulty in voicing their internal sensations and feelings. Such clients require a psychotherapist who is  consistently attuned to their various affective states.

At this workshop, Dr. Richard Erskine will make use of PowerPoint illustrations and formal teaching as well as engaging the participants in  discussions of their therapy cases in order to explore the dynamics of shame, internal criticism, confusion and relational withdrawal. Various methods of a Relational Approach to Psychotherapy will be emphasized. 

This Zoom Seminar will be in English and Serbian with professional translation.  

A certificate for 9 hours of continuing education will be provided.

All details/application form you can find here.

For more information please contact:

Zvonko (Zvonimir Ninić); E-mail:; Phone: +381641376144

Richard G. Erskine, Ph.D., 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).