Richard Erskine, PhD, famous TA teacher, the only triple winner of Eric Berne award for TA development and founder of Relational based Integrative psychotherapy, held seminar  on October 13th, 14th and 15th 2023, at 6pm to 9pm (GMT/UTC + 1h), about one of the basic theoretical assumptions of Transactional Analysis 

– Life Scripts – 

from a developmentally based, relational-integrative perspective:

Unconscious Relational Patterns, Cumulative Neglect, and Therapeutic Involvement

Outpatient psychiatric practice “Bubera” hosted this event with technical support of National Association for Transactional Analysis of Serbia – NATAS and Association “Belcounsel”.

One of his Eric Berne awards he has won exactely for his Racket/Script system concept

In accordance with the previous positive practice and the results of the previous evaluations of the educations we organized with Dr. Erskine, as well as the great response of professionals in the field of mental health, we have continued to organize educations with Dr. Richard G. Erskine, the doyen of psychotherapy theory and practice known worldwide, who shapes and conveys theoretical concepts in great receptive manner and discusses, analyzes, and supervises examples from practice with the participants.

We invited all professionals in the field of mental health, psychotherapists and trainees of various psychotherapeutic approaches to apply for this program, and especially trainees of Transactional analysis, Integrative Psychotherapy, Gestalt therapy, Body psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.

Unconscious systems of psychological organization and self-regulation are developed by our clients as a consequence of cumulative failures in significant, dependent relationships. Unconscious relational patterns may be ‘perceived’ by the client as physiological tensions, incomprehensible affects, longings and repulsions. In this context, the therapist’s sensitivity to and understanding of unconscious experiential conclusions, and the unique relational nature of therapeutic involvement is essential for an in-depth therapy of archaic relational patterns, current relational disturbances and fixated systems of psychological organization.

Unconscious processes permeate the therapeutic relationship and form the basis of both transference and countertransference. Unconscious processes involve prelinguistic memories, never-languaged emotional experiences, the “untalkedaboutable”, survival reactions and conclusions, implicit procedural memories, and denied explicit memories. Such unconscious processes are expressed through psychological enactments and the transference and countertransference dyad as compliance, projection and identification as well as the psychotherapist’s emotional presence and “therapeutic free association”. Presymbolic experience, implicit memory and repressed explicit memory all constitute unconscious process. A comprehensive psychotherapy involves making what is unconscious, conscious.

Through lecture, case vignettes and clinical discussions we explored various aspects of unconscious processes. Emphasizes was on how early attachments are formed through physiological survival reactions, implicit conclusions, explicit decisions, and introjections at various stages in the process of development.

Participants were encouraged to present their work with clients (in the way that respects confidentiality of the client) for case discussion (supervision) from Dr Erskine, because this workshop was envisioned as a way to apply theory directly in psychotherapeutic practice with clients.

If you didn’t participate in the workshop, and want to watch the recording (or recordings of any of the workshops organized or co-organized by NATAS) you can order recording. Our recommendation is to participate in person whenever it is possible, because that way you can communicate with a lecturer directly.

The workshop was accredited as a professional meeting of the first category by the Medical Chamber of Serbia under registration number A-1-1273/23, the Dental Chamber of Serbia under registration number V-1796/23-II and the Health Council of Serbia under registration number C-1-46/23 by decision of the Health Council of Serbia under the  number: 153-02-347/2023-01 date 21.08.2023, and only participants who had taken part in seminar got certificate with two CME points, and nine hours of education.

This education was held in English and Serbian language with consecutive nonprofessional translation done by colleagues from mental health field.  (You can read here about consecutive interpreting: what is consecutive interpreting).

Erskine, PhD, insists on consecutive translation, because this is the best way to attune alive with translators and participants – to monitor whether participants understand the content, to monitor participants and their reactions and potentially include them in the discussion.

Who was eligible for this education?

Psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, clinical social workers were eligible to participate at the education, but also all other professionals from mental health field (special pedagogues, andragogues, MDs, nurses…) provided that they are in the process of psychotherapy training, and that they have filled in application form.

Handouts, PowerPoint presentation and video recording of the education are not included in the price.

For more information contact:

Zvonko (Zvonimir Ninić); Email:

Phone/Text/Viber/WhatsApp +38163249239

Richard G. Erskine, PhD 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). Recently he published The Art and Science of Relationship: The Practice of Integrative Psychotherapy 2022, Early Affect Confusion: Relational Psychotherapy for the Borderline Client 2021, A Healing Relationship: Commentary on Therapeutic Dialogues 2020, and now prepares the book about the Schizoid process

Photo by Egonetix_xyz from Pixabay