Ravi Welch, psychologist, integrative psychotherapist, who worked at the Cathexis Institute with patients suffering from severe mental disorders held a three session seminar: Psychodynamic and Reparenting treatment of Psychosis on September 30th and October 1st, and 2nd 2022.

Specialist Practice “Bubera“, National Association for Transactional Analysis – NATAS, and Association “Belcounsel” hosted the event.

Psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, clinical social workers and other professionals in the field of mental health, psychotherapists and educators of various psychotherapeutic directions were invited to apply for this seminar.

Last year, this famous psychologist, Transactional analyst and Integrative psychotherapist held a free online workshop, organized by NATAS and Union of associations of psychotherapies of Serbia, on the topic: Introduction to Transactional analytic treatment of psychosis.

The workshop was generously donated by Mr. Welch and was held as a pre-congress activity of the XI Congress of Psychotherapy of Serbia that was organized by Union of associations of psychotherapists of Serbia. This two-hour workshop was attended by appr. 400 participants who rated it excellent (you can see the results of the evaluation and entire workshop here).

Introduction for this seminar is seminar “NORMAL AND PATHOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT OF CHILDREN BASED ON REPARENTING AND ATTACHMENT THEORY” organized in June 2022 (for more details click here).

Seminar Psychodynamic and Reparenting treatment of Psychosis is the second of three seminars that have been planned for now.

The topic of the first sminar was normal psychological development as well as the development of psychosis, and the topic of the third would be psychotherapeutic psychodynamic treatment based on the reparenting approach of persons with personality disorders. Each subsequent workshop is based on the previous one, so it is recommended to listen to all three, but it is possible to follow them separately.

Through a lecture and discussion with the participants during the first seminar, Ravi Welch discussed the topic of “Frame of Reference” shaped by genetic basis and life experiences, normal psychological development, development of psychosis – observed through reparenting theory and affective attachment,: psychopathology of psychosis based on childhood psychopathological development.

The relationship experiences we have as children are the basis for the patterns of our relationships later in life. Our vision of the world through our life experiences, most of which we experienced in childhood, influence predetermined genetic basis and form starting points for the formation of personality (character and temperament). For these reasons, we believe it is important to understand psychopathology based on psychological development during our childhood.

The fact that people with severely dysfunctional psychological structures show significant regression is also one of the reasons why we need to understand the development of psychopathology in order to effectively approach it in psychotherapy.

Ravi Welch discussed the topic of psychotherapy of psychotic disorders, primarily schizophrenia and paranoid psychoses, through the prism of psychodynamic and reparenting psychotherapy, through a lecture, discussion and case discussion with participants during the seminar “Psychodynamic and reparenting treatment of psychosis”.

The seminar was structured in three parts, and was held according to the following program:

  • Day 1. Psychology of psychosis

a) Types of trauma – situational and relational patterns

b) Attachment patterns that lead to Psychosis

c) Diagnostic symptoms and attachment/bonding

  • Day 2. Structure of schizophrenia – Transactional Analytic model

a) Ego state structure

b) Role of the Parent Ego state

c) Role of the Child Ego state

d) Reparenting as treatment – differences between Parenting and reparenting, Parenting Contracts

e) Discounting, Passivity and Symbiosis

d) Regression and utilizing Regression as a therapeutic tool

  • Day 3. Treatment Settings

a) The Therapeutic Community- Contracts for Treatment, Confrontation Contracts,

b) Types of Groups, Weekly Time Schedules

c) Requirements on the Therapist- Therapy, Supervision, Team Meetings, Evaluations, Documentation

d) Dynamics within the therapeutic relationship- Transference, Projection, Attachment and Bonding 

There was time to take questions on the different topics discussed, as well as on the general subject of the psychotherapeutic treatment of Psychosis

Next, the third workshop will focus on psychotherapeutic psychodynamic treatment based on the reparenting approach of people with personality disorders, and the date of the seminar will be published later on our website.

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.

This seminar was held in English and Serbian with consecutive non professional translation, by colleagues from mental health field.  (You can read here about consecutive interpreting: what is consecutive interpreting).

This seminar is accredited as a professional meeting of the first category under registration number A-1-740/22 by the Health Council of Serbia, Decision No.153-02-312/2022-01, dated May 9th 2022, and only participants who had taken part in seminar got certificate with 2 CME points and nine hours of education.

We would like to remind that in the Republic of Serbia, the Guide to Good Clinical Practice issued in 2013 is used in planning, and implementation of the treatment of schizophrenia – a clearly defined medical condition. For more details, click here.

Who was eligible for this seminar?

Psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, clinical social workers wre eligible to participate in the seminar, but also all other professionals (special pedagogues, andragogues, MDs, nurses…) provided that they were in the process of psychotherapy training, and that they had filled in application form.

For results of evaluation of this seminar, click here.

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

For more information contact:

Zvonko (Zvonimir Ninić); Email: natasrbije@gmail.com

Phone/Text/Viber/WhatsApp +38163249239

Ravi Welch was born in the United States, and he is half Indian and half American. His parents were Christian missionaries in India and came every few years for additional education in the United States. They were both Transaction Analysts and have organized help centers in India and trained professionals in clinical work and counseling with people who have suffered. The father was a psychologist and theologian, and the mother a social worker. Ravi says that he grew up with the language and concepts of Transactional Analysis and that he thought that all other people speak exclusively in that language. At the age of 15, he met Jackie Schiff, and at the age of 16, he received an official invitation from the board of the Cathexis Institute in California to join their team. He accepted the invitation and during his stay in California at the University of Berkeley he completed his undergraduate studies in psychology and a master’s degree in research psychology, and spent the rest of his time working with the Jackie Schiff team at the Cathexis Institute with patients with severe mental disorders. He also met his future wife there, so they moved to Germany together and have lived and worked there ever since. He trained future professionals in the field of mental health at the university to work with the transparent approach, at the invitation of the German government. In addition to Transactional Analysis at Jackie Schiff School, he also studied Hypnotherapy with Milton Erickson, Body Psychotherapy with Alexander Loven, Matt Redington and David Fenstermaker. He is an integrative psychotherapist who applies the theoretical and practical settings of Integrative Psychotherapy and all other therapeutic directions based on a relational approach. He works as a teacher of Zen Buddhism and deals with the connection between psychology and the development of the mind and research that deals with what happens to the mind when we practice meditative techniques. He teaches about therapeutic communities at the Faculty of Social Work and Special Education at the Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, and works with patients in private psychotherapy practice.

Interview with Ravi Welch by PhD Aleksandra Bubera Ninić

Plenary lecture “Increase of personality disorders and the breakdown of individual attachment in post-War socialization” at the XI Congress of Psychotherapists of Serbia titled “Brand New World”

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