Plenary Events

Chief Guest

Dr. Philip John MD (NIMHANS)

Dr. Philip John MD (NIMHANS)

Senior Consultant Psychiatrist.
Chairman, Biological Psychiatry Section, Indian Psychiatry Society (IPS).

Guest of Honour

Rev. Dr. Varghese Pudussery CMI, Ph.D.

Rev. Dr. Varghese Pudussery CMI, Ph.D.

Founding Director of Santhwana Institute of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Ernakulam. 
President of Kerala Counsellors’ Forum (KCF).

Inaugural Speaker

Over the Years: Contributions to TA from India - Julie Hay (TSTA-O,E,P)

Julie Hay (TSTA-O,E,P)

Julie Hay (TSTA-O,E,P)

Over the years, there have been many contributions to transactional analysis theory and practice from TA professionals based in India. Drego, Summerton, Kandathil, PK Saru, Suriyaprakash - are just some of those who have provided notable developments in terms of theory, approaches to philosophy, ethics and spirituality, aspects of culture and context, and the professional development of transactional analysts. This celebration of those contributions consider how their ideas have been incorporated into the world body of TA knowledge, and applied by the international TA community across the various fields of TA practice.

Julie Hay, TSTA (Organisational, Psychotherapy, Educational – and contracted trainee in Counselling) has been coming to TA events in India since she persuaded the ITAA Board to have their conference hosted here in 1992. She is a past president of the International and European TA associations (ITAA, EATA), Editor of the International Journal of TA Research & Practice ( , founder of the International Centre for TA Qualifications ( and manager of the international scheme for TA Proficiency Awards (to children, parents, teachers, etc).

Key Note Speakers

The Dances of Culture - Adrienne Lee

Adrienne Lee

Adrienne Lee

Adrienne Lee BA, PGCE, TSTA(P) is a psychotherapist registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and also a Master Practitioner in NLP.

She will explore the experience and challenges of cultural difference and integration using the metaphor of dance.

We have many styles of dancing and many kinds of rhythm so we will see how our experience of dancing expands our frame of reference about culture, attachment, belonging and abandonment.

Perhaps some new TA theory will emerge from this exploration - we may need to learn some new steps and movements as well as celebrate our familiar dance.

Co-Operation for Innovation - Drs. S.J. Van Poelje

Sari Van Poelje

Drs Sari van Poelje is an international consultant, executive coach and trainer. She is the managing director of INTACT, international training, coaching and consultancy.

In this time of accelerating change, we see the struggle to embrace uncertainty, and not fall back on strong leaders to direct us. If we want to move forward practising shared leadership is essential. One person cannot deal with the complexity of today's environment. However, we routinely find it hard to cooperate across countries, disciplines and backgrounds. In this workshop, we will share the five guidelines and three competencies necessary to create communities of cooperation, to heal what divides us, and move towards global communities of cooperation. By the end of the keynote, you will know when to cooperate, how to cooperate, and what competencies you need to develop to create a partnership in work and life.

Dance / Performance as Metaphor and Technique - Dr Shekar Seshadri

Drs. S.J. van Poelje

Dr Shekar Seshadri

Dr Shekhar Seshadri, is a graduate of Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi and a post-graduate in Psychiatry from National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore.

Programs for training or therapy often follow the Intent-Content-Methodology-Processing paradigm. Life skills (like Decision making-problem solving, Critical thinking-Creative thinking, Effective communication-Interpersonal relationships, Self awareness-Empathy, Coping with stress-Coping with emotions) operate in a variety of contexts such as Gender, Sexuality, Conflicts, Abuse, Violence, Risk taking, Self-harm, Pressures. Methods to address these vary in the extent to which they are (based on) Didactic vs. Experiential, Context vs. Content, Process vs. Outcome, Performative(real) vs. Conceptual.

In practice, this can take the form of the ‘Forum theater’ (Boal, 2006) wherein ‘spect-actors’ or members of the audience are invited to reenact an ‘oppressive’ scene in more resilient ways. In this manner the dichotomies of traditional educational practices such as the teacher-student hierarchy, the separation of processes from their outcomes, external objective knowledge and internal subjective meanings can be broken down in order to develop meaning as is arises ‘in the moment’ (Mason & Spence, 1999), which informs the changes in behaviour. Performative techniques, whether dance or theater, have both meaning and method operating simultaneously to effect transformation.

Award Winners