ALL workshops and talks are held at The University of Reading, Whiteknights Campus, The Cedars, Building 55. Please see the Map and Location tab for directions and a map of the campus.

Doors open from 7.30pm for registration. Talk starts promptly at 8pm. Free to members or £10 on admission for non RTG members.

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December Talk 2019
8 October There is No Such Thing as an Individual: - the Dynamics Within the Family.
Joan Bristow
12 November Partners of Narcissists
Donna Savery
10 December The Arts Therapies: Differences and Similarities in Schools and Forensic Settings
Art therapist Sydney Klugman and Dramatherapist Lauraine Leigh Klugman

Past Presentations

Summaries of RTG's past presentations can be found by following this link.


There is No Such Thing as an Individual - the Dynamics Within the Family.

Presented by Joan Bristow

Tuesday, 8 October 2019 8.00-9.30pm

Synopsis: When we work with individuals, we get to know their inner object relationships. We also get to ‘know’ something of their family dynamics and the outer world they live in. A technique called ‘Family Sculpture’ is an expressive technique invented by experiential family therapists David Kantor, Fred Duhl and Bunny Duhl. This is where a client is asked to physically place other family members: mother, father, siblings and any other close or influential family members in a position in relation to one another - in a three-dimensional arrangement of people. We will use current clinical case material from a therapist who would like to explore their client’s world in a different way by using this method. We will then be able to symbolically bring the client’s family into the session without the client or their family being present.

Biography: Joan Bristow draws on 25 years of professional experience in a wide range of settings. She currently works in private practice as a psychodynamic psychotherapist. She has completed an MA on her special interest, working with adults who are on the autistic spectrum. She is a qualified supervisor working in local counselling centres, supervising groups of counsellors and individuals within her practice. She has a keen interest in training and has been involved locally teaching on Certificate and Diploma Courses and has led many workshops.

Free to members; £10 on the door for non-members.

RTG talks are approved for Royal College of Psychiatrists CPD: 1.5 external units per session. Sessions may also be used as proof of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) as part of re-accreditations. Certificates and records of attendance are available at each meeting.

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