Institute for Integrative Psychotherapy

Integrative Psychotherapy
Training Programs and Workshops


Inquiry, Attunement, and Involvement
Therapy Case Consultations and Discussions of Theory and Methods

Richard G. Erskine, PhD.
Sponsored by the UK Relational Psychotherapy Association

A Six-session Interactive Zoom Seminar: This seminar will meet for 6 Tuesdays; 3-hours each time.
January 30; February 13 & 27; March 12 & 26; April 9, 2024
Time: UK = 17:00-20:00;
Western Europe = 6:00-9:00pm; Eastern Europe = 7:00-10:00pm;
NA Pacific = 9:00 am-12:00 pm; NA Eastern = 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm

A Six-session Interactive Zoom Seminar on Developmentally-based, Relationally-focused Integrative Psychotherapy

This 6-session professional development seminar is intended for psychotherapists and counsellors who want to further their understanding and refine their therapeutic skills in providing a Developmentally-based, Relationally-focused Integrative Psychotherapy for their clients. We will focus on the methods of Inquiry, Attunement, and Involvement, client’s unconscious relational patterns, and how transference is an expression of what the client needs in a therapeutic relationship. We will also explore the psychotherapist’s reactive and responsive countertransference and how to make effective use of the therapists internal sensations and fantasies. In these 6 sessions (3-hours each session) there will be assigned readings and group discussions that may address the following topics:

> the centrality of an attuned therapeutic relationship;
> therapeutic attunement, involvement and presence;
> the importance of a sustained phenomenological inquiry;
> the effective use of developmental inquiry;
> responding to the client’s Relational-needs;
> working with archaic self-stabilization and self-regulation;
> reactive and responsive countertransference and the effective use of the therapist’s Self;
> when and how to use behavioural or cognitive interventions and/or supportive age regression.

Participants are expected to present cases from their own therapeutic practice. These may include either formal presentations or spontaneous therapy vignettes that have been stimulated by the readings and discussions. Participation in these case discussions requires that each person makes an ethical commitment to client confidentiality.

To facilitate discussion specific readings will assigned for each meeting.
Participants are expected to come to class prepared to discuss how the concepts presented in the assigned chapters may apply to their therapy practice.

The text book for this Professional Development Seminar is:

Beyond Empathy: A Therapy of Contact-in-Relationship
By Richard G. Erskine , Janet P. Morusund, & Rebecca L. Trautmann
Published by Rutledge:

Prior to each class please read the assigned chapters and mark the sentences that are significant to your therapeutic practice. Come to class prepared to share those ideas with us. This is Seminar involves active participation of each member.

January 30: Preface (pages IX > XV
Chapter 1: “Basic Concepts” (pages 1 > 18)
Chapter 2: “Inquiry” (pages 19 > 45)

February 13: Chapter 3: “Attunement” (page 46 > 82)
Chapter 4: “Involvement” (pages 83 > 120)

February 27: Chapter 5: “Relational Needs” (pages 121 > 155)
Chapter 6: “Through the Keyhole” (pages 156 > 175)

March 12: Chapter 7: “Greta:Mother Come Home” (pages 176 > 204)
Chapter 8: “Sarah: Therapy With a Regressed Client” (pages 205 > 236
Chapter 9: “Edward: Exploring the Function of Defences” (pages 237 >261)

March 26: Chapter 10: “Loraine: Therapy With an Introjected Other (pages 262 > 289)
Chapter 11: “Loraine: Therapy With an Introjected Other (pages 290 > 313)

April 9: Chapter 12: “Integrative Psychotherapy with Couples (pages 314 > 335)
Chapter 13: “The Keyhole Revisited” (pages 336 > 368)

Contact: For Information and to register please contact:
Brenda Palmer, UK Relational Psychotherapy Association
Phone: Phone: +44 (0) 1572 757004, Text: +44 (0)7702333351
A certificate of participation will be issued upon completion of the 6-session Professional Development Seminar. This Seminar meets part of the training and supervision requirements of the Commission on Standards and Certification of the International Association for Integrative Psychotherapy and both the European Association for Transactional Analysis and the International Transactional Analysis Association.
The Institute for Integrative Psychotherapy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists, by the National Board of Certified Counselors for counselors and by the American Board of Examiners in Pastoral Counseling for pastoral counselors. The Institute for Integrative Psychotherapy maintains responsibility for this program and its content.