RHCP CPD Training

Psychological Games in The Therapeutic Encounter and how to Dissolve Them

With John Monk-Steel CTA(P), TSTA (P), UKCP Reg on Saturday 23rd September 2017


Psychological Games are an unconscious transference drama learnt in early childhood and later become acted out with various ’players’ cast into significant roles. Everybody plays Games, so our job as therapists is not so much to wonder whether a Game is being played but rather which Game is being played at any given time. The unconscious nature of Game playing means often those playing do not realise until they experience a moment of confusion, negative feelings, and the sense of 'it has happened again'. At the point of realisation the game is complete and ready to be repeated with the next willing player.

"Descriptively it (Games) is a recurring set of transactions, often repetitious, superficially plausible, with a concealed motivation; or, more colloquially, a series of moves with a snare or ‘gimmick’. .....Every game.......is basically dishonest, and the outcome has a dramatic, as distinct from merely exciting, quality.” (Berne 1964). The dramatic outcome can range from mild discomfort to ending up in court or hospital. Games "Results in everyone feeling confused, misunderstood, and wanting to blame the other person."" Stewart & Joines (1987).

Day Content

During this exciting CPD event John will explore what a Game is, how to recognise that a Game is being played and how to work to dissolve the Game. Remembering that everyone plays Games, John will also invite attendees to consider the Games therapists play in the therapy room and ways to identify, challenge and step-out of the Game to deepen and enhance therapeutic outcomes.

About the trainer:

John Monk-Steel is a Registered Mental Health Nurse, a Registered General Nurse, a Teaching, and Supervising Transactional Analyst (Psychotherapy) and a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist. John worked for 26 years in the NHS, primarily in the Acute Mental Health Services until he went into full time Independent Practice in 1996. He has been an active member of the UKCP, being the Chair of the UKCP Registration Board from 2005 to 2009, then the UKCP Registrar until the end of June 2010. John has extensive experience of running CPD training since 1996.

More Information:


Rutland House, 7 Bowling Green Street, Leicester, LE1 6AS

Date & Time:

Saturday 23rd September / 10am - 5pm (9.30am Registration)


Lunch/refreshments included

CPD Hours:

6 Hours and certificate provided