Elaine Childs-Gowell

Elaine Childs-Gowell

Elaine Childs-Gowell, Ph.D., much loved and respected member of NATAA and ITAA, died peacefully 26 June, 2006. Elaine is best known for her book, Good Grief Rituals and the many workshops she led on the subject of grief. She will be greatly missed. “As long as we live in and from our heart she will be right there with us” an altering of her own words to a grieving friend.

Elaine was the 2003 winner of the Muriel James Living Principles Award which was presented to her at the Intl. Transactional Analysis Assoc. conference in Oaxaca, Mexico. Elaine was a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with a private practice in Seattle, Wa. She had practiced since 1970, and was the first Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner to establish a practice in the Northwest. With her husband, Richard Gowell she raised four adopted children who were attachment disordered before this diagnostic category was established. She wished she had known what she later learned in raising their own adopted children. In her practice with adults she recognized that most of her clients had bonding difficulties she called them her “motherless children” – because the nature of their discomfort and dysfunction was classically due to lack of attachment and bonding when they were young. Typically her clients’ Self Care skills were minimal, many suffer with addictive behaviors and depression, which is often indicative of deep grief. She was certified in a number of modalities including EMDR, Hypnotherapy, EFT, TFT, Cognitive Behavioral processes and Reiki. The Corrective Parenting, Rechilding and Reparenting procedures and “rituals” were developed as a result of Elaine’s experience writing her PhD dissertation about the Cathexis Institute in Oakland California where the Reparenting process was developed and her own experience with helping clients heal their developmental needs.She was the author of Reparenting Schizophrenics: the Cathexis Experience. Bodyscript Blockbusting, and Good Grief Rituals. Stages of Ages: it’s never too late to have a happy childhood and Regression and Protection: a Handbook for practitioners doing deep regressive work with clients. She taught workshops and gave speeches on the Good Grief Rituals processes at conferences around the world and continued a private practice in Seattle. Her website is www.goodgriefrituals.com You can learn more about her on this beautiful website.

Dianne Maki

Elaine would appreciate being remembered as a bird at the Halloween party at the Nashville NATAA conference. She has always been young at heart and great fun. I admired her spunk and high energy.

Elaine was also a spiritual person and someone I could always count on to listen, understand, and offer support and caring. She shared openly with others. At TA conferences Elaine would always come to the Women’s Caucus. She appreciated and empathized with other women. She was a gentle, genuine person who will be greatly missed.
Valerie Chang
Photo: “Blue Bird of Happiness” – Elaine at the Halloween Banquet, Nashville, 10/31/2005.

Elaine was among the first who registered for our coming TA conference in Istanbul. We did several email exchanes about her sharing a room at the Hyatt with another delegate and other such matters. She was so eager to visit Turkey. And I was going to surprise her by taking the same post-conference tour with her and Jean Illsley Clarke, two of my favorite friends from the TA community. I was shocked when I heard from her, or maybe someone close to her who wrote on her behalf, the news of her ill health and cancellation request. We kept her workshop space in the conference abstract book. With so many friends left behind, she will be with us in spirit, that’s for sure.
Fatma Reid.

For Elaine:

The faces of the past are like leaves that settle to the ground……..
They make the earth rich and thick,
so that new fruit will come forth every summer

(I will ) Keep a few embers
from the fire that used to burn in your village,
some day go back
so all can gather again and rekindle a new flame,
for a new life in a changed world.

[Chief Dan George, 1974]

With love, joy and peace
Anita Mountain

NATAA Council Expresses Dismay at Newsweek Omission of TA

Newsweek magazine recently ran a cover story on Freud’s legacy and the culture of therapy (Newsweek, March 27, 2006). To our dismay, Transactional Analysis was not mentioned. Northeast regional representative Barbara Little Horse wrote a letter to Newsweek, below. We urge NATAA members and all TA people to contact Newsweek and to publicize TA in your communities. We hope that our current efforts to renew and spread Transactional Analysis will ensure that therapists and other helping professionals, as well as the public, will recognize and utilize TA’s powerful approach to human development.


>From Barbara:

I am submitting a copy of the letter I wrote to Newsweek regarding their March article “Freud is not Dead.” I am hoping that others will send letters as well since not one mention has been given in that article giving credit to Eric Berne or TA.

Letter to the Editor of Newsweek

One area of psychotherapy neglected in the March 27 article Freud is Not Dead is the approach developed in the late 1960’s by Dr. Eric Berne who was often quoted as saying “I am more Freudian than Freud.”

Among the first post-Freudian models of psychology, Transactional Analysis integrates physical, intellectual, emotional, verbal, and nonverbal components of human expression in its philosophy and practice. It combines elements of humanistic, psychodynamic, object relations and cognitive-behavioral therapies to effect positive change. It is useful not only as a philosophy and tool in psychotherapy, but also as a training tool in both educational and organizational settings.

Though unfortunately dismissed as “pop” psychology subsequent to the 1970’s, Transactional Analysis is flourishing and growing in Europe, Asia, Mexico, and in the Carribean. In addition, it is currently undergoing a renascence in the United States.

Dr. Eric Berne certainly deserves a place among those creative and brilliant individuals whose approach and impact was initially influenced by Sigmund Freud.

Barbara Little Horse, Ph.D.
New York, NY

General Business Meeting of NATAA Members

Held at NATAA Nashville Conference
October 29, 2005


The meeting was called to order by General Coordinator Dianne Maki slightly after 5:00 PM. Over 45 members were in attendance.


Membership and Conference Participation

We already have three new members as of this conference.  30 states in the US and 11 other countries are represented in the conference attendance. More people said they will be sending in their dues shortly.

Felipe Garcia, co-chair of the Conference Program Committee, acknowledged the contribution of presenters and participants to the success of this conference.

NATAA Education Project and ITAA Grant

Anna Long reported on NATAA’s proposal that was written earlier this year and submitted to ITAA in Edinburgh, Scotland in July.
The project is to conduct systematic training programs in the US
We plan to work through existing TA networks and fill in areas that do not have TA people locally
The grant, including this year’s seed money already transferred from ITAA, is for $167,000 over two to three years to develop programs to introduce clinicians, educators, organizational development professionals, and counselors to TA.
The programs will be built around the TA Modules structure that has been presented in various locations over the past few years.
Anna says there are many ways to participate in this project and we invite members to indicate their interest in doing so.

Prison Project

Denton Roberts reported that through Edie Beaujon, we are exploring a partner project with a Master’s in Divinity Program to bring a communication training module into Sing Sing prison. If all goes right, there could be an HBO documentary under the auspices of the highly respected Southern Law and Poverty Center in Atlanta of which Edie would be one of the producers.
We will know more about this project in a few months. It could serve 20 prison inmates annually, offering them an introduction to TA skills.
The NATAA Council has referred the development of the project to the Education committee, to be managed as part of the Education Project.


Felipe Garcia emphasized the US in NATAA, reminding the members that we need to make sure we are fully involved in the organization.
The Coordinating Council works with and for the membership.
The nominating committee is made up of Ray Quiett, Mark Wise, and Lucy Freedman.
The Council consists of five rotating elected positions, from which the specific functional coordinators are appointed, and six regional representatives. Currently the elected council members are Dianne Maki (General Coordinator), Lucy Freedman (Coordinator of Communications and Acting Coordinator of Programs), Vern Masse (Coordinator of Administration and Finance), Felipe Garcia, and Denton Roberts.
Additional at-large members can be appointed by the Council annually.  Currently these are Fanita English, Jerome White and Morris Haimowitz, In addition, the immediate past General Coordinator is on the council ex officio. Lyman Rigby resigned this role which is currently being covered by Val Chang, who was previously General Coordinator.

Ray Quiett announced the completion of his term as Southwest Representative and confirmed that his replacement will be Toppie Lincicome.
Dianne announced that Bobbie Barry has been selected and has agreed to serve as the Midwest Representative, which has been vacant. 
Other regional representatives are: Southeast –shared by Shirley Jaeger and Mark Wise, Pacific –Anna Long, Rocky Mountain – Abe Wagner, and Northeast – Barbara Little Horse.

Committees are to be drawn from the membership. We welcome members’ participation and request that those interested in being involved give their names and addresses to the appropriate council member. Lucy Freedman and other council members will follow up with volunteers on committee membership.


In addition to the exciting Education Projects described previously, Ray Quiett has successfully put together our CEU program and registration with the National Board of Certified Counselors. Ray announced that CEU certificates are available for this conference and that people who would like CEU credit should submit their completed attendance forms to him to obtain certificates for their records.


The NET is our newsletter. Several issues this year were edited by Lucy Freedman and Anna Long, respectively. Angela Berquist was introduced as the new editor for 2006. Anna Long will be the editor of the remaining issue for 2005.
Editors will gladly work with authors and contributors on articles they submit. Everyone is invited to write for the NET. Contact information for Angela will be available on the NATAA.ORG website as well as in the upcoming issue of the NET. She receives email at zadekim@comcast.net.


Members are encouraged to subscribe to the Professional Listings service at NATAA.ORG (requires payment of a fee and submission of your contact information and a profile).
Photos are requested for the website and can be emailed to webmaster@nataa.net for posting.
Please include captions for the photos you send.

The newly designed website will offer new functions, to be added as time goes
on. We invite and encourage people to join the web committee (several volunteers
offered to help). Interested people are asked to contact Lucy Freedman at lucy1@syntx.com.

Suggestions for the website were made as follows:
Val Chang – suggests that conference presenters write a paragraph or two on the content of their Nashville presentations.
A “bright ideas” section to be a place for posting ideas by members.
Laurie Weiss volunteers to be a writing coach for anyone who wants help preparing their material for the web.


ITAA will be holding a conference in Istanbul, Turkey in 2006.
NATAA has proposed co-sponsoring a conference with ITAA in 2007. Felipe Garcia offered to be the coordinator for people who will volunteer to help organize the conference.  A sign-up list was started.

One of the possible sites is the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, California, on the Monterey Peninsula an hour and a half south of San Francisco and approximately forty-five minutes from the San Jose airport.  It is a beautiful and reasonably priced seaside retreat center. The dates available at Asilomar are the week including July 4 (July 2-8), 2007. A majority of those at the meeting said that they would attend a conference held that week. Jean Clarke noted that this date seemed ‘anti-family’ as many people attend family gatherings at that time.  Although Asilomar may only be available for us that week, one week later was said to be a better choice.
We have received assurance that there will not be a European conference competing with those dates. (NOTE ADDED 12/1/05: We have learned that EATA will in fact be having a conference on those dates and our plans will need to be reconsidered. –lf)
Dianne Maki announced that we will be returning to Frenchman’s Cove in Port Antonio, Jamaica January 29-February 5, 2006, for the 11th Annual NATAA Gathering. People are encouraged to send in their registrations. CEU’s will be awarded. Information on the Gathering is posted at WWW.NATAA.ORG.


Vern Masse, Coordinator of Administration and Finance, reported that the budget for 2006 is currently being prepared. The treasury currently has about $58,000 in the bank, with expenses for this conference and other obligations yet to be paid. Anyone wanting detailed budget information is invited to contact Vern.


It was noted that there are 400 ITAA members residing in the US. NATAA has something over 100 members. Everyone was asked to contact ITAA members and colleagues to ask them to join NATAA.

Sam Gaft recalled having sent a payment to a US organization and wondering how come that wasn’t dues to NATAA.  It was clarified that his payment was a charter membership contribution to the Americas TA Association, or ATAA, which was formed several years ago and held a conference last year in Calgary.

Ki Roberts asked about how TA identity is presented in articles and trainings, etc. (no record of the ensuing comments).

Dianne Maki indicated that a list of conference attendees would be posted on the Web, based on information collected by Suzanne Wilson at the conference. Jo Lewis requested that people be asked before their information is posted on the web. This will need to be sorted out and action will be taken accordingly.

Margaret Reed asked about Scholarship funds available for TA training, so she could inform her colleagues who would be interested. This is available from ITAA’s Scholarship Loan Fund, of which Elaine Childs-Gowell is the chair. Applicants need to be members of ITAA.

The meeting was hastily adjourned at 5:50 as the hotel needed to set up the room for another function.

Respectfully submitted,
Lucy Freedman
Coordinator of Communications
November 19, 2005