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The Foundation Course

This one-year part-time course (twenty days or 140 hours of training) provides an in-depth coverage of transactional analysis (TA) that can be applied to counselling, education, organisations, psychotherapy and other interpersonal fields within the helping professions.

As well as considering the major concepts of TA and their application to practice, the course includes experiential and skills- development work.

The Foundation course is an extended version of the "Official TA 101" course based on the international standard syllabus laid down by the European Association for Transactional Analysis (EATA) to cover core concepts.

The Foundation Certificate course may be taken either as a free-standing module or as the entry year for the Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling or the Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapy. Summary details of the course are below.

Group process is a regular part of the course timetable. Whenever a group of people come together unconscious processes are present. In most social and work situations these are not addressed and if they escalate can result in arguments and inappropriate relationships.

Within a psychotherapy training environment these are brought into awareness and processed through discussion and reflection. This encourages clear communication and authentic relationships.

The process also supports the development of reflective practice and the ability to use our own internal contact as a resource to understand the internal world of others, by monitoring our body-felt reactions, activation of ego states, emotional reactions, and identifying transferential and counter transferential phenomena.


Foundation TA Weekends   9.30am - 5.30pm


Introduction to the course. “Letter to self” the first learning plan: what do I want from the year.

a. aspects of learning, learning in and from a group, group imago;

b. philosophical and historical context; four fields of application.

c. A theory of personality: Ego state theory; the structural model.


Ego States –Their role in describing fundamental patterns of thinking, feeling and behaviour.

a. The subdivision of the ego state model: second order models: Berne; Woolams and Brown; Kahler..
     philosophical and historical context; four fields of application.

b. Cultural Parent: Cultural considerations in relation to Ego States.

c. Identifying ego states.

d. Contamination and exclusion.

e. Confusion, conflict and deficit.


A theory of human interaction:

a. From the functional model to the behavioural model. Behavioural options.

b. Transactions.

c. Egograms.


A theory of motivation:

a. Human hungers/needs.

b. Strokes.

c. Time structuring.


How we adapt to our world, Part 1:

a. The origins of script; child development; the child’s needs; life positions, attachment.

b. A sense of self.


How we adapt to our world, Part 2:

a. Four feelings and the reciprocal response. Relational needs.

b. Developmental stages. Neurobiology.

c. Rackets

d. Injunctions and decisions.


Aspects of Script

a. Winners and losers

b. Discounting.

c. Symbiosis; passive behaviours.


The script in action:

a. Rackets and Games.

b. The script (racket) system.


TA in practice:

a. Contracts.

b. Concepts of cure.

c. Ethics and professional practice.