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Academy for TA Practitioners



Practitioners in the helping professions are highly motivated to support change, but often lack a systemic and coherent frame of reference that will help them work quickly and effectively. Do you want to deepen your individual facilitation and professional skills? Transactional Analysis (TA) is apractical theory of personality, communication and change. It offers an innovative and practical set of concepts and tools to define where your client is stuck and how to get them unstuck.


By the end of the program participants will have:

  • Gained a clear understanding of the theory and methodology of TA
  • Developed the skills to practice as a transactional analyst
  • Gained deep personal understanding of themselves in the role of a helping professional


The program consists of a two day introduction workshop (TA101), and a basic and an advanced year program, consisting of six workshops each, an assessment and accountability groups.


The basic practitioner’s program is focused on learning and understanding the basic concepts in TA. In order to be admitted to the TAO1 basis practitioner’s program you need the following experience and qualities:

  • A TA101 introduction workshop
  • Commitment to critical self-reflection
  • Willingness to contribute to others in the group
  • Commitment to developing your own professional practice

This workshop is for anyone who is interested in expanding his or her insightinto human behaviour and change. Through short presentations, exercises and sharing of personal and professional experiences we will enable you to create new possibilities in your life, relationships and your organisation.


The TAO1 program is for people who want to develop personally and professionally as a basic TA practitioner. It includes six two-day workshops, accountability groups and accreditation as a basic practitioner. TAO1 is open to participants from all fields of application. The TA101 workshop is mandatory before attending.

Workshop 1. Contracts and ego states: Within TA we use several different models of ego states to describe the structure and development of personality. Structural models can be used to understand the contents of your personality. Functional models can be applied to understand how you behave and communicate . In this workshop we will also establish learning goals and personal contracts.

Workshop 2. Communication at work: Eric Berne, the founder of TA, calculated that there are 6.600 options in communication, and that all communication can be reduced to three basic types. Each type of communication has a specific function. Knowledge of parallel, crossed and ulterior transactions helps you focus your communication and your ability to ask powerful questions.

Workshop 3. Games and discounts: A game is a repetitive pattern of non-problem solving behaviour that leads you to your ‘favourite’ rotten feeling, your racket feeling. Rackets are continuous complaints that get you the attention you crave. Games are the basis of every conflict. A core competence of coaches and consultants is to help clients create options to solve their problems.

Workshop 4. Life script: Script is an unconscious life plan learned in early childhood, reinforced by parents and by later events, resulting in a known payoff. It is a story, your interpretation of events linked to a familiar emotion. These stories are like the bass tone of your life. We will use different perspectives to access your script and discuss different approaches to change your script.

Workshop 5. Developmental cycles: There are many theories about how people grow and develop. Most ideas are based on a linear way of thinking about development. By considering Levin’s iterative Cycle of Development, we can identify what developmental issues and basic needs need to be met to insure a healthy development.

Workshop 6. Basic assessment: During the workshop we will revise the concepts learned and each participant will present their learning in a 20 minutes presentation. Participants are also expected to build up their coaching practice during the year. They need to have a minimum of two clients by the end of the year. At this level we expect participants to:

  • Be aware of own values and beliefs that guide their practice,
  • Be able to build a relationship based on contracts, trust and respect,
  • Be able to practice active listening, asking powerful questions and giving
  • appropriate feedback to enable learning,
  • Reflect on their own effectiveness and accept feedback

The advanced year is focused on the application of TA concepts to support and develop others in for instance coaching, counseling and consultancy. Entry requirements are: A TAO1 basic program of at least 96 hours and the possibility to do a client practice case of at least 6 sessions.


Workshop 1. Professional facilitation in five steps: A five-step model of intervention is used as a guideline for practice. The five steps are: contact, contract, problem definition, intervention plan and evaluation. The role and tasks of the coach in each step will be explored. We will pay special attention to relationship management

Workshop 2. Contact and contract: The ability to build a trusting relationship and clear contracting is central to effective intervention. We will explore three levels of contracting: administrative, professional and psychological. It will help you develop a flexible approach to supporting the development of your client.

Workshop 3. Problem definition: Using various concepts and models we can create a picture of key issues for the client that are preventing change. During this workshop we will discuss various ways to prioritize key issues, create an intervention plan and practice problem definition on live cases. Goal is to enable insight and learning for your client.

Workshop 4. Interventions: In TA there are three levels of intervention – behavioural, relational patterns and narrative or script. We will practice different intervention techniques at each level. Powerful questions and active listening are essential. The goal is to make a minimal intervention for a maximum shift towards realising the contract with the client.

Workshop 5. Evaluation and endings: Coaches can fulfil four roles: facilitative, consultative, teaching and normative. This workshop is focused on the normative role. We will explore the role of feedback and evaluation processes to enable an action and outcome orientation. Part of the normative process is also to reflect on your ethical and professional standards.

Workshop 6. Advanced assessment: During this workshop we will review the steps of the professional facilitation process in depth. Each participant will present their case study and a recording of the work with the client. At this level we expect participants to:

  • Be able to respond to client needs flexibly and be aware of the effect of their own behaviour on the client
  • Rigorously reflect on own practice and get regular supervision
  • Be able to establish appropriate contracts, based on ethics and an awareness of boundaries of own competencies
  • Build a relationship of genuine empathy and support to facilitate autonomy
  • Use a range of techniques to generate options with client
  • Be able to plan actions, identify potential barriers and help the client take responsibility for their actions.

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