Psychological Intelligence Foundation CIC



Our Approach To TA

We provide a wide range of programmes of internationally-recognised transactional analysis webinars (see below for information about qualification options) for those wishing to apply TA within their own activities. You can:

  • see and talk to other students and practitioners around the world
  • interact directly with the trainer/supervisor – you are not muted or watching slides
  • attend full programmes leading to accreditations – if you want them
  • have supervision sessions one-to-one and in small groups
  • receive recordings of sessions to allow reflection (or study what you missed)
  • stay online and save the environment (and your travel costs and time)

We have been running international interactive webinars since 2015 – prompted by our international contacts and not by covid! On our webinars you can see and talk to other participants and the presenter – we send you handouts beforehand so that we do not need to fill the screen with slides – and you control when you are muted.

We stopped running workshops in Hertford when Covid emerged and now we have converted our training centre into housing for refugees. We may run workshops here in the future although we are conscious of the negative impact on the environment of people travelling here, especially from other countries.

Interactive webinars mean that people can participate who could not make the journey to the UK. We also operate the TAlent, which is our name for a series of discounts we give that are based on the purchasing power in different countries (and our principal introduced the same scheme to EATA, ITAA, EMCC, IDTA many years ago – and more recently to ICTAQ and WOTAA).

We provide wide ranging programmes in transactional analysis, including several which contribute to various TA accreditations, including qualifications run by EATA, ITAA and ICTAQ, and others which recognise the ITAA/EATA accreditation of our principal as a TSTA (COPE) – Teaching & Supervising Transactional Analyst (Counselling, Organisational, Psychotherapy, Educational).

In TA jargon we cover TA 101, TA 202, TA 303 – and we extend this to include TA 606, TA 707 and TA 909!

If you want to try us out before you decide to book, either email Julie Hay your questions or book in for a (free) chat with her

As you read on through our descriptions of the various options, please note that these are described in English and the dates given are of the English versions. However, we also run other programmes online with interpreters so please email us or see Julie’s calendar.  Julie Hay has run ongoing programmes over the years with interpretations (including some of her books) into Chinese, Japanese, Polish, Romanian, Russian (in Ukraine and Kazakhstan), Slovenian and Turkish – in addition to workshops/webinars and short series of these in over 40 countries. Her books have additionally been published in Dutch, French and Persian, to add to those in Chinese, Japanese, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Slovenian and Turkish.

TA 707 (TA202/303) – this is our new label for our major TA programme for’ helping professionals’, such as coaches, trainers, educators, psychotherapists, consultants, facilitators, social workers, HR specialists, managers, mentors . . . and anyone else who helps individuals, groups, families, teams, organisations to grow and develop. The qualifications of our principal mean that this programme can be credited towards ITAA, EATA and ICTAQ accreditations. It can also become the basis for a Master’s degree from a UK university – internationally.

We call it 707 because it is run at University Level 7, which is Master’s degree under the European Qualifications Framework. Our participants can typically complete the requirements as a TA Practitioner and TA Advanced Practitioner during the 1st and 2nd years of our training, before going on to TA Master Practitioner and, optionally, a Master’s degree and/or CTA. Those with prior TA training, practice and supervision may get credits and progress faster, even going straight to a Master’s degree or CTA.

Please note, however, that you can attend this program whether or not you want to get TA qualifications. TA qualifications are not recognised outside the TA community and they are not a licence to practice unless you live in a country where the national TA association has achieved this recognition. The ‘best’ reason for undertaking TA qualifications is to know that your professional TA colleagues have confirmed that you have reached a specific level of competence in your application of TA.

Click here for more details about the TA 707 programme 2022-2024

Click here for more details about ICTAQ qualifications

TA 909 – we use this number to refer to supervision groups as these involve reflecting on practice which is conducted at Academic Level 7. In addition to one-to-one supervisions, we run group supervisions for students/trainees/practitioners and for PTSTAs/TA trainers or supervisors designate/practitioners. These sessions include exam preparation, micro-teaches and theoretical and practice discussions as well as giving and receiving supervision. Running since 2019, they are also great cross-cultural and cross-practice international groups.

Click here for more details of TA 909 groups


Our TA programmes are designed to line up with ICTAQ qualifications, as described below. They can also be applied to qualifications operated by ITAA and EATA.

The great thing about our approach to professional qualifications is that they allow you to progress through them – you can start with one outcome in mind and then choose to carry over the credit for that if you want to shift to something more extensive. ​You can do this all the way from your earliest attendances without any commitment to a qualification, right through to an MSc and/or international accreditation.

ICTAQ Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma
TA Practitioner, Advanced Practitioner, Master Practitioner
TA Manager, Advanced Manager, Master Manager

This programme is a work-based, very practical programme for those wishing to develop their competence in the professional application of transactional analysis, as developers (e.g coach, counsellor, teacher, trainer, facilitator, consultant, mediator, social worker, human resource professional), as psychotherapists, or as managers.

The programme is based on attendance at interactive webinars, with occasional optional attendance at workshops, alongside professional application of the TA which is evidenced in portfolios and case studies, plus professional supervision, and takes 3-4 years, although it can be spread over a longer period if necessary.

The programme is structured in the form of various modules that represent the ways in which TA is applied professionally, with a first level focus on the wide range of TA concepts, the second level extending this to consider the contextual implications, and the final level involving the presentation of a case study of a significant intervention that has been conducted as a researcher/practitioner.

The way the programme is structured means that there is considerable flexibility for students to determine their own ways of using TA within their professional role; there are no invented projects being done just for the sake of getting a qualification.

It will be relevant to you if you are a coach, counsellor, teacher, trainer, facilitator, consultant, mediator, social worker, manager, human resource professional, psychotherapist, or any other role where you have a professional responsibility for the development and growth of others.  You can choose to specialise in developmental TA, TA psychotherapy, TA coaching, or as a TA Manager.

In addition to the TA Practitioner (with or without specialisation) or TA Manager accreditations from the International Centre for Transactional Analysis Qualifications (, this programme fits ITAA and EATA requirements towards CTA.  It will be equally useful to anyone who wants to develop their own interpersonal skills and increase their understanding and awareness of the dynamics of childhood development, relationships, teams, families, organisations, institutions, communities.  It can also be attended by professionals who already have enough (non-TA) qualifications but would like to add TA to their repertoire and attain Practitioner accreditation.

The programme is led by Julie Hay TSTA (COPE) and other internationally-accredited trainers, who also provide professional supervision/mentoring: this means that credits can also be applied towards accreditation by the international TA associations.  We also accept hours spent learning from our international TA colleagues, subject to some restrictions relating to the differences in training for psychotherapy versus developmental applications of TA.

To contact Julie, email her at [email protected] or book in for a free exploratory chat at

The programme can be undertaken through attendance at online webinars, and it is a rolling programme which means you can join at any time. We have already set the dates for 2 years – September 2022 through to June 2024.

We run mixed-level training – beginners see the role models of more advanced students, who then are reminded not to be too ‘technical’ when they apply TA with people.  More significantly this stimulates different levels of learning – the first learning of TA generates self awareness; the second prompts you to think about others, including clients; the third allows you to consider how to approach theory even more effectively with clients; and if you’re reviewing the theories for the fourth time, you’re hopefully concentrating on presenting what you know and how you apply it with clients, to a group of professional colleagues as you take your final exams!

Programme Requirements – there are no formal academic requirements to join the programme although you must be able to handle the professional application and academic requirement of postgraduate level study.

During the program, you will be expected to submit portfolios of evidence of work that you have done, accompanied by a reflective commentary that also demonstrates theoretical understanding.

Evidence submitted may be in any language but must be accompanied by reflective commentaries in English. Online translation services may be used and we have many volunteers who can check many languages.

Before you read on, please note that we expect attendance at a few webinars, or evidence of prior TA learning with qualified TA trainers, as part of the intake process. We want you, and others, to be sure the qualification matches your expectations before any mutual commitment (contract) is created. Whatever you attend can be credited towards any qualifications by ICTAQ, ITAA or EATA.

We also welcome anyone who wants to learn TA, whether or not they seek any qualifications.

Certificate/TA Practitioner/TA Manager
Approximately 1 Year    30 x 3 hour webinars     100 hours professional practice and at least 15 hours supervision (mentoring)

Certificate Overview of Topics
The following modules are options against which students submit evidence of their professional activity – and which the programme of monthly themes addresses each year, updated as new material is published. The Professional Intervention module is a core requirement, as is a Learning Journal, and students then choose two further modules to fit with the work they are doing.

Professional Intervention – Importance of contracting, boundaries and ground rules, ethics & professional practices
Core Themes in TA – Overview of all concepts, how they link, history & development of TA
Individual Development – Structural analysis, script matrix and related concepts, life positions, cycles of development, discounting, racket system, autonomy
Interactions & Relationships – Functional analysis, diagnosis of ego states, transactional analysis proper, strokes, time structuring, games and rackets, symbiosis
Group Processes – Group imagoes, leadership and followership, time structuring, games, stroking patterns group and family dynamics
Organisations and Institutions – TA organisational diagrams and models, systemic TA approaches, games, stroking and ego state patterns in organisations

The first year (or as long as you need) can contribute to the Certificate.  You need to attend at least 75 hours of advanced TA training (usually by completing up to 40 x 3 hours interactive webinars).  100 hours of professional practice is required, with at least 15 hours of supervision.  You are expected to submit case studies (portfolios) of your TA work and a Learning Journal, followed by a short presentation. Your submissions are based on how you are applying TA –  there is no requirement to undertake projects simply to obtain the qualification.   There are no ‘essays’  – students submit reflective commentaries about their professional activities.

To contact Julie, email her at [email protected] or book in for a free exploratory chat at

Diploma, Advanced TA Practitioner, Advanced TA Manager
Approximately 1 Year    30 x 3 hour webinars    20 hours supervision

This is the continuation of the programme described for the Certificate, with the same options for specialisations.  You can expect to attend another year of training. You will need another 150 hour of professional practice and at least another 20 hours of supervision. There are now 4 modules against which students submit evidence of their professional activity – and which the programme of monthly themes addresses each year, updated as new material is published.  As with the Certificate, you submit based on the work you’re doing.

Diploma Overview of Topics
Process Skills – Analysing self, others, groups and organisations, interventions, transference and countertransference, projection, models and processes of supervision, parallel process
Research – Research methods, qualitative and quantitative research, process and outcome research, critical reviews, research within TA and comparable research elsewhere, establishing and conducting research studies
Practitioner Skills – Reviewing/critiquing and applying  a range of TA and non-TA skills to address a range of individual, group and organisational change requirements, with a focus on skills relevant to their own practice of TA.
Contextual Considerations – Demonstrating awareness and application within their practice of a range of TA and non-TA concepts/models to account for the impacts of the various contexts/cultures of those involved.

Advanced Diploma, Master TA Practitioner, Master TA Manager
1-2 years      60 x 3 hours webinars    40 hours supervision

This is the continuation of the programme described for the Certificate and Diploma, with the same options for Specialisation.

The Advanced Diploma requires the submission of a research-based case study that is also a professional application of TA.

Master’s Degree
This is an optional extra.  For a university Master’s degree, it is anticipated that students will begin by undertaking the Certificate and Diploma levels, which represent about half of the requirements.

However, those who already hold international TA qualifications may be able to go straight to the Master’s level on the basis of accreditation of prior learning.

To contact Julie, email her at [email protected]or book in for a free exploratory chat at

Please note that we expect attendance at a few webinars, or evidence of prior TA learning with qualified TA trainers, as part of the intake process. We want you, and others, to be sure the qualification matches your expectations before any mutual commitment (contract) is created. Whatever you attend can be credited towards any qualifications by ICTAQ, ITAA or EATA.

We also welcome anyone who wants to learn TA, whether or not they seek any qualifications.