Certificate, Diploma & 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 (ictaq.org), 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 https://juliehay.youcanbook.me

The programme can be undertaken through attendance at online webinars, with occasional optional workshops and summer schools in various locations (depending on Covid restrictions). It is a rolling programme which means you can join at any time.

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.

If you are ready to book on a free webinar to see how it works, go to https://pifcic.org/cpd-tasters/

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.

For coaches the Certificate can fulfil the academic requirements for the European Mentoring & Coaching Council accreditation as Practitioner (EMCC EIA Practitioner).

The Certificate is also highly appropriate for managers, or potential managers, who wish to develop their own professional competence.  Coupled with at least 3 years of managerial experience, it can provide the necessary academic accreditation to obtain Chartered Manager status in the Chartered Management Institute.  Participants can choose to focus on Strategic Leadership, Management Consultancy, or Management of Coaching & Mentoring.  Alternatively, for those at an earlier stage in their management career, it can lead to the  ILM Level 5 Diploma in Leadership & Management.

To contact Julie, email her at [email protected] or book in for a free exploratory chat at https://juliehay.youcanbook.me

Diploma, Advanced TA Practitioner, Advanced TA Manager

  • Approximately 1 Year
  • 30 x 3 hour webinars
  • 150 hours practice
  • 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
Applying TA in Context Diagnosing, selecting, planning and implementing appropriate range of TA concepts in a specific context  combining TA and other approaches, critiquing the processes.

Examples might be:

  • How change occurs at individual, group and organisational levels, contrasting TA with other approaches
  • Aligning TA psychotherapy approaches (schools) to clients as individuals, couples, families, contrasting TA with other diagnostic and therapeutic approaches
  • Personal and work skills such as leadership, parenting, time management, problem solving and decision making, assertiveness, creativity, contrasting TA with other approaches

Advanced Diploma

  • 1-2 years
  • 60 x 3 hours webinars
  • 250 hours practice
  • 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 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.

For coaches, completion of this level of the programme can fulfil the academic requirements for the European Mentoring & Coaching Council accreditation as Master Practitioner (EMCC EIA Master Practitioner).

To contact Julie, email her at [email protected] or book in for a free exploratory chat at https://juliehay.youcanbook.me

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.

If you are ready to book on a free trial webinar, go to https://pifcic.org/cpd-tasters/