Our Developmental Transactional Analysis Training Programmes
We offer a full range of transactional analysis training and professional supervision, in groups, one-to-one and online, leading to a range of qualifications.
At Psychological Intelligence Foundation, facilitating the development of skills through TA learning and awareness is at the core of what we do, helping individuals and groups become more effective in their jobs, careers and everyday lives, and contributing to the creation of healthy family, community and organisational cultures.
Our training programmes cater for all skill levels, ranging from introductory TA courses (TA 101), through to advanced training, techniques and skills development for those who want to continue to develop others and themselves.
We also provide the associated professional supervision required, to maximise your learning and meet the requirements of professional bodies (TA 202/TA 909), which can be used toward gaining additional qualifications.
Our qualified and friendly team of trainers, led by Professor Julie Hay, provide workshops in the UK and elsewhere, with a matching series of international webinars - we aim to make TA accessible as widely as possible.
What Is Developmental TA?
Developmental Transactional Analysis (DTA) is TA applied to healthy development rather than the TA psychotherapy focused on cure.
There are four fields of TA application and qualification recognised internationally: Psychotherapy (formerly Clinical), Educational, Counselling and Organisational. There are also international qualifications as trainers and supervisors of the practitioners within those four fields.
We feel that the three non-psychotherapy fields have much in common, so we have combined them and developed competencies that apply across all TA applications, whilst also corresponding to university learning outcomes requirements.
We believe that the processes of becoming trainers and supervisors (in international TA terms, becoming CTA Trainer or TSTA) is also based on the application of developmental TA, rather than TA psychotherapy.
DTA uses the same theories as psychotherapy TA, but translates them to create a potent and practical approach that equips people to become more autonomous, and to help others do the same.
For more information, see the Institute of Developmental TA (IDTA) website and their FAQ's.
There is also an International Centre for Developmental TA which has instituted a range of TA qualifications that 'fit around' the available international accreditations.
We offer flexible options that include:
We provide the full range:
Who are our courses for?
Our courses are attended by coaches, consultants, managers, teachers, trainers, social workers, educators, HR professionals - and others who have roles where the development of others is a significant responsibility.
They are just as relevant for anyone who wants to know more about the psychology of human behaviour, whether applied to themselves, colleagues, teams, families, schools, organisations, communities - in other words, people generally,
They are also for those who are responsible for developing practitioners who develop others.
Introductory & Advanced Training
Named in line with US educational conventions where TA 101 means beginners, this officially-recognised introductory course in TA covers an internationally agreed syllabus.
Course content ranges across the major TA concepts - well-known (and often misrepresented) ones such as Parent-Adult-Child, strokes, games, script - and many more that are less well-known but just as enlightening.
Staying with the US naming convention means that TA 202s (and sometimes TA 303s) are anything that is more advanced that the TA 101 Introduction!
Hence all of our TA programmes except the TA 101s are TA 202s. This means that they are run by internationally-endorsed TA trainers, and that the hours provided can be counted by participants towards getting their own TA qualifications (if they wish - you can attend our programmes for personal or professional development without the exams!)
TA 909 is our fun way of indicating that we also run more advanced workshops, for those who already have some TA 202 background.
Also referred to as exam preparation workshops, these run regularly during the year and as summer schools.
We bring together TA 202 students with those already qualified as practitioners and preparing for the next levels - whether that be international TA endorsement as trainers and supervisors, or for an MSc based on training and supervising others to get their own TA qualifications.
Workshops & Webinars
In the early years of TA development, training was not separated into different fields.
Julie Hay learned her TA from a psychotherapist, alongside others with a range of interests.
Over the years, the different fields of TA have been introduced and pulled further and further apart.
This makes it harder for practitioners to understand how their colleagues work, causes delays in developing a professional identity, and gets in the way of adding additional competence in different contexts.
To counteract this trend, we offer training in the old style, with the eventual field of practice being determined by the work-based evidence that our students generate.
If you prefer to be a generalist, you can be.
If you prefer to specialise – coaching, consulting, educating, etc – you can do that too.
If you are already TA qualified in one field, we will help you add another.
Choose to attend any selection from our modular series of workshops and webinars.
Run by internationally accredited TA trainers, showing how TA can be applied effectively in the development of individuals, groups, teams, families and organisations.
Linked to the requirements of the optional qualifications, these workshops and webinars are suitable whatever your current knowledge because we work on several levels: self-awareness, developing others, building your skills and preparing for TA exams (optional).
We do not provide a detailed programme in advance because content is chosen shortly beforehand to ensure that the latest thinking is included. However, we guarantee that content will be relevant for the various qualifications and awards.
The content and style of training will also facilitate increased self-awareness, knowledge of TA theories and skills of context-based application.
We provide comprehensive workbooks so that participants can undertake self-study afterwards.
Our training gives you the chance to try out various models and techniques, learn new approaches, understand the theories, and generally increase your skills.
Optional supervision is focused on the specific needs of those present, providing opportunities to resolve personal, interpersonal or professional issues.
Our webinars are run as closely as possible to the style of our workshops, in that participants can comment and question at any time, and can see other participants on webcam within our online seminar environment.
We encourage interactivity within our webinars. They are not the type of online training where participants engage only through typed questions. We encourage our online students to form groups of attendees, either by being together in one location or by connecting online.
We recommend that webinar attendance is supplemented with face-to-face workshops. Some PIFCIC trainers are based outside the UK, and most of us travel to run workshops in other countries from time to time.