Australian Transactional Analysis Association

The Australian Transactional Analysis Association (ATAA) is a non-profit, member-driven organisation. Our purpose is to help advance the theory, methods and principles of transactional analysis which was developed by Eric Berne, MD. Our members include psychotherapists, counsellors, educators and organisational development specialists. Our work is volunteer based and we are affiliated with the International Transactional Analysis Association (ITAA), the internationally based Transactional Analysis organisation.

More information is available from the ATAA website www.taaustralia.com.au

Publications
ATAA publishes a quarterly newsletter, the TA Times which includes news from Australia and around the TA world.  It also includes information and articles on our work as transactional analysts in many fields of practice.

ITAA, the international TA organisation, publishes the Transactional Analysis Journal (TAJ) quarterly, which is distributed by SAGE Publishing to Universities throughout the world.  The Script newsletter is produced bi-monthly.

International Conferences
Each year in a different part of the world, there are opportunities to attend professional conferences.  These conferences offer opportunities for training, networking and most importantly, learning.

Training & Certification
To ensure quality training for individuals wishing to apply transactional analysis in various fields and work settings, we have established standards for training and certification in cooperation with the International Transactional Analysis Association.

The TA 101 course is the official introduction to transactional analysis, it history, and key concepts. Students who participate in the course are awarded the TA 101 Certificate by ATAA and can apply for membership in ATAA and ITAA.

Those interested in further developing their expertise in applying transactional analysis in the fields of psychotherapy, counselling, education, or organisational consultancy may engage in a transactional analysis training program.

This is a competency-based training that frequently uses interactive group approaches to learning and professional supervision, including input, case presentations and discussions, peer-group training, diagnosis and treatment or intervention planning and often audio or video critique.

Fields of Application

Training towards certification can be in any one of four fields: psychotherapy, counselling, education and organisations. Transactional analysis has a well-defined process of training and certification that leads to qualification in each field.

Training can lead to:

  1. Practitioner level certification in one of the fields (Certified Transactional Analyst)
  2. Endorsement (via TEW) to teach and supervise practitioners in your field (Provisional Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst)
  3. Qualification as a teacher and supervisor of practitioners in your field and also of supervisors and trainers of TA. (Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst)

The Psychotherapy field of specialisation is for practitioners who work with the client to increase their capacity for autonomy, healing and change. The psychotherapeutic process enables the client to recognise and change archaic, self-limiting patterns – ‘to deal with the pain of the past in the present so that they are free to live their lives in the future’. It enables the client to understand themself and their relationships and start to create options to live their lives in an aware, creative, spontaneous way and open to intimacy.  TA therapy is usually offered weekly in frequency and is practised in groups and individually. Trainees and qualified Transactional Analysts are bound by explicit codes of ethical behaviour and professional practice.

The Counselling field of specialisation is for practitioners who work with the counselling process which enables clients to develop awareness, options and skills for problem management and personal development in daily life through the enhancement of their strengths, resources and functioning. Its aim is to increase autonomy in relation to their social, professional and cultural environment. The field of counselling is chosen by those professionals who work in the socio/psychological and cultural fields of practice. Some examples amongst others are: social welfare, health care, pastoral work, prevention, mediation, process facilitation, multicultural work and humanitarian activities.

The Education field of specialisation is for practitioners who work in the area of learning and study in pre-school, school, university and post university contexts or for the support of child, adolescent and adult learners within the family, the institution or society. The aim is to further personal and professional growth, both scholastic and social.  TA can be used as a practical educational psychology that offers a way of transforming educational philosophy and principles into everyday practice.

The Organisations field of specialisation is for practitioners who work in or for organisations, taking into account organisational frames of reference and contexts as well as the organisation’s development. Their work is aimed at the development, growth and increased effectiveness of people working within organisations. Transactional Analysis is a powerful tool in the hands of organisational development specialists. Through presenting the basic concepts of transactional analysis and using it as the basic theory to underpin the objectives of their clients, organisational development specialists build a common strategy with which to address the particular needs of organisations and to build a functional relationship, as well as eliminate dysfunctional organisational behaviours.