Transactional Analysis has a well-defined process of training and certification that leads to qualification in each of the four fields of specialisation (counselling, education, organisational work, psychotherapy). Training can lead to:
- Practitioner level certification in one of the fields (CTA)
- Endorsement to teach and supervise practitioners in your field (PTSTA)
- Qualification as a teacher and supervisor of practitioners in your field and also of supervisors and trainers of TA. (TSTA)
Standards and requirements for training are developed and monitored for EATA (the European TA association) by the Professional Training Standards Committee (which incorporates the Certification Committee) and for ITAA and WPATA (TA organisations that cover the rest of the world) by the Training and certification Council and training Standards Committees. All these bodies liaise carefully to ensure that standards are maintained evenly throughout the world and that the training continues to reflect the developments in theoretical thinking and practice that takes place in different areas, countries and cultures.
The CTA qualification
This qualification involves the completion of 300 hours of training in transactional analysis theory and practice in the chosen field (counselling, education, organisations or psychotherapy) offered by recognised trainers in that field. There is also a requirement for 750 hours of relevant experience that you have undertaken with the support of a supervisor. (The supervisor is not actually with you during the work but acts as a consultant, for you to discuss your work and the challenges you meet and support your development).
This period of training, which would normally take about four years, unless you are already trained and qualified in the relevant field, is followed by the examination which is in two parts a written examination and a ‘viva’ presentation.
The Training Endorsement (for PTSTA status)
This is not an exam but a process of professional development whereby you develop the skills or teaching and supervising (through ‘workshops’, supervision, practise) and then partake in a three day event during which you skills are assessed and you are given individual coaching and feedback on your development needs.
This level of qualification as a trainer and supervisor of both practitioners and ‘learning trainers’ takes the form of an rigorous yet exciting examination process where you are assessed by a group of your peers. The exam normally follows several years of development as a PTSTA.
Examinations are normally held in conjunction with the conferences, which take places several times a year at different sites in different countries
Fields of Practice in Transactional Analysis
Counsellors who utilize transactional analysis work directly on “here and now” problem solving with their clients, focusing on creating productive problem solving behaviors. By using transactional analysis, counselor’s educate and establish an equal working relationship with their clients. This working relationship provides clients with tools they can utilize in their day-to-day functions.
Transactional analysis , according to Eric Berne, is a powerful tool for human well being. In psychotherapy, transactional analysis utilizes the “Adult” in both the client and the clinician to sort out pathological behaviours and thoughts that result in incapacitation. Thoroughly trained and skilled transactional analysts intervene with the precision of surgeons as they work “with” clients to eliminate dysfunctional behaviours and establish and reinforce healthy functioning. In psychotherapy, transactional analysts are able to use the many tools of psychotherapy ranging from psychoanalysis to behaviour modification in effective and portent ways.
Transactional Analysis is a powerful tool in the hands of organizational development specialists. Through presenting the basic concepts of transactional analysis and using it as the basic theory to under gird the objectives of their clients, organizational development specialists build a common strategy with which to address the particular needs of organizations and to build a functional relationship, as well as eliminate dysfunctional organizational behaviours.
Educators who work with transactional analysis teach the simple concepts of basic transactional analysis to enable students, whether the students are elementary or post-graduate students. By using the basic theory of transactional analysis, educators work to create a common understanding of personality and functioning that reaches across all fields of learning and unifies the educational experience.
Click to download pdf files for each of the core competencies, which provide a detailed description of each of the 4 fields.These core competencies form section 5 of the EATA training manual .