Working with Children – TAPACY
TAPACY = TA Proficiency Award for Children and Young People
EATA council approved project funding to promote transactional analysis with children and young people.
The Institute of Developmental TA (IDTA) has been offering a TA Proficiency Award for Children and Young People (TAPACY) for the past four years.
In the UK several schools and education centres have run the award with children from 9 – 16 years old.
The IDTA now has the opportunity to offer support to other EATA member organisations to run the programme in other areas of Europe – what an exciting prospect!
Click here for details of the TAPACY as it is currently running within the UK: TAPACY Nov 2009
EUROTAPACY – First project run in Italy
EUROTAPACY stands for European TA Proficiency Award for Children and Young People. Organised by the IDTA (Institute of Developmental TA www.instdta.org) and funded by EATA, this is a project to extend the original UK-based TAPACY across Europe.
The first project has now been completed successfully in Italy. Led by Ulrika Widén, this ‘Expressive Laboratory’ was run for a small group of children in a co-operative arrangement with the Associazione Luisa Berardi. The children created artworks, drawings, painting and collages and then brought their work together to create a comic that illustrated TA concepts. Over a cycle of ten sessions during March – June 2010, the group learned about OKness, contracting, strokes, discounting, ego states and transactions. These themes were chosen to help increase self esteem and self awareness.
The photos show an example of the work produced and a photo of the final Award ceremony, when the children and the association received their EUROTAPACY certificates.
Milly De Micheli went along, in the role of EUROTAPACY Ambassador, to review the children’s work and to lead the celebration at the end of the project.
For more information about running EUROTAPACY in your area, contact the IDTA on +44 3000 115230 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo captions: Ulrika Widén, Project Leader and Milly De Micheli, EUROTAPACY Ambassador with 4 children holding their certificates and their work showing on the tables.
2 pages of the comic about OKness.
Julie Hay 23 Aug 2010