Leading to Transactional Analysis Practitioner.
The UKATA Diploma is accredited by UKATA the UK Association for Transactional Analysis. It is a three year taught programme and may lead to BACP Accreditation. The number of hours of training and practical experience are laid down and standardised. Their purpose is to guarantee the trainee a broad practical experience and a comprehensive theoretical knowledge. Final assessment is by written and oral examination.
Personal Development. The development of self-awareness is central to training as a psychotherapist. Personal therapy is a requirement of the programme and along with this there are number of different experiences to facilitate this learning about self. Specifically:
Group Process: takes place for at least one hour each weekend where the group takes time to reflect on their experiences in the group, the impact of the group and the impact of training.
Learning Contracts: Trainees set their own learning goals for each year and contract with the trainer and training group.
Peer Review: Self and peer feedback on how others have experienced the person in the training group.
Reflective Learning Journal: A reflective journal to be completed each month.
Acquisition of Theoretical Knowledge is structured to include a mixture of didactic teaching, triad, small and large group work, discussions, experiential exercises, study groups and tutorials. Some of the activities will include lectures, handouts, using video, role play, case study, group discussion, supervision of skills and skills practice. We invite your critique of the material and look to offer stimulating and challenging training experiences that are also boundaried and psychologically safe.
Skills Practice takes place during the first year on each weekend. Trainees work in small groups with each other practicing developing their counselling skills. Tape days are also part of this process where trainees bring in recording equipment and tape and transcribe their skills practice.
Supervision Days take place one day of each weekend from year 2 onwards for the duration of clinical training. Trainees are invited to bring aspects of their work and practice for supervision. This can include client case work, ethics and legal issues, assignments, mini teaches, observed practice, tapes etc.
Year 1 comprises 10 weekends of theory and skills practice. The material covered includes the core concepts of transactional analysis theory and counselling skills development.
Years 2 & 3 are taught as a rolling programme over 20 weekends. There are two streams A and B and each takes place over 10 weekends. The material covered includes an introduction to practice, working with common mental health problems, ethics, diversity and professional practice. Students have the option to take the UKATA Diploma in Transactional Analysis on completion of year three.
Our approach to assessment is to offer choice and flexibility so that working with the Training Directors, trainees are expected to take ownership of meeting the learning outcomes, can identify their own learning needs and decide on the most appropriate assignment for this development. There is a requirement to submit and pass two summative assignments each academic year.
An example of the course content from year 1 and 2 are below.
Course Content Year 1
1 An introduction to TA and contracting
2 Ego states and transactions
5 Rackets and the racket system
6 Personality adaptations
7 Discounting and passivity
9 Attachment and child development
10 Introduction to practice
Course Content Year 2
1 Classical TA
2 Diagnosis and assessment
4 Sex and Sexuality
6 Integrative TA
8 Human development
9 Transference and counter transference
10 Relational TA
UKATA Diploma in Transactional Analysis
The requirements are:
- 360 hours of TA Training delivered by an RTE
- 6 x assessments
- 200 hours of supervised practice working in the field of specialisation.
- 34 hours of supervision with a TA supervisor
- 120 hours of personal therapy
- Evidence of UKATA membership for the duration of training.
- A TA Supervisor’s endorsement indicating competency to practice.
- A TA trainer’s endorsement from the RTE with whom they are registered, indicating successful completion of training and all required assessments
How do I apply?
Application forms, selection criteria and a prospectus are available to download as a PDF from the How to Apply page. Once we have received and checked your form, we will follow up your references and invite you for an interview. Your interview will cover the course, fees and provide us with the time to get to know you. You will have the opportunity to ask questions. The interview is an assessment of the suitability of your personal qualities & relevant experience for the training you are applying to undertake.
Should you have a successful interview and you fulfil all the requirements we will contact you personally to advise you of your place on the course and we will send you a letter of acceptance with an invitation to an enrolment session.