The Certificate in Transactional Analysis is a level 7 programme in transactional analysis psychotherapy that leads to UKCP registration. The course takes place over four years, 10 weekends a year and is certified by the European Association of Transactional Analysis (UKCP). On completion of the four taught programme students may go on to join an Exam Preparation Group.
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: An going reflective journal is completed during training.
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 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
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 and for all the learning outcomes to have been achieved by the end of the four year clinical programme. There are two types of assessment, formative and summative and a limited number of assignments that are requirements.
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 and 4 are taught as a rolling programme over 30 weekends. There are three streams A, B and C 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. Those opting for year 4 of the course also undertake a research project.
An example of the Course Content from year and two 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
The UKATA/EATA requirements for the CTA are as follows:
- A TA 101 Certificate, either by attending a course or by taking an exam
- A current EATA or ITAA training contract endorsed by EATA or ITAA a minimum of one year prior to the intended oral examination
- Fulfilled the relevant national requirements for certification in the field of specialisation – see below for UKCP requirements
- Recommended as ready by their Principal Supervisor
- Fulfilled the minimum requirement of 2,000 hours made up as follows:
- 750 hours of client contact, of which 500 must be in TA
- 600 hours of professional training, of which 300 must be in TA
- 150 hours of supervision, of which 75 must be by a PTSTA or TSTA who is a member of EATA, ITAA or WPATA, 40 of which must be with the Principal Supervisor
- 500 additional professional development hours (to be agreed with the Principal Supervisor in accordance with national requirements)
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 fulfill 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 enrollment session.