The TA 101 is known as the “official introduction” to transactional analysis. What does that mean if you are thinking about coming on the course?
Transactional Analysis Theory
Well, first it means that you will be covering some of the key concepts in transactional analysis and then applying those transactional analysis concepts to yourself and your relationships. From this you will gain insight into how you might be able to change some of your internal and external communications to gain more positive outcomes.
We begin with simple fun exercises to help the group to settle and get to know each other. Feeling relaxed and comfortable is important in helping people to learn. The main format of the teaching is to present one of the models, followed by looking at real life examples. Then you will engage in reflective exercises, mostly in small groups, applying the theory to yourself to see what you can learn about yourself.
Over the two days you will look at the underlying principles of transactional analysis. You will consider what these then mean in practice and apply them to yourself. You will also look at 9 key theoretical models in transactional analysis.
The style of the training is very informal. Both Lin and Andy use lots of real life examples to help you understand the material. The course is relevant to lots of different job roles. For example you might be a counsellor looking to develop an understanding of TA to use in your clinical work. You might be a teacher wanting ways to increase your effectiveness at work through understanding parents and children. Or you might be from the world of business and coaching wanting ways to understand staff better and improve performance at work. For all these different roles Lin and Andy will look to find examples and applications of theory that are relevant to your work setting.
If you are thinking of training as a counsellor or therapist then this course is a brilliant first step. The course will introduce you to what it is like to study a psychological model. It looks at what that means in practice and provide you a basic understanding of how TA is applied in a counselling or therapy setting. It’s a great way to see if counselling training might be for you.
So, if you are interested in learning more about what makes people tick and some of the reasons why we do what we do then the TA 101, the official introduction to transactional analysis is a great course to really get some insight and the answers to these questions.