Workshops and TA training

TA 101

The 101 Course is the officially recognised introductory course in TA. It covers an internationally agreed syllabus including the full range of TA concepts and shows how these can be applied in social, family, educational and organisational settings. Participants receive a 101 Verification certificate and qualify to apply for regular membership of the South African Transactional Analysis Association (SATAA) and the International Transactional Analysis Association (ITAA). The 101 course affords entry into ongoing TA study and the first level of qualification as a Certified Transactional Analyst (CTA).

Participants will learn the key concepts of TA and how to apply them in their personal and professional lives to develop:

  • Communication skills for healthy relationships
  • Motivation skills to support individual and group aspirations
  • Emotional intelligence to enrich all aspects of life
  • Assertiveness skills for leadership that empowers
  • Stress management skills and setting boundaries to manage self
  • Time management skills to optimise working together in groups and teams
  • Problem-solving skills to promote peaceful decision-making

The workshops are experiential and there is ample time for participants to make sense of the concepts by applying them to their particular situations and so begin integrating them into their lived experience.

This is a 12-hour workshop run over two consecutive days.

This course carries 12 CCE UNITS (All 12 CC)

Learning areas:

  1. Definition and underlying values of TA (value base of TA, contractual method, areas of application)
  2. Overview of the development of TA (from Berne to current TA thinking)
  3. Theory of personality structure (motivational theory, structural and functional ego states, contaminations, strengthening and expanding the integrating Adult)
  4. Theory of communication (transactions, strokes, social time structuring)
  5. Theory of life patterns – script (scripts –cocreative identity, script messages and development, script matrix, updating script messages – beliefs and decisions, games, drama and winners triangle, racket analysis to explain internal processes, life positions, discounting and accounting)
  6. TA methodology (use in different fields of specialisation)


TA 202


This 2-day workshop, building on the TA 101, will deepen your TA understanding of how people can continue to make new meaning of who they are in the world. As agents of change, learn how to spot the key moments of potential change and use them to their full potential. There will be time for trying out the application of these tools with clients as well as time for self-reflection. You will learn different ways of thinking about change with your clients, as well as explore deepening your relationship with yourself.

This course carries 12 CCE UNITS (10.25 CC & 1.75 RD)


Online TA Foundation Group 2020

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This group has trainees from various countries including South Africa and India. This closed group of trainees will commit to the full year programme. The focus is on deepening and grounding all the foundational TA models encountered briefly in the TA 101. The content is a rolling programme over two years – year A and year B. It is the platform on which more depth of TA learning is built and is essential for people wishing to work towards their CTA exam. It can also stand alone as ongoing personal and professional development enabling you to feel confident in applying TA models to yourself and using TA with clients. Completion of a TA 101 is a pre-requisite to join the training group.

12 interactive webinars of 7.5 hours duration each (6.5 loggable learning hours) are held once a month. This will provide a total of 78 hours of TA training per year. For more details contact me at

Online Advanced Educational TA group

Join a group of TA trainees from India, South Africa and Kenya. Monthly webinars will explore how TA is applied in a developmental context, especially within the educational field. This will be useful to people wanting to deepen their TA understanding in the developmental field, as well as to trainees wanting to work towards their CTA in the educational field. For more details, email me at

October workshops by UK trainer Trudi Newton TSTA (education)

Have the delight of learning with one of the world’s leading TA educators, Trudi Newton. Trudi has written numerous articles and books on TA and supervision and is once again visiting Cape Town. She will run three different workshops:

  1. Into the Woods – a 2 day creative workshop using Sondheim’s Musical as a springboard for exploring script. Open to teenage children and adults. Click here for more details and bookings
  2. Group Supervision Day – open to TA trainees, coaches, consultants, counsellors and others who work with people. Click here for more details and bookings
  3. Supervision from Both Sides – an unusual day for both coaches and supervisors to explore the supervisory relationship from both sides. Click here for more details and bookings

TA Toolkit for Coaches

Transactional Analysis (TA) is supported by a philosophy about how people can relate to themselves, other people and systems. It uses the jargon of “I’m OK, You’re OK” to refer to a profound attitude of mutual respect, seeing people as independent as well as inter-dependent human beings. TA provides theories of human development and communication. TA can inform coaching practice, both through providing a useful thinking framework for the coach, as well as offering an accessible language to be shared with clients for their greater understanding of their motivations and interactions.

This 2 day workshop will select a few of the most useful of the TA models and relate them to coaching.

Day 1: Dancing in the moment – fluency in communication styles

Understand and practice the OK-OK communication model to understand various modes of communication with clients and the usefulness of each. Understand the principles of clean communication, rather than communicating with hidden messages. Determine your own egogram and use the model to enable your clients to understand their communication styles.

Attitudes and behaviours that enable safety, trust and change

Understand how a one-up or one-down attitude might get in the way of effective, powerful coaching and practice interventions from an equal I’m OK, You’re OK attitude. Understand the basic human hunger for recognition and practise how to use this with your client in a way that encourages autonomy rather than dependence. What you stroke, develops – using appreciative language to create the desired future.

Those old familiar patterns – psychological games and how to step out of them

Use the Drama Triangle to help your clients understand their familiar, unhelpful dynamics in personal or professional relationships, and the Winners Circle as a concrete tool to help them step out of the game and take responsibility. Ensure that you stay in the Winners Circle as coach, even if you client invites you into the Drama Triangle.

Day 2: Getting clients unstuck – understanding their patterns of thinking and behaving

Learn how to identify your clients working styles and use them as strengths, rather than be driven by them. Understand the usefulness of this in a team. Explore the concept of discounting –what keeps your clients stuck – and use a new tool –Steps to Success, to enable you to meet your clients where they are and help them shift.

Group dynamics –how groups have a life of their own

Using Berne’s model of group process – understand the different components of a group, what impacts each of the components, and how to help (rather than hinder) the group in its various stages of development.


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TA Tips for Parenting

As parents, we want our children to experience love and joy, be happy and successful and have a sense of self worth. We want them to be capable and believe in themselves. Children don’t arrive with their custom made instruction booklet!

Enjoy a relaxed day with other parents as we explore some Transactional Analysis models that are simple but powerful and easy to apply. There will be input on the models and time to discuss the implications of this in couples or small groups.


Human psychological hungers

Learn how we need to balance the universal human hungers for recognition, certainty, and stimulation. Discover the challenges of too much or too little of each point of the Hungers Triangle.

Understand the importance of recognition – positive strokes that are so powerful both in children’s development and for yourselves as parents as well.

The Cycle of Development

Understand the different developmental needs of your child from birth to 18 years and throughout their lives. Understand what tasks need to be encouraged and what affirmations are powerful and enabling for each stage.

Learn how, as you parent your children, you too can “redo” any of the stages for yourself, as you continue to recycle through the stages. This model of human development, by Pam Levin, depicts our development as a spiral – it continues to happen over and over again giving ever more opportunities for healing and growth.

Effective communication

Become fluent in your styles of communication as you explore the OK-OK communication model. Learn how by changing your style, you will invite a different response from the other person. Learn how to “dance” in the OK-OK box to have flexibility in relating and communicating with different personalities. Discover how the little people in your life can also learn this model.

The Nurture-Structure Highway

Have fun exploring the various aspects of Nurture and Structure that are so key in parenting. Learn about the intentions and behaviours that will keep you “on the road” rather than “in the ditch” eg; Nurture: the difference between abuse, conditional care, assertive care, supportive care, overindulgence and neglect; and Structure: the difference between rigidity, criticism, non-negotiable rules, negotiable rules, marshmallowing and abandonment. This model, by Clarke and Dawson, gives us a way of getting the right balance between nurture and structure that will provide an environment for children to grow and flourish.

There will be a follow up of 3 half day sessions of group coaching (every three months) to support parents using the models


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School Programmes

We offer a variety of programs to empower educators, learners and their communities.

Together with a team of TA educators, I offer an internationally linked TA certificate for both educators and learners in schools through the Institute of Developmental Transactional Analysis (IDTA). The Transactional Analysis Proficiency Award for Teachers and Educators (TAPATE) runs over 2 terms. Teachers experientially learn 10 TA concepts. They choose 6 concepts that make the most impact in their life and work in the classroom and prepare a portfoio of evidence showing how they have used these concepts. The international awards are presented by an international TA moderator at a Celebration Day, based not on a pass or fail system; instead the emphasis is on acknowledging the involvement of candidates in a TA-based learning process.

The Transactional Analysis Proficiency Award for Children and Young Adults (TAPACY) is the next phase where the teachers teach the TA concepts to their learners as part of the Life Orientation curriculum. The learners likewise collect a portfolio of evidence showing their use of 6 TA concepts in the classroom, playground and at home and receive their international certificate and badge at their own Celebration Day.

We suggest that a few schools cluster to enable peer learning and encouragment to strengthen the process.

TA offers both educators and learners alike the emotional understanding and language to enable schools to become centres of excellence in learning. These attitudes, knowledge and skills then also impact families and communities.

You discover new oceans when you’re willing to leave familiar shores.

Change – making an art form of negative reference experiences into an art form of making positive reference experiences.