TA: a Worldwide Professional Framework
All the activities of qualified transactional analysts - including TA training and accreditation - are carried on under the auspices of a worldwide network of professional TA associations. This network is co-ordinated at national, continental and international levels through a system of affiliation. It provides a secure professional and ethical basis for the work of accredited transactional analysts.
The Berne Institute's TA training programmes meet all the requirements of TA professional associations at both national and international levels.
The Institute of Transactional Analysis
The Institute of Transactional Analysis (ITA), a Registered Charity, has some 1,000 members. It publishes a quarterly magazine, The Transactional Analyst. The ITA holds an annual national conference, plus various regional and special-interest gatherings. The ITA is also responsible for organising examinations in the UK held under the Europe-wide auspices of the European Association for Transactional Analysis (see entry for EATA below).
For further information about the ITA, you can visit their website at: www.ita.org.uk. Or contact: Judith Macroff, ITA Administrator, Broadway House, 149-151 St Neots Road, Hardwick, Cambs. CB23 7QJ. Tel./fax +44 (0) 1954 212468; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy
The Berne Institute, like the ITA, is an Organisational Member of the Humanistic and Integrative College of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). Though not a government department, the UKCP operates with governmental approval. It has the task of maintaining and improving the standards of psychotherapy - of all modalities - within the United Kingdom. As one part of this function, the UKCP issues an annually updated Register of Psychotherapists.
Professional Members of the ITA, if qualified in the Psychotherapy field, have the right to be listed in the UKCP's National Register as Transactional Analysis Psychotherapists.
The UKCP publishes a twice-yearly newsletter, The Psychotherapist,as well as organising an annual conference.
For further information on the UKCP, contact: The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy, 2nd Floor, Edward House, 2 Wakley Street, London EC1V 7LT. Tel.: 020 7014 9955; fax 020 7014 9977; email: email@example.com; web site: www.psychotherapy.org.uk.
The European Association for Transactional Analysis
Britain's ITA is among more than twenty TA associations in European countries that are affiliated to the European Association for Transactional Analysis (EATA). Registered in Switzerland as a non-profit professional association, EATA has an expanding membership currently numbering some 6,000. The Association publishes a thrice-yearly Newsletter and organises an annual conference.
One of EATA's most important tasks is to administer the system of standard, competency-based professional examinations for transactional analysts in Europe. This is the special province of EATA's Commission of Certification (COC). Britain's ITA, like all the other European associations, uses the COC examination structure as the basis for accrediting TA professionals.
The Executive Secretary of EATA is: Marianne Rauter, Silvanerweg 8, 78464 Konstanz, Germany. Tel. (+49) (0) 7531 95270; fax (+49) (0) 7531 95271; email EATA@gmx.com. EATA's web site is at: www.eatanews.org.
The International Transactional Analysis Association
EATA maintains close professional ties with the International Transactional Analysis Association (ITAA). This is a worldwide "umbrella" organisation for TA. It is a non-profit educational corporation, and is based in San Francisco. In its role as an international forum for TA services and standards, the ITAA makes feasible the mutual recognition of TA professional credentials in 60 countries around the world. Its accreditation arm, the Board of Certification, performs the same role outside of Europe as EATA's COC does within Europe; the BOC and COC stay in close liaison with each other so as to maintain comparability in the competency-based examinations that the two bodies conduct in their respective areas.
The ITAA publishes a monthly on-line newsletter, The Script, and a quarterly journal of theory and research in TA, the Transactional Analysis Journal.
You can contact ITAA at: 2186 Rheem Drive, #B-1, Pleasanton, CA 94588, USA. Tel. +1 925 600 8110; fax +1 925 600 8112; email: firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the ITAA, you may like to visit their web site: www.itaa-net.org/.
The Institute of Developmental Transactional Analysis
The Institute of Developmental Transactional Analysis (IDTA) focuses on the applications of TA within fields such as education, organisational work, management development and coaching. By contrast, The Berne Institute specialises in the fields of psychotherapy and counselling, and specifically does not provide on-going training in these other fields. In formal terms, therefore, the IDTA is not an integral part of The Berne Institute's "professional framework" that we are describing here. However, we recognise and celebrate the important role that the IDTA is playing in developing its own fields of application. In particular, we welcome the fact that the most recent British TA Conference (Harrogate, April 2012) was jointly organised by the ITA and the IDTA, and we look forward to continuing future co-operation between the two organisations.
The IDTA can be contacted at: IDTA, Wildhill, Broadoak End, Hertford SG14 2JA, England. Tel. 03000 115230; email: email@example.com. You can find further information about IDTA at: www.instdta.org/