The Berne Institute

Training in Transactional Analysis (TA) Psychotherapy and Counselling
... at the Centre of England

Foundation Course in Transactional Analysis

Foundation Course members do a pairwork exercise in our main training room

The major focus of this one-year part-time course (twenty days of training) is on providing an in-depth awareness of TA and its applications in counselling and other interpersonal fields within the helping professions. As well as considering the major theories of TA and their applications, it also includes practical, experiential and skills-development work.

The Foundation course incorporates all the topics in the "Official TA 101", the international standard syllabus laid down by EATA/ITAA to cover the core concepts of TA.

While the Foundation Year is an essential first step into further TA training (if that's what you plan to do), you can also take the year as a free-standing module. For many people, their experience of the Foundation Year helps them to make a decision on whether to go further in TA training. For others, the Foundation course is a source of TA "tools" to enhance their work in whatever job they are already doing. And for all, the Foundation course provides an experience of personal development.

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Eligibility for entry

No previous academic qualification is required for entry to the Foundation course*. If you would like to apply for a place on the course, your first step is to complete and return the Application Form (available by email or post from the "Berne" office, contact details below). We will then contact you to fix a mutually convenient date and time for an admission interview. (*Please note: if you are intending to follow the Foundation Year by continuing in training for the Diploma or PGCD, CTA or MSc awards, please note the eligibility requirements for these options - please see the Overview page).

Assessment and progression

If you do decide to progress to further training in TA, you will need to pass the assessment for the Foundation Certificate in TA, which you take at the end of Foundation Year. The assessment includes three parts: (i) completion of the EATA/ITAA standard 10-question "TA 101 Written Exam" (about one A4 page per question); (ii) A short case study (about 2000 words) on how you have applied the ideas of the course in a personal or a work situation; and (iii) a Personal Journal of Learning (about one A4 page for each of the 10 training weekends), which you are encouraged to compile in whatever creative way you wish.

Upon successful completion of the Foundation course, you will also be eligible for the "TA 101" certificate of the European Association for Transactional Analysis.

Dates and timings

All Foundation trainings are held at weekends. Dates for 2014-15 are: Sept. 27/28, Oct 25/26, Nov 22/23, Jan 10/11, Feb 7/8, Mar 7/8, Apr 18/19, May 16/17, June 13/14, Jul 11/12. Each training day starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m., with normal breaks for lunch and refreshments.

Further information

For details of fees, course arrangements and directions on how to apply, please return to the Overview page.


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