The Berne Institute: History and Mission Statement
The Berne Institute
was founded in Nottingham in April 1993. However, we trace our
history further back than that year: our activities incorporate and continue
an existing training programme in psychotherapy that has operated successfully
since 1984. The leaders of that training programme, Adrienne Lee and
Ian Stewart, are now Co-Directors of The Berne Institute.
From 1984 until 1993, the
joint training programme was essentially a co-operation between the private
practices of the two course leaders, jointly operating under the business
name Training Central England. In 1993 we decided to consolidate
and expand our activities in a more formal manner, and formed The Berne
Institute with that end in view.
For the first year of its
life, the Institute operated in rented premises in Nottingham city, while
we searched for a permanent centre. In mid-1994, we found and bought our
ideal building - now Berne House - in the village of Kegworth, some ten
miles South of Nottingham. Our training programmes have operated in Berne
House since September 1994.
Statement: The mission of The Berne Institute is to promote excellence
in the fields of psychotherapy, counselling, training, supervision, and
related research. The core model we use is transactional analysis (TA);
related humanistic approaches and neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) also
contribute to our work.
We are happy to register
the following achievements, by which we are already furthering
We have developed a coherent
and progressive set of training courses in psychotherapy and counselling,
from Foundation through to post-qualification levels, within the professional
framework of external accreditation provided by the European Association
for Transactional Analysis.
We have gained University validation
for our training courses, so that the existing professional qualifications
in TA are accorded the academic standing they deserve. Members of our training
courses can now study for the degree of Master of Science in Transactional
Analysis Psychotherapy and/or a Postgraduate Clinical Diploma in Transactional
Analysis Counselling. Both the MSc degree and the Postgraduate Diploma
are awarded by Middlesex University. The Berne Institute is a Collaborative
Partner Institution with the University.
We have become an Organisational
Member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy, giving us our own
"voice at the table" in policy discussions around such matters as the regulation
of psychotherapy in the UK.
At the same time, we remain a Registered Training Establishment of the UK's Institute of Transactional Analysis (ITA)and are committed to the ITA's aims and organisational role.
We have purchased and refurbished
Berne House, giving our students a spacious and functional dedicated training
centre. We continue to improve our premises and facilities.
Our students have gained a continued
record of successes in the external examinations set by our professional
We have established programmes
of weekend and midweek training workshops and free evening seminars, making
TA principles and skills available to a wider professional audience.
To further our aim of promoting research, we have commissioned a "Scoping Study", carried out by the University of Nottingham, to establish the extent and substance of evidence of the efficacy of TA in the existing literature of psychotherapy. Our Associate Director Mark Widdowson has responsibility for leading the research function in "The Berne", and is currently himself conducting and publishing studies on various aspects of TA.
We intend to build upon, extend
and expand these achievements in coming years.
In pursuing our mission,
we are committed to:
Use and development of an organic
model of personal learning, whereby each student is encouraged to develop
her/his own knowledge and skills at whatever rate, in whatever content
areas, and in whatever individual ways are most effective for him/her.
Recognition of personal responsibility,
on the part of each staff member and each student, for furthering the student's
positive learning experience.
Use of contractual method,
by which that shared personal responsibility in teaching and learning is
made clear and explicit so that it can be jointly agreed by teacher and
Further development of The Berne
Institute as a lively and growing
professional community, as well
as a place for learning and study.
Continued adherence to a policy
of equal opportunity in all our activities. (For full detail on
our equal-opportunities policy, please see our Equal-Opportunities Statement.
We have the following
To continue to develop our training
programmes in a manner that reflects the needs of our students and meets
the ever-changing requirements of professional training and accreditation
in psychotherapy and counselling within the UK and Europe.
To continue to expand our activity in the
field of research.