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Training in Transactional Analysis (TA) Psychotherapy and Counselling
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On-going Training Courses in Psychotherapy and Counselling

By "on-going courses", we mean all the courses in our programme that run continuously year by year. These courses, particularly the course in TA Psychotherapy, are the "mainstay" of our programme. They have been so ever since the foundation of The Berne Institute, and indeed in the earlier years from 1984 to 1993 when we operated as Training Central England. The on-going courses operate on traditional "academic years", beginning each year in September (October for the Foundation Year) and closing in July.

This section of the web site describes all our on-going courses. If your learning style is to go first for the "big picture", then you'll probably want to start by taking a look at our Overview page, which gives a summary of each course, as well as information on how you can progress through the courses and a view of the various alternative routes you can take. As well, there's information on the important practical matter of course fees.

If you find diagrammatic presentation helpful, then you may also like to take a look at our Course Progression Chart (an Adobe Acrobat .pdf document) to back up the verbal information in the Overview page.

If you're new to TA training, your entry point is likely to be the Foundation Year, so that may also be the first page you want to look at in this section. 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 Foundation Year helps them to make a decision on whether to go further in TA training. For others, Foundation Year is a source of TA "tools" to enhance their work in whatever job they are already doing. And for all, the Foundation Year provides an experience of personal development.

If you do decide to progress to further training with us, you need first to pass the assessment for the Foundation Certificate in TA, which you take at the end of Foundation Year. You'll then move into one of three training groups. These run in parallel throughout the year; each group studies the same topics in that year. Two of the groups run at weekends, while the other group meets for supervision and skills practice on Mondays and joins with either of the other two groups for the teaching day on Sunday. In Berne-speak, these three groups are always known as "Universes 1, 2 and 3" (because somebody once made the joke that they are like "parallel universes").

These training groups are multi-level - that is, they include students of all levels of experience, from those in their first year of training to those in their fourth. The topics of study come round in a (flexible) four-year rotation. This is in contrast to the usual University-style structure of successive years that increase in complexity year by year. To find out why we run the groups in this way, you may like to check out our page on Philosophy and Strategy of Training, which you'll find in the "About Us" section of the web site.

You'll be in one of the Universe groups whether you are studying for The Berne Institute's Diploma in Transactional Analysis Counselling or for the UKCP-accredited qualification of Certified Transactional Analyst (CTA). The CTA exam is externally moderated by the European Association for Transactional Analysis (EATA), and the CTA qualification is recognised by TA organisations in over 60 countries worldwide. In the UK, the award of CTA automatically affords you entry to the National Register of Psychotherapists published by the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).


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Both our Diploma course and our CTA course have been validated by Middlesex University. These programmes are quality assured by Middlesex and you will receive a Middlesex award on successful completion. The former leads to the award of the Postgraduate Clinical Diploma in Transactional Analysis Counselling (PGCD), details of which you'll find on our Diploma Page; and the latter to the degree of Master of Science in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy.



We run an Exam Group, the purpose of which is given by its name: the group members prepare for and pass the CTA examination. We don't have a separate web page on our Exam Group, simply because most of the places in each year's group are already occupied by members coming up from our Universe groups. However, there are sometimes extra places available, and these are open to students from other accredited training centres. To be eligible for a place, you need (a) to have the agreement of your own Principal Supervisor and/or training centre; (b) to have started writing your CTA Written Exam, or be at an advanced stage of planning it; and (c) to be making tapes of your client work that are within "striking distance" of CTA standard. These are the same conditions for Exam Group entry that we require of "Berne" students. If you would like to enquire about Exam Group entry, please contact us.

If you already have your CTA qualification (either from "The Berne" or from any other EATA- or ITAA-accredited training centre anywhere in the world), then another route to the MSc is by APL (Accreditation of Prior Learning). You'll find details of APL, including fees, on our page of that name.


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