Training Courses in Transactional Analysis, 2015-16
(including MSc in TA Psychotherapy and Postgraduate Clinical Diploma in TA Counselling)
In the academic year 2015-16, we are once again offering our entry-level Foundation Certificate course in transactional analysis; our Diploma in Transactional Analysis Counselling; and our on-going professional training course in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy. The psychotherapy training leads to the EATA examination for accreditation as a Certified Transactional Analyst (CTA). Success in the CTA examination entitles the practitioner to inclusion in the National Register of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy.
We also offer an MSc in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy and a Postgraduate Clinical Diploma in Transactional Analysis Counselling, validated by Middlesex University. Work for the MSc and PGCD awards is closely integrated with our existing TA Psychotherapy course, and the final examinations for CTA are also the final examinations for the award of MSc.
For 2015-16, we may also offer a weekday option for our TA Psychotherapy / Diploma course, in addition to our weekend groups. This will depend on overall demand for places. The weekday group, if it runs, will meet for a tutorial day on Monday once per month, joining the Sunday groups for the training day.
The Berne Institute Foundation Certificate in Transactional Analysis
The major focus of this one-year part-time course (twenty days of training) is on providing an in-depth awareness of transactional analysis (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 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. The Foundation Year course may be taken either as a free-standing module, or as preparation for the TA Psychotherapy course. Eligibility: no prior experience is required (but please note the eligibility requirements for the Psychotherapy course, PGCD or MSc if you intend progressing to any of these options - see below). Admission is by interview. For more details, please see our Foundation Certificate page.
The Berne Institute Diploma in Transactional Analysis Counselling
The Institute's Diploma course provides a thorough in-depth training for those wishing to take up a career in counselling. The course is also suitable for counsellors who wish to expand their skills and knowledge using the TA core model. The in-house Diploma course typically requires a minimum of three years' post-Foundation study, with twenty days of training in each year. It provides a balance of theory, skills training, personal development and practical experience and is designed to integrate all these elements to provide a firm basis for development as a counsellor. Eligibility: for entry to the Diploma course you must normally have completed at least 120 hours’ TA training (exceptionally, training in another modality) at Foundation level. You will find further details on our Diploma / PGCD page.
Accredited Training Course in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy
This course is intended for trainees who plan to pursue a professional career as psychotherapists. There are 20 days of training in each year. The total duration of the course will depend on your initial experience and background, since it may be possible to credit prior learning towards the total hours requirement set by EATA; as a general guideline only, most trainees can expect to take four to five years between entering the course and taking their final examination. The training is accredited by the Humanistic and Integrative College of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) for the purpose of registration. Trainees completing the course will normally take the international examination set by the European Association for Transactional Analysis (EATA) for accreditation as a Certified Transactional Analyst (CTA) in the field of Psychotherapy. Success in the CTA examination gives you the right to be listed in the UKCP's National Register as a Transactional Analysis Psychotherapist. Eligibility: you must normally have completed the Foundation Year, or a comparable course at another EATA-accredited training institute comprising at least 120 hours’ TA training, and have a degree or degree-equivalent qualification. (If you are unsure about the degree-equivalence of your qualification, we shall be happy to advise you). For further details, please visit our Psychotherapy Training page.
Masters Degree in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy
We offer an MSc in TA Psychotherapy, validated by Middlesex University. This programme is quality assured by Middlesex and you will receive a Middlesex award on successful completion. Work for the Masters' degree is closely integrated with our existing framework of training and examination for accreditation as Certified Transactional Analyst (CTA). MSc students follow the training course already described for CTA, and the final written and oral examinations for the CTA are also the final examinations for the award of the MSc. Students on the Masters’ course will also have a number of written assignments formally assessed during the course itself. The duration of the MSc course is 3 years (min.) of part-time study, with enrolment normally taking place in the third year of post-Foundation training. You'll find more details on our Masters' Degree page.
Postgraduate Clinical Diploma (PGCD) in Transactional Analysis Counselling
We also offer a Postgraduate Clinical Diploma in TA Counselling, validated by Middlesex University. This programme is quality assured by Middlesex and you will receive a Middlesex award on successful completion. Diploma students, like those for the MSc, follow the CTA training course and complete written assignments; but in place of the CTA final examinations, Diploma students are assessed on two short case studies and a sample of their taped work. The duration of the PGCD course is 2 years (min.) of part-time study, with enrolment normally taking place in the third year of post-Foundation training. To learn more about the PGCD, please go to our Diploma / PGCD page.
MSc by Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)
If you have already qualified as CTA (either at The Berne Institute or at another EATA-accredited centre)you are eligible to apply for the award of MSc via Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL). Like the on-going MSc and PGCD courses, this APL procedure is validated by Middlesex University. If you are interested in APL, you'll find more details on our MSc by APL page.
Training location and dates
Berne Institute trainings are held at our training centre, Berne House, near Nottingham. Directions, with dates and times for each training course, will be sent on enrolment, and are also available on enquiry from the Course Registrar (address and telephone number below). Timings for all on-going training courses, except where otherwise stated on the relevant web page, are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with normal breaks for lunch and refreshments.
Fees (academic year 2015-16)
The training fee for the Foundation Year course is £1,650. For each year of the TA Psychotherapy / Diploma course, the training fee is £1,950. These fees include £50 for Berne Institute membership.
Course members are asked to pay an initial booking deposit of £100, with the balance of the respective training fee payable in ten monthly instalments.
Students registering for the Masters’ Degree and/or the Postgraduate Clinical Diploma during the academic year 2015-16 will be charged in addition an annual fee of £1350*, which covers Middlesex registration and all marking fees for assignments submitted for MSc or PGCD assessment. *Please note: this annual fee does not become payable until the date of registration for the MSc or PGCD, which will normally be in your third year of the on-going CTA/Diploma training. The annual fee may possibly be varied from time to time by Middlesex University; we shall of course inform you on application of any change in this fee. On all these fees, including the MSc / PGCD annual fee, we offer a facility for payment by instalments. (Please note: for MSc or PGCD students who take a year out of the programme, a year-out fee of £250 is payable. This sum includes the annual Berne Institute membership fee of £50 for that year).
Exam group: (for advanced TA Psychotherapy / MSc trainees only): £1,250 for twelve one-day meetings (includes £50 annual membership fee). (*Please note: for students applying for direct entry to the Exam Group to take the MSc by APL, after completing their earlier years of training elsewhere, a higher fee is payable in the initial year of entry: for details please ask our office team to send you the APL Route 4 Prospectus).
Information on the fees for the APL route for practitioners who already hold the CTA qualification ("APL Route 5") is given on our APL page.
A marking fee of £200 will be payable by students choosing to take the examination for the Berne Institute's in-house Diploma. On all other courses, marking fees for Berne Institute and Middlesex University assessments are included in the fees already listed. Please note, however, that marking fees for EATA examinations are payable directly to EATA, and are not included in the Berne Institute fees listed above.
Principal Trainers at The Berne Institute
The principal trainers on The Berne Institute’s courses are Ian Stewart and Adrienne Lee, Joint Directors of The Institute, together with Associate Director Mark Widdowson and Academic Tutor and Supervisor Frances Townsend. If you'd like more details about our trainers, please go to "Meet our training faculty").
Visiting trainers also contribute to the programme. All trainers on The Berne Institute's training faculty are accredited by the European Association for Transactional Analysis (EATA) and the International Transactional Analysis Association (ITAA), and are UKCP Registered Psychotherapists and Professional Members of the UK Association for Transactional Analysis (UKATA).
To apply for a course, or if you have any questions not covered by the information on this web site, please contact: The Course Registrar, The Berne Institute, Berne House, 29 Derby Road, Kegworth DE74 2EN. Tel. and fax: 01509-673649; email: click here>>