The Horsforth Centre

Foundation Certificate in TA            Interviewing now for Sept  2019 start

The Foundation Certificate in Transactional Analysis is stand alone or course and a requirement for further training in TA.   The programme that runs over 10 weekends is 120 hours and covers the core concepts in  transactional analysis. The course can lead to further training either at Diploma or Certified Transactional Analyst level and in this first year of training is very much about understanding transactional analysis theory through application to self. On completion of the programme trainees are eligible for the UKATA TA Award.

Each weekend of the Foundation Certificate is made up of a theory and skills day where trainees will have the opportunity to learn about the theory and then look at how to apply it both to self and in a counselling or mental health setting.

Teaching is structured to include a mixture of Foundation Cert groupdidactic discussions, experiential exercises, study groups and tutorials. Some of the activities will include lectures, handouts, using video, role play, case study, group discussion, supervision of skills and skills practice.
Skills Practice takes place on each weekend. Trainees work in small groups with each other practicing developing their counselling skills.
Group Process takes place for at least one hour each weekend where the group take time to reflect on their experiences in the group, the impact of the
group and the impact of training.

Foundation Certificate Course Content

The content of the course is covered by 10 modules - 1 module per weekend:
1 An introduction to TA and contracting
2 Ego states and transactions
3 Script
4 Games
5 Rackets and the racket system
6 Personality adaptations
7 Discounting and passivity
8 Diversity
9 Attachment and child development
10 Introduction to practice

The following table is a summary of the content of each weekend:
Weekend & Theme                                  Content Summary
Weekend 1: 
An introduction to Transactional Analysis and Contracting
A key part of this weekend is the initial induction and welcome.
Following induction, we then move on to the weekend topic by reviewing the origins of TA and its underlying philosophical assumptions. We will be exploring contracting: its importance; different approaches to contracting; and its theory and philosophy.

Weekend 2: 
Ego states and Transactions

Ego state theory is a fundamental element when looking at interpersonal communication. This weekend covers ego state theory and its use in assessing interpersonal communication.It also includes an exploration of structural and functional models and diagnosis in communication situations.

Weekend 3: 

Introducing the concept of scripts and life script, weekend 3 includes evaluating models for understanding scripts and considering TA theories of motivation such as   hungers and drivers.

Weekend 4: 

Weekend 4 covers game theory including strokes, the drama triangle, common games and the relationship between script and games.

Weekend 5: 
Rackets and the racket/script system

On this weekend we will be looking in more depth at the script system and also in its relationship to rackets, racketeering, racket feelings and games.

Weekend 6: 
Personality Adaptations

The Personality Adaptations weekend includes exploring process communication, communication channels, doors to contact and assessment and treatment planning.

Weekend 7: 
Discounting and passivity

Weekend 7 covers discounting, the discount matrix and passive behaviours. Elements considered include redefining, reactivity and re-parenting. The weekend also includes looking at the cathexis school of TA and its application in this area.

Weekend 8: 

The Diversity weekend aims to increase awareness of the significance and implications of cultural and social diversity and difference within and outside the consulting room. Includes models such as cultural scripting.

Weekend 9: 
Attachment & Child Development

Weekend 9 relates to attachment theory and models of attachment and attachment styles and from this goes on to explore TA models of child development.

Weekend 10: 
Introduction to practice

The final weekend of the course looks at using TA in a practice setting including contracts; the key concepts of permission, protection and potency; and ethical responsibilities.




Assessment is via two assignments, observation of skills practice and a personal learning journal.

How do I apply?

The full course prospectus, selection criteria and application form are available to download from the Application pack link at the bottom of this section.
Once we have received and checked your form, we will follow up your references and invite you for an interview. Your interview will cover the course, fees and provide us with the time to get to know you. You will have the opportunity to ask questions.  The interview is an assessment of the suitability of your personal qualities & relevant experience for the training you are applying to undertake.
Should you have a successful interview and you fulfil all the requirements we will contact you personally to advise you of your place on the course and we will send you a letter of acceptance with an invitation to an enrolment session.