Contact:  YTCi Course Director Dave Spenceley


16 modules over a 2 year period - leading to a YTCi certificate in TA concepts.

Course Director: Dave Spenceley TSTA

TA training at YTCi can lead to TA qualification as a Certified Transactional Analyst, with external examinations run by the European Association for Transactional Analysis.

The 16 modules - detailed with dates below, which form the TA foundation course plus the 101 course will provide participants with the knowledge and understanding of TA concepts to develop their personal and professional application prior to joining the advanced group.

The concepts covered provide the foundation for all TA psychotherapy, coaching, leadership development and counselling work. Scroll down to find the topics and dates of the 16 modules.

Using TA philosophy and practice YTCi trainers will create a supportive atmosphere in which you can safely develop both professionally and personally. TA training is focused on both professional and personal growth. The workshops will include theoretical input, discussions, supervision and self experience.

You will learn TA concepts and methodology and apply the theory to your personal development and your professional practice. You will have opportunity for using the TA approaches within the group and for receiving supervision of your professional practice.

TA training is process orientated and competency-based offering you the opportunity for personal and professional reflection. This is reflected in the course design, and requirements including the final external examination process for qualification. A description of the aims and methodology of TA training at YTCi is here as a pdf file: The aims and methodology in TA training at YTCi

Many attend TA training without intending to take the external examinations, or without having decided to complete the training - if you are in this position you will be welcome to join the training group and to explore how the group can best meet your requirements.

Participants must have attended the TA 101 course prior to joining, or attend the next available 101 course at YTCi. This course is a requirement prior to joining the Advanced TA training groups as well as the coaching and leadership supervision / training groups run by YTCi.  

It is recommended that participants also attend personal psychotherapy and this is a requirement prior to the use of TA concepts professionally with clients.

You can join at any time of the year - however the expectation is that you will go on to contract with YTCi to complete the whole of the foundation course.


YTCi Certificate in TA requirements:

Module 1: Feb 18 / 19th  - online with Dave Spenceley TSTA

 Setting the stage for the course

i. Origins of TA and relationship to other schools of psychotherapy and the four fields of TA.

ii. Introduction to the different schools of TA first and second waves.

iii. CTA examination

iv. Contracts and the role of contracting in TA.

v. Creation of individual contracts

Module 2: April 1 / 2nd  - Online using zoom: with Dave Spenceley TSTA

Strokes, time structure and the core concepts and values of TA.

i. Autonomy, intimacy, and spontaneity.

ii. Use of language and body awareness

iii. Open communication and TA

iv. Bernes concepts of cure

Module 3: May 20 / 21st  online with Dave Spenceley TSTA

Ego states

i. First and Second Order Structural Models

ii. Behavioural Model

iii. Ego states and transactions and transference.

iv. Decontamination and deconfusion work

Module 4: June 24 / 25th - Online with Dave Spenceley TSTA

 Passivity theory.

i. Symbiosis

ii. Discounting.

iii. 4 passive behaviours and redefining.

Modules 5 & 6:        Sept 2 / 3rd in Bucharest with Dave Spenceley TSTA

October 15 / 16th online with Dave Spenceley.

Our life stories: Script Theory and relational life patterns.

i. Is script a weight around our neck or essential for life?

ii. The ideas of: Berne, English, Goulding’s, Erskine, Resi Tosi.

iii. The script matrix, and the racket system.

Module 7: November 11 / 12th in Bucharest with Maria Bran PTSTA

Child development and attachment theory and TA

i. Concepts of Child development and working with families.

Module 8: December 2 / 3rd  in Bucharest with Dave Spenceley TSTA

Professional Practice and review of your year.

i. TA organisation and development.

ii. Ethics and the EATA ethics grid.

2023…… Dates and trainers to be arranged.

Module 9: Relational needs (Erskine)

i. 8 relational needs and empathy / inquiry / attunement.

Module 10:  Game Theory and its application.

i. The 3 diagrams of games.

Module 11: Group theory and its application in TA.

i. Bernes 6 diagrams of games.

ii. Introduction to Yalom and Group analysis.

Module 12: The Redecision School

i. 7 stages of Re-decision

ii. Parent Interview and creative techniques in TA.

Module 13: Systems theory and TA

i. Schmidt’s role model

ii. Uta Hohl’s areas of focus in work

Module 14: Working with couples using TA.

i. Gender and cultural issues.

ii. Sexuality and TA

iii. Co-dependency and TA

Module 15: Personality adaptations and working styles.

i. Paul Ware and kahler’s diagnosis quadrant.

Module 16:  Dream work in TA

b. Review of training and achievement of contracts