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TA Psychotherapy Foundation Course (Transactional Analysis) (Accredited by UKATA)

For qualified counsellors & those in other professions wishing to learn more about Psychotherapy (UKATA Accredited)

  • outstanding individual support
  • unique classroom setting (experiential and theoretical)
  • enhance existing qualifications
  • accredited by the UK Association for Transactional Analysis (UKATA)

Course Details

The Foundation course in TA provides an in-depth introduction to the key concepts of TA and their application. It can stand alone as a year for personal and professional development, and it provides the first of 4 years of our Advanced TA psychotherapy course, for those wishing to pursue a full training in psychotherapy.

The Foundation course can also provide a route to TA training in other fields (educational or organisational work), or to training in counselling.

Each of the modules focusses on a particular aspect of TA theory, which builds into a broad overview of TA theory and its use in practice. In addition, the transactional analytic approach is integrated with the development and practice of effective listening and counselling skills.

Venue: Exeter

Duration: 9 months, part-time

Assessment: Two assignments and presentation

: Iron Mill College Certificate of completion for the Transactional Analysis Foundation course.  Students who are members of UKATA and who complete the course would also be eligible to apply for the UKATA Transactional Analysis Award.



November 2016 Intake:

Saturday (9.30am - 5.30pm) and Sunday (9.30am - 5.00pm)

One weekend per month, 9 weekends per year.

Start Date: 12th November 2016


Applicants must have:

  • A degree or another equivalent/relevant qualification and/or suitable life experience.
  • A TA 101 workshop certificate (preferably prior to commencement of training, otherwise the TA 101 workshop must be undertaken during the Foundation Year course).

If you are interested in signing up for this course, we recommend that you attend one of our Open Evenings.

How to apply:

You can apply by submitting the following documents and items:

  • Application Form (available to download from 'Download' section on the left of this web page) with a covering letter outlining why you are interested in undertaking the course.
  • Passport/Webcam Style Photo.
  • CV and copies of your TA 101 certificate (if completed), any other relevant professional qualification certificates you've mentioned in your application, and any higher education certificates you have (i.e. degree-level, equivalent, or above).
  • A Personal Reference returned to us by your Personal Referee (reference request form available to download from 'Download' section on the left of this web page).
  • A Professional Reference returned to us by your Professional Referee(reference request form available to download from 'Download' section on the left of this web page).

You will also need to pay a £100 initial booking deposit, prior to attending an interview. This is deductible from your course fees if your application is successful.

Selection for interview:

Selection is on the basis of information provided in your application (as above). We will send you an invitation to come for an interview once these documents are in place.

At interview:

This will include a 1 hour group discussion and a 30 minute individual interview. You will need to set aside time between 10am and 3pm on the interview date for the interview process (if you need to leave earlier, it may be possible to negotiate an early individual interview timeslot on the day).

The following personal and professional readiness criteria are used as part of the assessment of whether students are ready to progress from the Foundation Year in TA to the Advanced TA course, and to progress from year to year in the Advanced TA course. Therefore, at interview for the Foundation Year course, we ask you to consider these criteria, and be able to identify and discuss those that you would find most challenging.

Students should show the capacity to:

  • Relate from a stance of respect and mutual interest.
  • Communicate in an open and respectful manner 
  • Show evidence of awareness of professional and ethical standards. 
  • Take responsibility for your physical and emotional well being. 
  • Take an active and shared responsibility for getting your learning needs met in the course.
  • Cope with the varied demands of the course including the fulfilment of financial obligations, the timely completion of assignments and active participation in the course, e.g. discussions, sharing of case material, live work under supervision in the large group, small group exercises and group process.

Students should demonstrate a growing ability to:

  • Be aware of your own process and communicate it when appropriate in a coherent and open way, relating it to the course content when relevant. 
  • Give constructive feedback. receive constructive feedback, reflect upon it and make use of it. 
  • Learn to deal with the challenge of unhelpful feedback.
  • Demonstrate a capacity for self reflexivity. 
  • Be active in the group process component of the course. 
  • Be aware of the boundary between therapy and training in a way that the training task can remain foreground. 
  • Relate course content and theory to practice. 
  • Integrate new material with previous theory and ideas. 
  • Be aware of the limitations of your level of expertise and work within it. 
  • Participate in skills exercises and the clinical practice component related to the course content at a level of competence appropriate to the stage of training. 
  • Experiment and learn from mistakes. 
  • Experience uncertainty and difficult feelings without becoming rigid, demanding or incapacitated by anxiety.
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