TA: a Worldwide Professional Framework

All the activities of qualified transactional analysts – including TA training and accreditation – are carried on under the auspices of a worldwide network of professional TA associations. This network is co-ordinated at national, continental and international levels through a system of affiliation. It provides a secure professional and ethical basis for the work of accredited transactional analysts.

The Berne Institute’s TA training programmes meet all the requirements of TA professional associations at both national and international levels.

The UK Association for Transactional Analysis

The UK Association for Transactional Analysis (UKATA), a Registered Charity, has some 800 members. It publishes a quarterly magazine, The Transactional Analyst. UKATA holds an annual national conference, plus various regional and special-interest gatherings. UKATA is also responsible for organising examinations in the UK held under the Europe-wide auspices of the European Association for Transactional Analysis (see entry for EATA below).

UKATA operates a UK-wide system of quality assurance in TA training by maintaining a list of Registered Training Establishments (RTEs). Each RTE is subject to periodic re-assessments by UKATA in order to remain an RTE. The Berne Institute is a UKATA Registered Training Establishment, and all “Berne” trainers are also accredited as UKATA trainers.

For further information about UKATA, you can visit their website at: www.uktransactionalanalysis.co.uk.    Or contact:

Shelley Walker, UKATA Administrator,
Unit 4 Spring Gardens,
Park Lane,
East Sussex
Tel +44 (0) 1892 664615; email: admin@uktransactionalanalysis.co.uk.

The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy

The Berne Institute, like UKATA, is an Organisational Member of the Humanistic and Integrative College (HIPC) of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). Though not a government department, the UKCP operates with governmental approval. It has the task of maintaining and improving the standards of psychotherapy – of all modalities – within the United Kingdom. As one part of this function, the UKCP issues an annually updated Register of Psychotherapists.

TA practitioners who are accredited as Certified Transactional Analysts in the Psychotherapy field of application have the right to be listed in the UKCP’s National Register as Transactional Analysis Psychotherapists.

The UKCP publishes a twice-yearly newsletter, The Psychotherapist,as well as organising an annual conference.
For further information on the UKCP, contact:

The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy,
2nd Floor, Edward House,
2 Wakley Street,
Tel 020 7014 9955; email: info@ukcp.org.uk; web site: www.psychotherapy.org.uk.

The European Association for Transactional Analysis

Britain’s UKATA is among more than thirty TA associations in European countries that are affiliated to the European Association for Transactional Analysis (EATA). Registered in Switzerland as a non-profit professional association, EATA has an expanding membership currently numbering more than 7,000. The Association publishes a thrice-yearly Newsletter and organises an annual conference.
One of EATA’s most important tasks is to administer the system of standard, competency-based professional examinations for transactional analysts in Europe. This is the special province of EATA’s Commission of Certification (COC). Britain’s UKATA, like all the other European associations, uses the COC examination structure as the basis for accrediting TA professionals. The Executive Secretary of EATA is:

Marianne Rauter,
Silvanerweg 8,
78464 Konstanz,
Tel. (+49) (0) 7531 95270; fax (+49) (0) 7531 95271; email  EATA@gmx.com. EATA’s web site is at: www.eatanews.org.

The International Transactional Analysis Association

EATA maintains close professional ties with the International Transactional Analysis Association (ITAA). This is a worldwide “umbrella” organisation for TA. It is a non-profit educational corporation, and is based in San Francisco. In its role as an international forum for TA services and standards, the ITAA makes feasible the mutual recognition of TA professional credentials in 60 countries around the world. Its accreditation arm, the International Board of Certification (IBOC), performs the same role outside of Europe as EATA’s COC does within Europe; the IBOC and COC stay in close liaison with each other so as to maintain comparability in the competency-based examinations that the two bodies conduct in their respective areas. Mutual accreditation of training standards across the world is monitored by TA World Committee of Standards (TAWCS).

The ITAA publishes a monthly on-line newsletter, The Script, and a quarterly journal of theory and research in TA, the Transactional Analysis Journal. You can contact ITAA at:

2843 Hopyard Road, Suite #155, Pleasanton, CA 94588, USA. Tel. +1 925 600 8110; fax +1 925 600 8112; email via web site, http://itaaworld.org/.

The Institute of Developmental Transactional Analysis
The Institute of Developmental Transactional Analysis (IDTA) focuses on the applications of TA within fields such as education, organisational work, management development and coaching.
The IDTA can be contacted at: IDTA, Wildhill, Broadoak End, Hertford SG14 2JA, England. Tel. 03000 115230; email: admin@instdta.org. You can find further information about IDTA at: www.instdta.org/