TA Foundation Level


This course is designed for those who wish to apply transactional analysis (TA) in any individual, group and/or organisational contexts, with an aim to enhancing individual, group, and organisational effectiveness through personal growth and professional development.

In this programme, trainees will learn TA concepts, tools, models and frameworks which could be applied on themselves for personal change and growth and then in their respective work contexts in organisations, with the mission of ‘rehumanising workplace’.

We believe that our trainees are experts in their field. We will not teach them the basics of their work, namely management, training, coaching, counselling etc. The focus of the programme is for the trainees to ‘learn transactional analysis’ and to apply the theory in their respective personal and work contexts, with regular ‘supervision’.

Developmental Transactional Analysis (DTA)

‘Transactional Analysis is a theory of personality and relationships for personal growth and professional development.’ TA certification is available worldwide in four fields – counseling, education, organisations and psychotherapy.

Developmental Transactional Analysis (DTA) refers to the application of TA in the three non-psychotherapy fields as it captures “the emphasis on development rather than the psychotherapeutic focus on cure. It is therefore of relevance to educators, consultants, trainers, facilitators, teachers, coaches, mentors, counsellors, mediators, social workers, parents, youth workers, advisors, HR professionals, managers, executives – and all who help to develop others.”

Ref: www.itaa.org and www.instdta.org 


Learning and application of DTA includes:

  • Understanding human personality and individual differences
  • Enhancing personal growth and professional development
  • Heightened awareness of self and personal growth
  • Contracting for change and development
  • Enhancing communication, cooperation and effectiveness
  • Managing people and processes during change and transformation
  • Counseling, coaching, mentoring and supervision relationships
  • Enhancing team effectiveness, relationships and cohesion
  • Leading and managing group processes
  • Understanding learning theory and enhancing training design and delivery
  • Diagnosing organization culture, designing interventions, and facilitating change
  • Understanding and dealing with the dynamics of organizational power play and politics


DetailsFoundation CyclePractitioner Cycle
Learning ProcessPresentation, exercise, application on self, discussion, reflection, journaling, reading, essays, sharingCompletion of foundation cycle (120 hours of advanced training)
CertificationDiploma in TA from SAATA*Applying TA at work on clients/client systems as a practitioner

PrerequisiteCompletion of TA 101144 hours in 18 months spread over 24 days @ 6 hours per day
ScopeApplying TA on self for personal growth and changeTA Practitioner from SAATA and/or Certified Transactional Analyst (CTA) from the ITAA*

Duration144 hours in 18 months spread over 24 days @ 6 hours per day

+ application with clients, field project, case study, assignments, supervision

*Certification is subject to fulfilling requirements as stipulated by SAATA/ITAA


The DTA program is an opportunity to deepen your knowledge and understanding of interpersonal relationships, group dynamics, and intra-psychic processes in a phased out and structured manner through the transactional analysis lens – critical concepts that help us to appreciate the nuances of human behaviour and how they play out in the organisational, counseling, coaching and educational contexts. What makes the learning process richer is not just the structure of the course but also the wealth of interactions with fellow professionals that add immense value. With this course, practicing managers, organisation development consultants, trainers, teachers, coaches and counselors can expand their professional competencies and portfolio by expanding their professional toolkit.

Admission Process

  • Complete an official TA101  (by a PTSTA or TSTA)
  • Confirm your interest to register before June 15, 2022, by email to hellorelations101@gmail.com
  • You might be asked to provide some additional inputs to assess your readiness for the rigour required
  • Minimum quorum to start a group is 12 members. And maximum group size is 18. When the quorum is established, admission will be provisionally confirmed by June 20, 2022.
  • On receiving confirmation, fill the registration form and pay your fee before June 30, 2022, at http://relationswork.in/event-registration/
  • Admission will be confirmed before the first session, on receipt of the form and fee.

Training Process

  • A typical day in advanced TA training will include any or all of the following: sharing of personal/professional journey, theory and case presentations, small group discussions, reflective exercises, demonstrations, question and answer sessions, process review, practice sessions and other andragogical processes.
  • Repetition is a characteristic of developmental training. Concepts will be revisited several times to reinforce and assure learning.
  • In between sessions, trainees are encouraged to maintain a reflective journal recording their insights, analyses of situations, questions, challenges, and any significant life experiences where they applied TA. 
  • Trainees are also expected to read relevant TA articles and books, and complete tasks/assignments -both written and experiential- assigned after every session. These assignments will be in line with SAATA/ITAA certifications so that successful completion of these assignments could add up to their preparation for these exams.
  • This is an adult learning process. Trainees take responsibility for full attendance, engagement in sessions, personal work as and when necessary, completing assignments as required, reading and preparing for the sessions, maintaining growth journal, maintaining a log of their work, application, supervision and continued development.

Certification Options

  • The Foundation Cycle leads to Diploma in TA from SAATA. 
  • The Practitioner Cycle leads to Practitioner Certification in TA by SAATA. 
  • All the DTA Hybrid training hours could be logged as advanced TA training hours as part of the requirements to be fulfilled for certifications by SAATA and ITAA. 
  • SAATA Membership and Certification: Trainees need to be members of SAATA during the whole course of the training.
  • ITAA Certification: Trainees who pursue their training beyond the two cycles may take CTA certification on fulfillment of the requirements set by the ITAA.

Refer the respective certification handbooks at www.saata.org  and www.itaaworld.org for the requirements of these certifications.

Certification timeline

TA 101

  • Two days
  • By a PTSTA/TSTA/TA101 Instructor

Diploma in TA

  • 1 – 1.5 years
  • By SAATA trainers
  • For personal growth

TA Practitioner

  • 1.5 – 3 years
  • By SAATA trainers
  • For professional practice – counselling, education, organizational, psychotherapy


  • 3-6 years
  • By International TA Association-International Board of Certification
  • For professional practice – counselling, education, organizational, psychotherapy

Personal Growth

Applying TA in one’s own life for changing unhealthy patterns is inherent and fundamental to TA training. We believe that the person we are is what we bring into all our roles – personal, professional and organisational. Therefore, the focus in the foundation cycle will be on integrating TA into one’s own personal, interpersonal and family/group/team contexts. The practitioner cycle will expand the learning for professional competencies to apply in respective client systems.

Trainees are expected to invest substantial amount of time and energy in changing and developing self before they venture into helping others.


  • Supervision is a unique, integral and crucial aspect of TA training. 
  • Trainees get to seek clarity, validation, reinforcement, direction, support and professional development as a practitioner by presenting their learning experiences and client engagement scenarios for supervision.
  • Supervision is a contractual relationship where the supervisor and supervisee engage in a co-creative process of honing the skills, knowledge and attitudes of the practitioner.


Professional Development

  • Contracting
  • Ethics, core competencies, professional practice
  • Fields of application

Individual Development

  • Physis
  • Ego state analysis – structure, function, functional fluency, pathology
  • Cycles of development – managing change, impasse
  • Life positions, rackets
  • Script analysis

Relationship Development

  • Transactional analysis proper – transactions, strokes, time structuring
  • Game analysis
  • Discounting, passive behaviours, symbiosis, problem solving



Teaching and Supervising Transactional

Analyst (Organisational)



Certified Transactional Analyst