Eric Berne, a Canadian psychiatrist, originated Transactional Analysis (TA) in the late 1950s, as a theory of communication, personality and systems. It is now globally recognised in the fields of organisational development and education, as well as counselling and psychotherapy.
TA is considered an approach which is easily accessible yet highly applicable to coaches for understanding individuals, communication, relationships with others and with their organisational and private contexts.
Contemporary TA offers:
- a picture of how people are structured psychologically
- models of communication
- theory of child and adult development
- tools for understanding organisations and cultures
- ways of working which emphasise co-creativity and relational impact
This workshop will give a brief overview of the wide ranging repertoire of TA ideas that the coach may wish to consider in terms of the 5 arenas described below, and provide a more in-depth focus on one TA concept within each:
- the presence of the coach – and the notion of the structural Adult ego state
- the client – and the concept of psychologically inhabited roles
- the relationship between coach and coachee – and the communication between
- the organisational system – and the impact of the culture
- the others in the system – and considering organisational games