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TA 101: Theory and Applications of Transaction Analysis

Transactional Analysis is a rational and easy-to-understand method of clarifying and managing human relationships and behaviors. The concepts developed by Eric Berne, M.D., in the 50s and 60s have continued to be expanded by Transactional Analysts throughout the world. This course is a synthesis of the original concepts and of recent developments in the theory and application of Transactional Analysis. This course can be beneficial to mental health professionals, parents, educators, clergy, physicians, people in managerial positions and the legal profession, and anyone interested in relating more effectively with self and with others. This course can serve as an introduction to Transactional Analysis or as a refresher for those already familiar with the theory and applications.

Completion of this course fulfills the requirements for becoming a member of the International Transactional Analysis Association and is a prerequisite for advanced Transactional Analysis training and supervision.

This course has been approved for twelve hours of continuing education credit by the Texas Board of Examiners of Licensed Professional Counselors and the Texas Board of Examiners of Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists.

Participants will learn:
• to use Transactional analysis as a diagnostic tool and for treatment interventions with clients
• ways to manage their own behaviors and lead others for excellent performances
• to differentiate feelings, thoughts, and opinions and use them for potent communication
• to avoid and/or get out of relational counter-productive entanglements
• options that work when communication is at an impasse
• how to protect themselves from the Internal critic
• tools useful in taking charge of life
• the power of giving and receiving positive and negative feedback
• to think about feelings in order to solve problems and get needs met
• to become aware of the negative impact in the present that early life decision may be having

Managing Relationships and Winning Together

An experiential learning program to help you understand and manage your relationship patterns. Tools for managing challening aspects of relationships and difficult transitions will be presented and practiced. This psycho-educational workship is for healthy individuals and couples who are interested in self-discovery.

Participants will learn:
• The relationship patterns you have been repeating
• How to take charge of relationships
• How to learn and grow from painful times in relationships
• How to start new relationships that avoid repeating unproductive patterns
• How to start new relationships with a new person or same partner or spouse
• How to get what you need from repetitive patterns
• Communication tools for Winning Together

Part II on the second day of this workship will provide participants opportunities for individual personal work in a group setting. (Part II is optional)

On site personnel training can be arranged to meet the client's needs. The training will be tailored for your organization, usually based on interviews done before the training begins. See the two day training for a synopsis of possible topics and tools covered.

Two-Day Experiential Workshop

Competitive relationships, communication, and behaviors among members within an organization lead to barriers for effective teamwork and to a breakdown of productivity and intimacy.

Competition in sports, games, and in the marketplace can lead to better teams and products. Relational Competition in families, groups, and organizations is counter-productive leading to avoidance, resistance, passive coercion, and workers and managers not working to their fullest potential. Cooperation and collaboration in relationships foster self assurance, mutual respect, and shared success.

This highly interactive two day workshop for professional counselors, therapist, ministers, teachers, social workers, psychologists, managers and business executives and CEO's presents and provides participants opportunities to practice:

• Tools that identify both cooperative and dysfunctional competitive interactions and behaviors
• Tools to shift to collaborative processes that invite others to do the same
• Guidelines for working collaboratively across differences such as race, gender, level in the organization, function, culture, age, education, financial, and language
• Four levels of analysis and intervention for relational and communication conflicts
• Eleven elements that are essential for building and maintaining collaborative work teams and organizations
• Tools for using feelings productively to solve communication and relational conflicts
• Differentiating between the person and the behavior when giving negative or positive feedback

Participants will learn how to:
• Identify dysfunctional competitive interactions and relationships
• Practice shifting from competitive dialogue to collaborative, solution-oriented communication
• Use tools to build and enhance collaborative environments and work teams
• Diagnose and plan interventions for work teams that are not performing to their maximum potential

This program offers a unique approach to:
• Improving collaboration among members of an organization at all levels resulting in increased productivity, a more inclusive work environment and enhanced business success
• Developing and fostering collaborative learning environments and processes
• Collaborative relationships for increased intimacy

Competition in general is often considered a positive attitude and behavior. In this program, participants learn to differentiate between productive and destructive competitive behaviors and to avoid useless polarizing when working toward a mutual goal while sharing feelings is what is needed.

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