In this lecture, Lisa Mathurin (a ccounsellor, psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer) provides an introduction to – and general overview of – ttransactional analysis (TA). After listening to this lecture, you will be able to:
- describe the philosophical principles of TA
- define ‘thinking Martian’
- categorise two levels of communication.
Lisa introduces the seven TA approaches, and four fields of application: counselling-based, educational, organisational and psychotherapeutic. You will hear about each of the latter, looking at:
- how it works in the field
- the environment in which it is practised
- the aims of TA within that field
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In addition to these guides to the four fields of TA application, Lisa introduces a fifth potential field, which is both new and highly topical.
She then gives you an overview of the key concepts in TA, including:
- what TA is
- the founder of TA
- history of TA
- value base, i.e. philosophical principles (providing detail on each of these).
Supporting you to apply your learning to your practice, Lisa provides guidance on TA contractual and communication methods. TA characterises communication as having two levels: the social-level message and the psychological-level message, and you will learn what each of this refers to and why each matters in the practice context.
Throughout the lecture, Lisa links TA theory and skills to the person-centred approach, highlighting their similarity and complementarity while also setting TA firmly within its roots of psychoanalysis. The lecture is valuable and relevant for practitioners of all modalities.
Finally, for those whose appetite has been whetted by this introduction to TA, you will go away from this lecture with awareness of various options for developing your professional knowledge and skills in tis modality:
- six professional associations that specialise in TA
- a two-day internationally recognised and standardised course
- five books for further reading.
About the Lecture Presenter
Clint Adams is a former Victorian police officer who studied psychology and later, Rehabilitation Counselling. His police, counselling, injury management, senior HR roles and working with asylum seekers have made him develop insights into the psychology and social interactions of individuals in trying conditions.
Clint has developed various behavioural and leadership programs to help people deal with various issues from PTSD to bullying and harassment. He is a keynote speaker on Suicide Prevention and Diversity and runs programs on mental health and wellbeing for corporate organisations and sporting organisations for teens.
Clint is the author of a book called Lighting the Blue Flame. The book is written as a story of a teen who commits suicide because of being bullied, but wants his death to at least have an impact to change things so it doesn’t happen to others.
The book has a lot of QR codes throughout for more information and also just random things teenagers would send each other on social media, so it is a little more interactive than other books. It also has its own soundtrack as Clint wanted to add that extra layer of depth to the experience as music can emphasise how people feel and experience things.
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