Transactional Analysis

By successfully completing this course, you could;

  • Gain skills and knowledge in Transactional Analysis
  • Be awarded the BSY Professional Certificate of Merit
  • Receive the Certificate of Achievement at QLS Level 3*

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors.

Course overview

Transactional Analysis (TA) in its theoretical form describes how an individual’s psyche is structured, its most well known model being the ego state (Parent-Adult-Child) model. It is often thought that TA can only be used in relationship or parent/child contexts but this is not the case.  The TA model seeks to explain how individuals function and express personality and behaviour characteristics.  TA is now widely used across diverse contexts and in stand-alone and integrated therapeutic approaches.

As TA is a theory of personality and communication it can be applied in organisational settings and child development or educational contexts. It is also a practical therapeutic tool for the diagnosis of many psychological disorders, providing a method of therapeutic intervention, an example being to free individuals from negative patterns of behaviour or thought.


  • Lesson One
    • Introducing Transactional Analysis (TA)
      • Introduction
      • The Therapeutic Relationship
      • Humanist Approach
      • Behaviourist Approach
      • Linking Theory to TA Practice
  • Lesson Two
    • Personality and Ego States
      • Introduction
      • The EgoState Model
      • Functional Analysis of the EgoState Model
      • Egograms
      • Id, Ego and Superego
  • Lesson Three
    • How to Recognise Ego States
      • Introduction
      • Consideration of Communication Components, Skills and Applications
      • Diagnosing Ego States
      • The Real Self and the Executive Self
      • Structural Pathology
  • Lesson Four – Communication and TA Practice Applications
    • Introduction
      • Transactions
      • Strokes
      • Modes of Time Structuring
  • Lesson Five
    • Scripts:  Part One
      • Introduction
      • Living Out Scripts
      • Understanding the Script
      • Life Positions
      • The OK Corral
  • Lesson Six
    • Scripts: Part Two
      • Introduction
      • The Script Matrix
      • Decisions and Injunctions
      • Process Scripts/Drivers
      • Looking at Personality Adaptations
  • Lesson Seven
    • Redefining Scripts
      • Introduction
      • Discounting
      • The Discount Matrix
      • Frames of Reference
      • Redefining Transactions
      • Symbiosis
  • Lesson Eight
    • Games: Part One
      • Introduction
      • Feelings
      • Rackets as a Way of Getting What you Want
      • Differentiating between Racket Feelings and Real Ones
      • Racketeering
      • Stamps
      • Racket System
  • Lesson Nine
    • Games: Part Two
      • Introduction
      • How Games Are Played
      • Game Intensity
      • Game Sequence
      • Analysing Games
      • Game Plan
      • Why People Play Games
      • Games Classified
  • Lesson Ten
    • TA Practice
      • Introduction
      • Contracting to Practise TA
      • TA Aims and Concepts Reviewed
      • Development of TA
      • Being a TA Practitioner
      • Legal Implications of TA Practice
      • Overview


Practical training

No practical training is required to complete this course.

*Registration fee included.