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Course Overview

 Transactional analysis  (TA)  is a model for understanding human personality,relationships and communication . This course builds on previous Counselling skills training  and/or practical experience  .This course will offer participants the opportunity to become more familiar with ideas and concepts that form the basis of an approach which is readily applicable to many different settings and which may provide a useful complement to existing listening skills. 


Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Barbara Foad

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Course Description

This course will introduce the basic theoretical concepts of a transactional analysis approach to counselling skills. Transactional analysis provides an integrated model of counselling skills and the course will therefore build on previous training and/or practical experience.Participants will be introduced to concepts such as ego states, transactions, psychological games and script and will be able to consider often perplexing aspects of experience from a new and different perspective.
The course will be a mixture of presentation, discussion and guided exploration and participants will be expected to be willing and able to share and learn from their own experience.

Further Information & Notes

See Course Prospectus for class days and times.  You must contact the Programme Co-ordinator , Barbara Foad to register for a place. 
This course may not be suitable for anyone who is currently receiving Counselling  or has faced a serious emotional issue in the last six months.
Class size is limited to 15. You must be able to attend the same class at the same time  over 10 weeks .There is a strict attendance requirement of at least 75% . If you miss more than two 3 Hr classes for any reason you cannot pass the course.
Your class may include part-time students of all ages.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: Two essays, one of 1200-1500 words (30%) , second 3000 words (50%), plus weekly learning logs (20%).

Resit: Resubmisssion of essays. Candidates should note that a resit is not permitted for learning logs.

To achieve credit for the course overall, a pass in each element is required.

Formative Assessment

A reflective personal learning log of 250 words will be completed by all students and submitted to tutors after week 2 on a weekly basis. The log is an opportunity for students to reflect on their experiences of learning in the class , how they relate theory to practice and their own personal awareness, growth and development. The course is a mix of presentation, discussion and guided exploration. Participants are expected to be willing to share and learn from their own experience.


Weekly: A reflective learning log: will be read by tutors on weekly submission and any necessary feedback or concerns communicated to students. At the end of the course 10 logs will be graded linked to the CAS and weighted at 20%of the overall course mark.

Oral participation: Tutors will give individual feedback as necessary during the course.

Course Learning Outcomes


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