Transactional Analysis and Studying at The Link Centre
At The Link Centre, as well as taster courses and CPD workshops, we run Counselling and Psychotherapy Training. These courses are for those wishing to go on and qualify as counsellors and/or UKCP registered psychotherapists. The courses take place part time over 10 weekends a year allowing students to study while also working full time. They combine Transactional Analysis (TA) theory with practical application, demonstrations and case examples in a group environment.
Students come to us from all different backgrounds, and for many different reasons. They all have a common interest in people, and understanding themselves better, but choose to undertake the training for many different and personal reasons.
We have asked a few of our students to explain to us why they chose this route, and how they are finding the course so far - we hope you find it interesting and enlightening reading.
"I became interested in counselling when living in London in the mid 1990's, after undertaking counselling with my wife. After spending two years training in Psychodynamic and Person Centred counselling, I moved to my current residence in east Sussex and for a further 7-8 years no further training was undertaken.
I became aware of The Link Centre and the TA training and decided to give it a go! I found out that as well as being an interesting subject and a personal learning experience, the course had reaffirmed my desire to become a counsellor. Little did I know what the change would turn out to become in terms of commitment and personal growth, and am now at my current level (Clinical year 2 going on to my fourth year).
My time at The Link Centre has shown me many things and has challenged my feelings, thoughts and behaviour. Mark, Leilani and Cazzy and a host of guest lecturers have revealed an ocean of ideas, theories, experiences, light bulb moments, personal emotions and most of all a huge change for me in terms of my own self and my future work. Coupled with an unbreakable bond formed within my own group of trainees whom I have shared many of mine and their life experiences happy and sad.
I don't believe this experience would have been possible were it not for the support and mentoring of all the Link Centre people and I am very happy that I took that glance in that publication 3 or so years ago and stepped back into the world of counselling and all that it offers to myself and others. I am looking forward to continuing this journey with ALL the people I have met at the Link Centre both professionally and socially." Bob Walton
"Being a student at The Link Centre is a very rewarding experience. Not only are you encouraged to think, feel and behave like an Adult (in terms of TA theory), but you are also treated like one in that you are expected to take responsibility for your own learning journey.
I think The Link Centre provides a fabulous learning environment - the tutors are inspiring and the people that I have met come from all walks of life which adds to the richness of the learning experience.
The learning I have experienced is theoretical, practical and social." Justine James
"My experience of being a student at The Link Centre has been a very positive one. I find that the learning environment is rich, safe and dynamic. The tutors are clearly knowledgeable and have walked the path of becoming a TA psychotherapist and trainer themselves. They make themselves available as a resource as well as bringing books and articles to provide first class teaching which is tutor-led when necessary and student-centred to ensure everyone's needs are met. The tutors' style is congruent with the spirit and philosophy of Transactional Analysis, which means the weekends are a safe and contained environment in which to explore, learn, ask questions, challenge and be challenged. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their learning and themselves and this is modelled by the tutors themselves. The premises are ideal for the needs of the students with plenty of space, inside and out, with also plenty of opportunities to mix with other students. The structure of the course is well planned and the information given very clear and comprehensive. As a student there, I have felt welcome, respected, valued and well supported." Maryline Leese
Jo Brewster - My choice to be a counsellor
"I first thought I'd like to be a counsellor or psychotherapist when I was about 15. I had often found myself helping friends and family who were in emotional distress and had also experienced some difficulties myself which I wanted to understand, so I chose to study a degree in Psychology.
After University I took a Counselling Skills course. I really enjoyed it and wanted to continue training, but at that time it was not possible to train until the age of 25, so I went travelling and then got a job doing support work with young people. Once approaching 25 I started to look for a course that would provide me with a Diploma in Counselling.
During this time I also started going to personal therapy for some issues I was experiencing and saw a local Transactional Analysis (TA) therapist who specialised in these issues. I learned about the TA approach and concepts over time and really liked it; it made sense to me and also really helped me. This is one of the reasons I chose to train in TA and join The Link Centre.
I have made some big changes in my life since I started studying which have been of huge gain for me, although painful and difficult at the time. I have felt empowered and supported by my personal therapist, the tutors and the group. I trust that by following the philosophy of TA and what I have learnt, I am doing the right thing for me and I feel a lot happier and more 'me' than I have in a very long time. I have also noticed small changes I've made in my life in terms of my general health and well-being, which can also be attributed to my journey of personal growth and change whilst studying TA at The Link Centre.
I've had a lot of fun on the courses so far, there are always opportunities for doing things in a fun, creative and experimental way. I believe I am more willing to try or partake in things which I may have felt self-conscious about doing before; the supportive environment enables this. I have been inspired by other people's journeys on the course and have felt honoured to be part of and witness this. I believe very much in the philosophy of TA and the process of therapeutic personal change, growth and development because of this. We have often celebrated each other's successes however small or big they seem. I recently completed the Brighton Marathon and felt I had my whole group and the tutors with me in the lead up to, on and after the event - which was lovely."
Explanation of Transactional Analysis
TA was founded by Eric Berne in the 1950s and 1960s and has evolved since. It is now a well-established approach used widely in psychotherapy, counselling, education and organisational development as well as many other areas.
As well as providing a theory of personality, Transactional Analysis offers a range of models that can be used to explain communication and relationships. These models can help identify what goes wrong in communication and how to interact for a better outcome.
The therapeutic applications of TA focus on providing opportunities for individuals to change repetitive patterns. These patterns, the result of early childhood decisions which in TA are referred to as 'script', limit an individual's potential.
TA focuses on how script manifests itself in day-to-day life and how we can move beyond it to improve the quality of our lives. Used with individuals, couples and groups, TA is effective with a wide range of therapeutic issues. Unique in the depth of its theory, this process allows for the individuality of both therapist and client.
TA is also beneficial in settings such as organisational training and consultancy, parenting, education, personal development and coaching. Many TA concepts are simple to learn and apply, making them very accessible and effective.
What are people saying about our Introduction to Transactional Analysis (TA101) Course?
We have received some lovely and positive feedback recently about the TA101 course we run at The Link Centre, and wanted to share itL
"When I first came across the TA model as part of a Psychology module at University it really struck a chord with me and soon became a very useful tool for me to look at my behaviour and personal development. Since becoming a coach I've used the ego states model with clients and found they could easily relate to it too. So I enrolled on the TA101 Workshop to make sure I'd got my facts straight and to learn how to explain it even better. The course gave me so much more than I expected. I gained a wider and deeper understanding of TA which has reinforced my view that it is a very accessible and logical way of thinking about human behaviour. Leilani is a very skilled trainer with a great sense of fun; the workshop was very interactive with lots of insights and a-ha moments. I can't believe how much I learned, especially as it was such an enjoyable weekend!" Dawn Waldron
"Please pass my thanks to Leilani for a very good course. The environment was ideal - both in the building and in the grounds. The content was as advertised and was well-structured and well-paced - one thing flowed to another maintaining continuity. The handouts were informative and innovative (I liked the 5 Driver 'bookmarks'). Questions were addressed with 'a lightness of touch' and were answered with precision - this doesn't always happen! I have passed the word on to friends and colleagues and have already received favourable comments regarding 'Steps To Success'. So, all in all, I found the course beneficial and would have no hesitation in recommending The Link Centre to others." Philip Aldcroft
"I thoroughly enjoyed the TA101 weekend. Leilani was a very good tutor, she ensured that everyone was involved and delivered the course at the right pace. The dynamics of the group were good and everyone got a chance to work with everyone else. I would recommend this weekend to my colleagues and friends without question." Penny Hawkins
Upcoming dates for courses at the Link Centre
Foundation Certificate in TA
Starting in October 2012
This is both a standalone course and a prerequisite for continuing training in counselling and psychotherapy. It is for those wanting to deepen their theoretical knowledge following the introductory TA101. During the year, we will encourage integration of learning with case examples, taught elements and experiential exercises. To gain a place on this course you will need to attend an interview.
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Counselling/ Psychotherapy Training
Starting in October 2012
These courses are aimed at those wishing to go on and qualify as counsellors (accredited by the Counselling Society) and/or UKCP registered psychotherapists. The courses will combine TA theory with practical application, demonstrations and case examples. To gain a place on this course you will need to attend an interview.
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Certificated Foundation Course in Hypnotherapy
15th/16th September, 22nd/23rd September & 13th/14th October 2012
This course will provide you with the necessary skills to use hypnosis to improve confidence, self-esteem, weight control, insomnia, memory and to use with habits such as smoking and nail biting, resolving people's fears and phobia's, gain relief from panic and anxiety and much more.
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TA101 - Introduction to Transactional Analysis
Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd July 2012
This course will introduce some of the main concepts of TA including: life script, psychological games, ego states and transactions. We will look at how to relate these concepts to others and ourselves and identify alternative options for our behaviour and communication. This course leads to an internationally recognised certificate.
Diploma in NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) 13th/14th October, 10th/11th November 2012 If you are curious about developing your own personal excellence e.g. being the best you can as often as possible, this programme may be just the answer you have been looking for. During the 4 days together you will discover your unique excellence, how to maximise your untapped potential, boost your communication and relationship building skills along with how to design compelling outcomes for yourself and others.
More course details can be found here: http://www.thelinkcentre.co.uk/training-courses/
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