This thoroughly revised edition of Transactional Analysis Counselling introduces the theory and practice of TA – which integrates cognitive behavioural and psychodynamic theories within a humanistic philosophy – from a unique relational perspective. While most TA books focus on one field, this approach demonstrates the benefits of TA across a wide variety of helping settings, business and management, education and coaching as well as counselling. Case studies from a variety of contexts bring TA to life for trainees in any of these disciplines, and the accessible, engaging writing style makes difficult concepts understandable for undergraduates and postgraduates alike.

Bringing their book into the twenty-first century, expert authors Phil Lapworth and Charlotte Sills provide a brief history of TA followed by individual chapters on the concepts and techniques used. Each chapter is devoted to one concept and includes a detailed definition and description, and suggestions for application in practice. Exercises for student, practitioner and client, boxed summaries, diagrams, checklists and sources of further reading make this the ideal text for use in training.

This book is an essential companion for those embarking on specialist TA courses or studying TA as part of wider training, while those who want simply to integrate TA into their work with people can dip into it as suits their needs.

Making Contracts
Making contracts

The practice of transactional analysis (TA) involves the use of contracts. A contract is an agreement between two or more people. Its purpose is to clarify matters so that there is no confusion about what everyone expects of themselves and other people. TA practitioners make contracts with their clients about how they will work together, what is to be expected and what goals the person wants to achieve through the process of the work.

Eric Berne first developed his ideas at a time when psychotherapy and counselling usually followed the ‘medical model’, whereby therapists, like doctors, were considered to be the experts with all the learning and skill. They employed this expertise to ‘cure’ the patient who was regarded as having the problem ...

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