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.

Functional Analysis: Behavioural Options in Relationship

Functional Analysis: Behavioural Options in Relationship
Functional analysis: Behavioural options in relationship

We have mentioned options several times in previous chapters. We have indicated that, by becoming aware of our ego states, particularly the ones which are interfering with our current functioning, we can become more aware of our options in any given situation. The important implication here is that despite the apparently static nature of the structural model of ego states, they are actually dynamic – in other words, they are constantly changing and flowing in the here and now as we co-create each present moment. Awareness means having both responsibility and choice. Once aware that we are responding to a situation from a Child ego state, for example, we are then responsible for exercising ...

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