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A Common Mission Statement for ITAA and EATA

by Chitra Ravi

The ITAA and EATA have been collaborating well on many initiatives in recent years. In this process, we realized the importance to putting together a common mission statement to honor, formalize, and be explicit about our commitment to working together on common strategic goals for the worldwide TA community.

We also embraced the need to be more explicit about our collective commitment to sociopolitical and environmental issues. We are convinced that the TA community should consider extending the statement of our mission from “I’m OK, You’re OK” to a statement of universal acceptance that includes social justice and care for the natural environment. Click here to read more.
New Ethics in Practice: Less Parent, More Adult

Following on from the ITAA Ethics Committee’s first successful webinar, in which participants explored the polarities from absolutism to relativism, we are offering a second webinar on Monday 23 May (10 am – 11:30 am UTC) to explore what being an ethical practitioner looks like in practice.

Participants will be invited to explore how to tussle with an ethical dilemma in an open and transparent manner using inquiry (less Parent, more Adult) as a main tool. How can you hold someone accountable without blaming and shaming? How can you truly live the principles of TA in your ethical thinking and acting?

 In this webinar, the ethics committee will use the “new paradigm” of shared responsibility to deliberate a fictional ethical case. You are also invited to bring your own ethical issue to focus on in small groups. The webinar is an opportunity to share your concerns around ethical processes as well as your learnings.

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The EATA Platform for Support and the Future of This Initiative

A s you read in the last Script, the European Association for Transactional Analysis (EATA) has developed an online platform by which to offer support to TA members who are in need because of the war in Ukraine. This important project, headed by the chair of EATA’s European Connection Committee Elina Belyayeva and her team, is serving as an official connection point for EATA and ITAA transactional analysts who either need support or want to offer it.

In addition, the ITAA Board of Trustees has been exploring more ideas about how ITAA members can support people affected by war and crises. Here are some of their reflections and questions: Click here to read more.
Celebrating Examinee Successes!

This month we celebrate the success of those who passed their Certified Transactional Analyst (CTA) and Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst (TSTA) exams on 25–26 March 2022.

New Certified Transactional Analysts
Claire Bowers, CTA-P, UK
Danijela Ðurić, CTA-O, Serbia
Kate Hardy, CTA-P, UK
Liliana Horvath, CTA-P, Romania
Nataliia Hurets, CTA-P, Ukraine
Angelina Litvinova, CTA-P, Russia
Natalia Motrych, CTA-P, Ukraine
Anjali Puri, CTA-P, UK
Sushma Ramachandran, CTA-P, India
Nisha Rao, CTA-E, India
Priya Veeraraghavan, CTA-P, India

New Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analysts
Kateryna Bulhakova, TSTA-P, Ukraine
Rachel Cook, TSTA-P, UK
Yoshinobu Kitamura, TSTA-P, Japan
Dina Kononova, TSTA-P, Russia
Takayuki Muroki, TTA-P, Japan
Helen Rowland, TSTA-P, UK
Elly Voorend, TSTA-C, Netherlands
Nicky Worrall, TSTA-P, UK

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3-5 June 2022

Register today
to get the best price!

The conference will run for 24 hours a day for 3 days to cover all time zones, with over 50 workshops as well as recreational (playful) spaces (a social program). Since this is a 24-hour-a-day program, some workshops will be running in the middle of your night. Please make sure to register only for the workshops you are able to attend based on your time zone.

The conference is designed as an opportunity to exchange knowledge and also as a moment of meeting and sharing. To increase the opportunities to meet during the conference, there will be a social program designed to allow participants to have fun, laugh, smile, and enjoy themselves.

  • There will be TA quizzes with fun questions about TA, and the winners will be celebrated.
  • There will be thematic groups, some original and creative (like cooking TA), others more serious (such as ecological TA).
  • There will be many coffee break rooms in which participants can meet with colleagues and chat.
  • There will be TAlent shows during which participants can share their artistic skills with others. We are looking for TAlents among TA people. If you can sing, play an instrument, paint, make sculptures, write poetry, or are skilled in any art form, please contact us. You’re perfect for the TAlent show. We need you!

Join us. We’ll have fun!

April TAJ Now Available

The latest issue of the Transactional Analysis Journal is now available online. A nontheme issue, it contains a variety of interesting and wide-ranging articles.

Sylvie Monin opens her “Letter From the Coeditor” with some touching comments about Fanita English, including sweet remembrances about translating for Fanita in a Prague workshop and also how Fanita’s ideas influenced Sylvie’s TA journey. As Sylvie wrote, “[Fanita’s] many contributions in the Transactional Analysis Journal (TAJ) over the past 50 years opened new doors and new visions as she revisited, developed, confronted, and enriched TA theory, thereby keeping it alive and helping it to thrive and spread in the world.” Click here to read more.
Free-Access TAJ Article Available Until 30 June

Edward Novak’s April 2022 TAJ article “Emancipation From a Fear of Institutionalization: A Case Study of Transgenerational Hauntings” is now available for free access/download. Novak explores how three family generations were entangled around transgenerational trauma and haunting. He subtly combines case material and theory to make the reader aware of the risk to the client if theory dominates clinical observations so that clients are not given the opportunity to take responsibility for their own life script. He observes how providing a safe place and opening a psychic space for deeper exploration allows clients to transform and reconfigure their relationships with family members and the haunting ghosts within various ego states and self-states. This is an important opportunity to encourage your colleagues and friends to learn more about contemporary transactional analysis, so please let them know they can read/download the article here.
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Bill Cornell has a chapter entitled “In the Shadows of Loss: Manic Defenses in the Face of Absence” in a new book edited by Shoshana Ringel titled Loss, Grief, and Transformation: The Therapist’s Personal Experience in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 2021).
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Bill has also contributed a chapter entitled “When the Psyche Shreds, and the Body Takes Over” to Primitive Bodily Communications in Psychotherapy: Embodied Expressions of a Disembodied Psyche edited by Raffaella Hilty (Karnac, 2022).
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Richard Erskine has a new book out entitled Early Affect Confusion: Relational Psychotherapy for the Borderline Client (nScience, 2022).
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Vann Joines has written the introduction to a new book entitled Treating Trauma with Energy Psychology edited by Catherine Folkers (outskirts press, 2022).
The July 2022 issue of Psychoanalytic Inquiry, which is devoted to “The Turn Toward Embodiment in Psychoanalysis,” will include a paper by Bill Cornell entitled “Wishing I Weren’t Here: Therapeutic Engagements with Disembodied States.”

Bill Cornell has also written a review of Karen Maroda’s new book The Analyst’s Vulnerability: Impact on Theory and Practice, which will be published later this year in Psychoanalytic Psychology.

Piotr Jusik is one of the coauthors with Anna Pierzchala and Edyta Widawska of an article entitled “Cross-cultural Study of Teacher Passivity through the Lens of Educational Transactional Analysis” that was published in the European Research Studies Journal (Vol. 24, No. 3B, pp. 72–95, 2021). The article presents comparative cross-cultural research on teacher passive behaviors indicating significant educational differences between countries.
How to Write an Article on Transactional Analysis Research
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by Roland Johnsson and Moniek Thunnissen

One of the often-heard criticisms of transactional analysis, especially in the psychotherapeutic world, is “There is no scientific evidence for TA—it lacks research!”

That might have been true in the past, but in the last decade, an increasing amount of research has been done worldwide within TA and published in the Transactional Analysis Journal (TAJ), the International Journal of Transactional Analysis Research and Practice (IJTARP), and national/regional TA professional publications. And since 2017, the ITAA Research Award Committee has stimulated research with a yearly award in the field of TA. These are all great developments and progress! Click here to read more.
TAJ Theme Issue

“Neurodiversity and Neurodivergence”
Coeditors: Steff Oates and Helen Rowland
Deadline: 1 February 2023

Please follow the submission requirements posted here.
Email manuscripts to TAJ Managing Editor Robin Fryer, MSW, at robinfryer@aol.com .

AGM Coming in July
The 2022 ITAA Annual General Membership (AGM) meeting will be held on 30 July 2022, 1200 UTC. Watch upcoming Scripts for more details.

IBOC Exam Calendars
We’ve reinstated the exam calendar in the Script.

Events and Reminders Calendar

23 May 2022
ITAA Ethics Committee Webinar

3-5 June 2022
ITAA Online Conference

22 June 2022
ITAA/EATA webinar

30 July 2022
Annual General Membership (AGM) meeting

8 November 2022
ITAA/EATA webinar

1 February 2023
Deadline TAJ theme issue on “Neurodiversity”

For more details of these and other events, visit the ITAA website at www.itaaworld.org

Webinar Recordings Available on ITAA YouTube Channel

These recordings will be posted for a limited time, so be sure to watch them soon.
They will be taken down on 31 July 2022.

ITAA Has a New Mailing Address

484 Lake Park Avenue, PMB 290
Oakland, CA 94610 USA
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