EATA and ITAA working together in COVID-19 Pandemic

EATA and ITAA working together in COVID-19 Pandemic

The ITAA and EATA would like to invite you to participate in an online meeting with TA friends and colleagues throughout the world.

Corona crisis confronts us all with new challenges. The overwhelming power of this pandemic isolates us, brings suffering and crisis to us both personally and professionally and impacts our environment with many personal, social and economic losses.

At the same time, it creates a ‘we’ – we are all affected by this pandemic. Bangalore, Berlin, New York, Sydney, Cape Town –we all live and cope with this situation where communities are pulling together, and new connections and skills are being developed.

Together the ITAA and EATA would like to provide an online space for members to meet and talk about experiences, challenges and needs with a possible aim being to share strategies and options that have been successful to supportive to you and others at this time.

This two- hour meeting will be held on Friday, 24th of April with a maximum of 100 participants, timings will be:

  • 09.00 am – 11.00 am Berlin time
  • 12.30 pm – 02.30 pm Indian time
  • 05.00 pm – 07.00 pm Sydney time
  • 08.00 am – 10.00 am United Kingdom time

You can book your place here – and we will email you a link to the zoom meeting nearer the time.

If there is enough interest in this event, we will repeat it.

We look forward to an enriching encounter with you all.

Warm regards,

Elana Leigh, President ITAA
Peter Rudolph, President EATA
Deepak Dhananjaya
Leilani Mitchell
Steff Oates
Kristýna Tomanová

Leonard Campos Honored with the 2020 Robert and Mary Goulding Social Justice Award

Leonard Campos Honored with the 2020 Robert and Mary Goulding Social Justice Award

This article was originally published in The Script, Vol. 50, No. 4, April. It is republished with the permission of the ITAA.

Leonard Campos is being honored with the 2020 Robert and Mary Goulding Social Justice Award for his years of applying redecision therapy principles and methods in his activism related to social responsibility and justice. The nomination statements in support of his award recalled how Leonard has worked on social justice issues all of his professional life through promoting equality and fair treatment of people of differences.

He has been a regular presenter on social justice and peacemaking and has applied transactional analysis and redecision theory in his work. He has modeled cooperative and collaborative behaviors as he advocated for inclusion and diversity. They acknowledged Leonard’s role as the lead founder of Transactional Analysts for Social Responsibility and the ways he has combined TA and advocacy at the local community level as well as on a wider national and international level.

They cited his many publications and other awards and how his TAJ publications on cultural scripting, war, and peace are strong indicators of his global concern as well as his evolving and enduring commitment to using transactional analysis for social justice. (Leonard’s acceptance speech will be published in an upcoming issue of The Script.) Nominators: Lucy Freedman, Felipe Garcia, Janice Dowson, and Dianne Maki-Sethi.

Project TA 101 by The Inclusion Equity and Social Action Committee

Project TA 101 by The Inclusion Equity and Social Action Committee

You can make a difference!

TA has had a transformational impact on our personal journey and professional growth. And we believe that the basic principles of worth, value, and dignity of every human being are more important than ever in today’s world! People want to learn TA, but for many of them, there are serious obstacles to participating in a TA 101: the expense, the need to travel to a course, or the unavailability of a course at a manageable time. Now we have a solution!

We plan to create an online, on-demand 101 course based on the social action TA 101 presented at the conference in Raleigh by Graham Barnes, Vann Joines, Valerie Batts, and Felipe Garcia. It will be a streamable and accessible video training. Subscribers will have 24-hour access to the teaching material and thus be able to receive this incredible education! And the social applications of TA will be important to students and advanced practitioners across all fields of specialization around the world. ITAA’s recent partnership with USATAA opens possibilities for expanding access to these educational opportunities.

We want to make TA education widely accessible to people working within and living in traditionally underserved communities. This project is not just for the good of TA in the United States but for the good of TA worldwide! We want to include in this project as many people from as many countries and TA organizations as possible. But to do this, we need your help— intellectually, emotionally, and financially.

This effort is well underway! To date, in addition to a $5000 grant from the ITAA’s Eric Berne Fund for the Future, we have generous donations and pledges from Carol Solomon, Gloria Noriega, Laurie and Jonathan Weiss, Marina Rajan Joseph, John Evans, Marion Weisberg, Chirstopher Zimmerman, Ildiko Galter, Abe Wagner, Brenda Barry, Janice Dowson, Bob Hempel, Inger Acking, Reiko True, and Jessica Leong.

For volunteer opportunities please email

And to donate CLICK HERE.

We are excited about the possibilities of contributing to the world in a new way and entering the 21st century with an OK-OK vision.  We hope you are too. Together we can make a difference!

Janice Dowson, Inger Acking, Reiko True, Cheryl Leong, and Bob Hempel, IESA Committee Members, and Felipe Garcia and Laurie Weiss, Ad Hoc Consultants 

The colored pencil drawing of Eric Berne was done by Takeharu Matsunaga, from Shizuoka Prefecture near Mt. Fuji in Japan. Takeharu was inspired by the ego state changes and emotions he saw in online videos of Dr. Berne and was inspired by his determination to bring TA to the publicWe thank Takeharu for sharing his image with the IESA committee. 


Experience sharing: 2019 Joint Transactional Analysis Conference, at Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

Many thanks to our colleague Chitra Ravi for writing this article about the Raleigh Conference, and thanks to the South Asian TA Association for permission to share it here.

Chitra-Ravi Chitra Ravi has a Masters Degree in Psychology, is a Teaching & Supervising Transactional Analyst (Psychotherapy). She’s the Vice President – Operations of the International Transactional Analysis association and a member of the Board of Trustees of SAATA. She is the founder of Seed TLC, Bangalore. Email Id:

“Promoting Equality and OKness: Healing the Divisions in Our World”

The Southeast Institute, USATAA and ITAA Conference from 31 July to 3 August 2019 held at Raleigh was something that I was looking forward to. The theme had me really interested and keen to attend. I had often come across inequality in several ways, in the news, movies, social media posts, etc. too much and too often in India and also in other parts of the world, especially in America.

I was there at Raleigh, North Carolina for 6 days and primarily travelled there as the Vice President – Ops of the ITAA, to attend the annual ITAA BOT meeting.  From the word ‘go’, I felt the inclusiveness of the culture and atmosphere that had been created.  The hosts had it all together, from their warm welcome to their attention to every detail. Every arrangement, the food, the social gatherings were all commendable. The experience of warmth, care and equality had already begun!

At the end of a two-day ITAA BOT meeting, there was a sense of accomplishment and a deep connection amongst the ITAA BOT members, acknowledging what Diane Salters, the outgoing ITAA President had meant for each of us. We also took the opportunity of welcoming the energetic and experienced incoming ITAA President, Elana Leigh. The next two days sped by in my role as the TSTA Exam Supervisor. I was responsible for conducting the TSTA exams, which were spread over a day and a half. My experience was varied and rich, with this role providing its share of challenges as well as a sense of completion, with two successful TSTA candidates wearing their ‘I passed’ ribbons. I enjoyed working with Alessandra Pierini who was the CTA exam supervisor.

Four days had suddenly just flown by!

With the theme of Promoting Equality and OKness: Healing the Divisions in Our World,” I attended the powerful Key Notes of Tim Tyson, Valerie Bates and Graham Barnes. The focus on social justice and racism, each spawned from civil rights movements, to invitations of not being bystanders in the context of discrimination. I was struck by the commitment and work that were done by each of them in promoting equality and social justice. My awareness of the context of racial discrimination was deepened and got further thrown open when Sonny Kelly through his mono-acted play “The Talk” portrayed the challenges of being a black man in the land of whites.  The black father “talking” to his black son about how he needs to keep himself safe at all times, often needing to keep his “head bowed down” to the white people, both literally and figuratively. I was moved to tears by this portrayal, especially when at the end of his performance, his two young children were brought on stage and introduced to the audience.  The workshops had a similar flavour, yet were so varied in approaching the theme of equality, from homonomy by Giles Barrow and Diane Salters, to mindfulness through yoga by Marina Rajan, Re-decision therapy by John McNeel, Life Scripts by Richard Erskine and many others offering their superb work.

I felt privileged to have attended a conference, which supported this theme. It was a reminder about how we could in our own contexts, be mindless and unaware of discriminating in several ways: racial, social status, gender, age-discrimination, caste, etc.

And finally, the special aspect that takes me to ITAA, SAATA and other TA Conferences is the opportunity to meet new TA friends and reconnect with many old ones.

Chitra Ravi

Raleigh-Conference Raleigh-Conference
Raleigh-Conference Raleigh-Conference
USA TA Association Becomes ITAA Partner

USA TA Association Becomes ITAA Partner

This article was originally published in The Script, Vol. 49, No. 10, October 2019. It is republished with permission of the ITAA.

One of the exciting developments at the Raleigh Conference was the signing of the partnership agreement between the ITAA and the USATAA. Most instrumental in reaching this agreement were Dianne Maki-Sethi and Lucy Freedman for USATAA and Chitra Ravi and Elana Leigh for the ITAA. (more…)

USATAA Jamaica Gathering 2020: Sun, Sea, Community

If Jamaica is calling you, now is the time for you to register! Here are the details. You can pay in full or place a deposit to reserve your space. We welcome you to enjoy a week of learning with others from around the world, with time to relax, in the natural beauty of the Frenchman’s Cove resort.
NEW: Play Therapy training in Jamaica. For an additional $350, maximize your time in Jamaica while earning 18.5 Direct Contact CE credits toward becoming a Registered Play Therapist. Learn More

USATAA Jamaica Gathering 2020

23rd USATAA Winter Gathering, February 1-8, 2020, Frenchman’s Cove, Port Antonio, Jamaica A Gathering is an un-conference that combines retreat, learning, natural beauty, and warm friendships in a self-organizing community. The fee covers conference registration, 7 nights stay in a guest room or shared villa, breakfast, 5 luncheons at the beach, 1 evening meal, gratuities, CE credits, and 2020 USATAA membership. Flights, local transportation, and airport transfers not included. Jamaica Conference, Feb 1-8, 2020 | Register for Jamaica Conference, 2020 | View Slideshow of 2019 Gathering | View 2018 Gathering | 

NEW: Play Therapy training in Jamaica. For an additional $350, maximize your time in Jamaica while earning 18.5 Direct Contact CE credits toward becoming a Registered Play Therapist. Learn More


I am so proud to share with you that a family from India have just been awarded their TAP certificates by USATAA. Dr. Rajan Bhonsle, M.D; Dr Minnu Bhonsle, Ph.D; and Aman Bhonsle, MBA of Mumbai, India are likely the first family unit in Asia to comprise members who are all certified TAPs. It is a significant achievement not only for the Bhonsle family, but a significant development for the TA community in Asia. They shared that they are excited to apply their newly-acquired TA competencies by providing counselling services and workshops at the Heart to Heart Counselling Centre in Mumbai.

To acquire TAP certification, the Bhonsle family flew to Singapore a total of 6 times to attend TAP training by Dr Jessica Leong, TAPI, TSTA.The Bhonsle family requested to share the following feedback on their learning journey in Singapore —“It was a sheer delight to update our TA knowledge and train in Singapore. Dr. Jessica Leong has a penchant for perfection, a passion for detail, unrelenting stamina and a robust sense of humour. We benefited from her rich knowledge, enthusiasm, and professional experience. We are grateful to have learned so much from her in our 6 visits to Singapore from India in the last 16 months. Being trainers in various counselling modalities and consulting counsellors ourselves for almost 3 decades in India, we are pleased to have met her and to have learned so much of value from her.”  -Dr. Rajan Bhonsle, M.D


USATAA Jamaica Gathering 2019

22nd USATAA Winter Gathering, February 16-23, 2019, Frenchman’s Cove, Port Antonio, Jamaica

A Gathering is an un-conference that combines retreat, learning, natural beauty, and warm friendships in a self-organizing community. The fee covers conference registration, 7 nights stay in a guest room or shared villa, breakfast, 5 luncheons at the beach, 1 evening meal, gratuities, CE credits, and 2019 USATAA membership. Flights, local transportation, and airport transfers not included.

Jamaica Conference, Feb 16-23 2019: Register for Jamaica Conference, 2019 | View Last Year’s Gathering


Congratulations Lucy Freedman!

The 2018 ITAA Service Award has been given to USATAA member Lucy Freedman. For many years, Lucy has shared and promoted the message of Transactional Analysis.  She has organized several international TA conferences and has overseen the annual Jamaica Gathering. Lucy is currently is working with leaders of the Southeast Institute in planning the upcoming 50th Anniversary Conference next summer in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Lucy’s many contributions are too numerous to list here, but we thank her for all of them. Well done, Lucy!