Celebrating Fanita English: ITAA Lifetime Achievement Award – Happy 104th Birthday

Celebrating Fanita English: ITAA Lifetime Achievement Award – Happy 104th Birthday

We don’t announce everyone’s birthdays in our USATAA community – but when it’s a 104 th  birthday, of someone who is still leading an amazing life – we are delighted to be able to send our love and greetings to our dear Fanita English.

In July, the International Transactional Analysis Association held an awards ceremony, where they presented her with the Fanita English Lifetime Achievement Award, named in her honor. Fanita gave her acceptance speech over zoom, to the admiration and appreciation of the worldwide community, even as some were participating in the middle of the night in their far-flung time zones. The reason for all this attention is not “just” a long life.

Fanita’s achievements in the field of TA are as both a theoretician and a practitioner. She was Eric Berne’s first student at his institute in Carmel, California, founded her own Institute in Philadelphia, and  conducted training and therapy in many countries as well as giving presentations at conferences and serving on the Board of the ITAA.

Among her contributions are the concepts of substitute feelings, childhood adaptations, episcripts, and  motivators. Her articles have appeared in the Transactional Analysis Journal, including those for which she received the Eric Berne Memorial Award in 1978 and again in 1997. You can find many details of her life and work at this dedicated site created by her trainee and friend Joachim Karnath.

While we recognize her many awards and achievements, it’s Fanita as a person we are celebrating. From her creative and clever solutions to challenges she faced in her childhood and through World War II, her solving problems in mental health, especially with institutions serving children, to her commitment to theory and teaching in many discussions with colleagues, Fanita has always been energetic, interesting, interested, and willing to challenge the status quo. Her unique style creates an impression that people  never forget. And if she wants you to get a point that she is making, she will do her best to ensure that you get it!

One of Fanita’s qualities is being a learner about life, taking in new ideas and practices, and passing them on. For example, in recent years, she has shared her practice of being able to meditate for short or long periods of time, letting go of the urgency of the immediate moment.

So let us celebrate Fanita and all the joys, sorrows, and wisdom of a life that is still being well-lived!

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.

FAMILY OF CERTIFIED TAP’s

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