Our next TA Insight comes from Janice Dowson TAPIEnjoy!
Ghan’s Smiles/Frown Frequency
Organization and group function have long been a cornerstone of transactional analysis theory and application. The late Leonard Ghan measured group effectiveness through the “smiles/frowns frequency” of group participants. In what Berne called “ailing groups,” Ghan argued that this smiles/frowns measure can be ignored by those in leadership positions, resulting in diminishing group membership and effectiveness.
Throughout my 45 years experience with transactional analysis, groups that “Get on With” the business at hand and accomplish goals have a higher number of smiles over the number of frowns and flat faces. Get on With groups create a culture of appreciation through diverse membership that is open to differing viewpoints, making time to establish clear contracts within the group and respectfully keeping contracts within the group.
With this foundation, group trust will grow and the frequency of smiles over frowns will increase, as with the positive strokes over negative strokes frequency.
Leonard Ghan, MSW, TSTA trained with Eric Berne in the early 1960’s and served on the ITAA Board of Trustees in 1965.
Janice Dowson is responsible for the wonderfully important Project TA 101, which you can see on YouTube, check it out!
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 email@example.com.
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 public. We thank Takeharu for sharing his image with the IESA committee.
Toni Rey of Lake Zurich, IL announces a monthly TA support group for therapists,
meeting the third Friday of each month from 10:30 AM to 12:00 noon in Lake Zurich, IL.
For more information call Toni Rey at (847)847-7644.
Managing Relationships and Winning Together with Felipe Garcia
An experiential learning program to help you understand and manage your relationship patterns. Tools for managing challenging aspects of relationships and difficult transitions will be presented and practiced. This psycho-educational workshop is for healthy individuals and couples who are interested in self-discovery.
Participants will learn:
- The relationship patterns you have been repeating
- How to take charge of relationships
- How to learn and grow from painful times in relationships
- How to start new relationships that avoid repeating unproductive patterns
- How to start new relationships with a new person or same partner or spouse
- How to get what you need from repetitive patterns
- Communication tools for winning together
Part II on the second day of this workshop will provide participants opportunities for individual personal work in a group setting. Part II is optional.
For current workshop dates and details see www.winningtogether.org or contact Felipe Garcia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Location: La Escondida Ranch, Helotes, TX. (for directions go to www.laescondida.net)
Part I: $95.00
Parts I and II: $180
Presenter: Felipe N. Garcia, M.A. LMFT LPC TSTA
To register, send a check and the following information to Felipe Garcia, 9900 Escondida Rd, Helotes, TX 78023:
Or register at www.winningtogether.org
Introduce Yourself to Transactional Analysis
44-page booklet by Leonard Campos, PhD
Second Printing, 2007
This millennial edition of Introduce Yourself to Transactional Analysis covers the core concepts of transactional analysis in easy-to-understand terms. These include ego states, transactions, games, life scripts and other important concepts. It also helps readers to understand what they can expect of transactional analysis therapy.
Transactional Analysisis a simple,easy to understand theory of personality and a path to personal change. Over a 12 week period, TA concepts and tools are shown in clear diagrams and described in plain language. The highly interactive class is taught by experienced TA Practitioners.
The TA Practitioner program includes an overview of Transactional Analysis, as well as 4 key TA concepts:
- TA tools to resolve conflict and improve communication:
- Understand the games we play with the “Drama Triangle”
- Learn the “Life script” to make positive life choices
- Use contracts for effective change
Take this class from home on your computer! These TA tools are easily applied to your work, such as classrooms, hospitals, and individual and group sessions. When all training requirements are met, you can join USATAA to become TA Practitioner certified.
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Contact Catherine O’Brien TAP Instructor at: theTATeacher@gmail.com