The ITAA was once the only TA organisation, founded in 1964 by Eric Berne and colleagues and incorporated in California, USA. In order to have a legal identity the ITAA had to have a location in the world but it was, from the beginning, conceived as an International organisation. Since then many national and regional TA organisations have grown and flourished. The ITAA has had to evolve its policies and practices in this growing constellation
We remain an individual membership organisation with no particular regional affiliation but with a global perspective. We have a continuous history of over 40 years of psychological thought in our academic journal and we aspire to play a key part in stimulating and serving a global, psychologically minded community. The development of the ITAA Partnership Project is motivated by that intent.
The ITAA has a mission to promote Transactional Analysis for public benefit around the world. We have a history of special relationships with a large number of organisations, but until recently no formally contracted agreements. In recent years the Board of Trustees has been exploring ways of creating formal links with other organisations whilst preserving our character as an organisation built on the involvement of individuals, wherever they may live and whatever other organisational allegiances they may have. We began by inviting interested organisations to send representatives to a meeting in 2010 at the ITAA annual conference. We discussed what organisations might want and followed this up with further enquiry in questionnaire form. We found significant interest in organisations coming alongside the ITAA in the spirit of internationalism, to promote the ideals of TA as a humanistic psychology and to share newsletters and other significant information amongst members.
We ask partner organisations to pay a small administrative fee and to hold codes of ethics and professional practice which are compatible with those of the ITAA. In return we send the ITAA newsletter, Script, to all their members and also distribute partner newsletters to ITAA members. We offer concessionary rates to partner members at ITAA conferences and we provide the opportunity for partner organisations to influence ITAA policy by reporting to the Board of Trustees on an annual basis. This way we intend to widen the network of co-operative relationships between individuals interested in TA and their various membership organisations around the world and so extend the reach of our philosophy of OK-ness, equality and open communication.
Representatives from organisations interested in joining the ITAA partnership network are invited, in the first instance to contact the President of the ITAA.