Chitra Ravi, ITAA Vice President Operations
The ITAA is an association of individual members from all over the world. It adopts a global perspective, and its mission is to promote TA for public benefit around the globe.
The ITAA also recognizes that, over the years, many national and regional associations have been formed to cater to the unique requirements of specific localities or interests. Many of our members also belong to these associations. The ITAA celebrates this diversity and seeks to find ways to ensure maximum cooperation between all our TA associations.
Over the past decade, the ITAA Board of Trustees has been exploring ways of creating formal links with some of these other associations. We began by inviting interested organizations to send representatives to a meeting in 2010 at the ITAA annual conference. We discussed with the organizations that were exploring partnership with us what they might want. We found significant interest in 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 among members.
We have successfully entered into formal partnership contracts with a few of them. Currently these are the Institute of Developmental Transactional Analysis (IDTA), the South African Transactional Analysis Association (SATAA), the Transactional Analysis Association of Japan (TAAJ), and the South Asian Association of Transactional Analysts (SAATA).
We ask partner organizations to hold to codes of ethics and professional practice that are compatible with those of the ITAA. In return, we send the ITAA newsletter, The Script, to them to distribute to their members and also make partner newsletters available to ITAA members. We offer concessionary rates to partner members at ITAA conferences and provide the opportunity for partner organizations to influence ITAA policy by reporting to the ITAA Board of Trustees on an annual basis. In these ways we intend to widen the network of cooperative relationships between individuals interested in TA and their various membership organizations around the world, thereby extending the reach of our philosophy of OKness, equality, and open communication.
Representatives from organizations interested in joining the ITAA partnership network are invited to contact the President of the ITAA for more information.