Partnership Organization Project

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 John Health

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.

Institute of Developmental Transactional Analysis (IDTA)

Promoting transactional analysis as applied by educators, consultants, trainers, facilitators, teachers, coaches, mentors, counsellors, mediators, social workers, parents, youth workers, advisors, HR professionals, managers, executives – and all who help to develop others

We are a special interest group established in 2003 as a professional association for those interested in developmental TA – facilitating the growth of individuals, groups, families, organisations.  As well as being an ITAA Partner Organisation, we are affiliated to EATA, and have a contract with the ICDTA ( so that our members have a range of alternative qualification options, including university masters degrees, alongside ITAA and EATA certifications.
At October 2017 we have 123 members in 19 countries – Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Curacao, France, India, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Turkey, UK and USA. 
We run regular online IDTA Community Gatherings, ( free to all IDTA members, and nowadays also to ITAA members. Recordings are available afterwards to those members who could not attend, or for whom the timings are during the night! 
We run the TA Proficiency Awards scheme (, where children, parents, teachers, etc are taught some TA and receive a Certificate if they produce a portfolio of evidence that shows how they have applied TA ‘ideas’ in their lives. Children and teachers also receive a badge. The scheme was described in a TAJ article (Julie Hay & Ulrika Widen (2015) The Transactional Analysis Proficiency Awards: A Social Action Initiative Transactional Analysis Journal 45:3 204-216).  Schemes have been completed so far in Armenia, Croatia, Germany, Italy, Macedonia, Netherlands, Serbia, South Africa, Taiwan, Turkey and UK.  
Submitted on behalf of IDTA by Julie Hay, IDTA Executive Director

The South African Transactional Analysis Association (SATAA)

The SATAA has its roots in the 1970’s when Maria Gilbert and Petruska Clarkson, who were training in psychotherapy with Richard Erskine, set it up. They were soon joined by Diana Schmukler, Sue Fish, Merle Friedman and Sharon Kalinko. Several of the early trainees left SA, and Sharon and  Diane Salters, who returned to South Africa in 1993, formally registered SATAA as a Not for Profit Organisation. This fledgling organisation, under their leadership, organised a very successful International TA Conference in Johannesburg in 2008. Many people from all round the world still speak fondly of their vibrant experiences in Africa!

We continue to grow slowly and at present have around 30 members. The purpose of the SATAA is to contribute to public well-being through the use of TA. An important role of the SATAA is to equip people in South Africa with applied TA knowledge and skills. TA offers a powerful framework for previously disempowered people to begin to make new meaning of who they are in their families and communities. TA has been used in many grassroots projects and some schools. 

We have taken advantage of online platforms to expand our connections and TA learning. Our 2018 webinar project has seen trainers from many parts of the world sharing their expertise with an audience that continues to come from many parts of the world! 

Several of our members have served on the ITAA Board of Trustees  over the years and we are proud of their contribution to the international TA community..

We hope this partnership will increase the flow of communication between us, the ITAA and our international colleagues. We welcome you to connect with us and be involved within our community in South Africa. Visit
Submitted on behalf of SATAA by Karen Pratt, SATAA Chairperson

The Transactional Analysis Association of Japan (TAAJ)

The main goal of TAAJ is to spread transactional analysis in Japan and increase people’s self-awareness through TA. Itis a non-profit association with about 160 membersfrom all over Japan, and its office located in Tokyo. TAAJ welcomes professionals (clinical psychologists, nurses, social workers, organizational consultants, teachers, etc.) and laypersons as well, and now has several members who have internationally qualified in the fields of psychotherapy, education, and organizations.

Founded in 1987, it began with a working group of individuals who earnestly wanted to learn TA more. Michiko Fukazawa, TSTA (P) was elected as the first president because she had trained in the United States for long time. Therefore TAAJ had a strong relationship with Muriel James, Robert and Mary Goulding in its first era. For more than 30-year-history, TAAJ had organized workshops with many international trainers. TAAJ holds TA101 and other advanced courses every year, and publishes a newsletter every 4 months, which includes articles on international TA circumstances. In addition, it provides Japanese translation of the IBOC training handbook on its website to help trainees and examinees.