Models for Change

Transactional Analysis

At The Change Institute, we are Transactional Analysts. Transactional Analysis (TA) is a model of change for individuals, business leaders, teams, life partners – anyone or any organization that wants and needs to advance in productive ways. Through TA, our clients develop a clear and confident sense of self – how they are “wired”, and how that wiring affects the way they move through life and interact in the world. It is through this meaningful self-understanding that profound change is possible.

Developed by Canadian born, McGill educated psychiatrist Dr. Eric Berne, TA is renowned as one of the world’s clearest conceptual frameworks for understanding the human psyche, organizational culture and team dynamics. TA offers a comprehensive model for describing human relationships and interactions – a roadmap for interpreting how individuals and organizations transact, pinpointing where limiting roadblocks are in place and what alternative routes may be possible.

“The destiny of every human being is decided by what goes on inside his skull when confronted by what goes on outside his skull.”  Eric Berne

Practiced globally by Master level certified practitioners, TA has transformed countless lives, business cultures and personal relationships around the world. Lorna Johnston, founder and CEO of The Change Institute, is the only Master Certified Transactional Analyst in Canada today.

Every verbal and non-verbal exchange can be used as a tool for understanding how we think, feel and behave. Transactional Analysis (TA) shows us where we are most effective in our communication, relationships, decision making and problem-solving, in contrast to where we fall short.

The philosophy of TA is that everyone makes decisions based on their current mental and emotional framework, and posits that everyone’s framework can be changed. Transactional Analysis identifies where changes can be made to maximize positive outcomes, exchanging non-productive or negative behaviours for behaviours that produce better, if not incredible results.

Rules for executing

Although the concepts of Transactional analysis may seem simple at first glance, they are not simplistic. They are a collection of ideas, with a practical way of applying these ideas.  Together, they profoundly change the way you experience yourself and others. Once you adopt the new behaviours, you will never lead the same again. Whether you are on the front line, the middle, or the top – you will be changed.

When you apply them in the practical and tactical way suggested, you will be profoundly changed in how you talk, listen, relate, decide, innovate and lead.    

Books on Transactional Analysis

TA Today: A New Introduction to Transactional Analysis

Into TA: A Comprehensive Textbook on Transactional Analysis

Transactional Analysis Training

The Change Institute is the only organization in North America qualified to train professionals in Transactional Analysis and qualify them towards two world-recognized standards of certification:

1) Certified Transactional Analyst – Organizations

2) Certified Transactional Analyst – Clinical

We offer three-year training in Organizational Transactional Analysis and Psychotherapy Transactional Analysis. Please contact us for further information and registration details.

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