Qualification at the end of the 3-year course:


The course is a preliminary training for the:



  • 8 modules during 2 consecutive days (in the week ends)
  • End-of-year review and assessment


  • 7 modules during 2 consecutive days (in the week ends)
  • End-of-year review and assessment
  • Transactional Analysis conference organised by SIMPAT (Italian association of psychotherapeutic techniques and transactional analysis)


Basic Transactional Analysis and links with other theoretical approaches with a view to analysing and interpreting one’s own and others’ behaviour, identifying effective relational techniques and building more constructive interpersonal relations.


Organisational Transactional Analysis and links with other theoretical and consulting approaches, with a view to analysing and interpreting relational patterns within teams, improving one’s effectiveness, achieving results with others and learning to cope with stress.


Hands-on module supervised by professionals to practice the analysis and management of complex organisational situations with the help of an experienced facilitator.
At the end of the training course you will become a qualified Organisational Transactional Analyst


“TA philosophy”

The building blocks of Transactional Analytical theory and its underpinning assumptions. How TA is applied within an organisation. The theory’s ethics. (The story of Eric Berne, the concept of being OK, fields of action, EATA’s Ethical Code)

Trainer: Daniela Cannavale

“How does our mind work?”

How do a person’s psychological processes work? Where do their emotions, thoughts and behaviours originate?
Linking individual functioning to the life of organisations. (Ego states, structural analysis and functional analysis, diagnosing Ego states, structural pathology of Ego states, Egogram)

Trainer: Daniela Cannavale

“How do we communicate?”

What happens when two people communicate with each other? Are there any tools to make this communication clear and acceptable to both? What can we do when there are communication difficulties? (Transactions, communication rules, Karpman’s options)

Trainer: Marina Farina

“Acknowledging yourself and others”

Why is feedback from others so important? Which acknowledgments do we need and which do we want to avoid?
The way our behaviour affects our relationship with others. (Types of acknowledgment, Steiner’s stroke economy, McKenna’s stroke profile, existential positions)

Trainer: Marina Farina


How to enter into “sound” and effective contracts with others. The tools that optimise the relationship between two human beings. (The contract as a TA tool and as an approach, contracting techniques and requirements, levels of contracting, three-way and multiple contracts, contractual framework, psychological distance)

Trainer: Daniela Cannavale

“Why does this always happen to me?”

Does our history repeat itself sometimes? Do we go about our lives and our relationship with others in a consistent way? Which tools can we use to understand and follow the growth and development of a human being? (Definition of scripts, script messages, script decisions, script types, script matrix)

Trainer: Paolo Maggio

“Organisational scripts and organisational cultures”

How does a group of people with predefined aims evolve? What happens if dysfunctions emerge? What can we do about it? (Rosa Krausz’s organisational scripts, Fox’s concept of labels, Sari van Poelje’s organisational cultures, Gilles Pellerin’s quick diagnosis of dysfunctions in an organisation)

Trainers: Giulia Bussi

“Roles and conflicts in the organizations”

How do people who, in teams, cover different roles, manage are able to create and sustain functional interdependence both on performance and psychological well-being ? How could we increase our competence in organisational conflict by enhancing our repertoire of our AT cognitive, emotional and behavioral abilities?

Trainers: Claudio Funes

Assessment and 1st year exam


“What game are we playing?”

How can we interpret communication among people? The causes of ineffective dynamics between two or more people. Conflict dynamics and management. (Berne’s primordial hungers, time structuring, the concept of Autonomy, the theory of games, Karpman’s drama triangle, Sills’s and Hargaden’s relational perspective of games, games in organisations)

Trainer: Daniela Cannavale

“Dependent or independent?”

Some interpersonal relationships seem to be negative, yet sometimes they last for many years: why? What are the causes of pathological interpersonal relationships and how can we change them? (Discounting and symbiosis, passive behaviours, redefinition, Schiff’s Discount Matrix)

Trainer: Marina Farina

Transactional Analysis Conference organised by SIMPAT


Our attitude towards what we do affects its likely success. Our beliefs about people and ourselves can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. (Bandura and Self-Efficacy, self-efficacy sources, limiting beliefs and how to overcome them)

Trainer: Alessandra Vesi

“How do we manage our emotions?”

The racket system is a self-reinforcing circuit of distorted emotions, thoughts and behaviours pursued by those who follow their script. (Erskine & Zalcman). Being aware of any part of it marks the beginning of its change process. By learning to be in touch with reality through our genuine feelings, not only do we start changing the script but we also enhance our immediate problem-solving skills. (The components of the racket system, genuine and parasitic feelings, the Autonomy system)

Trainer: Daniela Cannavale

“Organisational groups”

What is a group and how does it work? The group’s life and evolution stages. Personal needs in the group and how they affect its functioning. Group leadership. (The group according to Berne, P. Clarkson’s group’s Ego States, the group and Ego States)

Trainers: Enzo Papalia (first day) – Marina Farina (second day)

“Mindfulness and organisational wellbeing”

Meditation and simple yoga exercises can improve our mental efficiency and equilibrium. Practical meditation exercises. The benefits of mindfulness for organisations. (Jon Kabat-Zinn and his medical research, awareness as a basis for our equilibrium, energy levels, “killer” thoughts and how to dispel them)

Trainer: Marco Poggi

“What are you like?”

Personality adaptations according to Transactional Analysis and their importance when talking to someone else. Being emotionally and cognitively attuned with another person, starting from their personality traits. Knowing possible contact areas: feeling-thought-behaviour. (Personality adaptations according to Transactional Analysis and Ware’s doors)

Trainer: Paolo Maggio

Assessment and 2nd year exam


“Bernian techniques”

Learning effective organisational interventions (Berne’s 8 steps and practical case studies).

Trainer: Daniela Cannavale

“Mirror neurons and parallel processes”

Becoming aware of how your interventions affect the organisation (neuroscience applied to TA theories in organisations).

Trainers: Paolo Maggio and Daniela Cannavale

Transactional Analysis Conference organised by SIMPAT

“Coaching e Counselling in TA”

Definitions, differences and scopes of application.

Trainer: Marina Farina

Leadership E-Volution and Transactional Analysis

How to enhance our leadership?
Our idea of leadership is one of “ability to produce results with people without using hierarchy”.
Why are relationships so important in leadership? What ties are there with TA teory?  

Trainer: Gian Piero Scilio and Marina Farina

“Group supervision”

Practical cases.

Trainer: Daniela Cannavale and Paolo Maggio

“Group supervision”

Practical cases.

Trainer: Daniela Cannavale and Paolo Maggio

“Group supervision”

Practical cases.

Trainer: Daniela Cannavale and Paolo Maggio

Assessment and 3rd year exam

The course annual fee is € 3,000, exclusive of VAT and registration fee for SIMPAT annual conference (Italian association of psychotherapeutic techniques and transactional analysis).
The annual fee can be paid in full or in three € 1,000.00 instalments (the first one to be paid before the start of the course and the remaining two during the year).

Completion of an academic year is subject to a minimum attendance of 80% for each participant.

For each three-year course, OTA ACADEMY’s directors reserve the right to award bursaries to trainees who cannot afford the full course fees and who want to undertake a career in Organisational Transactional Analysis. Bursaries cover 50% of the tuition fees.
Applications must be sent to OTA ACADEMY’s Secretariat, together with a detailed CV, and must be received at least three months before the beginning of the course.
Tuition fees do not include travel expenses incurred to attend classes.

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