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An Introduction to Transactional Analysis

An Introduction to Transactional Analysis
Helping People Change

May 2011 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This thoroughly revised edition of Transactional Analysis Counselling introduces the theory and practice of TA - which integrates cognitive behavioural and psychodynamic theories within a humanistic philosophy - from a unique relational perspective. While most TA books focus on one field, this approach demonstrates the benefits of TA across a wide variety of helping settings, business and management, education and coaching as well as counselling. Case studies from a variety of contexts bring TA to life for trainees in any of these disciplines, and the accessible, engaging writing style makes difficult concepts understandable for undergraduates and postgraduates alike.

Bringing their book into the twenty-first century, expert authors Phil Lapworth and Charlotte Sills provide a brief history of TA followed by individual chapters on the concepts and techniques used. Each chapter is devoted to one concept and includes a detailed definition and description, and suggestions for application in practice. Exercises for student, practitioner and client, boxed summaries, diagrams, checklists and sources of further reading make this the ideal text for use in training.

This book is an essential companion for those embarking on specialist TA courses or studying TA as part of wider training, while those who want simply to integrate TA into their work with people can dip into it as suits their needs.

An Introduction to Transactional Analysis
Making Contracts
Ego States: A Theory of Personality
The Analysis of Transactions: Understanding Communication
Functional Analysis: Behavioural Options in Relationship
Strokes and Other Human Hungers
Life Scripts: The Development of a Lived Narrative
Games: Understanding Relational Dynamics
Rackets: Maintaining Scripts in the Internal World
Assessment and The Process of Change
Relating for a Change

What I liked most about this book is its practical nature. Every concept is explained in both a theoretical and real life context.  Every chapter challenges the reader not only to understand but also to use the concepts.  Highly recommended.

Esther Patrick
AICTP Journal

Clear, accessible and comprehensive overview of TA

Ms Deborah Flynn-Harland
Humanities , Worthing Sixth Form College
July 9, 2015

This book gives a thorough overview of Transactional Analysis. Lapworth and Sills are informative and concise, backing up explanations with examples and extending the reader’s understanding by suggesting various helpful exercises to try out.

Mrs Hilary McNair
Kent Adult Education, Kent Adult Education
April 3, 2015

An important read for any therapists interested in TA.

Dr Graham Alexander du Plessis
Department of Psychology, Rand Afrikaans University
August 27, 2015

This is a good introduction to TA. A useful text for new comers to the theory

Ms Melody Harrogate
EHS, Derby univeristy
June 10, 2014

not adopted as another book is been currently used for teaching theory

Ms Von Kelso
Arts and Social Sciences, Hull University
April 24, 2012

This book is a very useful addition to the growing literature on this topic area

Mr Mike Wrigley
Nursing , University of the West of England, Bristol
February 29, 2012

This is an excellent book for students on a counselling skills course. There is a good mix of theory and practice examples for students to apply to their work settings. The book is a good comprehensive resource of TA materials and techniques that students will be able to dip into and integrate to practice, as a theory base and understanding interactions. T A can be applied as an analysis and framework for course work assignments when reflecting on counselling practice in the work setting.

Mr Paul Cassedy
School of Nursing, Nottingham University
November 8, 2011

Really helpful book explaining the background to transactional analysis and the application for anyone who works in people development and change or wants to understand how to work more effectiveley with others.

Ms Joanne James
Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University
October 19, 2011

Clear and acessible - what I was looking for

Mr Gary Pheiffer
Psychology, London Metropolitan University
October 14, 2011

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