Understanding Yourself and Others:

Transactional Analysis Practitioner Training

Offered by Lucy Freedman, MAT, CTA, TAPI

Purpose of the Program

Have fun learning transactional analysis for use in your everyday life and professional applications such as

  • coaching
  • counseling
  • psychotherapy
  • organizational development
  • education, and
  • adult learning.

Use the group process as well as TA content to open new possibilities for personal and professional growth.

All transactional analysis training involves making a contract for what you want to accomplish. TAP Certification is in addition to any certification or licensure that is required for you to be professionally qualified in your field of practice.


In the program, you will complete the objectives for TA Practitioner Qualification as required by USATAA.

Subject matter includes

  • TA Basics (History, Principles, Applications, Overview)
  • Development, Structure and Function of the Personality (Ego States)
  • Transactional Analysis Proper
  • Rackets and Games
  • Life Scripts

Assessment of completion is based on “teaching back” the material covered in the USATAA Education objectives.

Note: USATAA requires 50 hours of training for the TAP Certificate. As part of your certification, you are asked to complete additional hours of training with another instructor via USATAA or ITAA online workshops, previous training in TA, a TA 101, or a workshop with another TAPI.


Each session covers a different aspect of TA, provides theory and diagrams, and demonstrates the material in real-time exercises with time for questions and discussion.

The course runs from February to May, starting with a kickoff half-day workshop, three two-hour weekday meetings and one study group meeting on each topic, and one half-day (3 ½ hour) workshop at the end. Readings will be recommended.

Spring 2022 Schedule

Workshops are 3.5 hours on a Saturday, expected to be  9 to 1 Pacific with breaks.

Class Meetings are 2 hours with breaks, Tuesday or Thursday, 9 to 11 Pacific.

Please Note: Exact times and days are tentative and will be finalized in agreement with the cohort of participants. In addition, there will be one small group meeting per month, to be scheduled among the group members.

Tentative Dates
Feb. 12
Feb. 15, 22, Mar. 1
Mar. 8, 15,22
Mar. 29, Apr. 5, 12
Apr. 19, 26, May 3
May 14
Class Meetings
Class Meetings
Class Meetings
Class Meetings
Kickoff, TA Basics
Ego States
Transactional Analysis Proper
Games and Rackets
Life Scripts

About Lucy

Lucy Freedman, MAT, is a Certified Transactional Analyst (ITAA), a TA Practitioner Instructor (USATAA) and Founder and CEO of Syntax for Change, a consulting, coaching, and learning and development firm based in California.

She is co-author of the book Smart Work: The Syntax Guide to Influence.

Lucy serves on the USATAA Council and the ITAA Board of Trustees. She is a Past President of ITAA and is currently Coordinator of Programs for USATAA. Her educational background includes undergraduate and graduate degrees from Harvard University.

She has led workshops and presented at TA conferences for many decades. She lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains of Northern California with her cat, Charcoal.


Tuition for the course is $1495 if paid in full with registration, including downloadable handouts. If you register by February 1st there is an earlybird discount of $200.

There is also a 4-pay option for $1400, early registration,  four payments of $350 billed three weeks apart, if after February 1st, $1600, four payments of $400.

Prerequisites are Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or equivalent. Professional qualification in your field of practice.

Before you enroll, please ensure that you can be present for the majority of sessions as the learning is highly interactive.

Need to Find Out More? Schedule a conversation with Lucy by emailing lucy@syntaxforchange.com to determine whether this is a fit for you or to ask any questions you may have.

Please Note: To receive the USATAA TA Practitioner Certificate, you will need an endorsement from the instructor, and to pay a certification fee as well as USATAA membership dues. All information about the requirements and course objectives can be found on the USATAA website.


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