Diane Salters MSc.TSTA (Training and Supervising Transactional Analyst)
Therapy, supervision and coaching face to face and on line.

When one is well versed in the theory ideas for interventions will arise from understanding and applying theory to a particular client, at a particular moment it becomes possible to adapt the theory to the needs of the client rather than requiring the client to adapt to the demands of a particular technique.
Babette Rothschild

Training

Staff of Nitya Gurukula and participants in TA and sandplay workshop Coimbatore 2011

Staff of Nitya Gurukula and participants in TA and sandplay workshop Coimbatore India 2011

I have been teaching TA to various level of competence since 1987 and am now certified as a Training and Supervising Transactional Analyst (TSTA) by the European and the International TA Associations

Currently I offer professional training in the theory and application of TA to registered psychologists and social workers in Cape Town. This takes the form of a regular training group sessions geared to those who are new to TA and those who are more experienced. Any training I offer is recognised by ITAA and EATA.

I regularly offer TA 101 courses. This is the officially recognised international introduction to TA and the starting point for all training in TA. This is followed by a TA 202 which I offer as the need arises. These courses are open to all comers and are of personal and professional benefit. They are usually conducted over two days on a weekend.

I also offer training internationally. I am a regular visiting trainer at the Wealden Institute in the UK and am an external examiner for some of their courses.

I have also undertaken training in Kenya and India.

To find out more about training opportunities please contact me.

My philosophy of education:

I believe that people are equal, conscious beings who are constantly developing both by virtue of their natural growth, their experiences, and their environmental challenges. I am of the view that people learn best when they are active agents whose experience is understood to be valuable and is validated in interaction with others. In this process they become empowered through reflecting upon and seeking understanding about those experiences.

The two people whose philosophies I find most inspiring and congruent with my own are Carl Rogers and Paulo Freire. Carl Rogers offers the humanistic philosophy of the “freedom to learn” in an open and equal relationship while Freire offers the challenge of the need to “free ourselves in order to learn”. One emphasises equality of relationship and value, the other emphasises empowerment to challenge our received beliefs and social context.

Although Eric Berne did not develop a philosophy of education, his philosophic approach to therapeutic change is consistent with what I have described above. The “I’m OK, You’re OK” stance is essentially one of equal regard and the capacity to reclaim our birthright as “princes and princesses” assumes a capacity for taking power over our lives and our circumstances.

In my work I am committed to issues of social justice, to making training accessible and to the unfolding of people’s creativity and power, whatever their educational background. The capacity to think critically is transformative and as an educator I see myself as a co-creator of personal and social transformation.