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Clinical Use of Interpretive Dynamic Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy (IDTAP)

Clinical Use of Interpretive Dynamic Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy (IDTAP)

1-day online CPD workshop

Saturday 28th October 2023 – 10.00 – 16.00 BST


Ales Zivkovic, MSc, PTSTA (P), CTA(P)

Who is it aimed at?

Qualified psychotherapists and advanced psychotherapy trainees

Course Outline

Interpretive Dynamic Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy (IDTAP) is a unique approach to the use of TA in a clinical setting. It represents a 3-person psychotherapy approach, placing transference and countertransference at its forefront. IDTAP is firmly grounded in some of Berne’s original theories and updated with contemporary psychoanalytic and psychodynamic methods, research, and evidence-based approach to transference and countertransference. Using IDTAP in clinical setting allows the practitioner to track moment-to-moment interactions and use them to understand the various conscious and unconscious processes that are alive in a particular moment.


The aim of the course is for attendees to become acquainted with the theory underpinning IDTAP and, through clinical examples and discussion of the attendees own clinical cases as well as role-plays, learn the basics of its use in clinical setting.

Learning Outcomes

  • TA and other theories underpinning IDTAP.
  • Understanding and the use of dynamic ego state model.
  • Using transference and countertransference for assessment and diagnosis.
  • The interplay between internal and interpersonal dynamics and how to use them to understand the process between the client and the therapist.
  • The concepts of intrapsychic and interpersonal defensive strategies.
  • How to plan interventions based on transference and countertransference.
  • Learning about the most common challenges in treatment (negative therapeutic reactions, resistances, etc.)
  • Learning about the differences in the use of IDTAP and other TA approaches

Course Structure


  • Conceptualisation and placement of interpretive dynamic transactional analysis psychotherapy (IDTAP) in the context of Berne’s TA theory and principles.
  • The use of transference and countertransference from the perspective of interpretive dynamic TA psychotherapy (IDTAP).
  • Dynamic ego state model and how it differs from Berne’s structural and functional models.
  • The use of intrapsychic and interpersonal defensive strategies and their role in identity consolidation.
  • Contracting and the therapeutic frame.
  • Diagnosis of personality functioning and its place in the treatment
  • Etc


Zivkovic, A. (2020). Developmental Trauma and the Bad Object: Attachment, Identity, Reenactments. Transactional Analysis Journal, 50(3), 251–265.

Zivkovic, A. (2022). The Use of Interpretive Dynamic Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy (IDTAP) in Facilitating Structural Integration When Working With Reenactments of Developmental Trauma in the Psychotherapeutic Setting. Transactional Analysis Journal, 52(2), 120–133.


£102 inc VAT (Early Bird Rate until 16th September)

£132 inc VAT (Full Rate)

Facilitator’s Biography

Ales Zivkovic, MSc (TA Psych), CTA(P), PTSTA(P) is a UKCP-registered psychotherapist, supervisor, and trainer, with his clinical practice based in Central London. In his clinical practice, Ales focuses on the areas of developmental trauma and personality disorders. He mainly works with individuals and couples. He also specializes in group and intergroup processes, cultural and collective identities, and the impacts diversity may have at clinical, organizational, and societal levels. Ales worked within the UK NHS as an individual and group therapist. He is internationally involved as a trainer and supervisor, and regularly publishes and presents his theory development. He is also a member of the European Association for Transactional Analysis (EATA) and the International Transactional Analysis Association (ITAA).

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