Foundation Certificate in Transactional Analysis

We are now accepting applications for our Foundation Year blended delivery course starting in October 2022.

We have been absolutely delighted with the response to our Foundation Year starting next month, so much so, we have decided to offer two Foundation Year courses. One course will be starting in September and will be completely face-to-face in Edinburgh.  The second course will be starting in October and will be a blend of face-to-face and online (2 weekends will be delivered online).

Please note, our face-to-face course starting in September is now completely full. Please do get in touch if you would like to apply for our blended delivery course starting in October.

Foundation Certificate in Transactional Analysis

Directors of Training Fiona Cook, PTSTA and Fiona Firman PTSTA introduce the Foundation Certificate in Transactional Analysis

  • Are you interested in taking Transactional Analysis to the next level after the TA101?
  • Are you a counsellor interested in adding to your knowledge and skills?
  • Do you have a professional role that involves personal interaction and want to develop your communication skills further?
  • Are you simply interested in investing in learning more about yourself and your interactions with others – at home, in your personal life and in your work life?

The Foundation Certificate in Transactional Analysis could be the opportunity you’ve been looking for!

At Physis Scotland, we offer introductory training in TA theory and application delivered on 8 weekends, one per month, normally spread over an academic year, and four additional training days (Introduction to Counselling Skills and the Physis “Get Together” Day).

The Foundation Certificate in TA continues the style of the TA101 workshop, providing interactive and dynamic training to enable you to apply the core concepts of TA theory to yourself and your environment.

You may discover more options for relating with others, more ways of resolving conflict, and more possibilities for change in your own life experience. The focus is on applying the core theory to your own process and to your interactions with the trainer and the training group, enabling you to develop your understanding of yourself and others.

The Foundation Certificate is a 1 year Post Graduate level course that can exist as a standalone training experience, simply for personal development, or to enhance existing knowledge and training as a counsellor, or to facilitate your work in an organisation that requires interaction with others.

Please note, if you have trained in any other types of Counselling, Psychotherapy or Psychology, you are still required to undertake the Foundation Year, as our training focuses specifically on Transactional Analysis theory.  The Foundation Certificate is also a requirement for further training in TA with Physis Scotland and other TA training institutes.

“I’ve loved the engagement and relationships that developed throughout the course, both with the tutors and the other students.  I feel that this would not have been possible without the openness and kindness of the tutors which helped to make the space feel safe.” Foundation Year student, June 2022


Components of the Certificate in Transactional Analysis

Note: TA101 is a prerequisite of enrolling in the Foundation Year


Weekend Content

  • Philosophy of TA, Life Positions, Ego-States (Structural Model), Counselling Skills
  • Ego-States (Functional Model), Transactions and Strokes
  • Life Script and Script Analysis
  • Passivity, Discounting, Symbiosis and Frame of Reference
  • Racket Analysis and Authentic Emotions
  • Hungers, Time Structuring and Game Analysis
  • Contracting
  • Endings in Counselling, Ethics, Presentations and Peer Assessment

Each of these Foundation Year training weekends will be explored through an intersectional lens, accounting for diversity, social responsibility and political contexts.



  •  One 3000 word essay
  •  One 2500 word presentation supporting essay
  •  A 10-15 minute presentation (including supporting documentation)
  •  Evidence of reflective learning journal
  •  Minimum of 85% attendance
  •  Observed skills practice
  •  Ongoing participation in group discussion and process


Personal Therapy

A minimum of 40 hours of personal therapy per year is a requirement for those wanting to progress into advanced clinical training. Whilst personal therapy is not a requirement in Foundation Year, we strongly recommend it in order to get the most from the programme.

2022/2023 Course Dates

The dates for our Foundation Year face-to-face course are as follows (please note this course is completely full).

  • 23rd/24th/25th September 2022 (Introduction to Counselling Skills)
  • 29th/30th October 2022
  • 19th/20th November 2022
  • 17th/18th December 2022
  • 28th/29th January 2023
  • 25th/26th February 2023
  • 25th/26th March 2023
  • 15th April 2023 (Physis Get Together Day)
  • 27th/28th May 2023
  • 24th/25th June 2023


The dates for our Foundation Year blended delivery course are as follows:

  • 7th/8th/9th October 2022
  • 5th/6th November 2022
  • 3rd/4th December 2022*
  • 14th/15th January 2023*
  • 4th/5th February 2023
  • 4th/5th March 2023
  • 15th April 2023
  • 6th/7th May 2023
  • 3rd/4th June 2023
  • 1st/2nd July 2023

*Both December and January weekends will take place online

Course tutors

Fiona Cook, PTSTA and Fiona Firman, PTSTA

How do I apply?

The Foundation Year information booklet and application form are available to download from the link below. Once we receive your application form we will invite you for an informal interview. Given the unprecedented times, we currently find ourselves in, we will be conducting interviews online for the time being.

The informal interview is an assessment of the suitability of your personal qualities, relevant experience and development goals, as well as covering important information about the course. It will also give us an opportunity to get to know each other and for you to ask any questions about the course.

Finally, if you are successful at interview, we will contact you personally to advise you of your place on the course, subject to satisfactory references.

Places are limited and from our experience of the intake year 2021/2022, we recommend applying as soon as possible in order to avoid disappointment. The application deadline for our blended delivery course is the 9th September 2022.

Any questions?

If you have any further questions about the course please contact or telephone Fiona Firman or Fiona Cook, Directors of Training, on 07927 557 217.


On successful completion of Foundation Year participants will be awarded a Physis Scotland Foundation Certificate and will be eligible to progress into Advanced Year 1.

“The course was everything that I thought that it would be – and so much more. Everything about the course has been of such great value to me and the teaching skills of our tutors and the support of Mary and Olivia have been enormously appreciated.” Foundation Year student, June 2022

Beyond the Foundation Year / Certificate in Transactional Analysis

If you find that you are really “bitten by the TA bug” at the end of the year you can opt to continue your TA journey through any of the options offered by Physis Scotland – Diploma in Counselling using TA or qualification as a Certified Transactional Analyst Psychotherapist (CTA).

Further Details


Physis TA Foundation Booklet

Download our 15 page booklet to find out more about the Foundation Year training including training dates
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Physis TA Foundation Application Form

Download the Physis TA Foundation Application Form
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"I have really enjoyed studying with a group of people, and this group has just been so supportive, fun, open and sharing. The I’m OK, You're OK really exists in this group. Fi and Fifi have an amazing way of together creating an atmosphere that is supportive, professional, friendly and challenges each student in an inspiring way". Foundation Year student, June 2022
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