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Advanced Year 3 and beyond

Advanced Year 3 (Level 11)

This year is intended for trainees who want to qualify at academic Level 11 (Level 7 English/Welsh framework) and progress to the CTA (Certified Transactional Analyst) qualification and/or membership of the UK Council for Psychotherapy. The CTA is an qualification awarded by the European Association of Transactional Analysis (EATA), with both international and national recognition.

There are 20 days of training comprising:

The Saturdays of each weekend will focus on developing your theoretical understanding through a variety of methods including taught elements, experiential exercises, working in pairs and small groups, group discussion and group process. The learning contract on Sunday is developed by the trainees and can include developing clinical skills, client presentation, supervision, exam preparation, mock exams and revisiting theory.

Following successful completion of Advanced Year 3, you will have completed your formal TA core training at academic Level 11 (Level 7 English and Welsh framework) and be eligible to progress towards your CTA exam and/or qualification as a UKCP registered psychotherapist.

“The course content has been good. I think the teaching approach has really helped. Ronen has been a fantastic core trainer, really holding the group and helping us with our understanding.” Advanced Year 3 student, June 2023

Pre Course Requirements

Course Content

  • Groups and Group Process
  • Understanding Relationships
  • Working with Clients who Self-Harm, Risk Assessment and Suicide
  • Understanding the Schizoid Process
  • The Curious Practitioner
  • Setting up in Private Practice
  • Finding Your Way With Personality Disorders – Narcissistic Personality Structure and Process
  • Difference and Diversity
  • Finding Your Way With Personality Disorders – Borderline Personality Structure and Process
  • Endings in Therapy, Ethics, Transcripts, Self and Peer Assessment

Each of these Advanced Year 3 training weekends will invite reflection on systemic, political, social, environmental, ecological, cultural and intersectional contexts (as relevant).


  • One 3000 word essay
  • One 4000 word case study
  • One piece of transcript analysis (maximum 500 words)
  • Supervisor’s Report
  • Evidence of reflective learning journal
  • Minimum of 85% attendance
  • Ongoing participation in group discussion and process

Personal Therapy

A minimum of 40 hours of personal therapy per year is a requirement for Advanced clinical training.

Course dates 2024/2025

Please note all training days will take place in-person.

  • 21st/22nd September 2024
  • 19th/20th October 2024
  • 16th November 2024
  • 23rd/24th November 2024
  • 14th/15th December 2024
  • 18/19th January 2025
  • 15/16th February 2025
  • 15th/16th March 2025
  • 5th April 2025
  • 17th/18th May 2025
  • 21st/22nd June 2025

Course Tutor 2024/2025

Helen Rowland, TSTA plus visiting trainer Andy Williams, TSTA


On successful completion of Advanced Year 3 you will be awarded a Physis Scotland Completion Certificate and will be eligible to progress into an Exam Preparation Group to support you in your progression towards your Certified Transactional Analyst exam and/or UKCP registration.


"Advanced Year 3 exceeded my expectations and left a lasting impact on my personal and professional growth. The captivating course content, Ronen's exceptional guidance, the powerful training weekends, and the transformative group process all contributed to an incredible learning journey. I am grateful for the experience and the profound transformation". Advanced Year 3 student, June 2023
Advanced Year 3 Students 2022-2023 Advanced Year 3 Students 2022-2023

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