Advanced Year 3 and beyond

Advanced Year 3

This year is intended for students who want to progress to the CTA (Certified Transactional Analyst) qualification and membership of the UK Council for Psychotherapy.

There are 20 days of training comprising:

The Saturdays of each weekend will focus on developing 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.

“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

Sample Content

  • Groups and Group Process
  • Understanding Relationships
  • Working with Clients who Self-Harm, Risk Assessment and Suicide
  • Understanding the Schizoid Process
  • The Curious Practitioner
  • Finding Your Way With Personality Disorders – Borderline Personality Structure and Process
  • Finding Your Way With Personality Disorders – Narcissistic Personality Structure and Process
  • Difference and Diversity
  • Setting up Private Practice
  • 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 2023/24

  • 2nd/3rd September 2023
  • 7th/8th October 2023
  • 4th/5th November 2023
  • 18th November 2023 (STAA Conference)
  • 2nd/3rd December 2023
  • 6th/7th January 2024
  • 3rd/4th February 2024
  • 2nd/3rd March 2024
  • 13th April (All Together Day)
  • 4th/5th May 2024
  • 1st/2nd June 2024

Course Tutor 2023/2024

Helen Rowland, TSTA plus visiting trainer Andy Williams, TSTA


On successful completion of Advanced Year 3 participants will be awarded a Physis Scotland Completion Certificate and will be eligible to progress into an Exam Preparation Group.

“I enjoyed Ronen’s brilliant teaching style, accounting for varied ways of learning and differences. Learning was done in creative, varied and stimulating ways”. Advanced Year 3 student, June 2023
"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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