Transactional Analysis as an Effective Approach to Behaviour Management

Target Audience: Teachers, Counselors
Course Leader: Maureen McGinty                            
Time: 8.30 am – 4.00 pm
Date: February 21 - 22, 2013
Venue: Professional Training Service, Q House Sathorn, Bangkok, Thailand

This course is delivered through a mixture of taught content, activity and directed discussion. The teaching method will demonstrate the dynamics of Transactional Analysis (TA) in practice to enable you to experience and engage with the approach for an enjoyable and positive experience.


Maureen McGinty is Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer in Education) in the School of Education, Plymouth University. She teaches on the International Masters Programme specifically modules on Behaviour Management, Inclusive Education and Special Educational Needs, Social and Emotional Aspects of learning and also works with a range of educational professionals to deliver CPD. Prior to joining the University Maureen taught in mainstream and special schools focusing on effective behaviour management. 

She became Head of Behaviour Support in one of the largest schools in the UK setting up a nationally recognised ‘in school centre’ that developed a systematic approach to identifying behaviour management issues and significantly reduced exclusion from school. She has worked with many secondary schools to review their behaviour management strategies and policies.

Transactional Analysis (TA) is a theory of communication that is able to be applied and used practically to develop effective educational practice in schools and educational settings. Understanding TA will enable you to improve relationships, produce an atmosphere conducive to learning, reduce conflict and confrontation and support and enhance behaviour management strategies. It is a powerful and effective tool that can be as effective when used as an approach to behaviour management by teachers or to enhance other counselling approaches specifically with individuals or small groups. It is a flexible approach that can equally be applied to whole school policies and systems.  

Transactional Analysis enables us to avoid misunderstandings and miscommunication between teachers and pupils and within staff teams. It can be applied successfully in a range of situations in educational settings:
  • Work with individuals and whole groups 
  • Is an effective strategy to be able to ‘tune in’ and read a class 
  • Refocus individual pupils with minimal disruption
  • Reframe
  • Provides an effective language to structure behaviour interventions and reward progress
  • Aids one to one work with pupils and can provide a sound structure to address complex issues e.g.bullying
  • Gives a language to understand relationships
  • Can be taught to pupils

This course will introduce you to key concepts of Transactional Analysis and give you practical guidance on how to implement this in your practice. It will enhance any strategies currently in use for behaviour management and will add an extra dimension to your professional skills of behaviour management/ counselIng.

Day 1
Time Session Outline Objectives
8.30 Arrival Registration and Introductions Overview of Day 1
Set up group contract
Introduction to principles of TA
9.00 Introduction to the philosophy and principles of Transactional Analysis (TA) To identify how transactional analysis could be applied in individual settings
10.00 Coffee Break  
10.30 Improving Communication: Ego States To demonstrate how effective use of language improves communication reducing conflict and preventing confrontation
11.30 Discussion/Activity key points  
11.45 Lunch  
12.45 Understanding Life Positions:  looking through others' eyes To give strategies to recognise when we are drawn into negative
To enable you to chose how you respond to invitations both non verbal and verbal
14.15 Tea   
14.45 Effective Behaviour Management using TA How to improve and maintain relationships in the classroom; Understanding 'games' to identify and understand group dynamics.
15.45 Activity Summary Review group contract
16.00 Close  

Day 2
Time Session Outline Objectives
8.30 Activity To reconnect the group
8.45 Stroke Theory To demonstrate how we can increase motivation and encourage the development of a positive sense of self; To reframe negative behaviour; Reward systems
10.00   Break  
10.30  Life Positions: How do I look at the world  Linking Stroke Theory; Understanding how to motivate assertiveness
11.45  Lunch  
12.45 Teaching TA to pupils:  Managing conflict and confrontation
This session will use case study examples of a range of real examples from practice that will include both withdrawn and disruptive pupils, engaging the disaffected and addressing bullying
To help  you guide pupils in reframing negative behaviour
To develop  internal locus of control to improve motivation and learning
14.15  Tea  
14.45 Practical applications: directed workshop sessions differentiated for teachers (whole group and classroom interventions)/counsellors  (working with individuals) To provide practical strategies 
Using TA in your practice
15.15 Summary:  Final Activity To identify one change you can make using TA in your practice
16.00 Close  

Per participant:  Baht 13,500
Reduced Fee:
Two participants registering together (from the same school):  Baht 24,300
The workshop fee is inclusive of certificate, materials and coffee breaks.

Step 1:  Fill out the Workshop Reservation Form (Below)
Step 2:  Our office will send you/your coordinating staff the payment details upon receipt of the form.
Step 3:  You/your coordinating staff will submit the Payment Completion Form 

Workshop Coordinator: Mr. Navin Pawa
Phone (Thailand): 081 701 6843;  081 846 5770 (replace '0' with '66' for international calls)

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