Diploma in Integrative & Transactional Analysis Psychotherapeutic Counselling at ECPT – Working with Adults


ECPT are a UKCP Organisational Member

The Diploma in Integrative and Transactional Analysis Psychotherapeutic Counselling is UKCP Accredited



If you want to train to be a counsellor for adults, then our 3-year part-time Level 6 UKCP accredited training route could be a good option. Our training incorporates classroom time at our centre, therapy hours, and clinical practice hours to give you a holistic view and all the skills you need to be a successful psychotherapeutic counsellor. 

in Hull – we run on weekends from September or midweek (Thursday & Fridays) from February

in Newcastle – we run on weekends from October

Classroom time is one weekend (or one Thursday and Friday) per month for ten months each year. We start with the Core Theory Year (Year 1) and then do two years of advanced training (Year 2 & Year 3). The classroom time is a mix of lectures, workshops, and skills practice. Academic requirements include essay writing, creating and presenting, completing a reflective journal, and carrying out observed skills practice. 

Alongside this you will also be in personal therapy and be required to carry out a number of hours in clinical practice with appropriate supervision. 

The first year, the Core Theory Year, is an in depth introduction to the core theories and key concepts of Transactional Analysis. This can be done as a standalone year where you gain the ECPT Foundation Certificate in Transactional Analysis. This is also credited towards your ongoing training in TA. 

The Core Theory year – Content

1 Introductions, philosophy, training contracts, contracting

2 Ego State Theory and counselling skills practice

3 Script Theories 1 – Injunctions, drivers and script decisions and counselling skills practice

4 Script theory 2 – Impasse identification and resolution and counselling skills practice

5 Transactions – Strokes, Time structuring, Life positions and counselling skills practice

6 Games, Game Process and counselling skills practice

7 Racket and racket analysis and counselling skills practice

8 Contaminations, Decontamination and Deconfusion and counselling skills practice

9 Personality Adaptations and counselling skills practice

10 The Cathexis model – passivity, discounting, redefining, grandiosity endings and counselling skills practice

Advanced Year 1 (Year 2 of 3)

After supervisory contact with their principal trainer, trainees may enter the second year of training and establish a voluntary practice. Assistance is available to trainees seeking a placement but this can be something that trainees arrange themselves based on their general aims in offering counselling to adults.

In this second year of training there is an increasing emphasis on developing therapeutic relationships with clients and on awareness of our own internal ‘process’ in relationship. This invites an integration of client work from voluntary practice to meet the ‘core’ therapeutic conditions of empathic attunement, prizing and congruence.


1 Methods of Contracting – Loomis, Lapworth & Sills

2 Child Development – Bollas & Winnicott, Script Protocol

3 An Integrative Approach to Transactional Analysis – Erskine

4 The Unconscious Process

5 Memory and Trauma – Neuroscience

6 Co-creative Approach – Summers & Tudor

7 The Cathexis School of TA (Parent Ego State) Deconfusion work and working with the Child Ego State

8 Script Development and Family Constellations

9 A Relational Approach to Deconfusion – Hargaden & Sills, Moiso

10 Therapeutic failures, endings, ethics and professional practice

Advanced Year 2 (Year 3 of 3)

Year Three develops the work done in the second year of training and extends the range of interventions in clinical practice. After completion of all training requirements, including written assessments, presentations and personal journal, trainees are awarded the ECPT Diploma in Integrative & Transactional Analysis Psychotherapeutic Counselling.

Content (example)

1 The therapeutic relationship – Clarkson & Barr and other modalities

2 Treatment Planning

3 Child development – Attachment theory

4 Creative methods of psychotherapy; play therapy, story telling

5 Culture and diversity

6 Group work – Berne

7 Body focused psychotherapy

8 A TA approach to working with couples

9 Mental Health Considerations

10 Redecision Therapy

You can see the requirements for each of our training courses at ECPT Training courses overview


Download a copy of our prospectus at >> ECPT Prospectus

To apply for a place on our Core Theory Year of the Diploma in Integrative & Transactional Psychotherapeutic Counselling please visit our online application page at >>
ECPT Online Application