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Contemporary Theories and Therapies

Transactional Analysis

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Founder
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Eric Berne

Definition/ Description: Transactional Analysis is 1.) an easily understandable yet sophisticated psychological theory about people's thinking, feelings and behavior and 2.) a contemporary and effective system of psychotherapy, education, organizational and socio-cultural analysis and social psychiatry.

Therapeutic Goal: Effectively analyzing people's transactions and powerfully giving people permission to change and protecting them from their fears, it is possible for everyone to have a chance to become happy, loving and productive.   

 

Treatment Techniques: Analysing transactions, according to the person's individual developmental history, would enable the person to "get better". Berne thought that virtually everyone has something problematic about their ego states and that negative behaviour would not be addressed by 'treating' only the problematic individual.

Analysis: The utility of Transactional analysis to social work practice is simlpy self help. Social workers practice self help when letting clients figur out how to solve problems on there own.

  • www.emotional-literacy.com/ta.htm
  •  http://changing minds.org/explanations/behaviors/ta.htm
  • The Practice of Social Work: Applications of Generalist and Advanced Content  Charles H. Zastrow  7th Edition  pg371

 
Sowk 355 Jermaine Williams  Fall 2005
 
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