Partnership Organization Project


Chitra Ravi, ITAA President-Elect

The ITAA is an association of individual members from all over the world. It adopts a global perspective, and its mission is to promote TA for public benefit around the globe.


The ITAA also recognizes that, over the years, many national and regional associations have been formed to cater to the unique requirements of specific localities or interests. Many of our members also belong to these associations. The ITAA celebrates this diversity and seeks to find ways to ensure maximum cooperation between all our TA associations.


Over the past decade, the ITAA Board of Trustees has been exploring ways of creating formal links with some of these other associations. We began by inviting interested organizations to send representatives to a meeting in 2010 at the ITAA annual conference. We discussed with the organizations that were exploring partnership with us what they might want. We found significant interest in coming alongside the ITAA in the spirit of internationalism to promote the ideals of TA as a humanistic psychology and to share newsletters and other significant information among members.


We have successfully entered into formal partnership contracts with a few of them. Currently these are the Institute of Developmental Transactional Analysis (IDTA), the South African Transactional Analysis Association (SATAA), the Transactional Analysis Association of Japan (TAAJ), and the South Asian Association of Transactional Analysts (SAATA).


We ask partner organizations to hold to codes of ethics and professional practice that are compatible with those of the ITAA. In return, we send the ITAA newsletter, The Script, to them to distribute to their members and also make partner newsletters available to ITAA members. We offer concessionary rates to partner members at ITAA conferences and provide the opportunity for partner organizations to influence ITAA policy by reporting to the ITAA Board of Trustees on an annual basis. In these ways we intend to widen the network of cooperative relationships between individuals interested in TA and their various membership organizations around the world, thereby extending the reach of our philosophy of OKness, equality, and open communication.


Representatives from organizations interested in joining the ITAA partnership network are invited to contact the President of the ITAA for more information.

The South African Transactional Analysis Association (SATAA)

The SATAA has its roots in the 1970’s when Maria Gilbert and Petruska Clarkson, who were training in psychotherapy with Richard Erskine, set it up. They were soon joined by Diana Schmukler, Sue Fish, Merle Friedman and Sharon Kalinko. Several of the early trainees left SA, and Sharon and  Diane Salters, who returned to South Africa in 1993, formally registered SATAA as a Not for Profit Organisation. This fledgling organisation, under their leadership, organised a very successful International TA Conference in Johannesburg in 2008. Many people from all round the world still speak fondly of their vibrant experiences in Africa!

We continue to grow slowly and at present have around 30 members. The purpose of the SATAA is to contribute to public well-being through the use of TA. An important role of the SATAA is to equip people in South Africa with applied TA knowledge and skills. TA offers a powerful framework for previously disempowered people to begin to make new meaning of who they are in their families and communities. TA has been used in many grassroots projects and some schools. 

We have taken advantage of online platforms to expand our connections and TA learning. Our 2018 webinar project has seen trainers from many parts of the world sharing their expertise with an audience that continues to come from many parts of the world! 

Several of our members have served on the ITAA Board of Trustees  over the years and we are proud of their contribution to the international TA community..

We hope this partnership will increase the flow of communication between us, the ITAA and our international colleagues. We welcome you to connect with us and be involved within our community in South Africa. Visit
Submitted on behalf of SATAA by Karen Pratt, SATAA Chairperson

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The Transactional Analysis Association of Japan (TAAJ)

The main goal of TAAJ is to spread transactional analysis in Japan and increase people’s self-awareness through TA. Itis a non-profit association with about 160 membersfrom all over Japan, and its office located in Tokyo. TAAJ welcomes professionals (clinical psychologists, nurses, social workers, organizational consultants, teachers, etc.) and laypersons as well, and now has several members who have internationally qualified in the fields of psychotherapy, education, and organizations.

Founded in 1987, it began with a working group of individuals who earnestly wanted to learn TA more. Michiko Fukazawa, TSTA (P) was elected as the first president because she had trained in the United States for long time. Therefore TAAJ had a strong relationship with Muriel James, Robert and Mary Goulding in its first era. For more than 30-year-history, TAAJ had organized workshops with many international trainers. TAAJ holds TA101 and other advanced courses every year, and publishes a newsletter every 4 months, which includes articles on international TA circumstances. In addition, it provides Japanese translation of the IBOC training handbook on its website to help trainees and examinees.

South Asian Association Transactional Analysts (SAATA)

The SAATA is engaged in promoting global standards in transactional analysis practice, training, and certification by providing a platform for learning, research, and networking within the region and beyond.


SAATA is an international, nonprofit, professional organization founded by a group of transactional analysts in 2006. We currently have around 300 members. It is the nodal body of South Asia for networking and developing professional competencies in transactional analysis. Our mission is to:


  Provide a professional identity for transactional analysts in the South Asian region and to represent this region in the global transactional analysis community

  Promote cooperation in the South Asian region for the spread of transactional analysis

  Promote professional knowledge and research in transactional analysis in order to develop theory and practice

  Synthesize Eastern philosophy and culture into transactional analysis theory, training, and practice

  Develop TA training and examination processes and a professional code of ethics that are relevant to the regional social, political, cultural, economic, and market conditions and in line with global standards


Our activities include the annual Multilevel Learning (MLL) event, which brings together trainers/trainees in the region and has also brought TSTAs/PTSTAs from various countries; conferences; workshops with trainers from within and outside the region for the personal and professional growth of individuals and groups; a quarterly newsletter; and a biannual journal.


SAATA Newsletter

SAATA Newsletter November 2019

SAATA Newsletter April 2019

SAATA Newsletter January 2019

SAATA Newsletter October 2018

SAATA Newsletter July 2018

SAATA Newsletter April 2018

SAATA Newsletter January 2018

SAATA Newsletter October 2017

SAATA Newsletter July 2017

SAATA Newsletter April 2017

SAATA Newsletter January 2010


SAJTA Journal

SAJTA Volume 5, Number 2: July 2019

SAJTA Volume 5, Number 1: January 2019

SAJTA Volume 4, Number 2: July 2018 

SAJTA Volume 4, Number 1: January 2018

SAJTA Volume 3, Number 1: January 2017

SAJTA Volume 2, Number 2: August 2016

SAJTA Volume 2, Number 1: January 2016

SAJTA Volume 1, Number 1: August 2015


Submitted on behalf of SAATA by SAATA President Susan George

United States of America Transactional Analysis Association

~~The idea for a USA TA Association began in January 1982 when Felipe Garcia called a meeting of interested US ITAA members to begin work on founding an association. By that time, many other countries in the world had developed their own national associations, and multinational groups were beginning to emerge. It became apparent that if the ITAA was to become a truly international organization rather than a US organization with worldwide membership, the USA needed to have its own association. In 1982, then ITAA President Muriel James extended her support, and founding members began joining that spring. By the summer conference in Snowmass, 133 individuals had become members, and there was a party to celebrate the new association.

The intent of USATAA was to create a grassroots, nonhierarchical, cooperative form of government with equal distribution of power among all voting members. The goal was to avoid centralized power and to use the TA philosophy of OK-OK transactions to maintain a spontaneous, intimate, aware, responsible organization. The focus of USATAA has been on introducing TA to mental health practitioners and educators, organizational consultants, coaches, and others who work with people.

Our organizational vision is as follows: “The United States of America Transactional Analysis Association provides a challenging educational environment for professional and personal development. We are dedicated to offering creative opportunities to learn by experience and to build community. We actively seek to involve and include a wide variety of people in learning about transactional analysis.”

In recent years, USATAA has held annual gatherings in Jamaica during the winter, and the 2020 gathering will be the 22nd one.