Exciting offering: Become a TIFF accredited practitioner

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Oct 162015

We are very excited to announce that in 2016, a group of South Africans have the opportunity to become accredited TIFF practitioners.

What is TIFF?
It is the Temple Index of Functional Fluency. The Functional Fluency model of human social behaviour for mapping behavioural patterns, has been researched and created by Susannah Temple. It is positioned within the body of Transactional Analysis. Susannah won the 2014 Eric Berne Memorial Award for her work in developing this tool.

Practitioners already working as coaches, facilitators, consultants, counsellors or educators are trained in understanding and administering the TIFF Questionnaire. They are trained to give feedback and to provide further ongoing personal/professional developmental support.

“Functional Fluency is the art and skill of interpersonal effectiveness. The TIFF Questionnaire completion produces a profile of someone’s behaviour patterns socially –a sort of snapshot of the ways that the person uses their energy in relationships. It shows how somebody balances energy used on his or her own behalf, as well as on behalf of others, and on keeping ‘with-it’ and in touch with current reality. It is useful as a tool for increasing self-awareness and understanding, therefore enhancing emotional literacy and interpersonal effectiveness”  – Temple

Doing this training in Europe will cost approx. R 40,000 just for the training – we will be able to do it at a very reduced cost, as the trainer, Lieuwe Koopmans (an org PTSTA) is willing to offer it if his flights and accommodation are covered.

More information will follow… if you are interested in this opportunity, get in touch with us! chairperson@sataa.org.za

Our first COP event in Cape Town

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Jul 012015

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We had our first Community of Practice event in Cape Town at the end of May – it felt like a big milestone in terms of our development this year, as it was our first physical engagement with members and people interested in TA. Rather than describing the event ourselves, we asked two people who were there to give us a brief description of their impression:

The first meeting of the new, revived SATAA in Cape Town was informal and purposeful. Good food, good wine, and good company enabled the emergence of good ideas around working with TA in South Africa. I look forward to more of this and to seeing TA have a positive impact on many individuals and organisations through the work of the SATAA.

Layo Seriki

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I attended my first SATAA meeting on Friday  29 May 2015.  I would thoroughly recommend these meetings to anyone who is interested in sharing and deepening their knowledge around TA.  We had some really interesting discussions, ate very tasty snacks and laughed and learnt at the same time.
Alex van Oostveen invited us to participate in a practical exercise working with TA tools for coaching.  It is always a good sign when the time is up too soon and there are still more questions to ask and people that I would like to have spent time getting to know better.  I will definitely be going back for more of these sessions.

Veronica Wantenaar

Join us for our next workshop on the 28th August, at 26 Chiappini Street, De Waterkant. You can find more detail in our events calendar.

TA in the community: a report by Wayne Singh

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Jul 012015

Equipping for Change in an ever Evolving Planet
by Wayne Singh

The pace at which an organisation is able to evolve itself is highly dependent upon the people within that organisation’s ability to cope with change. Change is inevitable given that we live and operate within an ever changing world.

Our world at every level is changing fast, the mountains that govern society including Education, Arts, Business, Commerce, Politics and medicine are all rapidly changing and religion is certainly not immune. As people evolve, so too are our needs and requirements and as a lead minister of a local church leading people that functions in all facets of society at various levels,  I have recognised and identified the critical importance of changing the ‘old normal’ way of doing church. Without doubt, church as we have all become accustomed too is changing so fast that the pace is only going to increase and sadly many are going to be casualties of remaining static.

Enter ‘Transactional Analysis 101’ and here we have been introduced to a practical programme that possesses powerful tools that when placed into the stewardship of organisational leaders can provide a wonderful platform for developing emotional intelligence within the leaders individually as well as within the group collectively. The result of course is that when we are able to enhance and support the evolution of the leaders, we ultimately navigate the rudder and engine of the entire organisation which would build resilience in the ever changing world of Church and religion as well as foster team work at a more productive level than without having proven tools.

Having been introduced to parts of TA 101 during a Coaching Programme I was part of in 2014, I immediately recognised the value of being exposed with our church leaders would bring to our organisation and team dynamics. I contacted the facilitator Karen Pratt and we put together the TA 101 dates for February 2015 and the programme assisted our organisation with meaningful team building dynamics in a structured yet easy going environment where people were able to interact and express themselves with tremendous freedom. Of course the creative potential of the group surfaced in ways that has started too and will continue to drive us forward as a collective.  I certainly recommend this programme to all organisations that seek to build capacity for evolving and with great certainty I believe that church and other religious organisations can only benefit.

Our new tools learned in the TA 101 format to name a few:, Ego States, Theory of Communication and Theory of Patterns are being worked at a slower pace than we would prefer however it is a work well in progress and has set us firmly equipped on the highway of change to meet the ever increasing demands of the changing societies we serve.

Wayne Singh is lead Minister of Winners Faith Centre a Church based in Cape Town committed to empowering aspiration and vision with practical approaches from The Word of God.

SATAA Strategy and getting involved

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Apr 262015

The SATAA has a new Board – Karen Pratt as Chairperson, Judith Haupt as Vice-Chairperson, Alex van Oostveen as Secretary and Janet King as Treasurer are busy with some changes for the SATAA and the wider TA community. As a first step, they developed a strategy for the SATAA for the year to come. Would you like to get involved? Have a look at the strategy, and ways to get involved here: SATAA Strategy 2015