It has been a busy few weeks lately.
At the beginning of July I flew to Geneva for the European Association for Transactional Analysis (EATA) Council meeting. Along with Cathy McQuaid, I am a delegate to EATA and we represent four national UK associations: the Scottish Transactional Analysis Association; the International Association for Relational Transactional Analysis, the UK Association for Transactional Analysis (UKATA) and the Institute for Developmental TA (IDTA).
Council meetings are held over three long (and hot!) days. We only meet as a whole council once a year, so often there are a great deal of proposals to approve and topics to explore. In this time, the committees also meet. Cathy and I are on the Commission for Certification (COC) which oversees the running of exam centres across Europe. We manage to meet twice a year, but if I tell you that in the last 12 months there were 12 exam sites from Russia to France, passing 191 Certified TA Practitioners, 6 CTA Trainers and 20 Teaching and/or Supervising Transactional Analysts - you will realise the amount of work that is undertaken by this committee.
Geneva is a lovely place. I managed to take a boat trip around the lake before Council started. The beautiful backdrop of the Alps and the expanse of clear blue water made this excursion memorable for me.
After the Council meeting, we moved on to the exams. Exams last two days in all and I was an observer for a supervision exam, and on a TSTA teach board. Both candidates passed, I am happy to say, and both were rigorously challenged!
And then it was three days of the conference itself. Workshops, keynote speeches, book launches ..... it is always wonderful to see old friends and make new ones. The extra element is that EATA is made up of 27 European countries - I have friends all over Europe! Council and conferences are often the only time I get to see them. So I always come away with my head buzzing with different conversations, new ideas, new projects and the possibility of working with new people.
I was struck this time in Geneva by how there were "waves" of people: first wave was Council delegates, then many left as a new wave of examiners and examinees arrived, and then some left and made way for a new wave of conference presenters and attendees. It is no wonder that my head spins at the end of it all!
In amongst all the work, there were the evenings for sociable dinners in interesting restaurants with different groups of people from different cultures.
And Brexit was hardly mentioned ......
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