Last week, I re-launched Triangle TA Group (TTAG) by running a workshop on Channels of Communication.
While we were a small group, we were very international with representatives from Wales, Scotland, England and The Netherlands! This is a multi-level group, some are working towards their Certified Transactional Analyst, others thinking about taking the Triangle TA Practitioner Award route. TTAG is also for those who simply want to network, meet new people and learn more about human behaviour.
On Day one, after fairly comprehensive contracting, we covered different aspect of Ego State theory. Through discussion and small group exercises a great deal of depth was reached and new understandings examined and managed.
Multi-level groups generate such a richness in the learning. Those who are more experienced lead the way for those who have just started their explorations in TA theory. The more experienced flex their TA "muscles" by supporting the less experienced, and by realising how much they know, and maybe what they might need to check out. Teaching others is such a good way of learning I always feel!
Lev Vygotsky (1934) stressed the role of social interaction in the learning process, and the role of the More Knowledgeable Other (MKO) along with the Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) are two central pillars of his work.
The MKO refers to someone who has a better understanding or a higher ability level than the learner, and that through the social interactions, they co-create their learning and I believe both benefit. Not just in the syndicate work, but during the theory inputs and during the breaks too.
Day two of TTAG workshops are open to the participants to create the agenda. The contract is that people can bid for sessions to either have supervision with me in front of the group, or teach some theory and receive feedback, or coach a participant and receive feedback on their coaching style and approach.
So on Day two of this workshop, we had an interesting discussion on organisational culture; a participant coached an individual and received feedback, and I ran supervision sessions where the concepts of TA are used to analyse a situation or a problem. Group supervision sessions include a process review, where the audience can talk about what they observed in the process. This allows for a greater depth of learning for all - often people in the audience do their own work while observing others.
I was really struck by the atmosphere we had co-created. For such a cross-cultural group, meeting for the first time, the sense of connection was palpable. The open nature of the group, the willingness to show vulnerability and authenticity was impressive.
I thank all those who attended for their commitment to professional and personal development, and for the fun we had, and look forward to the next time!
Lynda Tongue TSTA-org
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