South Asian Transactional Analysis Conference 2016

South Asian Association of Transactional Analysis (SAATA) plays a crucial role in networking and developing professional competencies in Transactional Analysis (TA) application in counseling, education, organizational development and psychotherapy in the South Asia region.

Introduction of TA by ASK in 2003 was the first noteworthy initiative to address this need in Bangladesh. More than five hundred of professionals have received TA 101 and Diploma in TA during the last twelve years in courses organized by ASK in support of ASHA Counseling and Training Services from India.

SAATA and ASK have both played leading roles in promoting training and services in South Asia.  This has enabled certified counselors and psychotherapists to contribute to the mental health system of Bangladesh, SAATA, in partnership with ASK, is pleased to introduce the South Asian Transactional Analysis Conference 2016 and IBOC examination in Dhaka. The idea behind this endeavor is to inspire and provide opportunity for professional growth and development.

The theme of the conference is “Freedom Within” which means choosing unbounded flow of psychic energy, using all the ego states of the self with spontaneity and awareness. People will achieve true freedom by bringing change towards OKness by fostering intrinsic worth and value and grow into responsible citizens for their own lives, for others and for the world.

The conference in Bangladesh will be a show case of practicing TA therapists to an international TA community.  The IBOC examination for international certification for counselors, psychotherapists, and supervising trainers will take place on 1 September 2016.


This event aims to achieve the following specific objectives:

  • To showcase Bangladesh’s success as a member country of SAATA;
  • To promote and highlight the role that SAATA plays in  development of TA practice in South Asia;
  • To present case studies and research findings in the TA;
  • To bring together governments, development institutions, investors, academics and  institutions to recognise the role of  the TA as a changing agent;
  • To discuss best practices in application of TA;
  • To bring international TA community together “under one roof” to exchange knowledge and know how;
  • To help promote TA Research and Development;
  • To disseminate and expand knowledge of TA in Bangladesh;
  • To promote self-development of individuals leading to community empowerment;
  • To develop professional certification;
  • To publish Conference Proceedings as resource materials on TA;
  • To network for inter-regional coordination and consultation so as to promote peace and harmony in the region;

South Asian Transactional Analysis Conference 2016

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Keynote Speakers

John Heath, TSTA (P), Trustee &Past President of ITAA
John Heath

  • Twenty years working as a psychologist in the education system in England before moving mid-career into private practice in psychotherapy.
  • Qualified in transactional analysis at TSTA levels, and developed a clinical, supervisory and training practice in the north of England.
  • Voluntary work for the ITAA began in 2004 as conference chair.
  • A member of the Board of Trustees since 2007, first as the European representative, then as Vice President of Operations, and from 2011 as President.   

P K Saru, TSTA (P), Trustee &Past President of SAATA
P K Saru

  • Psychotherapist, trainer and consultant with 25 years of experience.
  • Winner of Muriel James Living Principles Award of the ITAA
  • Master Practitioner in NLP and has a Diploma in Child Development.
  • Managing Trustee of Centre for Holistic Integrated Learning and Development and the Director of Asha Counselling and Training Services, Coimbatore, India.
  • Convener of the International TA Conferences in 1997 and 2004.
  • Former member of the Board of Trustees of the ITAA and member of the Board of Certification, T&C Council.

Khursheed Erfan Ahmed
khursheed Erfan Ahmed

  • Co-founder, past director and advisor of Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK).
  • Winner of Hedges Capers Humanitarian Award in 2013.
  • Activist against injustice, poverty and marginalization of the downtrodden in Bangladesh.
  • Pioneered establishment of counseling and psychotherapy and Institutionalizing professional counseling in Bangladesh. As a result providing service in different GOs, NGOs, hospitals and educational institutions as well as creating psychosocial awareness in different types of service providers for personal development and in service.

Elana Leigh, TSTA (P)
Elana Leigh

  • Trained and supervised nationally and internationally across a range of cultures for the past 26 years.
  • Actively involved both nationally and internationally on bodies which maintain and advance training standards in the field of psychotherapy.
  • Currently works as a psychotherapist in private practice, supervisor and trainer in Sydney, Australia.


Registration Fees

1st Early bird (1 Dec 2015 – 29 Feb 2016)

Subject Conference (3 days) Institutes (2 days) 5 days program (conference and institutes)
SAATA members BDT 6,000 ( $76 ) BDT 5,000 ( $64 ) BDT 9,000 ($115)
Student ( only in formal study with ID )   BDT 4,500 BDT 3,000 BDT 6,000
Professionals inside the country BDT 7,000 BDT 5,000 BDT 10,000
Pts from abroad $350 $250 $500


2nd Early bird (1 Mar – 31 May 2016)

Subject Conference (3 days) Institutes (2 days) 5 days program (conference and institutes)
SAATA members BDT 7,200 ($92) BDT 6,000 ($76) BDT 10,800 ($138)
Student( only in formal study with ID ) BDT 5,400 BDT 3,600 BDT  7,200
Professionals inside the country BDT 8,400 BDT 6,000 BDT 12,000
Pts from abroad $420 $300 $600


After Early bird (1 June – 2 Sep 2016)

Subject Conference (3 days) Institutes (2 days) 5 days program (conference and institutes)
SAATA members BDT 8,400 ($107) BDT 7,000 ($89) BDT 12,600 ( $161)
Student ( only in formal study with ID ) BDT 6,300 BDT 4,200 BDT 6,000
Professionals inside the country BDT 9,800 BDT 7,000 BDT 14,000
Pts from abroad $500 $350 $700