ACIS was founded in 1994 by Elana Leigh and Servaas van Beekum, who were later joined by third Director Jo Frasca. We held a vision for a Centre of learning based on the humanistic model prevalent in Europe and the UK, where Elana and Servaas trained.
We believe that the place you train is just as important as the content of your course and that we must experience something for ourselves if we are to truly create change in our lives and others’. We seek to create a community collective of individuals committed to deep, lasting and evolving interpersonal communication.
Integrated diversity of approaches
Transactional Analysis is the central approach through which ACIS courses present the four major schools of psychotherapy – psychoanalytic, behavioural, systemic, and humanistic.
We believe that that our childhood, culture, history, belief system and personal style impacts upon all relationships in our lives, whether personal or professional. When we better know ourselves, we can develop the requisite empathy to recognise the intersection of ourselves relating to another.
When we understand how who we are influences what we do, we can make real, lasting change – in our relationships, our work environment, our community and the wider world.
Our training is not merely theoretical. ACIS training integrates a diversity of modalities and approaches into a highly supportive space where we come together to challenge ourselves and deepen our ability for critical thinking. We request that all our trainees research and reflect on their own inner work so that they may know how to be an excellent practitioner, from the inside out.
Continuing professional development – beyond ticking a box
Our continuing professional development courses help you develop astute critical thinking that you may apply in both professional and personal situations. Our graduates report a long-lasting, evolving and comprehensive change to the way they approach their work and relationships.
If you want your time invested in continuing professional development to do more than merely tick a box, then check out our CPD courses and join us.
The Boab tree of the ACIS logo
The Boab tree is unique and eccentric in shape, with its own character, much like the human psyche. While our genetic and molecular makeup is similar in all of us, just like the Boab tree we each possess a personality, character and disposition all of our own. Boab trees have the usual feature of having more than one trunk, which to us represents our different families, including our professional and peer families.
Boab trees have been known to live for more than 1500 years, developing their form and shape over a long time, which reflect the ethos of our training. The ACIS logo displays the ‘naked’ version of the deciduous Boab, which represents our development which is enhanced and replicated each year.
We planted two Boabs at our Church Street, Waverley premises, one at the front entrance and one at the rear in the courtyard, when we moved in back in 2002.
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