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  • Rosa Krausz and Marco Mazzetti

    Honored with 2012 Eric Berne Awards


    vol. 42 no. 5

    may 2012

    international transactional

    analysis association

    Rosa Krausz, PhD, is being recog-nized for her work as represented bytwo of her articles: Power and Leader-ship in Organizations (TransactionalAnalysis Journal, April 1986) and Orga-

    nizationalScripts (Trans-actional AnalysisJournal, April1993). ErichKosloski, whonominatedRosa, noted thatthe first of thesewas a pioneer-

    ing article for organizational applica-tions of transactional analysis becauseit considered the relationship betweenpower and leadership styles withinorganizations as well as betweenmembers of organizations and leader-ship styles and the degree of effective-ness of each style and its possible out-comes. Rosa described four leadershipstyles in terms of transactional analysisconcepts, including the use of predomi-


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    e are pleased to announce that 2012 is a very good year for the Eric Berne

    Memorial Award. We have two winners: Rosa Krausz and Marco Mazzetti.

    They will be receiving their awards at the August conference in Chennai,

    India, and we offer a brief summary here describing the work for which they are being

    honored. We hope you will join us in congratulating them both: Rosa can be reached at and Marco can be reached at .

    Marco Mazzetti, MD, is being hon-ored for his practice-anchored theory oftransactional analysis supervision asrepresented by his article Supervisionin Transactional Analysis: An Opera-tional Model(TransactionalAnalysis Journal,April 2007). Hisnominatorsincluded JimAllen, IsabelleCrespelle, MillyDe Micheli,Fanita English,Ann Heathcote, Dolores Munari Poda,Alessandra Pierini, Nancy Porter-Steele,Charlotte Sills, and Curtis Steele. Intheir nomination statement, theydescribed how Marcos operationalmodel represents an original, innova-tive, and significant advancement in thetheory and practice of transactionalanalysis supervision. It aimed to devel-op a specific theory of transactionalanalysis supervision and its consequent

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    practice and is significant because it systematizes andintegrates previous models of supervision, especially thework of Erskine, Clarkson, and Tudor, and enhances andextends them with new and innovative concepts.

    Specifically, Marcos model integrates Erskines conceptof supervisees stages of development and specific learn-ing needs with Clarksons approach to evaluating thequality of supervision and Tudors goal of supportingclear and coherent transactional analysis theorizing.Marcos nominators noted that his work systematizestransactional analysis supervision into a comprehensive,consistent model and adds and develops new conceptsthat enrich and enhance the model both theoreticallyand methodologically. Marcos seven-point operationalmodel changes the emphasis of transactional analysissupervision from focusing mainly on the clients well-being to the well-being of both client and practitioner/supervisee. In doing so he moves supervision from a one-person to a two-person relational frame. New conceptsaddressing a transactional analysis theory of supervisioninclude the ideas of emotional contact with the super-visee and the use of parallel process. Transactionalanalysis literature and central concepts are widely refer-enced, with relevant attention to Berne, Holloway, Stein-er, James, Goulding, and Allen and Allen, and the classicconcepts of the discount matrix, the episcript, and theconcept of OKness.

    The significance and impact of these ideas has becomemanifest in the translation of the article into other lan-guages and how it is quoted by Provisional Teaching andSupervising Transactional Analyst candidates in theirTSTA examinations. For these future supervisors, Marcosideas clearly have become a significant frame of reference.

    Marco Mazzetti, MD, born in 1958, is specialized in pedi-atrics and psychiatry. He is a Teaching and SupervisingTransactional Analyst (psychotherapy), a member of EATAand the ITAA (since 1988), a university lecturer at the Facul-ty of Medicine, University of Brescia, Italy, and the author ofseveral books and scientific articles on transactional analysisand cross-cultural psychiatry. He worked in several healthcooperation projects in Africa, Asia, and South America, andfrom those experiences he derived a deep interest in the cul-tural implications of human relationships and specifically ofpsychotherapy. In his country of Italy he started to work withimmigrants in Rome, at the Caritas Health Service, in 1990,where he is at present the head of Invisible Wounds, the

    nant ego states, transaction types, frequent strokepatterns, predominant life position, time structure,games, discounts, and their impact on productivityand organizational climate. The article shows it ispossible to diagnose organizational climate anddevelop interventions to facilitate behavioral changefor the members of the organization as well as toidentify and stimulate options for membership parti-cipation through empowerment that profits theorganization as a whole. The article has been wellused and often cited in later publications, especially inthe organizational field of TA.

    The second article discusses, for the first time, theapplication of script theory in organizations as well asthe relevance of taking into account nonconsciousindividual and group processes that can negativelyimpact organizational efficacy. The article proposes aset of beliefs as a tool for analyzing the external adap-tation process and the internal integration of organi-zations using a classic definition of scripts presentedby Berne. It is supported by works on organizationalculture and organizational ideology in order to showthe behavioral patterns that are the archetypes ofeach organizational script. Four ideologies werestressed: work, time, people, and money. Rosashowed how these concepts, which had previouslybeen used only in the clinical field, could be applied innonclinical fields. This article has become a classic inthe organizational field of transactional analysis,

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    newsletter of the international transactional Analysis Association2843 Hopyard Rd., Suite 155, Pleasanton, CA 94588, USAFax: 925-600-8112 email: , Website:

    editor: Laurie Hawkes, MA, Managing editor: Robin Fryer, MSWDesktop Publishing: lockwood design

    Deadlinesfirst of the month prior to the month of publication (e.g.,12 May for the June issue).

    Advertising: Twelfth page: $50; sixth page: $100; third page: $200; halfpage: $300; full page: $400. Publication of advertising in The Script doesnot imply endorsement by the newsletter, the editor, or the ITAA.

    The Script (ISSN 0164-7393) is published monthly by the Internation-al Transactional Analysis Association. For information on membership,visit or contact the ITAA at the above address. 2012 International Transactional Analysis Association, Inc.

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  • rehabilitation service for torture victims. Marco also works asa psychotherapist and psychiatrist in private practice inMilan, Italy, where he founded and runs the Milan Institutefor Transactional Analysis. His main pleasure is raising histhree children with his wife, Ulrika, and traveling, skiing,mountain climbing, and biking with them. He is also a passionate cook.

    amplifying the application of TA and enhancing thereach and potency of interventions so that they are nolonger only individual and healing but also becomestrategic, preventive, predictable, and able to impactorganizations as a whole.

    Rosa Krausz is a Brazilian sociologist and former universi-ty professor as well as a Teaching and Supervising Trans-actional Analyst (organizational and educational) certi-fied by the ITAA and UNAT-BRAZIL (the Brazilian TAAssociation). She is a full member of the Worldwide Asso-ciation of Business Coaches (WABC), a former ITAA Sec-retary and member of the board of trustees, the author ofseveral articles published in the Transactional AnalysisJournal, editor of REBAT (the Brazilian Journal of TA),translator of What Do You Say After You Say Hello?and other transactional analysis books, and an activetrainer and supervisor of the majority of organizationalCertified Transactional Analysts in Brazil. Rosa alsoauthored two books on transactional analysis in organi-zations and has participated in national and internation-al conferences. Several of her articles have been translat-ed into French, German, and Italian. She enjoys garden-ing, cooking, reading, and spending time with her family,which includes her two children and four grandchildren.

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    Marco Mazzetti was on a holiday cruise with his family

    when the announcement was made that he had won the

    2012 Eric Berne Memorial Award. When he learned the

    good news several days later, he and his family celebrated

    together: (from left) wife Ulrika Widn, daughters Sofia

    (standing) and Alice