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Annual Lecture

presented by Dr Alberto Albeniz

'The Use of Metaphors and Group Analytic Thinking in a Personality Disorders Unit'

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Friday Seminar, March

presented by Farideh Dizadji

'Why Groups for Traumatised Refugees and Asylum Seekers'

Friday, March 24, 2017

Friday Seminar, June

presented by Gwen Adshead

'Group Analysis in Forensic Settings'

Friday, June 9, 2017



This page lists and describes the current workshops & activities of Group Analysis North (GAN) that are additional to the three main courses hosted by GAN.

Want to know more about Groupwork Training?

Why not come to Group Analysis North's informal Introductory Event?

Saturday 6th May 2017, 2.00 p.m. — 3.00 p.m.

An opportunity to talk informally to the Courses Director, Debra Nash, about the courses on offer. These sessions are free of charge, however we do ask that you register prior to attending, by contacting the administrator at

Barbara Dick Memorial Lecture

Each year, an eminent professional is invited to present a lecture on a topic which is relevant to the day. Attendees then participate in a discussion and a large group. The next lecture will be presented by Dr Alberto Albeniz on Saturday 25th February 2017, 10.00 a.m. — 3.00 p.m. The title for the lecture is:

"The Use of Metaphors and Group Analytic Thinking in a Personality Disorders Unit"

As a consequence of stress the capacity to mentalise tends to narrow in patients, therapists and the institution as a group as a whole. Experience has shown that recognising group dynamics at different levels in the unit that we are all involved in has been very important in understanding how to make sense and make interventions to work with these stresses. In this context it has been found that the power of the use of simple metaphors have helped to convey the essential therapeutic spirit and aims of the work, not only to psychotherapists but even more importantly, to patients and professionals of the larger group in the Trust and NHS hierarchy, who are not necessarily familiar with psychodynamic methods. Particularly in supervision the use of metaphor provides a bridge between theory and learning through practice that elicit in therapists how to draw on their own inner resources to recognise and understand the personal experience of relationships and life events of their patients.

Alberto Albenez is a Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy at a community outreach personality disorder specialist service in Coventry called the "Olive Tree". In 2012 the unit was classified as a centre of innovation by the Department of Health, and the unit keeps working with high success outcome rates. Alberto has published articles and research in European and National journals. He is the author of the book "A Walk in the Park: Through the Psychotherapist's Mind", which brings together a collection of simple metaphors used in supervision to help clinicians to understand the practical application of theory.

Cost: £50.00 GAN members and IGA students, £65.00 non-members, 20% reduction for 'early bird' bookings made before 30th November 2016.

flyer here

booking form here

Café Psychologique in Manchester

This will be a place where people can meet and talk about life, over a drink, from a psychological perspective.

Friday Seminars

GAN hosts quarterly Friday meetings which are addressed by qualified group analysts. These meetings are open to all members of GAN. They provide an opportunity for those with an interest in group analysis to develop their thinking alongside others in a creative group environment.

The Median Group

If you want to explore group dynamics, conflict, change and team development; come and join the Median Group. The Median Group comprises 10-20 individuals keen to understand the groups they are part of and strengthen their professional selves through their group analytic understanding.

Work Reflection Group

The work reflection group is a form of supervision group in which participants are given the opportunity to reflect upon their work using group analytic ideas. Participants are helped to explore their work with clients and colleagues and the group and organisational context in which it takes place. Students who have completed the Foundation and Diploma courses may apply to join a work reflection group for a year after they have completed either course subject to availability.
Contact the administrator for further details and an application form here


For students wishing to have more time to think about whether to pursue their training to the next level, we offer a small number of places in a therapy group to those who have completed a Foundation or Diploma course. The therapy-only option allows students the flexibility to take some time out, whilst retaining their link to the group analytic training community in Manchester. Students considering this option should ask to speak to the Courses Director.

Workshops and bespoke in-house training

Group Analysis North hosts a variety of workshops providing CPD activities for qualified Group Analysts and also for those who are interested in groups and/or work with or in groups. GAN also facilitates in-house training for Trusts and Services which may wish to provide CPD events for a number of staff or even whole departments.
For more information on in-house training please contact:
Mandy Wildman, Development Officer on 01204-84-0909/07861-704-002 or

Support for funding applications

Mandy Wildman is the Group Analysis North's Development Officer and is available to both current and prospective students to provide support for applications for funding. Mandy can be contacted at

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