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Two-day Workshop, November

led by Professor Nick Sarra

'The Experience of Conflict in Organisational Practice'

Friday & Saturday, November 17 & 18, 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.

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Two-day Workshop: The Experience of Conflict in Organisational Practice, led by Professor Nick Sarra

Group Analysis North is pleased to announce it is facilitating a two-day workshop entitled "The Experience of Conflict in Organisational Practice. How do we engage with and think about difficult and complex processes at work?" The two days will be led by Professor Nick Sarra, who is a Consultant Psychotherapist, working in the NHS and a Group Analyst specialising in organisational consultancy, debriefing and mediation within the workplace.

The two days will be held at the Mercure Bolton Georgian House Hotel on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th November 2017. The format for the two days will be small and large reflective practice groups and social dreaming. An important aspect of the workshop is to create a community of purpose, in coming together to explore the issues at hand; it is hoped that delegates may choose to take advantage of staying overnight on the Friday evening, when they can join together to eat and relax.

The Georgian House Hotel overlooks the West Pennine Moors and is close to the beautiful area around Rivington and Rivington Pike. It offers modern comforts in a Georgian manor house, with complimentary high speed WiFi. There is an international menu at The Brasserie and a 24-hour Bar. Residential delegates will also be able to relax in the onsite health club, where there is a pool. If delegates should wish to extend their stay, Manchester City Centre is a 20 minute car drive away and there are many and varied walks on the doorstep of the hotel.

GAN is offering this two day workshop with two fee options:
Residential two days, including bed, breakfast and dinner on Friday evening, plus use of hotel leisure facilities, as well as lunch on Friday and Saturday for the early bird fee of £220 for all bookings before 7th April 2017 (£255 after that date). Alternatively there is a non-residential rate of £160 for early bird bookings before 7th April 2017 or £195 after that date.

If you have any questions about the format of the workshop or funding issues, please contact Mandy Wildman, the GAN Development Officer at

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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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