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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

IGA Foundation Course in Groupwork (Manchester)

IGA Foundation Course in Groupwork (Manchester)

This course is run over 10 Saturdays and two Friday afternoons (one at the start of the course in September and one at the end in July) from September to July. It provides a comprehensive introduction to groupwork skills and the theory of group analysis, together with the opportunity for personal and professional development.

This Course is particularly useful for those who:

  • Work with complex people—staff or patients, or
  • Work with teams and groups i.e. In mental health, education services, social work, youth work, probation and prisons services, religious settings, voluntary organisations and the police force, or
  • Want guidance in working with difficult group dynamics, or
  • Want to understand what works well and what goes wrong in groups and why.

Components of the Course

The course consists of experiential groups and theoretical seminars and lectures. In addition, students take part in a Large Group during each weekend which involves staff and students from the Diploma and Qualifying Courses.

Experiential groups offer students the opportunity to experience group processes directly.

Theoretical seminars and lectures on a range of subject areas including:

  • general principles of group analytic psychotherapy
  • fundamentals of unconscious processes
  • assessment and selection of group members
  • applying group analysis to organisations
  • attachment theory and
  • groups in the arts and culture.

List of all core curriculum seminars here

Course Dates

15 (p.m. only) & 16 September 2017
14 October 2017
11 November 2017
9 December 2017
13 January 2018
10 February 2018
17 March 2018
5 May 2018
9 June 2018
13 (p.m. only) & 14 July 2018

Course Timetable

Saturdays - 9.00 a.m. — 6.30 p.m.
3 Experiential Groups
2 Seminars/Lectures
Large Group
The two Friday sessions in September and July will be from 12.30 p.m. — 4.30 p.m.

Timetable here

An IGA Certificate is awarded at the end of the course. There is a minimum attendance requirement of 80%.

Application Process

To apply:
Complete an application form here
Return the completed form to the Administrator, Group Analysis North, at Newlands Medical Centre, 315 Chorley New Road, Bolton, BL1 5BP, together with a non-refundable selection fee of £150 and a passport sized photograph (cheque made payable to GAN LTD or BACs payment to Group Analysis North Limited, Account number 11730812, sort code 16 34 16, Royal Bank of Scotland, West Didsbury Branch. Please use your name as the reference for the payment).

You will be invited to visit us and take part in a group discussion where you can ask questions and gather more of a sense of what the course entails. Once you are offered a place on the course you should then register with the IGA at

Closing date for applications to guarantee consideration for a place on the course is Wednesday 5th July 2017. After this date, applications will be subject to there being available spaces on the course.

Bursaries and Funding Application Support

GAN provides small bursaries each year for self-funding applicants. Please ask the Course Administrator for an application form –

Those applicants who wish to apply to their employer for funding should contact Mandy Wildman, the GAN Development Officer, who will be able to assist in writing a bid tailored to individual service requirements. Mandy can be contacted at:


£1,400.00 ‘early bird’ rate for applications before 31st May 2017, £1,550 thereafter. There is an additional non-refundable selection fee of £150 payable on application.

Options for paying fees:

Full fee to be paid by 31st October 2017 or 11 monthly payments of £129 (early bird) or £142 from September 2017 to July 2018.

Work Reflection Group option

Work Reflection Groups run on Friday evenings prior to the Saturday course. These provide further opportunity for you to think about your work using group analytic ideas. As a student on the Foundation Course you can apply for a place in a Work Reflection Group (further fee applies).

Work Reflection Group Flyer here and Application Form here

The Foundation Course is an essential training requirement for entry to the following IGA courses in Manchester:

Diploma in Groupwork Practice (leading to associate membership of the IGA) - Course information here

Qualifying Course in Group Analysis (leading to full membership of the IGA and registration with the UKCP - Course information here

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