Reflective Practice in Organisations Foundation Course (Manchester)

Reflective Practice in Organisations Foundation Course (Manchester)

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What does the course offer?

The foundation course offers an experiential introduction to the group analytic approach in working with groups in organisations, particularly reflective practice groups and other team interventions. This experiential foundation course offers lectures from leading practitioners, opportunities to experience the dynamics of reflection in small and large groups, practical exercises to deepen understanding of leadership and group dynamics, and opportunity to consider how to apply learning in your own work setting. Some reading is suggested prior to the weekend.

Group Analysis has a distinguished track record in expertise with groups. The discipline articulates and uses fundamental processes seen in all groups, and pays close attention to the relationship between each individual in the group and the group as a whole, making it a particularly valuable model for working with teams and reflective practice groups. The course is offered by Group Analysis North in partnership with the Institute of Group Analysis. The training is relevant to all who work with teams within organisations, or conduct groups promoting reflection and dialogue.

Recent social and political lurches have profoundly rocked many living in the comfortable developed world. In the UK, the referendum on the departure from the EU has revealed deep divisions and created new conflicts for many people with complex identifications. Group Analysis is a science enabling meaningful engagements with others, different from us, with different experiences and holding different views: A crucial discipline in navigating current challenges. The training focuses on applying group analysis in public/work settings and provides a foundation to equip practitioners to contain difficult conversations and enable creative conversations in these settings which are often in the process of rapid organisational change.

Who is the Foundation Course for?

The foundation course is open to anyone with a professional interest in reflective practice at work, team coaching or other organisational interventions. We expect it will particularly interest people working with teams and/or conducting reflective practice groups, and organisational leaders wishing to understand how best to participate in and use groups to promote organisational health and effective communication. It is especially valuable for those leading or working with diverse, multi-disciplinary teams in complex or challenging settings.

What will the course do for me?

By the end of the course we would expect you to have:

  • Greater awareness of the experiences of self and others in groups
  • Explored the dynamics of joining and leaving a temporary learning community
  • Gained a fuller and more nuanced understanding of leadership in groups
  • Understood some obstacles to thinking in the workplace, and how reflective practice helps overcome these
  • Recognised different styles of leadership and participation, and reflected on your own style
  • Explored the differing potentials and dynamics of small and large reflective groups
  • Gained a fuller understanding of the potential of a group analytic approach to teams and reflective practice
  • Considered how to apply learning in the work setting

Course Dates:

Friday 21st June and Saturday 22nd June 2019

Course Programme:

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What have previous attendees said?

“I am still realising now what I have taken away from the course and putting it into practice.”
“Best of luck to you all and thank you for your professionalism, hospitality and kindness.”
“Thank you so much for putting together such a great training course which I have thoroughly enjoyed.”

Courses Personnel

Christine Thornton is a group analyst, supervisor and consultant, author of the best-selling Group and team coaching [Routledge 2010, 2016], and many other books and papers; she is currently editing a new volume, The art and science of working together: practising group analysis in organisations. Christine is Director of the IGA organisational training, the Diploma in Reflective Organisational Practice. Christine’s work enables better understanding of unconscious and systemic dynamics in organisational relationships. She has applied group analysis in team coaching, supervision groups, large groups, action learning sets and professional development groups, in over twenty-five years’ consulting to organisations, and has been honoured for contributions to the coaching profession. She has held senior leadership positions, most recently national clinical director at icap 2011-14. Correspondence:

Cynthia Rogers is a training group analyst, organisational consultant, supervisor, and company director. With 20 years’ experience of reflective practice, her most recent work, nationally with doctors, was informed by her research interest in professional identity. At the first international congress on Median Groups in Bolzano, Italy, Cynthia described her use of median, dialogue groups in reflective practice. She is the author of 'Psychotherapy and Counselling a Professional Business' Wiley 2004, which explores the dynamics associated with earning and sustaining a living as a therapist. This year she has contributed to books on countertransference and reflective practice.

Gerhard Wilke is an Anthropologist and Group Analyst, an Organisational Consultant, Executive Coach and Supervisor. He is one of the most experienced Large Group Conductors and the author of several books. Gerhard is an Honorary Fellow, Royal College of General Practitioners and an Honorary Fellow International Association of Group Therapists.

Antony Froggett is the director of Thinking Space Consultancy. He is a training group analyst and training supervisor with the IGA. He was previously the Director of training for the IGA qualifying course in group analysis in Manchester. He worked as an adult psychotherapist in the NHS for 15 years, and now works independently as an organisational consultant, trainer and coach. He has an MA in Psychoanalysis and the Organisation from the Tavistock Clinic/University of East London. He is currently a senior lecturer at the University of Birmingham on the Master's in Healthcare Leadership programme, organised on behalf of the NHS Leadership Academy, and a supervisor on the IGA Diploma in Reflective Organisational Practice.

Ewa Wojciechowska is a training group analyst and accredited supervisor at the Institute of Group Analysis (London). She maintains a small private practice which includes work in the areas of individual and group psychotherapy, organisational consultancy and supervision. She has conducted weekly reflective practice groups with the staff of two very different in-patient units for many years. Her international work has been with the Institutes of Group Analysis in Poland and Slovenia, where her role has been that of assisting local members to think and work their way through complex organisational developments, notably managing the transition from old established leadership to younger, relatively untried leadership. Some details of her work are described in a book chapter entitled "Managing Personal and Professional Boundaries" (in Staff Support Groups in the Helping Professions, eds: Kennard, D and Hartley, Routledge 2009.)

Validation of learning

A CPD certificate will be provided, accredited by the Institute of Group Analysis

Course Fees:

GAN/IGA members £425, Non-Members £450 (lunches included)

To Register, contact:, telephone 01204 840909
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What further learning opportunities are there?

The course is a prerequisite for practitioners applying for the Diploma in Reflective Organisational Practice, which is a one year course leading to Associate Membership of the Institute of Group Analysis. Group analysis places emphasis on valuing differing perspectives, and so this course welcomes applications from professionals with a variety of theoretical orientations. For more information,

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