Reflective Practice in Organisations Foundation Course
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
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.”
Validation of learning
A CPD certificate will be provided, accredited by the Institute of Group Analysis
For more information about this course, which is run at the IGA in London
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,