An opportunity for those with an interest in group analysis to develop their thinking alongside others in a creative group environment

The 2023/24 seminars will be online.   GAN hosts Friday afternoon meetings which are led by qualified group analysts. These meetings are open to all members of GAN and students on IGA courses. They provide an opportunity for those with an interest in group analysis to develop their thinking alongside others in a creative group environment.  Please click here for the seminar programme.

The Seminars are held in conjunction with the University of Manchester. They also form an integral part of the theory requirement of the IGA Qualifying Course in Group Analysis (Manchester) and IGA Diploma in Groupwork Practice (Manchester).

Seminar Focus

The focus for the seminars is “Applied Group Analysis” and topics recently covered have included: Eating Disorders; Academic Writing; Groupwork with Students; Staff Support Groups; Groups for Older People.

Venue Location

All seminars are online – the GAN administrator can provide the zoom links


Please use the links underneath to download an application form and then email this to the GAN adminstrator.

If you have any problems, or need any help, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly support team through the contact form on the website on our contact us page.

Course Fee

£75.00 per seminar (or book all 5 for discounted price of £250)
or £25 per seminar for GAN members and students on IGA Courses. (GAN annual membership available for a fee of £63) click here for details

Course Content & Presenters

Title:  Intersectionality

Date: Friday 2 February 2024

Presenter: Suryia Nayak

Suryia is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at University of Salford. Suryia is a qualified social worker and psychoanalytic psychotherapist, supervisor, and Group Analyst. For over 40 years, Suryia has applied anti-colonial intersectional feminism as an activist to confront racist misogyny against women and girls and the violence of forced migration. Suryia is currently the IGA Project Lead for Decolonizing the Curriculum of Group Analysis.  She is also the core seminar facilitator for the online foundation course.

Title:  Reflective Practice

Friday 1 March 2024

Presenter:  Jo Joyce

Jo Joyce is a group analyst trained at the Institute of Group Analysis.  Jo has primarily worked as clinician, clinical lead and consultant in the NHS, with a particular interest in attachment and personality development.  In the context of having developed and lead services, she has a growing involvement in thinking about team functioning and organisational culture within the context of the wider social and political world.  Jo is currently Director of the Reflective Practice in Organisations courses at the IGA.  She has experience of running reflective practice groups and offering consultation and training to organisations.

Title:  Groups with Cancer Patients

Date:  Friday 26 April 2024

Presenter:  Dan Anderson

Dr Daniel (Dan) Anderson is a consultant psychiatrist, group analyst and medical psychodynamic psychotherapist working in the NHS at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, in the department of psycho-oncology, and in private practice online and in Manchester. Dan previously has worked as the medical director of The Retreat hospital in York and has held substantive and honorary academic positions at the Institute of Mental Health (University of Nottingham), Bangor University, and the University of Central Lancashire. Dan is also an honorary research fellow in the Division of Cancer Sciences at the University of Manchester and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Dan completed his PhD  in 2020 at the University of Manchester’s Institute of Education which was based on his experience of training as a group analyst and the issues this raised for him surrounding sexuality and gender. He consequently authored the book, The Body of the Group: Sexuality and Gender in Group Analysis. He also has an interest in complex PTSD and its relationship to cancer care.