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

2021 seminars will be online.   GAN hosts Friday 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.

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.

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Course Fee

£75.00 per seminar (£200.00 – special offer – for all four Friday Seminars when booked in advance).
£25 per seminar for GAN members (GAN membership costs £60 for the academic year) click here for details
£25.00 per seminar for students on IGA Foundation and Diploma courses.
Each seminar runs from 10.00am – 3.00pm

Course Content & Presenters

Title: Generating new insights; Grounded theory and “clinical facts”

Date: 6th November 2020

Presenter: Brinley Yare

Brinley has a long-standing interest in teaching research design and practice. He completed his initial academic studies with a PhD in cultural history, which turned out to be unexpectedly good preparation for subsequent training and practice as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist. Having held a number of senior academic posts, he currently teaches research methodology as a staff member on the doctoral programme in Child and Adolescent Psycho-therapy at the Tavistock, and leads the ‘Experience and Evidence’ seminar series for IGA trainees in London. He works in private practice as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, and clinical and research supervisor.

Title: Early developmental trauma and attachment concerns – an exploration of issues relevant to therapy with adoptees

Date: 11th December 2020

Presenter: Cathy Gibbs

Cathy is a qualified Social Worker who later trained as a Group Analyst.  She works in the voluntary sector (Leeds Women’s Counselling & Therapy Service), the NHS (CAMHS) and in private practice, offering group therapy, individual therapy and supervision. She conducts groups for women with disabilities, post adoption groups and groups for women who have been sexually abused, among others.

Title: Gender – who defines our identity and what happens when we self-determine gender outside the ‘accepted’ binary?

Date: Friday 19th March 2021

Presenter: Kay Young

Kay is a Group Analyst within a specialist CAMHS team in the NHS, working as a clinician with young people questioning their gender identity and seeking to access further national gender identity services within the NHS. She has worked with children, young people and their families/ carers for over forty years in a wide variety of settings, most notably Looked After Children, young offenders and within acute crisis services for children and adolescents who self-harm and engage in dangerous behaviours. Her interest lies with marginalised sections of the community who find accessing services and engagement with services difficult either by ‘choice’ or lack of equality.

Title: Group Analysis, Neuroscience and the Matrix.

Date: Friday 11th June 2021

Presenter: Martin Bhurruth

Martin is a Group Analyst, currently working in the NHS as Clinical Lead for Francis Dixon Lodge Therapeutic Community in Leicester. He also serves as Convenor for the Midlands Foundation Course in Group Analysis. Martin is interested in group analysis as a method of inquiry and queries the extent and limitations of how it can help the day to day concerns that people have. He has published papers on The Matrix, The Tour de France, Neuroscience and the Matrix and Leadership in Therapeutic Communities