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

 2022-23 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.  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.

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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 £60) click here for details

Course Content & Presenters

Title:  The Case Study

Date: Friday 30 September 2022

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: ‘The World within the Group’; narrative explorations of the group as creative event

Date: Friday 4th November 2022

Presenter: Martin Weegmann

Martin is a clinical psychologist, group analyst and writer, working (in the NHS) and living in London. He has contributed to group analysis in many ways, including 3 books- The World Within the Group (Karnac, 2014), Permission to Narrate (Karnac, 2016) and Barwick, N. & Weegmann, M. Group Therapy: a Group-Analytic Approach (Routledge, 2018). His latest book, in preparation is Novel Connections: Between Literature & Psychotherapy (Karnac, 2023).

Title: The Large Group

Date: Friday 3rd February 2023

Presenter: Teresa von Sommaruga Howard 

Teresa is a registered architect, systemic family therapist and group analyst. Applying larger group thinking and social dreaming in everyday situations is her passion. She now lives in the UK, conducts larger groups, and teaches all over the world. It is this experience that led her to organize a unique series of on-going Zoom and residential workshops in larger group thinking in the de Maré tradition, Creating Large Group Dialogue in Organisations and Society, at Roffey Park Institute. This is ongoing. She is also a Fellow of the International Association for Group Psychotherapy and Group Processes (IAGP).

Title: ‘Moving between online and in person group therapy – What happens to body
and mind?’

Date: Friday 17th March 2023

Presenter:  Sheila Ritchie

Sheila is a Training Group Analyst and Supervisor for the Institute of Group Analysis and Association for Group and Individual Psychotherapy. She also supervises on the IGA Supervision Course “Using the Group as the Medium of Supervision” and has adapted this course in St Petersburg and Moscow. She is Consultant Group Analyst for Camden and Islington NHS Trust and Clinical Lead for Perinatal Groupwork at NELFT where she works with mothers and babies in groups, where babies are treated as equal group members.

Title:  ‘A Group Analytic Approach to Reflecting on What Happens in Teams & Organisations’

Date: Friday 2nd June 2023

Presenter: Jo Joyce

Jo is a group analyst trained at the Institute of Group Analysis in London. In addition, she has a core mental health professional qualification and an MA in Psychoanalytic Studies from the Tavistock Centre & University of East London.  Jo is currently a Principal Psychotherapist in the NHS heading up a service in London, having led teams and developed services within the NHS for over two decades. She is a qualified and accredited supervisor with a Diploma in Supervision from the Institute of Group Analysis, with substantial experience of offering supervision for psychodynamic, group analytic, mentalisation-based therapies and reflective practice. She is currently Director of the Reflective Practice in Organisations Courses. Formerly Chair of the International Courses Committee at the IGA, she consults currently to the group analytic training in Slovenia