IGA Diploma In Groupwork Practice Course

This one year course, can lead towards the status of Group Work Practitioner and Associate Membership of the Institute of Group Analysis (IGA).

The course is for those who have successfully completed an IGA Foundation Course in Group Analysis and who have a First Degree or equivalent (those without a degree will be required to successfully complete an essay).

The course is run over 11 weekends.  An informal open online session to find out more on will be held.  Please contact the Administrator to book (date to be confirmed)

Diploma Applicants Information here



Overview of
the Course

  • Work reflection group, to support the practice of running a group over the year.
  • Theoretical seminars that cover the knowledge, skills and techniques necessary, to successfully run a range of groups.
  • 5  afternoon online seminars on applied group analysis and research.
  • The experience of a Large Group to explore the social context in relation to personal and professional development.
  • National Learning Experience (NLE) takes place in April and brings together all Diploma students from across the country.


Students are required to write a trial essay plus 2 assessed essays. Students are also required to keep a reflective diary. There is a minimum attendance requirement of 80% for the course.

On completion of the course, students can apply to the IGA for Groupwork Practitioner Status and Associate Membership of the IGA. Students will need to provide evidence of satisfactory clinical practice under supervision.

Further Training

Students wishing to continue training, can apply for the Qualifying Course in Group Analysis (applications should be submitted in January each year). Alternatively, students may wish to remain in therapy for a further period of time following the completion of the course if they need time to consider further training.

Therapy Only Information

Course Fees

£7200 for organisational-funded places
£6700 for self-funded place
£6300 ‘early bird’ rate for applications received by 31 March 2024.

(The fees include the therapy component of the course which is an integral part of the training experience, seminars, Large Groups and the National Learning Experience).

Fees can be paid in 11 monthly installments.

The deadline for applications is Thursday 17 May 2024. Interviews will take place on Tuesday 28 May 2022 and Wednesday 29 May 2024.


All prospective applicants are asked to talk to the Course Director prior to sending in a formal application.

All applicants should complete an application form and send this to the course administrator with a non-refundable recruitment fee of £250.00. There will be two interviews (one professional and one personal) held in Manchester or online. If offered a place on the course there will be an additional fee of £75 payable for a therapy assessment interview, paid prior to joining a therapy group.

The deadline for applications is Friday 17 May 2024. Interviews will take place on Tuesday 28 May 2024 and Wednesday 29 May 2024.

Small bursaries are awarded each year from the IGA, GAN and the Harry Guntrip Trust.

For bursary information and support for funding bids click here