IGA Foundation Course in Groupwork

This course will run over 10 Saturdays and 1 Friday afternoon from September 2022 to July 2023.  It provides a comprehensive introduction to groupwork skills and the theory of group analysis, together with the opportunity for personal and professional development.

This Course is particularly useful for those who:

  • Work with complex people—staff or patients, or
  • Work with teams and groups i.e. In mental health, education services, social work, youth work, probation and prisons services, religious settings, voluntary organisations and the police force, or
  • Want guidance in working with difficult group dynamics, or
  • Want to understand what works well and what goes wrong in groups and why.

Components of
the Course

The course consists of small experiential groups and theoretical seminars and lectures.  In addition, students participate in a large group experience.

Experiential groups offer students the opportunity to experience group processes directly.

Theoretical seminars and lectures on a range of subject areas including:

  • general principles of group analytic psychotherapy
  • fundamentals of unconscious processes
  • assessment and selection of group members
  • applying group analysis to organisations
  • attachment theory
  • groups in the arts and culture
Download the course information leaflet here

Friday Seminars

All Foundation Course students will also attend 1 afternoon ‘Friday Seminar’ which will be held online. There will be a choice of 5 dates and topics to choose from. (The Friday Seminars are part of the core curriculum for the students on the IGA Diploma and Qualifying Courses so they will also attend all the Friday Seminars.)

Course Dates

Closing date for applications is Thursday 30th June 2022 (late applications may be accepted if places are available).

Group Interviews will be held on Friday 15th July 2022 from
11.30am – 12.30pm and
Friday 19th August 2022 from 11.30am – 12.30pm

List of all core curriculum seminars

An IGA Certificate is awarded at the end of the course. There is a minimum attendance requirement of 80%.

  • The Social and cultural basis of group analysis

  • The Individual and the Group: Mind and Matrix

  • Dynamic Administration and the group environment

  • Psychodynamic theory and the unconscious

  • Setting up a Group

  • Difference and Power in groups

  • Racism through a group analytic lens

  • Social Unconscious

  • “The Large Group”

  • Reflective Practice and Other Workplace Groups

  • Group Analysis and Organisations

  • Attachment

  • Homogenous Groups

  • Endings


Organisational-funded places: £1,869.00

Self-funding places: £1,680.00

‘early bird’ rate for applications before 31st May 2022, £1,780 thereafter. There is an additional non-refundable selection fee of £150 payable on application.

Options for paying fees:

Full fee to be paid by 31st October 2022

11 monthly payments of £153 (early bird) or £162 from September 2022 to July 2023.

Bursaries and Funding Application Support

GAN provides small bursaries each year for self-funding applicants, details of which can be found here

Those applicants who wish to apply to their employer for funding should contact Mandy Wildman, the GAN Development Officer, who will be able to assist in writing a bid tailored to individual service requirements. Mandy can be contacted at: mndywldmn@aol.com

GAN also offers fee-assisted places for those applying from voluntary organisations.  See here for further details.


Please complete the application form here and email it to Bethan together with a passport-sized photo and a non-refundable recruitment fee of £150.00.

Work Reflection Group option

An online Work Reflection Group runs on the Friday evenings prior to the Saturday course.  This provides further opportunity for you to think about your work using group analytic ideas.  As a student on the Foundation Course you can apply for a place in a Work Reflection Group (further fee applies).

Work Reflection Group Flyer here and Application Form here

The Foundation Course is an essential training requirement for entry to the following IGA courses in Manchester:

Diploma in Groupwork Practice (leading to associate membership of the IGA) – Course information here

Qualifying Course in Group Analysis (leading to full membership of the IGA and registration with the UKCP) Course information here