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“The Meeting Room”

GAN provides free forum for you to stay connected


Group Analysis North’s Board of Trustees has implemented a policy of social distancing with immediate effect to help reduce the spread of Coronavirus.

Recruitment for Foundation and Diploma Courses continuing as normal.

Training weekends will be conducted online until safe to do otherwise.

GAN launches second edition of GANNET



This page lists and describes the current workshops & activities of Group Analysis North (GAN) that are additional to the three main courses hosted by GAN.

“The Meeting Room”

Fortnightly Online - Zoom group for GAN members, students, colleagues and prospective students

In what are unique and difficult circumstances for all, GAN is offering a fortnightly online group meeting, facilitated by Mandy Wildman, GAN’s Development Officer. The meeting held on Zoom will be an open forum in which we can come together as a group to receive and offer support and, if not make sense of the world around us, think of ways in which we can sustain ourselves and those we live and work with.

It is unprecedented, for most of us, that as social beings we are restricted to the degree that we currently are. Our usual - and often taken for granted - coming together as groups of all kinds and purposes has been disrupted and fractured. In working and living in such isolated and distant circumstances, within a wider context of apprehension and anxiety we are deprived of many of the usual connections, routines and structures that offer a sense of continuity and security.

GAN offers “The Meeting Room” as a positive place to come together, to connect and to establish a safe, containing space in which to think and reflect. People can join the group when they wish and there is no expectation that people will attend every group. It’s designed to be a place people can come to if and when they can.

The Meeting Room is free and you can request to be sent an invitation to join, by contacting Bethan at or Mandy at

The group will meet on Wednesdays from 6pm – 7.30pm on the following days:

April 8th, 22nd, May 6th, 20th, June 3rd, 17th & July 1st

(the schedule will be reviewed at this point)

Flyer here

Want to know more about Groupwork Training?

Why not come to one of GAN’s informal open sessions:

Saturday 2nd May from 2.00 p.m. – 3.00 p.m. Zoom on-line open session.

Open Day Session Enquiry Form here

An opportunity to talk informally to the Courses Director, Debra Nash, about the courses on offer. These sessions are free of charge, however we do ask that you register to be sent an email invitation to the Zoom meeting, by contacting the administrator at

Annual Barbara Dick Memorial Lecture, focusing on Climate Change

date to be confirmed in the Autumn 2020

“On Hoping that Humans will be Calm in their Diminishings”

Led by Paul Hoggett

Paul helped set up, and was the first Chair, of the Climate Psychology Alliance. He is Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at UWE, a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and was the founding joint editor of Organisational and Social Dynamics, the journal of the Tavistock Group Relations tradition. His most recently edited volume is Climate Psychology: On Indifference to Disaster (2019: Palgrave).

The Lecture will be followed by a hot lunch (provided), a Large Group and a short plenary session.

Cost: £100.00 (GAN members and students £50.00)
Venue: Newlands Estate, 315 Chorley New Road, Bolton, BL1 5BP
To book a place: Call 01204 84 0909, or email

Booking Form here

Flyer here

Café Psychologique in Manchester

This will be a place where people can meet and talk about life, over a drink, from a psychological perspective.

Friday Seminars

GAN hosts quarterly Friday meetings which are addressed by qualified group analysts. These meetings are open to all members of GAN. They provide an opportunity for those with an interest in group analysis to develop their thinking alongside others in a creative group environment.

Group Analytic Supervision

Group Analysis North offers supervision for all those who are currently involved in running groups or are thinking of setting up a group.
Being a member of a supervision group provides an opportunity for therapists to develop their clinical practice and identity as a group analyst alongside peers in a creative and supportive environment.

The Median Group

If you want to explore group dynamics, conflict, change and team development; come and join the Median Group. The Median Group comprises 10-20 individuals keen to understand the groups they are part of and strengthen their professional selves through their group analytic understanding.

Work Reflection Group

The work reflection group is a form of supervision group in which participants are given the opportunity to reflect upon their work using group analytic ideas. Participants are helped to explore their work with clients and colleagues and the group and organisational context in which it takes place. Students who have completed the Foundation and Diploma courses may apply to join a work reflection group for a year after they have completed either course subject to availability.

Contact the administrator for further details and an application form here


For students wishing to have more time to think about whether to pursue their training to the next level, we offer a small number of places in a therapy group to those who have completed a Foundation or Diploma course. The therapy-only option allows students the flexibility to take some time out, whilst retaining their link to the group analytic training community in Manchester. Students considering this option should ask to speak to the Courses Director.

Workshops and bespoke in-house training

Group Analysis North hosts a variety of workshops providing CPD activities for qualified Group Analysts and also for those who are interested in groups and/or work with or in groups. GAN also facilitates in-house training for Trusts and Services which may wish to provide CPD events for a number of staff or even whole departments.
For more information on in-house training please contact:
Mandy Wildman, Development Officer on 01204-84-0909/07861-704-002 or

Support for funding applications

Mandy Wildman is the Group Analysis North's Development Officer and is available to both current and prospective students to provide support for applications for funding. Mandy can be contacted at

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