latest news

“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

training courses

training courses
Why Groups and Groupwork Training?

We all live, work and play in groups. The essence of being human is social. If you are managing a team or group of people, or are running or participating in groups, an understanding of how groups work and function can be invaluable. Whether you are seeking to gain accreditation in practical group work skills or planning to embark on Group Analyst (UKCP) training Group Analysis North offers a range of training courses and other activities relating to groups within the North West. The courses are offered on behalf of the Institute of Group Analysis, London.

The Courses Programme as a whole is designed to provide opportunities to progress through the full programme to achieve Qualified Group Analyst status (UKCP) or to choose an exit point with the Foundation Course, or as a Groupwork Practitioner with the Diploma Course. This flexible programme enables students to gain the level of skills and knowledge they require in their professional development and career progression.

In addition to the professional and career development aspects, the courses also offer valuable personal learning and development opportunities. Group Analysis or Group Analytic Psychotherapy focuses on the relationship between the individual and the group, emphasising the essentially social nature of human experience. As we are social beings, our personal difficulties in relationships and behaviours are experienced in the context of the groups in which we are rooted, such as with families, friends and social groups. Our philosophy is that as personal difficulties arise in groups; groups are the best place to explore, understand and try to resolve these issues.

Central to our training, and as early on as the Foundation year, students attend an experiential group which offers an opportunity to see how personal experience affects work, life, and relationships.

If you want to know more about what groupwork offers, then come along to one of the free informal sessions to meet with the Courses Director at a training weekend on:

Friday 27th March 2020, 2.00 p.m. — 3.00 p.m.

Saturday 2nd May 2020, 2.00 p.m. — 3.00 p.m.

Open Day Session Enquiry Form here


How to run a Group - Six Week Short Course on Groupwork Skills

This course is offered as part of Group Analysis North's training programme and can also be provided in-house for whole departments or services.

IGA Foundation Course in Groupwork (Manchester)

One year foundation course in groupwork

IGA Diploma in Groupwork Practice (Manchester)

One year course for those who have completed a Foundation Course in Group Analysis. Leads towards the status of Group Work Practitioner and Associate Membership of the Institute of Group Analysis (IGA)

IGA Qualifying Course in Group Analysis (Manchester)

Professional training in group psychotherapy lasting a minimum of three years. The training leads to full membership of the IGA and registration with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)


Group Analysis North’s Board of Trustees awards small bursaries each year to students facing financial hardship. Bursaries are awarded for one year only and are designated to those students who would not be able to access the training without financial support. The amounts given varies each year depending on the number of applications as there is a fixed amount delegated in the charities budget but if possible the following amounts will be given:

Foundation Course £200

Diploma Courses £500

Qualifying Course £500

Closing date for applications is 30th September each year.
For bursary application form click here

A limited number of bursaries are also available from the Institute of Group Analysis and the Harry Guntrip Trust. Details of the bursaries can be found:

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:

In addition, the Qualifying Course is a ‘registered provider’ for those students wishing to apply for a career development loan:


Training Course Personnel

DR CLAIRE S BACHA BA, MA, PhD, M.Inst.G.A., UKCP Reg - Training Group Analyst
Claire is an individual and group psychotherapist working in independent practice. She has previously worked in both the statutory and voluntary sectors. Claire is a Training Group Analyst with the Institute of Group Analysis and a Trainer for the former North West Institute of Dynamic Psychotherapy. Claire is active in Group Analysis North and in the Institute of Group Analysis, as well as working on the Manchester Qualifying and Diploma Courses. She is a member of the Tavistock Society for Psychotherapy and is registered both by the UK Council of Psychotherapists and by the British Council of Psychoanalysts. Claire has published papers on new members in groups, film and large groups. She is currently working on a book about the social nature of the brain.

MARTIN BHURRUTH - Seminar Leader
Martin qualified from the Manchester Course in 2002. He is currently full time employed as Clinical Lead for Francis Dixon Lodge Therapeutic Community, Leicester, one of the most established Therapeutic Communities in the UK. He has convened the Midlands Foundation Course in Leicester for the past five years. Martin holds a strong belief in the application of group analytic ideas beyond the consulting room and won the Dennis Brown essay competition for his paper analysing the Tour de France.

GARRY BROWNBRIDGE M.Inst.G.A. - Training Group Analyst
Garry is a Clinical Psychologist and Group Analyst: Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of The British Psychological Society; Health and Care Professions Council registered Practitioner Psychologist; and, Member of The Institute of Group Analysis. He works as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist for South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Current NHS roles include conducting longer term group analytic psychotherapy groups within a secondary care level Adult Psychological Therapies Service and providing supervision groups for in-patients' services staff. His career spans research, clinical practice and clinical training provision in Universities, NHS and Independent Sector Organisations, in Sheffield, Leeds, Wakefield and York. He has published, and presented at major conferences, in the areas of: human factors in health care computing; child and adolescent health psychology; and, group analytic theory and practice. He completed the Group Analysis North Introductory, Advanced and Qualifying Courses at The Manchester Red House between 1995 and 2003. Currently he is also a National Essay Marker, Dissertation Supervisor and Clinical Interviewer for The Institute of Group Analysis.

ISOBEL CONLON RMN, M.Inst.G.A., UKCP Reg - Training Group Analyst
Isobel, The Director of Westpark Practice, Leeds, is an accredited training Supervisor and Training Group Analyst since 2006 and 2007 respectively. She has over 40 years experience of working as an individual therapist, group therapist , group analyst and supervisor in the NHS, Voluntary and Independent Sectors. She is a founder member of the Womens Counselling and Therapy Service, Leeds. She is currently clinical supervisor/consultant to a wide range of clinicians and practioners working in the NHS and Voluntary Sectors. She also runs a fortnightly supervision group for Group Analysis North. Isobel was a Training member of Northwest Institute of Dynamic Psychotherapy from 1993-2013 when the institute closed. She is a member of the IGA's National training Advisory Group and Chair of the Harry Guntrip Psychotherapy Trust, Leeds.

CHRISTOPHER DAVIES – Work Reflection Group Supervisor
Christopher Davies is an Adult Psychotherapist with Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, conducting once and twice weekly analytic psychotherapy groups and supervising trainees. Outside the NHS, he conducts staff support and supervision groups in in-patient, community and telephone support settings. He teaches on both the Manchester Qualifying Course in Group Analysis and the Newcastle Foundation Course, and is co-convenor of the York courses, offering both Foundation and Diploma years. Christopher is a Director of York Groupwork Ltd. which provides the courses in association with the IGA and which he and Sally King founded in 2008 to develop group-analytic training and thinking in the region.

JANE FYFFE M.Inst.G.A. – Diploma Course Seminar Leader
Jane's core training is in mental health, and she currently works as Lead Nurse/Group Analyst in a therapy service for people with personality disorder in Leicester. Jane was part of the commissioning team who set up the first modified therapeutic community within a forensic medium secure unit in the late 1980s. Jane has gained extensive knowledge, skills and experience working in different specialist mental health settings working with people with a diagnosis of personality disorder.

Eileen is a Group Analyst in Private Practice in Prestwich Manchester, and provides Clinical Group Supervision in both the Voluntary Sector and the N.H.S. A Previous Convenor of the IGA Foundation Course in Manchester, and Clinical Manager of N.S.P.C.C.’s Child Sexual Abuse Treatment Service in Manchester.

SHIREEN GAUR M.Inst.G.A. - Seminar Facilitator
Shireen is a Group Analyst and Clinical Psychologist who currently provides group and individual psychotherapy in the NHS in the North West. Shireen worked in a variety of settings in India before moving to the UK and has been a supervisor for individual and group work in her past and current roles.

LEONIE HILLIARD M.Inst.G.A., UKCP Reg, B.A. - FC Experiential Group Conductor - QC Supervisor
Leonie Hilliard is a Principal Adult Psychotherapist and Group Analyst within a specialist psychotherapy team in the NHS in S.W. Yorkshire where she conducts two long-term analytic groups and also provides supervision for group analysts and clinical psychologists. She also works as a group analyst, psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice and in the voluntary sector. She has worked in a wide variety of settings, including three years spent setting up a counselling service for non-English-speaking refugees and asylum-seekers, working with interpreters.

CHRIS HOLMAN – QC Seminar Leader
Chris Holman trained as a Psychiatrist and then as a Group Analyst. He has recently retired from his Psychiatric practice, and is now working only as a Group Analyst. He has considerable experience with long-standing and complex psychological difficulties and their management in groups - he set up and ran a Therapeutic Community in his psychiatric work. Chris has written and lectured about a range of issues mainly related to personality disorder, eating disorders and their management. He has significant experience with the management of trauma both with individuals and in groups. He has a particular interest in organisations and teams, and how to help them work effectively.

CLIFF JONES M.Inst.G.A. - FC Seminar Leader
Cliff has a background in general and psychiatric nursing, specialising in forensic psychiatry prior to entering and completing the qualifying course with GAN. His theory and clinical papers have attachment theory and its implications for groups at their foundation. He has also provided supervision for staff running a day programme TC on the Wirral.

SANDRA KELLY M.Inst.G.A. – Diploma Course Seminar Leader
Sandra is a group analyst, and lead nurse at Francis Dixon Lodge day therapeutic community in Leicester. Sandra has worked at the therapeutic community for 25 years. Sandra is also a staff member for the Living and Learning experiential therapeutic community training weekends.

SALLY KING MA Psychological Studies, M.Inst.G.A., UKCP Reg, M.BACP Senior Accred. - Diploma – Work Reflection Group Supervisor
Sally is a part time Adult Psychotherapist in York NHS conducting once and twice weekly psychotherapy groups. Also in private practice for over 25 years, she offers psychotherapy, counselling, supervision and training.
Since 2005 she has been very involved in group analytic teaching and supervising at all levels. She has worked as Supervisor on the Manchester Course, becoming an IGA accredited supervisor in 2010. She was central to the development of the work reflection group within the new Diploma in Groupwork Practice across the UK. She is a work reflection group supervisor for the Diploma in Groupwork Practice both in Manchester and also in York.
Sally is Co-Director of York Groupwork Ltd. which she and Christopher Davies founded in 2008 to develop group-analytic training in the region. York Groupwork run a Foundation level training as well as a Diploma Course. She is Co-Convenor of the York Courses.

ALLYSON LUMSDEN - Training Group Analyst
Allyson is a Group Analyst, registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy. She works as an Adult Psychotherapist / Group Analyst within the NHS. She provides Individual psychotherapy, group analysis, supervision and reflective practice. Additionally she is an MBT practitioner and consults to a Primary Care Mental Health team regarding their more complex patients. She has been extensively involved with the IGA trainings in Scotland and has, at different times, worked as Experiential Group Conductor, Work Reflection Group Supervisor, Seminar Leader and Tutor . She was a member of the Training Committee in Scotland from 2006 and latterly held the position of Chairperson. She has been a member of the IGA’s Panel of Readers and is currently a National Essay Marker.

SONIA MATYKIEWICZ BA, M.Inst.G.A., UKCP Reg – QC Seminar Leader
Sonia is a group analyst currently working in the voluntary sector, with previous experience conducting psychotherapy groups in a NHS Specialist Psychotherapy Service. Before qualifying as a group analyst, she worked for many years in the mental health and homelessness field in Adult Social Care and the voluntary sector.

CHRIS MACGREGOR M.Inst.G.A. - QC Training Supervisor
Chris worked in Scotland as consultant psychiatrist and psychotherapist form many years. She trained in DBT, dynamic psychotherapy, group analysis and Gestalt therapy. Chris has a background and qualifications in law, ethics and philosophy. She is now living in Bristol and working in private practice there.

DEBRA NASH BA Hons, PGCE, MSc, M.Inst.G.A. – Courses Director
Debra Nash is a Group Analyst and IGA Training Group Analyst. She works as an individual and group psychotherapist in independent practice. In addition to providing therapy she is a supervisor to individuals and groups. She has conducted Reflective Practice groups in a range of settings and provides training and workshops in psychodynamic practice. Before becoming Courses Director in 2015, she has at different times worked as Experiential Group Conductor, Seminar Leader and Convenor on the Foundation Course in Manchester. As part of her role as Manchester Courses Director, she is a member of National Management Training Committee, Student Progress Committee and is on the Admissions Board. She is Chair of Manchester Courses Committee and a member of the Diversity in Training Working Group. Before becoming a Group Analyst Debra was an English teacher and senior manager in a secondary school in Brent with particular responsibility for Inclusion. She has an MSc in the Psychodynamics of Human Development from the British Association of Psychotherapists.

Dave works in the NHS as a group analyst and adult psychotherapist. He provides individual and group therapy as part of the Salford Specialist Psychotherapy Service and leads a Therapeutic Community Day Programme on the Wirral.

CHRIS POWELL - FC Lecturer and QC Seminar Leader
Chris is a group analyst, supervisor and organisational consultant based at the Tuke Centre in York and in private practice in Leeds. He has a particular interest in applying group analysis to other settings and disciplines and currently runs Café Psychologique in Leeds and Room to Breathe walking groups in the Yorkshire Dales.

NICK TANNA - Training Supervisor
Nick Tanna qualified in Group Analysis in 1991, undertook the IGA Training in Supervision in 1999, and completed a Post graduate Certificate in Clinical Supervision with the University of Derby in 2010. He works in a number of settings as a Group Analytic psychotherapist, and as a supervisor, including in the NHS. He has been involved in group analytic trainings for many years, and currently is a supervisor on the Diploma course in Supervision run by the IGA.

Manchester Courses Committee
Debra Nash (Chair)
Bethan Marreiros (Training Administrator)
Jane Fyffe (Diploma Course representative)
Leonie Hilliard (Foundation Course representative)
Sandra Kelly (Diploma Course representative)
Kate Lewis (Chair of Group Analysis North)
Chris MacGregor (Qualifying Course Supervisor and Seminar Leader)
David Naylor (Foundation Course representative)
Chris Powell (Panel of Readers)
Mike Rigby (Panel of Readers)
Martyn Smithers (Independent member)
Student representative (s) tbc

back to top