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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.

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IGA Diploma in Groupwork Practice (Manchester)

IGA Diploma in Groupwork Practice (Manchester)

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.

Diploma Applicants Information here

The course offers:
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.
Workshops – 4 full day seminars held at The University of Manchester which include lectures, discussion groups and experiential work.
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.

All students studying for the Manchester Diploma in Groupwork Practice receive group analytic psychotherapy as an integral part of their training experience.
It is expected that while on the Diploma Course, this will be the only therapy that a student is receiving. If you are already in therapy you are therefore advised to discuss this early on in the application process with the Courses Director.


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 here


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 here and send this to the course administrator with a non-refundable deposit of £250.00. There will be two interviews (one professional and one personal) held in Manchester.

The deadline for applications is Thursday 7th May 2020. Interviews will take place on Wednesday 13th May 2020 and Friday 29th May 2020.

Fees for 2020-21 are £5,840 (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). There is an ‘early bird’ rate of £5,695 for applications received by 31st March 2020. Fees can be paid in 10 or 11 monthly instalments.

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

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