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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 Foundation Course in Groupwork (Manchester)

IGA Foundation Course in Groupwork (Manchester)

This course is run over 10 Saturdays and 1 full day Friday from September 2020 to July 2021. It provides a comprehensive introduction to groupwork skills and the theory of group analysis, together with the opportunity for personal and professional development.

Download the course information leaflet here

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 experiential groups and theoretical seminars and lectures. In addition, students take part in a Large Group during each weekend which involves staff and students from the Diploma and Qualifying Courses.

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 and
  • groups in the arts and culture.

All Foundation Course students will also attend 1 full day ‘Friday Seminar’ which will be held at the University of Manchester. There will be a choice of 4 dates and 4 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 attend all the Friday Seminars as will students from the university.)

List of all core curriculum seminars here

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

Application Process

To apply:
Complete an application form here
Return the completed form to the Administrator, Group Analysis North, at Newlands Estate, 315 Chorley New Road, Bolton, BL1 5BP, together with a non-refundable selection fee of £150 and a passport sized photograph.

You will be invited to visit us and take part in a group discussion where you can ask questions and gather more of a sense of what the course entails. Once you are offered a place on the course you should then register with the IGA at

Closing date for applications is Friday 26th June 2020 (late applications may be accepted if places are available). A Group Interview will be on Friday 17th July 2020 from 11.00 am - 12.15 p.m.

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:


£1,600.00 ‘early bird’ rate for applications before 31st May 2020, £1,695 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 2020 or 11 monthly payments of £146 (early bird) or £155 from September 2020 to July 2021.

Work Reflection Group option

Work Reflection Groups run on Friday evenings prior to the Saturday course and include students on the IGA Diploma Course. These provide 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

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