Foundation Course in Group Analysis

The Foundation Course in Group Analysis consists of 5 weekends (5pm Friday to 3.30pm Sunday) over one academic year starting in October. This course is suitable for anyone who has an interest in working with groups, including mental health workers, such as doctors, psychologists, nurses, occupational therapists etc, as well as counsellors, teachers, managers, probation officers, prison staff, voluntary workers and others.

Director: Andy Espey, Member Institute of Group Analysis.

Course Convenor: Jo Goodman, Member institute of Group Analysis.

Other Staff: Lucy Chessum, Member institute of Group Analysis and Justin Phipps, Member institute of Group Analysis.


The Theory: Jo Goodman

The seminars provide an introduction to the psychodynamic theory underlying Group Analysis. On Saturday mornings there are two sessions with a guest speaker, usually a senior member of the IGA.

Other seminars and workshops explore further the practicalities of working with groups in various settings (NHS, Social Services, Private Practice, Counselling etc.)
Students will be invited to participate actively by presenting relevant papers.
In other seminars students can, if they wish, present their own work situation and discuss problems they experience there.
A reading list is provided as soon as students have registered for the course.

The Group Experience: Lucy Chessum and Justin Phipps

Although the 45 hours spent in an experiential group can only provide an introduction, it is also true that the participants discover quite a few things:

About themselves as they seek to relate to each other in the group on a personal level.
About therapeutic groups: which experiences can be helpful and which might be potentially harmful.
About the skills of a group conductor: how to cope with the stress which working with therapeutic groups inevitably brings about; how to facilitate communication and how to safeguard group boundaries etc.
About the limitations of group therapy, concerning one's own suitability and also its use for others.

The Timetable

Members need to be certain they can attend all 5 weekends.

Dates for 2018/19
4, 5, 6th October 2019  
6, 7, 8th December 2019  
7, 8, 9th February 2020  
24, 25, 26th April 2020  
5, 6, 7th June 2020  

Each weekend there are six experiential group meetings, and also one large group experience together with students of the diploma course. Then there are lectures, seminars and workshops which include the possibility of looking at one's own work.

Further Training

The Foundation Course in Group Analysis can be used as a stand-alone course but is also a requirement for further professional development: via the Diploma Course, to qualify as a Groupwork Practitioner; or to become a Group Analyst by completing the Qualifying Course of the IGA.

Further details at: