National Foundation Course in Group Analysis

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Click here to view our Foundation Course introductory lecture by Marcus Page

Aims of the Course

This one year course aims to familiarise students with the principles of Group Analysis through a range of lectures/ seminars and experiential group work *. Theoretical and experiential learning encourages participants to gain a more informed general understanding of how groups operate. The course provides the opportunity for personal and professional development.
Learning Outcomes **
On successful completion of this course a student will be expected to be able to:

  • Recognise the effect of group dynamics upon self and others
  • Have increased self-awareness and self-reflexivity
  • Understand group dynamics from a Group Analytic perspective
  • Recognise how group dynamics relate to the context of the setting
  • Recognise and use theoretical language and concepts specific to Group Analysis
  • Understand the meaning of fundamental Group Analytic terms.
  • Understand psychoanalytic theory such as transference and projective mechanisms in relation to group development
  • Understand how context impacts upon group dynamics in clinical and organisational settings
  • Link Group Analytic theory with practice
Entry Requirements 
While there are no formal entry requirements, some venues interview applicants in order to carefully compose the experiential groups.
There is no formal assessment, however experiential group conductors may be asked for a report should you wish to train further.
There is a minimum attendance requirement of 80% for this course.

The attendance certificate awarded for the Foundation Course is accredited by the IGA and enables students who have a first degree to progress to further clinical training with the IGA. Students without a first degree may progress to further training on successful submission of an assessment essay.
Students who successfully complete a Foundation Course can apply for membership of the Group Analytic Society (international)

* Applicants are advised that although this experiential part of the course provides containment and support as well as facilitating learning, it can also be experienced by some students as emotionally demanding.

** All learning outcomes are subject to change as part of our commitment to quality assurance and training development.

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