Reflective Practice in Organisations

Diploma in Reflective Organisational Practice

A two-part training in working reflectively with teams in organisations

1.  Foundation Weekend in Reflective Practice in Organisations

2.  Diploma in Reflective Organisational Practice, leading to Associate Membership of the Institute of Group Analysis.

Venue: Institute of Group Analysis, 1 Daleham Gardens, London NW3 5BY

With a long and distinguished track record of expertise in group dynamics, the IGA offers the most thorough, rigorous and practice-based training available in conducting Reflective Practice Groups in an organisational context. The training is relevant to all who work with teams within organisations, or conduct groups promoting reflection and dialogue.

Recent social and political lurches have profoundly rocked many living in the comfortable developed world.  In the UK, the referendum on departure from the EU has revealed deep divisions, and created new conflicts for many people with complex identifications.   Group analysis is a science enabling meaningful engagement with others, different from us, with different experiences and holding different views: a crucial discipline in navigating current challenges.

Now in its third year, the IGA’s organisational training, the Diploma in Reflective Organisational Practice, has helped practitioners conduct effective groups in some of the most traumatised organisations in our society. The training focuses on applying group analysis in public/ work settings, and equips practitioners to contain difficult conversations, and enable creative conversations. Course members deepen their capacity to enable people to sit together with profoundly different feelings and thoughts, and yet achieve dialogue.

While covering practice essentials, the course goes beyond teaching a systematised method, instead enabling graduates to assess for, design and make carefully calibrated interventions.

Who is the course for and what are the entry requirements?
The course is in two parts; a Foundation Weekend and a Qualifying Course leading to the IGA Diploma in Reflective Organisational Practice 

The Foundation Weekend is open to anyone with an interest in Reflective Practice in the workplace.  A CPD certificate is provided. For further information and application to the weekend, please visit the 
Foundation Weekend page.

Diploma Course
The entry requirements to take the full Qualifying Course are:

  • Completion of the Foundation Weekend
  • A recognised qualification in a psychological profession
  • Three years’ post qualifying experience or extensive demonstrable experience with groups (such as group analysts, systemic therapists and appropriately experienced practitioners). 

Group analysis places emphasis on the value of a variety of perspectives, and so this course welcomes applications from professionals with a variety of backgrounds and theoretical orientations.

What does the course provide?
The Foundation Weekend provides a thorough grounding in Reflective Practice.The Diploma Course provides a rigorous theoretical, practical and experiential training in conducting Reflective Practice Groups and other team interventions in organisational settings, including health care, education, business and the third sector. Participants successfully completing the course will be accredited by the IGA with a Diploma in Reflective Organisational Practice. Successful applicants will participate in Reflective Practice, run a group* under expert supervision, and study a range of approaches to Reflective Practice with teams and groups.

*We can offer advice and assistance in finding a suitable opportunity to conduct a Reflective Practice Group.

What will I be able to do when I have completed the course?
On successful completion of the course, you will:

  • Understand the complexity of the Reflective Practice task in organisations, and be aware of different modalities for working with teams/ Reflective Practice
  • Be equipped to present a rationale for Reflective Practice interventions to commissioners and sponsors
  • Contract effectively to set up a Reflective Practice Group, including clarifying purpose, membership, context, expectations and logistics
  • Work with awareness of the conscious, non-conscious and unconscious elements of the team contract the process
  • Enable a holding environment for difficult conversations
  • Apply a group analytic [multi-perspective] lens to understanding team/ group dynamics
  • Have means to evaluate the effectiveness of your Reflective Practice Groups.
How will my progress be assessed?

Through interim and final supervisor’s reports using a self-assessment process [see supervision page for more information]  Through two papers, the first demonstrating use of theory in practice, the second tracing your practice development in response to the theoretical learning, group participation and supervised practice on the course.

Successful graduates will be awarded a Diploma in Reflective Organisational Practice, and be able to apply for Associate membership of the IGA.

Course dates and times:
Foundation Weekend: 29th September – 1st October 2017
Diploma Course: 
18th November 2017
16th December 2017
20th January 2018
17th March 2018
12th May 2018
14th July 2018

The Diploma Course will run on 6 Saturdays from 9:45 am - 5:30 pm, lunch and refreshments will be provided. 

Click here for a list of 2017-18 theory modules and speakers/leaders

Click here for a  timetable for the Diploma Course blocks

Click here to learn more about supervision on the course

Click here to learn about the Plenary Reflective Practice Group

Click here to see Course core staff

Click here to see members of our Speakers’ Panel

Click here to see Course tutors

Diploma Course Fees: 
(Foundation Weekend fees not included, see here)

Interview fee: £132

Early Bird Diploma Course Fee

IGA Members: £2,030.00

Non-members: £2,075.00
Early bird application deadline: 30th June 2017
Early bird interview date: 12th July 2017

Payment by: 31 July 2017

Standard Diploma Course Fee
IGA Members: £2,080.00
Non-members: £2,125.00
Standard fee application deadline: Friday 15th September
Standard interview date: 20th September 2017

Payment by: 28th September 2017

Late Diploma Course Fee

IGA Members: £2,210
Non-members: £2,250
Late applications deadline: 4th October 2017
Late interview date: 6th October 2017

Payment by: 10th November 2017

If you would like to pay the course fee by instalments (3 payments, before blocks one, three and five), that is possible with an additional administrative charge of £30   

Christine Thornton, Director
Gabriella Heath, Course Administrator


PLEASE NOTE: We have now opened a waiting list for both the Foundation Weekend and the weekend is a requirement to proceed to the Diploma Course. 

To Apply: 

1. Register your interest for the Foundation Weekend - Please note that this is not included in your Diploma Fees. Early booking is advised.
2. Download and complete an application form for the Diploma Course and return it to the Course Administrator via post or scan and email to


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