Foundation Courses in Group Analysis


National Training Prospectus 2019-20

The IGA Foundation Course in Group Analysis has been running for over 45 years and draws upon psychoanalytic theory, social science and systems theory in its understanding of the human experience. It gives students the choice to join the course as a standalone, or as the prerequisite for the IGA Diploma in Groupwork Practice and the Qualifying Course in Group Analysis. 

The Foundation Course is open to professionals from a wide range of professional backgrounds and to anybody who is interested in the study of dynamics in groups. A core and fundamental component of the learning takes place in small experiential groups conducted by members of the Institute of Group Analysis throughout the course*. In addition, the course introduces students to the meta-theory of group analysis, the principles of clinical group analysis, special clinical applications and the application of group analysis to organisations and the wider socio-political context.

Why Group Analysis? 

Group Analysis is a powerful therapeutic medium that focusses on the relationship between the individual and the group, emphasising the essentially social nature of the human experience. As a method of treatment, group analysis offers an approach that recognises how emotional, behavioural and psychological phenomena emerge in the context of our social groups. Carefully constituted analytic groups have a long record of helping people with personal problems and in promoting personal development. Our philosophy is that as personal difficulties have their roots in our social relationships, groups are a prime place to explore, understand and try and resolve them. 

The Group Analytic approach has profound implications for Group Work and organisational practice in a wide range of health, social and educational settings. It has applications in a variety of different settings including groups for refugees, homeless and displaced persons, victims of domestic violence; church groups; groups in forensic settings; leadership; and organisational dynamics. It is also pertinent to understanding the dynamics of our lives in organisations and in society beyond the clinical setting. 

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. 
  • There is a minimum attendance requirement of 80% for this course.

The attendance certificate awarded for the Foundation 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.

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