Reflective Practice in Organisations

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Diploma in Reflective Practice in Organisations.

Please Note:“The IGA Diploma will run as planned in the coming year. The course will take place 100% online and will include a particular emphasis on the challenges and opportunities of working with organisations when face to face meetings are not always possible”

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

1.  Foundation Weekend in Reflective Practice in Organisations
2.  Diploma in Reflective Practice in Organisations, leading to Associate Membership of the Institute of Group Analysis.


Course Director, Jo Joyce

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

Managers and teams are increasingly confronted with dynamics that can undermine communication and effective team functioning. Reflective practice is a key way of engaging colleagues, and preventing mistrust and fragmentation. The IGA has an international reputation in understanding and working with group dynamics and processes.  It offers a rigorous and practice-based training in conducting Reflective Practice Groups and working with teams in an organisational context. This Diploma  training is relevant to all who work with teams, or who conduct groups promoting reflection and dialogue.

Now in its fifth year, the IGA’s Diploma in Reflective Practice in Organisations, has helped practitioners conduct effective groups in some of the most traumatised organisations in our society. The training focuses on applying group analysis in work and other organisational settings, and equips practitioners to contain difficult conversations and to enable creative conversations. Course members deepen their capacity to enable people to sit together and to achieve change through dialogue.

The course provides theoretical seminars from senior members of the IGA with experience of working with teams and organisations, It includes a large group experience of reflective practice by the course community, and an on-going supervision group of peers who meet both face to face and by video conference throughout the course. There are opportunities for further networking and supervision after the course and graduates are invited to apply to become associate members of the Institute of Group Analysis.

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 Practice in Organisations.

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 an experiential and theoretical introduction to Reflective Practice. The Diploma Course provides a more 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). Diploma participants are required to run a reflective practice group under supervision* and study a range of concepts related to Reflective Practice with teams and groups. They also participate in reflective practice group comprising course members and staff,

*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 an interim and final supervisor’s report (see supervision page for more information) and two papers -  the first demonstrating use of theory in practice, and the second describing your practice development through the integration of theoretical learning, group participation and supervised practice.

Participants successfully completing the course will be accredited by the IGA with a Diploma in Reflective Practice in Organisations.  Graduates are also eligible to  apply for Associate membership of the Institute of Group Analysis.

Course dates and times:
Foundation Weekend: TBC

Diploma Course: 
23th Jan 2021
6th Mar 2021
24th Apr 2021
5th June 2021
10th July 2021
18th September 2021
30th October 2021
11th December 2021

The Diploma Course will run on 8 Saturdays from 9:45am - 5:30pm, lunch and refreshments will be provided. 


Click here for a list of 2019-20 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(2019-2020)
Click here for the list of Seminar Speakers’(2019-2020)

Diploma Course Fees:

Interview fee:

Early Bird Diploma Course Fee
IGA Members: TBC
Non-members: TBC
Early bird application deadline: TBC
Early bird interview date: TBC

Standard Diploma Course Fee
IGA Members: TBC
Non-members: TBC
Standard fee application deadline: TBC
Interview date: TBC

Tina Marfo, Course Administrator

To Apply: 
1. Register your interest for the Foundation Weekend - Please note that this is not included in your Diploma Fees. Please note that early booking is advised as places often fill early.
2. Download and complete an application form (DOC/PDF) for the Diploma Course and return it to the Course Administrator via post or scan and email to

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