Foundation Weekend: Reflective Practice in Organisations

    9th - 11th October 2020

    1 Daleham Gardens, London NW3 5BY

    This weekend course offers an experiential foundation in the group analytic approach to working with groups in organisations, particularly Reflective Practice Groups and other team interventions. It will offer lectures from leading practitioners, opportunities to experience the dynamics of reflection in small and large groups, practical exercises to deepen understanding of leadership and group dynamics, and opportunity to consider how to apply learning in your own work setting.  Some reading is suggested prior to the weekend. It is especially valuable for those leading or working with diverse, multi-disciplinary teams in complex or challenging settings. 

    The Institute of Group Analysis (IGA) is the UK base of Group Analysis, an internationally established discipline with seventy years’ practice-based theoretical literature. With a long and distinguished track record of expertise in group dynamics, Group Analysis articulates fundamental processes which can be observed in all groups, and pays close attention to the relationship between each individual in the group and the group as a whole, making it a particularly valuable model for working with teams and Reflective Practice Groups. 

    Who is the Foundation Weekend for?
    The Foundation Weekend is open to anyone with a professional interest in reflective practice used at work, team coaching or other organisational interventions. We expect it will particularly interest people working with teams and/ or conducting Reflective Practice Groups, and organisational leaders wishing to understand how best to participate in and use groups to promote organisational health and effective communication.

    The weekend is a prerequisite for practitioners applying for the
    Diploma in Reflective Practice in Organisations.
    Group analysis places emphasis on valuing differing perspectives, and so this course welcomes applications from professionals with a variety of theoretical orientations.

    Learning Objectives
    The weekend is a foundation for both professionals wanting to develop their skills in working with teams and reflective practice groups, or managers wanting a better understanding of how to use organisational interventions and participate in reflective team settings.

    The learning culture on the weekend will develop in response to what each participant brings, and so the actual learning will differ for each individual. We therefore offer a list of learning ‘opportunities’ which participants can expect to be available to them on the weekend and which may be taken up according to one’s priorities. These are:

        • Identify and discuss personal and professional objectives for Reflective Practice and for the Foundation Weekend
        • Have greater awareness of the experience of self and others in groups
        • Grasp some distinctive qualities of group analytic practice in working with organisations
        • Practise speaking in a reflective group
        • Give and receive feedback in a group setting
        • Gain a fuller and more nuanced understanding of group leadership
        • Recognise different styles of leadership and participation, and reflect on one’s own style
        • Understand some obstacles to thinking in the workplace and how reflective practice can help to overcome these
        • Explore the different possibilities and dynamics of small and large reflective groups
        • Have a greater awareness of the tension between personal and group identity
        • Experience the dynamics of joining and leaving a temporary learning community
        • Understand the potential of group analysis to improving the work of individuals,  teams, and organisations.


    Click here to view last years programme, including Keynote Speakers and topics

    Validation and Learning

    A CPD certificate will be provided.

    Friday 4:15pm - 9:00pm
    Saturday 9:00am - 5:40pm
    Sunday 9:00am - 1:00pm (for those attending the Foundation Weekend only)
    9:00am - 4:30pm (for those proceeding to the Diploma Course)

    There is an optional Reflective Practice Community meeting (1:30pm - 3:00pm) for all those who are interested/ involved in group analytic organisational work, whether or not they have attended/ taught on the course.  If you have attended the Foundation Weekend you are welcome to stay for this group.

    Reflective Practice Foundation Weekend Fees: 
    Early Bird 
    IGA Members: 
    Note: Payable until June 28th 2020

    IGA Members:

    Please note that the cost does not include accommodation, but lunches and refreshments are provided.

    If you have any queries, please contact the IGA National Office: | 020 7431 2693
    Visit the Reflective Practice in Organisations page to find out more about part two of the course.

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