Training Overview

Please Note: We are accepting applications for all courses beginning in the Autumn Term 2020 as originally planned, with the intention that they will commence as scheduled.  However, in view of the pandemic, we are keeping our planning under review to ensure the delivery of all courses follow Government guidance and regulation regarding social-distancing.

National Training Prospectus 2019-20

Founded over 50 years ago, the Institute of Group Analysis (IGA) is a charitable organisation which provides training in Group Analysis and groupwork.  We offer a core training leading to qualification as a ‘Group Analyst’ as well as standalone Foundation and Diploma courses at centres across the country.  In addition, we offer a wide range of short and taster training courses, bespoke training and consultancy, CPD workshops, support for members with their Continuing Professional Development needs and a national referral service.  The IGA provides training and professional development to over 800 people a year.

"a centre of excellence..."
"It is probably the most outward looking of all UKCP trainings..."
UKCP 16 June 2017

the IGA continues to have good connections with psychiatric settings all over the country.

The IGA is a full organisational member of United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and an affiliate organisational member of the British Psychoanalytical Council (BPC). Our core Qualifying Courses are accredited by the UKCP.

Group Analysis is a powerful therapeutic medium that focuses on the relationship between the individual and the group, emphasising the essentially social nature of 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.

As reflected in our comprehensive portfolio of trainings, the Group Analytic approach has profound implications for Groupwork and organisational practice in a wide range of health, social and educational settings.  Our philosophy is that as personal difficulties arise in groups, groups are the best place to explore, understand and try and resolve them.

Group Analysis aims to achieve a healthier integration of the individual in his or her network of relationships.  It is an interactive approach and has many applications in the field of human relations, teaching, training and organisational consultancy.

"Diversity and equality was also a feature that the trainees felt was real rather than lip-service being paid..."
"Accessibility to the IGA training is its strong point..."
-UKCP 16 June 2017

Training Progression Overview
IGA courses are available across the country and are delivered by expert clinicians, teachers and supervisors. IGA Training Courses are administered and managed locally.  Our training courses are multi-tiered, flexible and accessible.  The one-year Foundation Course constitutes the first stage of the training.  Satisfactory completion of a Foundation Course is a requirement for progression to the one-year Diploma in Groupwork Practice that can lead to Groupwork Practitioner Status and Associate Membership of the IGA.

Students who wish to attain the professional status of Group Analyst, with full member- ship of the IGA and UKCP registration, progress to the Qualifying Course, which can currently be undertaken in London or Manchester.  It usually takes a minimum of 3 years from the commencement of the Qualifying Course to submission of the final qualifying paper.

Courses are taught in either academic terms or on block weekends, allowing prospective students to choose the right course for them to suit their personal and professional commitments.

"Trainees…were extremely positive about the training and there was not nearly enough time for them to do justice to the clearly exciting and dynamic experience they were all having." 

Trainees said they

               ‘…had lots of help…’

‘…communication was excellent’

‘…their voices were heard’.

‘…a particular quality of the IGA was “kindness”’

‘…group analysis, more than other trainings, had more to offer in terms of working with and accepting difference…’


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