Foundation Course in Group Analysis

Turvey Groupwork are now accepting applications for training on the IGA Foundation Course in Group Analysis for 2021-22.

Although there is uncertainty about COVID-19 restrictions, we are hopeful to return to in-person training at Turvey with safety measures in place in October 2021. We will be offering a blended course with a mix of in-person (when circumstances allow) and online group experiences and academic learning. We look forward to welcoming you on your groupwork journey.

This course is suitable for anyone who has an interest in working with groups, including mental health workers, such as doctors, psychologists, nurses, occupational therapists etc, as well as counsellors, teachers, managers, probation officers, prison staff, voluntary workers and others."

Director: Andy Espey, Member Institute of Group Analysis.

Course Convenor: Jo Edwards, Member institute of Group Analysis.

Other Staff: Lucy Chessum, Member institute of Group Analysis and Justin Phipps, Member institute of Group Analysis.


The Theory: Jo Edwards

The Friday evening workshops provide an introduction to the psychodynamic theory underlying Group Analysis and groupwork. The Saturday morning keynote lecture with guest speaker will cover various topics pertinent to group process and theory whilst applying this to real group experience. Students will be asked to actively participate by presenting theoretical papers to the whole group and explore the application of theory to practice. The course handbook will be available upon application, this includes a full reading list and registration will give you access to the IGA library as a student member.

The Group Experience: Lucy Chessum and Justin Phipps

You will attend four experiential groups during each 5 weekends and additional groups online experiential groups throughout the year with your group conductor. This will give you an experience of both face to face group working and online dynamics within groups. The large group will be in line throughout your year foundation course and this group will provide you with an experience of being in a large group with the Turvey training community, which includes extended generations of graduates who have trained at Turvey and staff from the courses.

Further Training

The Foundation Course in Group Analysis can be used as a stand-alone course but is also a requirement for further professional development: via the Diploma Course, to qualify as a Groupwork Practitioner; or to become a Group Analyst by completing the Qualifying Course of the IGA.

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