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Diploma in Groupwork Practice – Diploma Year

Details of the 2021-22 course will be posted on the website in early 2021.  Sign up for our newsletter to be alerted to when this happens!

Anyone who has successfully completed an Institute of Group Analysis (IGA) Introductory or Foundation course, either in York or at one of the other centres in the UK, is eligible to apply for the Diploma in Groupwork Practice – Diploma Year. This takes place in York over thirteen Fridays and two Saturdays between October and July each year, together with a residential weekend in April 2021.

On successful completion of the Diploma year, students receive the award of Diploma in Groupwork Practice and may apply to the IGA for Associate Membership as a Group Work Practitioner.

The syllabus includes:

  • the theory and practice of group analysis

    Diploma students 2016-17: Back row l-r
    Jackie Stacey, Rosalie Harrison, Katherine Lawson, Steve Hoole, Murray Anderson-Wallace
    Front row l-r
    Jacinta Kent, Mahwish Qamar, Heather Robbie, Jess Wickens

  • concepts of group therapy, including other approaches
  • applications of groupwork in health and social care
  • research & evaluation.

Seminars are led by experienced practitioners in their fields.

There will be six median groups, where the foundation and diploma years combine. Two work reflection group sessions in the afternoons provide the opportunity to apply ‘group analytic thinking in action’ to students’ own work in group settings. In April 2021, there is also a ‘National Learning Experience’ (NLE) event for all IGA Diploma students across the U.K.

Assessment of students’ work is undertaken through a combination of written work (a trial essay and two assessed essays), a minimum attendance requirement and a report from the work reflection group supervisor.

Students are registered as student members of the IGA and GASI and have access to the ‘virtual learning environment’ (which includes readings for the course), the national IGA/GAS library, the online version of the journal ‘Group Analysis’ and other facilities.

Some bursaries are available from the IGA, but you must apply for these before 30 June 2020 to be considered.

More information about the course structure and costs can be found in the Prospectus. Please contact us for an informal discussion before completing and returning an application form. Some bursary funding is available.

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pdf York Groupwork Cancellation Policy 2017 onwards47.34 KB
pdf Diploma_Prospectus_2020-21495.37 KB
pdf Diploma_Application_Form_2020-21219.04 KB