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Diploma in Groupwork Practice – Diploma Year

Apply now for the course starting in October 2017! 

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 September and July each year.

Students with certificates

Graduates from the 2014-15 course receive their certificates.         Back row: Annagreth Brem, Leigh Thorpe, Jill Smith, Pauline Beaumont. Front row: Ian Fairley, Jackie Coombs, Catharine Kay, Daphne Jackson. Graduates who were unable to attend the event included Clare Gerada, Karen Kirk, Victoria Algar and Catrin Ingham

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
  • 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 2018, there is also a ‘National Learning Experience’ (NLE) event for all IGA Diploma students across the U.K., which this year takes place in Manchester.

Assessment of students’ work is undertaken through a combination of:

  • written work (a trial essay and two assessed essays)
  • a minimum attendance requirement
  • a report from the work reflection group supervisor.

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

More information about the course structure and costs can be found in the 2017-18 Prospectus, which is available to download below. Please contact us for an informal discussion before completing and returning an application form. Some bursary funding is available.

File TypeFile Name / Download LinkFile Size
pdf York Groupwork Cancellation Policy 201747.34 KB
pdf Diploma_Application_Form_2017-18157.21 KB
pdf YGW Diploma year prospectus 17-18 Final165.69 KB