Reflective Practice in Organisations

Two-part training in Reflective Practice Groups leading to Associate Membership of the Institute of Group Analysis.

With a long and distinguished track record of expertise in group dynamics, the IGA is now offering the most thorough, rigorous and practice-based training available in conducting Reflective Practice Groups in an organisational context. The training is relevant to all those who conduct groups or work with teams within organisations.

The training will provide a comprehensive understanding of the essential principles and practice of Reflective Practice as a means of developing practitioners capacity to enable difficult conversations.  While covering guidelines on essential practice, the course goes beyond teaching a systematised method and instead enables graduates to assess an array of factors in order to make carefully calibrated interventions. 

Who is the course for and what are the entry requirements?

The course is in two parts; a Foundation Weekend and a Qualifying Course.

The Foundation Weekend is open to anyone with an interest in Reflective Practice in the workplace.  A CPD certificate is provided.  For further information and application to the weekend seminar please visit the Foundation Weekend page.

The entry requirements to take the full Qualifying Course are:

  • Completion of the Foundation Weekend
  • A recognised qualification in a psychological profession, and
  • Three years’ post qualifying experience or extensive demonstrable experience with groups (such as group analysts, systemic therapists and appropriately experienced practitioners).

Group analysis places emphasis on the value of a variety of perspectives, and so this course welcomes applications from professionals with a variety of backgrounds and theoretical orientations.

What does the course provide?

  • The Foundation Weekend provides a thorough grounding in Reflective Practice
  • The Qualifying Course provides a rigorous theoretical, practical and experiential training in the facilitation of Reflective Practice Groups and other team interventions in organisational settings including health care, education, business and the third sector. Participants successfully completing the course will be accredited by the IGA to run Reflective Practice Groups. Successful applicants will participate in Reflective Practice, run a group under expert supervision*, and study a range of approaches to Reflective Practice with teams and groups.

*We can offer advice and assistance in finding a suitable opportunity to conduct a Reflective Practice Group.

Click here for a list of seminars and seminar leaders

What will I be able to do when I have completed the course?

On successful completion of the course, you will:

  • Understand the complexity of the Reflective Practice task in organisations, and be aware of different modalities for Reflective Practice work
  • Be equipped to present a rationale for Reflective Practice to commissioners and sponsors
  • Contract effectively to set up a Reflective Practice Group, including clarifying purpose, membership, context, expectations and logistics
  • Work with awareness of the conscious, non-conscious and unconscious elements of the contract and the process
  • Enable a holding environment for difficult conversations
  • Apply a group analytic [multi-perspective] lens to understanding team/ group dynamics
  • Have means to evaluate the effectiveness of your Reflective Practice Groups.

How will my progress be assessed?

Through two pieces of written work, one a paper on a theoretical aspect of Reflective Practice, the second a case study drawn from your supervised practice. 
Through interim and final supervisor’s reports.
See the full course requirements here

Successful graduates will be able to apply for Associate membership of the IGA, and to use the title IGA Reflective Practitioner

Course dates and times

Foundation Weekend: 23rd, 24th and 25th September 2016
Qualifying Course: 
12th November 2016
10th December 2016
21st January 2017
25th March 2017
20th May 2017
8th July 2017

The Qualifying Course will run on 6 Saturdays from 9:45am - 5:30pm, lunch and refreshments will be provided. Click here to see the Saturday course structure or here for the Theory seminar timetable. 

Fees (Foundation Weekend fees not included): 

Interview fee: £125


Early Bird fee (applied before 1st July 2016, paid by 31st July 2016)

Public £1,880

IGA Members: £1,840 


Standard fee 

Public £1,960

IGA Members: £1,890


If you want to pay by instalments (3 payments, before blocks one, three and five) there will be an additional administrative charge of £30


Contacts: Christine Thornton, Convenor

To Apply: 

Please download and complete an application form and return it to Sam Evans, by Friday 1st July for July interviews. We will offer a late interview date for those who wish to complete the weekend before committing to the whole course, but we do not recommend this as it means you will miss the first face to face meeting with your supervisor.

Type of course: 
IGA, 1 Daleham Gardens, London NW3 5BY
Commencement Date: 
23rd September 2016