Working with Psychotherapy Groups

Course overview

Whilst group therapy has long been established as a highly effective form of treatment, services are increasingly utilising group work as a means of providing cost effective therapy. Working creatively with groups within the current climate, with patients with increasingly complex presentations and needs, requires thinking space.


This series of 10 workshops aims to provide such a space. The workshops will begin to address theory practice links, assessment, getting started, working with on-going groups, group dynamics and there will also be an opportunity for participants to present their work. 

This theoretical introduction will facilitate and provide participants with the essential skills in planning how to set up their own psychotherapy groups in a variety of settings. 

The course will be delivered through theoretical seminars and a work discussion group.


To develop students understanding regarding some of the tools required to set up a psychotherapy group.

To provide an introduction to key psychoanalytic group theory and its relevance to providing group psychotherapy. 

To develop students' capacity to reflect on their own working practice. 

To provide a supportive and diverse learning context in which students can learn from their own experiences, other students and the course staff.
This course is suitable for any professional with an interest in group work.

The course comprises ten sessions of 2¼ hours. Each session will consist of a theory seminar for I hour and work discussion for 1 hour, with a fifteen minute break in between.

New dates will be confirmed here in due course. Please contact to be added to the waiting list

Included in your course fee, you will receive full membership of the Tavistock’s internationally-renowned library for the duration of your course.

Our friendly and knowledgeable library team will help to support you through your specialist CPD course, whatever your level of professional or academic experience. You will have access to an extensive range of eBooks, online journals, all the relevant key databases and our specialist audio-visual collection plus reference access to all our print books. Our Information Skills Trainer has made lots of material available on Moodle to help you to navigate our comprehensive electronic collections.  PCs and photocopiers are also available for your use.

Library staff curate various online resources, such as Audio/Video Playlists and Subject Updates, to help you stay on top of latest developments, as well as regularly sharing helpful news and research on Twitter and Facebook. Find out more on the Library website:

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