The Institute of Group Leaders (IGL) consists of group leaders who have met certain standards of competence in group leadership and who wish to sustain and extend their knowledge and skills through membership.
The Institute began in 1982 as a collection of group leaders from mental health and welfare agencies in Sydney with a vested interest in developing quality group leadership.
Group leadership involves a broad range of area, including facilitation of:
- Work and team groups
- Psychoeducational groups
- Community adult education programs
- Grief and Loss workshops
- Drug and alcohol recovery groups
- Counselling groups
- Therapy groups
A steering committee of members from the NSW Association for Mental Health, Relationships Australia NSW, Family Life, NSW, Unifam and the NSW Health Department were instrumental in the initial development. Private practitioners and UnitingCare Burnside, and the Community Educator's Network in Taree have also played a significant role in the later years. Registration as a Community Advancement Society was achieved in September 1985.
Today IGL is recognized as the membership accrediting body for group leaders in NSW and ACT. It provides training courses in group leadership and on-going education workshops.