Organizational Overview

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors sets policy and oversees organizational direction, structure, and function. The Board selects, supports, and guides the Director. The Board is made up of members who have completed the Authority Issue Group. The Board meets twice yearly.

Director

The Director is a member of the Board of Directors and the Steering Group. He or she carries the organizational vision and values, oversees implementation, and represents the organization to the larger world.

Associate Director

The Associate Director is a member of the Board of Directors and the Steering Group. He or she keeps an eye on the overall activities and events within the organization and provides linkages among the Action Groups.

Treasurer

The Treasurer is a member of the Board of Directors who is able to hold the financial vision of the organization and can apply the theory of human living systems to financial realities. He or she works to ensure that the financial running of the organization reflects SCTRI’s mission and values. The Treasurer works with the Steering Group between Board meetings and leads the Finance Group. The Treasurer is responsible for presenting a financial report to the Board of Directors at the bi-annual meetings.

Research Director

The Research Director is a member of the Board of Directors who demonstrates comprehensive understanding of the theory of living human systems and its application to work with individuals, groups and organizations and whose work exemplifies the values and mission of SCTRI. He or she has expertise in conducting research, as well as in consulting with others who are interested in research involving SCT, and is responsible for ensuring that all research conducted in connection with SCTRI is in alignment with the theory, values and vision of SCT, as well as for consulting with other elements of SCTRI regarding research decisions.

System Mentors

The System Mentors are senior systems-centered practitioners who monitor and consult to the function of the organization-as-a-whole. The goal of the System Mentor system is to keep an eye on the functioning of all levels of the organization, and to diagnose and intervene if there is a problem, or consult to any system or subsystem that requests it. The group is an ongoing working system that is accountable to the Board of Directors, communicates through the newsletter, at the Talk with the Board meeting at the annual conference, and wherever necessary or relevant. Any member can contact a System Mentor.

Contact person

Any member can contact a System Mentor: Claudia Byram, Fran Carter, Susan Gantt, Jon McCormick, or Sven-Erik Viskari.

Oversees the organization’s American Psychological Association (APA) sponsor approval program for offering CEs to psychologists. Supports members seeking to offer CEs in their own fields.

The goal of our group is to oversee the process of offering APA CEs for the SCT Annual Conference, and to facilitate trainers in offering APA CEs for their trainings, through adherence to the program quality standards set by APA. We also support grassroot efforts among the SCTRI membership to offer CEs from other professional organizations.

Contact person
For more information, or if you would like to attend a meeting to see what we do, contact Susan Lange.

Envisions, develops and communicates the training process for competence in systems-centered theory, methods and techniques.

Our goal is to continue development of the training curriculum and to communicate effectively about it with members in training and to people interested in learning systems-centered theory and practice. We pay attention to the different kinds of learning that contribute to competence in systems-centered work (experiential, cognitive, skills and application), what belongs to each level of training (Foundation, Intermediate, Advanced) and criteria for moving through the program.

Contact person
For more information, or if you would like to attend a meeting to see what we do, contact Claudia Byram.

Oversees and implements changes to the design and content of the SCTRI website.

Our goal is to enhance communication about SCT both among people training in the methods and with the larger world of interested people. We are happy to have new members!

Contact person
For more information, or if you would like to attend a meeting to see what we do, contact Rowena Davis.

Supports implementation of the SCTRI training curriculum.

Goals of this group:

 

1. To be a community for trainers to discuss ideas and problems and to track innovations across contexts

 

2. To track the training needs of the system and develop trainings that meet these needs

 

3. To implement training and work in conjunction with SCTRI

 

4. To develop a training pathway for training trainers

 

5. To share exciting and emergent developments from our training groups

 

6. To have fun!

 

Contact Person
For more information, or if you would like to attend a meeting to see what we do, contact Claudia Byram.

Structures and oversees member information, orientation and benefits.

The goal and function of the Membership group is to maintain and support the membership of SCTRI. The Membership group helps to orient new members to the resources available within SCTRI and is in charge of collecting annual membership dues.

Contact Person
For more information, or if you would like to attend a meeting to see what we do, contact Fran Carter.

Raises funds for the Yvonne Agazarian Research Scholar Fund.

The goal and function of the group is to raise funds by generating a climate and energy for fundraising at the Thursday night party at the SCT Annual Conference.

Our current membership consists of: Elaine Pratt, Deb Zeigler, Verena Murphy, with Fran Carter in the role of liaison to the Board and consultant.

If you are interested in exploring a membership in FRAG, let any one of us know that you wish to call in to one of our monthly telephone sessions!

Contact Person
For more information, or if you would like to attend a meeting to see what we do, contact Verena Murphy.

Oversees financial resources and implements financial decisions for SCTRI.

Contact Person
For more information, or if you would like to attend a meeting to see what we do, contact Nina Klebanoff.

Designs, edits and produces the SCTRI newsletter, System-Centered News, a bi-annual publication.

Contact Person
For more information, or if you would like to attend a meeting to see what we do, contact Jan Vadell.

Develops and implements the SCTRI research program.

The research group's goal is to support testing of the Theory of Living Human Systems (TLHS) by fostering research and by consulting with SCTRI researchers. A further objective is to use research to communicate with clinicians and researchers outside SCTRI.

Goals:
1. Test the hypotheses and Theory of Living Human Systems
2. Consult with and foster research among members
3. Use research as a form of communication that speaks to clinicians and researchers outside the organization
4. Link research principles explicitly with training in SCTRI constructs, methods and techniques
5. Use research within the organization to address issues that arise in the development and functioning of the organization

Contact Person
For more information, or if you would like to attend a meeting to see what we do, contact Dick Ganley.