Meet the trainers


Yvonne Agazarian Ed.D., CGP, DFAGPA, FAPA

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Yvonne M. Agazarian, Ed.D., CGP, DFAGPA, FAPA, developed the Theory of Living Human Systems; founded the Systems-centered Training and Research Institute and works as a therapist, consultant and trainer in Philadelphia. She has introduced the innovative method of goal-oriented Functional Subgrouping which requires people to build on the similarities between them rather than emphasizing their differences. She is clinical professor in the Adelphi postdoctoral group program. She gives presentations and seminars on the Systems-centered approach nationally and internationally. She was awarded the Group Psychologist of the Year by the American Psychological Association in 1997 "For expanding our knowledge of the boundaries between clinical and social psychology with the investigation of living human systems and systems-centered group and individual therapy. Her considerable body of work illustrates the highest blend of creativity and learning.”

Email: agazarian@aol.com, phone: (215) 561-7428


Rich Armington LCSW, CGP

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Rich Armington, LCSW, is a licensed social worker in Austin, Texas. He began his practice of psychotherapy at the University of Texas at Austin’s Counseling and Mental Health Center and entered into private practice in Austin in 1989. He currently offers psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and groups. Beginning his training in SCT in 1991, he is a licensed SCT practitioner, training at the foundation, intermediate and advanced level. Rich also offers supervision and consultation in the theory and practice of SCT therapy. At the annual SCT conference he leads the advanced training for trainers, a three year training. His work interests include thinking systemically, focusing experientially, creating a present moment emphasis while maintaining awareness of attachment theory, and incorporating understandings from neuroscience.

Email: armington@gmail.com, phone: (512) 440-8910


Susan Beren Ph.D.

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Susan Beren&, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist who has worked in multiple city hospitals and been in private practice in New York City for the last 18 years, doing therapy with individuals, couples and groups and providing supervision and consultation. Susan has taught, done research on and co-authored several papers on the multiple causes and treatment of eating disorders and obesity. She is a licensed Systems-Centered Training practitioner.

Email: susanberen@gmail.com, phone: (917) 202-0327


Claudia Byram Ph.D., CGP

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Claudia Byram has worked since 1980 as a clinician and trainer, having taken a doctorate in developmental and clinical psychology (Bryn Mawr College). She began work with Yvonne Agazarian in the early 80s, and has shifted from psychoanalytic training toward systems as Systems-Centered therapy developed. Currently, she is a licensed Systems-Centered Practitioner with a clinical practice in Philadelphia. She leads Systems-Centered training events, as well as communications training and consultation in the SAVI (System for Analyzing Verbal Interaction) model.

Email: claudiabyram@gmail.com, phone: (215) 561-0341 x1


Fran Carter MSS, LSW, CGP

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Fran Carter is a Licensed Social Worker, living and working in the Philadelphia area. She maintains a clinical and consulting practice working with individuals, couples, groups and organizations. Fran is a founding member of Systems-Centered Training and Research Institute, a current Board Member and System Mentor. She continues to be interested in the development of training, curriculum and research and has contributed her time to these work groups within SCTRI. She is a licensed Systems-Centered Practitioner and a senior trainer, leading workshops, ongoing training and consultation groups and intensive training blocks throughout the US and Europe. She is also a principle in SAVI Communications and the SAVI Network where she works with others to develop training in the SAVI approach to communication. She brings to all her work the energy and creativity of her early background as artist.

Email: carter2229@aol.com, phone: (215) 988-9523


Rowena Davis MSc

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Rowena Davis, MSc., is an organisational consultant working with private, public & not-for-profit organisations internationally, coaching individuals & teams & facilitating change & leadership development. She runs SCT & SAVI trainings in the US & Europe. She is a licensed SCT practitioner, a certified SAVI trainer & a member of the Systems-Centered Training and Research Institute Board.

Email: rdavis@rdaconsulting.net, phone: +44 20 8675 1430


Erika Ekedal MSc

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Erika Ekedal, MSc, is a licensed psychologist and organizational consultant who trains leaders and coaches, counsels individuals and groups, and manages change in organizations. She teaches leadership and OD at Karolinska Institutet, is a licensed Systems-Centered Practitioner, and chairperson of the newly formed Swedish SCT Association, Svenska SCT-föreningen.

Email: erika.ekedal@humannature.se, phone: +46 8 795 4350


Susan Gantt Ph.D., ABPP, CGP, DFAGPA, FAPA

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Susan P. Gantt, Ph.D., ABPP, CGP, DFAGPA, FAPA, is a psychologist in private practice in Atlanta and worked for Emory University School of Medicine in the Psychiatry department for 29 years where she taught and coordinated group psychotherapy training. She is the Director of the Systems-Centered Training and Research Institute, which was recognized with the 2010 Award for Outstanding Contributions in Education and Training in the Field of Group Psychotherapy by the National Registry of Certified Group Psychotherapists. She trains, supervises and consults in the practice of SCT in the USA and Europe and leads ongoing training groups for therapists and consultants in Atlanta, San Francisco and Amsterdam. She has published numerous journal articles and co-authored the texts <em>Autobiography of a Theory, SCT in Action, </em>and <em>Systems-Centered Therapy: Clinical Practice with Individuals, Families & Groups </em> with Yvonne Agazarian. She co-edited the book<em> The Interpersonal Neurobiology of Group Psychotherapy and Group Process</em> with Bonnie Badenoch in 2013. She was awarded the 2011 Alonso Award for Excellence in Psychodynamic Group Psychotherapy by the Group Psychotherapy Foundation for her work in editing (with Paul Cox) the special issue of the <em>International Journal of Group Psychotherapy </em>on “Neurobiology and Interpersonal Systems: Groups, Couples and Beyond.”

Email: sgantt@systemscentered.com, phone: (404) 261-5559 x1


Dorothy Gibbons LCSW

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Dorothy Gibbons, LCSW, is in private practice in Philadelphia, PA. She works with individuals, groups, and couples. She also works as an organizational consultant to a social service agency in Philadelphia. Ms. Gibbons is the former Director of the Adolescent Sex Offender Unit at the Joseph J. Peters Institute in Philadelphia and has extensive experience working with both victims and offenders of sexual abuse. She is on the Board of Directors of the Systems-Centered Training and Research Institute and is a Licensed SCT Practitioner. She has also completed a three-year program in Gestalt Therapy at the Gestalt Training Institute in Philadelphia. <span>&nbsp; </span>Dorothy is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.

Email: dorothygibbons2@gmail.com, phone: (267) 307-8428


Ray Haddock MBChB, M.MedSc

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Ray Haddock, MBChB, M.MedSc, FRCPsych, Member of Institute of Group Analysis, Licensed Systems-Centered Practitioner. Qualified in medicine in 1982, trained in Psychiatry then in Psychotherapy in Leeds (UK). He has wide experience of leading SCT training groups and workshops in UK, Europe and the USA. He has practiced as a Consultant Medical Psychotherapist in the UK for over 20 years and has also had a number of management roles in the NHS, including service development and implementation of training programs for psychiatry trainees. He teaches psychotherapy based on SCT to junior psychiatrists and psychotherapy trainees for over 20 years. Clinically he uses SCT in individual and group therapy and has developed a manual to support this work. He uses the Theory of Living Human Systems in day-to-day organizational work, consultation and leadership.

Email: rayhad@doctors.org.uk,


Robert Hartford MSW, LICSW

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Robert Hartford, LICSW, is a psychotherapist in private practice in Washington, DC. He works with individuals, couples and groups, and organizations. He is a licensed SCT practitioner, trainer and member of the Systems-Centered Training and Research Institute since 1998. He presented at the XVIII International Congress of Group Psychotherapy and Group Processes in Cartagena Columbia 2012. He co-led the fall Foundation Level workshop in Philadelphia. He co-directed the 2006 SCT Annual Conference in Boston, MA.

Email: robert@roberthartford.com, phone: (202) 412-0253


Nina Klebanoff Ed.M., LCSW, CGP

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Nina Klebanoff, ED.M, LCSW, CGP, Licensed SCT practitioner, has been a psychotherapist for twenty nine years. Nina works in Manhattan and works with individuals, groups, couples and couples groups. In addition she leads an ongoing SCT training group. Nina also does organizational consulting and ongoing staff development and individual consultations for psychotherapists and OD professionals. Nina specializes in working with creative artists and therapists. She has taught group psychotherapy as an adjunct faculty at NYU School of Social Work and is particularly interested in training and consultation groups. She has newly re-joined the SCTRI Board in the role as Treasurer and is developing workshops for therapists in dealing with financial issues that have to do with maintaining a practice as well as the issues that directly impact the therapeutic relationship.

Email: nkleb@mac.com, phone: (929) 990-7190


Susan Arnold Lange Ph.D.

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Susan Arnold Lange, Ph.D., licensed Psychologist and System-Centered Practitioner, provides systems-centered training, consultation and clinical services. Throughout her 25 years of facilitating change, relationship, career and spiritual development have been the areas of consistent focus. Consulting with health care delivery systems, faith-based communities, and yoga studios for employee and volunteer development, she has designed and presented communications workshops on topics including effective listening, conflict management, and career strategies. Studying and training with Dr. Agazarian since 1991, she integrates systems thinking to these areas as she works in both Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston, Texas.

Email: slangephd@att.net, phone: (817) 745-4612


Joy Luther MSSW, LCSW

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Joy Luther, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Austin, Texas. She maintains a clinical and consulting practice working with individuals, couples, families, groups and organizations. She is a licensed Systems-Centered Practitioner, Trainer and Consultant in SCT, and leads ongoing training groups in Austin, Seattle and at the annual SCTRI Conference. She has over thirty-five years experience as a psychotherapist and is a past Board Member of the Texas Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, the Texas Society of Clinical Social Workers and the Dynamis Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association. Joy currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Systems-Centered Training and Research Institute.

Email: joyluthersoffice@gmail.com, phone: (512) 560-0214


Annie MacIver BA, MA

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Annie MacIver, MA, CQSW, is a licensed systems-centred practitioner. She is a Social Worker who for many years specialised in working with children and their families. Annie currently manages a Social Work Department and is engaged in applying systems-centred theory and methods to enhancing leadership capacity and capability in complex organisational contexts.

Email: annie.maciver@homecall.co.uk,


Mike Maher MA, PGCE

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Mike Maher, MA, PGCE, was Deputy Director at Peper Harow Therapeutic Community and trained at the Institute of Group Analysis. He was also staff group consultant to the Henderson Hospital TC. He works as a psychotherapist, organisational consultant and trainer in private practice in the UK. He has published a number of papers and chapters in books on topics including self-harm and working with staff groups. He is a Licensed SCT practitioner, a licensed SAVI trainer and Associate Director of SCTRI.

Email: mike.maher1@me.com ,


Madeline O'Carroll MSc

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Madeline O’Carroll, MSc, PG Diploma, RMN, RGN, is a Senior Lecturer at City University London and has worked in mental health nursing for 30 years as a clinician and educator. She is a qualified teacher with extensive experience of developing and delivering education and training and she also runs therapy groups for people with psychosis. Madeline is a licensed Systems-Centered Training practitioner and is interested in supporting student nurses to manage the emotional impact of working in mental health.

Email: madmoc1@gmail.com, phone: +44 207 040 5815


Richard O'Neill Ph.D., FAClinP, CGP

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Richard M. O'Neill, Ph.D., FAClinP, CGP, is Associate Professor and Director of SCT Training at SUNY Upstate Medical University. He is a former President of the New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA). His successful NYSPA presidential initiative -- affiliating with a national labor union to deal with managed care – was featured on the front-page of the New York Times. He has 240+ television appearances and a weekly radio segment on psychology, and a 1976 Student Academy Award for the documentary "What The Notes Say." As Research Director Emeritus and a licensed member of the Systems-Centered Training and Research Institute, his work focuses now on SCT consulting, training, and research with systems from individuals and partners to therapy and work groups.

Email: oneillr@upstate.edu, phone: (315) 464-3120


Norma Safransky MD

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Norma Safransky, M.D., is a board certified psychiatrist in private practice in Chapel Hill, NC. She is a licensed Systems-Centered Practitioner and runs SCT therapy groups. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Duke University and a Doctorate of Medicine degree from the University of North Carolina (UNC). She completed her residency in Psychiatry at UNC.

Email: nsafransky@gmail.com, phone: (919) 968-8422


Heather Twomey Ph.D.

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Heather B. Twomey, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist practicing in North Carolina. She serves as program coordinator for adult inpatient services at Dorothea Dix Hospital where she provides a broad range of psychological services in addition to supervising pre-doctoral psychology interns and conducting group psychotherapy training. She qualified for her Systems-Centered Practitioner license in 2007. In private practice she works as a licensed SCT practitioner in systems-centered group and individual therapy.

Email: heather.twomey@gmail.com, phone: (919) 862-4922


Sven-Erik Viskari MA

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Sven-Erik Viskari, BA, is a licensed psychologist and psychotherapist who also works with team building, group development and coaching of leaders. He is on the faculty of Gothenburg University, department of psychology, working with the clinical training of becoming psychologists. Has for more than 20 years also worked in private practice with a mix of clinical and OD work. He is also a licensed Systems-Centered Practitioner and a member of the Board of the Systems-Centered Training and Research Institute.

Email: sven-erik.viskari@telia.com, phone: +46 70 575 12 54