SCTRI in Action —

Helping create an organization you want to 'live' in

All members are welcome to participate in creating SCTRI: we are almost entirely a volunteer organization, which means that 'it' (the organization) is 'us' (the members)! Any of us can contribute by working with others to continue creating an organization within which we want to work (and sometimes play!). The members making up SCTRI have committed themselves to an experiment: building and maintaining an organization using the Theory of Living Human Systems (TLHS) and its systems-centered methods in its structure and functioning.

Some ways to participate

  • Join an Action Group — the work groups of the organization.
  • Contribute an article to the SCTRI Newsletter
  • Present a workshop at the Annual Conference

Some ways to learn more about SCTRI

  • For an overview of the organization go to the Action Groups pages
  • Observe an Action Group meeting
  • Meet the Board of Directors
  • Each year at the Annual Conference, there is an open meeting of the Board of Directors in which all members of the organization and conference attendees are invited to ask questions, make suggestions, give feedback or otherwise talk with the members of the Board of Directors about any aspects of the organization of particular interest or concern.

Join or Form a Special Interest Group

Among the SCTRI members are those people who choose to self-organize to explore some aspect of SCT in regard to theory, methods, norms, values or areas of application. These groups are informal, meaning they do not go through any formal body to initiate their meetings, and are not a part of the organizational structure. They are independent, exploratory, member-powered.

In general, like the SCTRI Action Groups, SIGs use the systems-centered work group structure to structure their meetings. This format encourages members of the group to volunteer each time for the role of Task (if there is a task to be managed) and Process leader functions. The Process leader assists participants to cross the boundary by undoing distractions. The Task leader is responsible for facilitating the agenda. At the end of the meeting there is time set aside for Surprises, Learnings, Satisfactions, Dissatisfactions and Discoveries.

SIGs do have access to the bridge teleconference line as a ‘place’ to meet with other curious people who want to explore special SCT related interests.If you like to have the information on your SIG on the website, please contact us.

The SCT 10-minute Peer Consult

What it is:

A negotiated 10-minute consultation between two members of SCTRI: one seeking a consultation and one who has attended the Intermediate Skills Training, and so is trained in using the SCT Gold Sheet protocols with others.


To practice using the SCT Gold Sheet protocols for Modules 1 and 2.

Consultants practice by using the protocols to structure a consultation; consultees practice following the protocols to undo a restraining force. Both are practicing, in different roles.

Who it is for:

Members of SCTRI

What it is for:

To use the SCT Gold Sheets to center, and to undo:

  • anxiety
  • tension
  • depression and outrages
  • simple one-up/one-down role locks

The aim is to reduce one internal restraining force (anxiety, tension, outrage, depression, role lock) that is preventing the consultee from centering and using common sense in a particular context.

When to use it:

When as consultee you recognize a restraining force of anxiety, tension, outrage or depression and cannot undo it yourself.

How to use it:

Contact an SCTRI member who has the skills to consult and request a 10-minute peer consultation to undo anxiety, tension, outrage or depression or a role lock. Search the members' directory for members with Intermediate Skills.


Consultee: Your job is to identify an internal restraining force of anxiety, tension, outrage, depression or one-up/one-down role lock, which is preventing you from moving toward your goal in a particular context.

Consultant: Your job is to provide the structure:

  • time boundaries
  • centering
  • the relevant SCT Gold Sheet protocol
  • surprise, learning or next step