Research is at the heart of Systems-Centered Training to see if and how the theory and methods work in practice.

A Review of Empirical SCT Research

Click here todownload a review of empirical studiesof SCT methods used in both organizational training and psychotherapy contexts, including studies of: 1) comparative training and work group performance, 2) SCT's central method of functional subgrouping, and 3) a pilot study of SCT for reducing generalized anxiety of clinical significance. Review by Richard O’Neill, Ph.D., ABPP, CGP.

Several research papers on the benefits of functional subgrouping have been published in recent years and more are being reviewed for publication.

  • O'Neill, R.M., Smyth, J.M., & MacKenzie, M.J. (2011). Systems-centered functional subgrouping links the member to the group dynamics and goals: How-to and a pilot study.GROUP: The Journal of the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society, 35(2), 105-121. | Available with permission of publisher (click to download).

  • Whitcomb, K., O’Neill, R., Burlingame, G., Mogle, J., Gantt, S., Cannon, J., & Rooney, T. (2018). Measuring how systems-centered® members connect with group dynamics: FSQ-2 construct validity.International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 68(2), 163-183.doi:10.1080/00207284.2017.1381024

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