Core Readings

A selection of books and articles by Yvonne M. Agazarian which describe the essentials of systems-centered work.

E.G. Try Book or 2021 for a year (or maybe just an author / topic / keyword).

Agazarian, Y.M. (1983). Theory of the invisible group applied to individual and group-as-a-whole interpretations. GROUP: The Journal of the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society, 7(2), 27-37. doi: jstor.org/stable/41718187

Agazarian, Y.M. (1987). The difficult patient, the difficult group. GROUP: The Journal of the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society, 11(4), 205-216. doi: www.jstor.org/stable/41718459

Agazarian, Y.M. (1987, April). Re viewing Yalom: An interpersonal tale retold from the perspective of the group-as-a-whole. Guest lecture, Group psychotherapy, Harvard Medical School Department of Continuing Education, Boston, MA. [Reprinted in Agazarian, Y.M. (2006). Systems-centered practice: Selected papers on group psychotherapy. (pp. 27-49). London, UK: Karnac Books.]

Agazarian, Y.M. (1987, October). Group-as-a-whole theory applied to scapegoating. Supplementary paper to the workshop "Deviance, scapegoating & group development." Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society Annual Conference, New York, NY. [Reprinted in Agazarian, Y.M. (2006). Systems-centered practice: Selected papers on group psychotherapy. (pp. 17-26). London, UK: Karnac Books.]

Agazarian, Y.M. (1989). Group-as-a-whole systems theory and practice. GROUP: The Journal of the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society, 13(3-4), 131-154. doi: jstor.org/stable/41718522

Agazarian, Y.M. (1992). Contemporary theories of group psychotherapy: A systems approach to the group-as-a-whole. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 42(2), 177-203. doi: 10.1080/00207284.1992.11490685

Agazarian, Y.M. (1992). Friends Series I. Functional Subgrouping.

Agazarian, Y.M. (1992). Systems-centered group psychotherapy: How to develop a working group. Good Enough Press.

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Agazarian, Y.M. (1994). The phases of group development and the systems-centred group. In M. Pines & V. Schermer (Eds.), Ring of fire: Primitive object relations and affect in group psychotherapy (pp. 36-85). London, UK: Routledge, Chapman & Hall.

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Agazarian, Y.M. (1997). Systems-centered therapy for groups. New York, NY: Guilford. Re-printed in paperback (2004). London, UK: Karnac Books.

Agazarian, Y.M. (1997). Systems-centered therapy. In H. G. Rosenthal (Ed.), Favorite counseling and therapy techniques (pp. 29-36).Washington, DC: Accelerated Development.

Agazarian, Y.M. (1999). Phases of development in the systems-centered group. Small Group Research, 30(1), 82-107. doi: 10.1177/104649649903000105

Agazarian, Y.M. (1999). Response to Wright's review of “Systems-Centered Therapy for Groups.” International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 49(2), 273-275. doi: 10.1080/00207284.1999.11491585

Agazarian, Y.M. (2002). A systems-centered approach to individual and group psychotherapy. In L. Vandecreek & T. Jackson (Eds.), Innovations in clinical practice: A source book, Vol. 20 (pp. 223-240). Sarasota, FL: Professional Resource Press.

Agazarian, Y.M. (2012). Systems-centered group psychotherapy: A theory of living human systems and its systems-centered practice. GROUP: The Journal of the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society, 36(1), 19-36. doi: jstor.org/stable/41719343

Agazarian, Y.M. (2012). Systems-centered group psychotherapy: Putting theory into practice. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 62(2), 171-195. doi: 10.1521/ijgp.2012.62.2.171

Agazarian, Y.M. (2014). Patrick de Maré. Group Analysis, 47(4), 473-480. doi: 10.1177/0533316414557224

Agazarian, Y.M. (2016). Contrasting interpersonal and systems-centered approaches using two observation systems to analyze the communication patterns in two videotapes of the interpersonal approach to group psychotherapy. GROUP: The Journal of the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society, 40(1), 71-88. doi: jstor.org/stable/10.13186/group.40.1.0071

Agazarian, Y.M., & Byram, C. (2009). First build the system: The systems-centered approach to combined psychotherapy. GROUP: The Journal of the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society, 33(2), 129-148. doi: jstor.org/stable/41719232

Agazarian, Y.M., & Carter, F. (1993). The large group and systems-centered theory. GROUP: The Journal of the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society, 17(4), 210-234. doi: jstor.org/stable/41718734

Agazarian, Y.M., & Gantt, S.P. (2003). Phases of group development: Systems-centered hypotheses and their implications for research and practice. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research and Practice, 7(3), 238-252. doi: 10.1037/1089-2699.7.3.238

Agazarian, Y.M., & Gantt, S.P. (2005). The systems-centered approach to the group-as-a-whole. GROUP: The Journal of the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society, 29(1), 163-185. doi: jstor.org/stable/41719363

Agazarian, Y.M., & James, C. (1977). Report of lecture given to the Group-Analytic Society (London) on 28th March 1977. The S.A.V.I. (system for analysing verbal interaction) theory and systemy. Group Analysis, 10(3), 235-239. doi: 10.1177/053331647701000310

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Agazarian, Y.M., & Janoff, S. (1993). Systems theory and small groups. In I. Kaplan & B. Sadock (Eds.), Comprehensive textbook of group psychotherapy (pp. 33-44, 3rd ed.). Baltimore, MD: Williams & Wilkins, Division of Waverly.

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Agazarian, Y.M., & Gantt, S.P. (2000). Autobiography of a theory: Developing a theory of living human systems and its systems-centered practice. London, UK: Jessica Kingsley.

Agazarian, Y.M., & Gantt, S.P. (2005). The systems perspective. In S. Wheelan (Ed.), Handbook of group research and practice (pp. 187-200). Thousand Oaks, CA : Sage.

Agazarian, Y.M., & Gantt, S.P. (2014). Systems-centered training with couples: Building marriages that work. Systemic Thinking & Psychotherapy, 5.

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Agazarian, Y.M., Gantt, S.P., & Carter, F.B. (2021). Systems-centered training: An illustrated guide for applying a theory of living human systems. London, UK: Routledge.

Gantt, S.P. (2005). Functional role-taking in organizations and work groups. Group Psychologist (APA Division 49 newsletter), 15(5), 15.

Gantt, S.P. (2009). The clinical pastoral circle: Using systems-centered methods to develop a clinical pastoral team. In C.F. Garlid, A.A. Zollfrank & G. Fitchett (Eds.), Expanding the circle: Essays in honor of Joan Hemenway (pp. 109-136). Decatur, GA: Journal of Pastoral Care Publications.

Gantt, S.P. (2013). Applying systems-centered theory (SCT) and methods in organizational contexts: Putting SCT to work. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 63(2), 234-258. doi: 10.1521/ijgp.2013.63.2.234

Gantt, S.P. (2021). Systems-centered large groups. Group Circle, a publication of the American Group Psychotherapy Association, Winter 2021.

Gantt, S.P., & Adams, J.M. (2010). Systems-centered training for therapists: Beyond stereotyping to integrating diversities into the change process. Women & Therapy, 33(1), 101-120. doi: 10.1080/02703140903404812

Gantt, S.P., & Agazarian, Y.M. (2004). Systems-centered emotional intelligence: Beyond individual systems to organizational systems. Organizational Analysis, 12(2), 147-169.  doi: 10.1108/eb028990

Gantt, S.P., & Agazarian, Y.M. (2017). Systems-centered group therapy. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 67(sup1), S60-S70. doi: 10.1080/00207284.2016.1218768

Gantt, S.P., & Agazarian, Y.M. (2007). Phases of system development in organizational work groups: The systems-centered approach for intervening in context. Organisational & Social Dynamics, 7(2), 253-291.

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Kaplan, I., & Sadock, B. (Eds.) (1993). Comprehensive textbook of group psychotherapy. (3rd ed.) Baltimore, MD: Williams & Wilkins, Division of Waverly.

Prengel, S. (2009, August). Interview with Yvonne Agazarian. Somatic Perspectives on Psychotherapy. www.SomaticPerspectives.com [audio also available at https://youtu.be/L-lnolV7Z9Q]

Yvonne Agazarian in conversation with Serge Prengel - Relational Implicit Interview August 2009 (Audio only)

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