Susan Gantt

Systems-Centered Training
  23rd Annual Conference

March 25 - 31, 2023 • Philadelphia

SCT: An Innovative Approach to Sustainable Change

Mike Maher

At the 2023 Systems-Centered Training Annual Conference we will explore the various ways that human systems survive, develop, and transform.

Systems-Centered Training (SCT) provides a way to influence systems so people are more free to develop and take up their membership in a system. The conference is the training ground to explore the SCT theory and methods experientially and test whether authentically connecting to others enables the individual and group to grow and reach their goals.

A Theory of Living Human Systems is a comprehensive theory that provides a map for understanding what happens in living human systems under what circumstances. It states that living human systems survive, develop and transform from simple to complex through an increasing ability to recognize differences and integrate them. The method at the heart of this practice, Functional Subgrouping, provides a way to explore all sides of a conflict rather than fighting or separating around differences.

As therapists, coaches, consultants, leaders, healthcare professionals, educators, and pastoral care counselors, we develop skills and tools to assist our clients in freeing up energy to accomplish their goals. The 2023 SCT Conference will focus on practical methods for ourselves and our clients to develop authentic connection, integrate differences, and develop as individuals, groups, organizations, and communities.

The Weekend Institutes and 5-day Conference offer a range of training groups, interactive workshops and a large group experience. We will explore the methods and tools that contain emotional experience and support group development as we learn to apply the theory and methods.

Expect to: 

  • See how the world is different when we see systems rather than just people
  • Learn how to recognize and work with group dynamics as they arise, and how to contribute to the development of a well-functioning group
  • Experience how the method of functional subgrouping changes how groups typically deal with differences
  • Experience protocols to reduce anxiety and tension and work productively with frustration, all of which are a natural part of any group
  • Learn skills, methods and practical tools to support collaboration so that individuals and groups can achieve their goals

Our goal is to co-create an open and fun climate that allows us to discover new learnings for ourselves and for our work.

This Conference is open to professionals in the fields of mental health, organizational development, education, pastoral care and to those who wish to explore.

Please note that many trainings in this Conference are experiential and some participants may find these challenging. If you have any questions about this, feel free to contact Dayne Narretta at

Janneke Maas, Dayne Narretta, Jane Steinberg, and Debbie Woolf
2023 Conference Co-Directors