From Conflict to Collaboration:
Moving from "Us vs. Them" to "We"
Pre-Conference Institute: Saturday & Sunday, April 7 & 8
Two-Day Experiential Training
Five-Day Conference: Monday – Friday, April 9 –13
Conflict easily arises in any group when there are differences, and there are almost always differences! “Us vs. them" comes into play, with members taking sides and the sides competing for who is right. Unfortunately this dynamic gets in the way of problem-solving, as the focus on “being right” overtakes the exploration of the issues at hand. Differences become problems instead of resources.
SCT is a theory-driven practice focusing on dynamics in living human systems (which include couples, families, work teams, educational groups, organizations). The theory says that human systems survive, develop, and transform from simple to complex through an increasing ability to recognize differences and integrate them. “Us vs. them” is one of the dynamics that can affect a group’s development because it gets in the way of the group seeing the differences among "us" or the similarities to "them." SCT methods and tools provide groups (and the professionals who work with them) with ways to identify and reduce the impact of these dynamics.
We are looking for interactive sessions that relate to the themes of conflict, “us vs. them,” collaboration and what makes the shift possible.
Do you have an idea for a session that focuses on SCT applications, theory or research in clinical, organizational, educational or everyday contexts? If so, we’d love you to submit a proposal. Please plan time for discussion as well as presentation of material.
The information you provide will be used in evaluating your proposal and developing the conference program. It will be available on the website to help participants select the trainings that best match their goals. The information requested here is also required by the American Psychological Association in order for SCTRI to provide continuing education (CE) credits.
The deadline for proposal submissions is Monday, July 31. If you have any questions, please contact Gayna Havens (US) or Mike Maher (UK).
You will be notified of your acceptance in mid-October. Please note: All presenters are expected to register, pay for, and attend the Conference.
SCTRI will provide easels, markers and paper. Presenters are responsible for providing A/V equipment (projectors, screens, etc.) and other supplies. If you’d like a cost estimate for renting A/V equipment, please contact Jan Vadell .
Guidelines for Submitting Your Proposal:
Please Note, you must be logged in to this conference site to add a new proposal.
The SCTRI website has been updated and the log in process has changed. If you attended the 2016 or 2017 Conference, you already have a username and password. Click the blue "Login" link in the top right.
If you did not attend the 2016 or 2017 Conference, you will need to set up a new username and password. Click the blue "Create an Account" link in the top right. Enter your information and click the blue "Register" button. Questions? Contact Kathy Lum at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your name appears top right, you are logged in. Click the “New Proposal” button below to see the information you will need to provide. Follow the links throughout the form for guidelines on presenter bios, learning objectives, presentation content, and supporting references.
New this year: In an effort to improve the proposal process for presenters and the Program Planning Group, we have made some changes to the form.
- You can save a DRAFT of your proposal and SUBMIT it at a later time. You will see a list of any proposals you have submitted or saved at the bottom of this page. Use the "Edit" link to update your workshop details or the "View" link to see a summary.
- You will be asked to upload CVs or resumes for all presenters, as well as any required applications, when you submit your proposal, so please have these to hand.
- You can CLONE a proposal from the 2017 Conference and update as needed.
Please note that all fields are mandatory and you will only be able to submit your proposal when it is complete.
When you have completed the form please click the “Save” button. Your proposal will be displayed in the list at the bottom of the page. If you are unable to submit a proposal, please contact Kathy Lum .