Meet the trainers

Susan Beren Ph.D.

Susan Beren, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist who has worked in multiple city hospitals and been in private practice in New York City for the last 18 years, doing therapy with individuals, couples and groups and providing supervision and consultation. Susan has taught, done research on and co-authored several papers on the multiple causes and treatment of eating disorders and obesity. She is a licensed Systems-Centered Training practitioner.

Email:, phone: (917) 202-0327

Claudia Byram Ph.D., CGP

Claudia Byram has worked since 1980 as a clinician and trainer, having taken a doctorate in developmental and clinical psychology (Bryn Mawr College). She began work with Yvonne Agazarian in the early 80s, and has shifted from psychoanalytic training toward systems as Systems-Centered therapy developed. Currently, she is a licensed Systems-Centered Practitioner with a clinical practice in Philadelphia. She leads Systems-Centered training events, as well as communications training and consultation in the SAVI (System for Analyzing Verbal Interaction) model.

Email:, phone: (215) 561-0341 x1

Rick Campa Ph.D., CGP

Rick Campa, Ph.D., CGP, is a licensed clinical psychologist in Austin, Texas, who has worked in private practice for more than 28 years. He studied clinical psychology at Boston University, where he earned his doctorate in 1991. Rick moved to Austin, Texas, in 1991 and began formal training in SCT in 1998. He is currently a licensed SCT practitioner and offers therapy, training, and consultation in SCT theory, methods, and techniques locally and nationally.

Email:, phone: (512) 419-0001

Fran Carter MSS, LSW

Frances Carter, MSS, LSW, is a Licensed Social Worker, living and working in the Philadelphia area. She maintains a clinical and consulting practice working with individuals, couples, groups and organizations. Fran is a founding member of the Systems-Centered Training and Research Institute, a Board Member and System Mentor. She continues to be interested in the development of training, curriculum and research and has contributed her time to these work groups within SCTRI. She is a licensed Systems-Centered Practitioner and a senior trainer, leading workshops, ongoing training and consultation groups and intensive training blocks throughout the US and Europe. She is also a principle in SAVI Communications and the SAVI Network where she works with others to develop training in the SAVI approach to communication. She has co-authored Systems-Centered Training: An Illustrated Guide for Applying a Theory of Living Human Systems (2021) with Yvonne Agazarian and Susan Gantt.

Email:, phone: (215) 988-9523

Rowena Davis MSc

Rowena Davis, MSc., is an organisational consultant working with private, public & not-for-profit organisations internationally, coaching individuals & teams & facilitating change & leadership development. She runs SCT & SAVI trainings in the US & Europe. She is a licensed SCT practitioner, a certified SAVI trainer & a member of the Systems-Centered Training and Research Institute Board.

Email:, phone: +44 20 8675 1430

Erika Ekedal MSc

Erika Ekedal, MSc, is a licensed psychologist and organizational consultant who trains leaders and coaches, counsels individuals and groups, and manages change in organizations. She teaches leadership and OD at Karolinska Institutet, is a licensed Systems-Centered Practitioner, and chairperson of the newly formed Swedish SCT Association, Svenska SCT-föreningen.

Email:, phone: +46 707 49 55 16

Susan Gantt Ph.D., ABPP, CGP, AGPA-DF, FAPA

Susan P. Gantt, Ph.D., ABPP, CGP, AGPA-DF, FAPA, is a psychologist in private practice and coordinated group psychotherapy training in psychiatry at Emory University for 29 years. She chairs the Systems-Centered Training (SCT) and Research Institute; teaches SCT in the USA, Europe and China; and leads training groups in Atlanta, San Francisco, and The Netherlands. She has co-authored four books with Yvonne Agazarian, co-edited The Interpersonal Neurobiology of Group Psychotherapy and Group Process with Bonnie Badenoch, and received the 2011 Alonso Award for Excellence in Psychodynamic Group Psychotherapy. Her latest book is Systems-Centered Training: An Illustrated Guide for Applying a Theory of Living Human Systems (Agazarian, Gantt, & Carter, 2021).

Email:, phone: (678) 430-2126

Dorothy Gibbons LCSW, CGP

Dorothy Gibbons, LCSW, CGP, is in private practice in Philadelphia, PA. She works with individuals, groups, and couples. She also works as an organizational consultant to a social service agency in Philadelphia. Ms. Gibbons is the former Director of the Adolescent Sex Offender Unit at the Joseph J. Peters Institute in Philadelphia and has extensive experience working with both victims and offenders of sexual abuse. She is on the Board of Directors of the Systems-Centered Training and Research Institute and is a Licensed SCT Practitioner. She has also completed a three-year program in Gestalt Therapy at the Gestalt Training Institute in Philadelphia. Dorothy is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.

Email:, phone: (267) 307-8428

Ray Haddock MBChB, M.MedSc

Ray Haddock, MBChB, M.MedSc, FRCPsych, is a licensed Systems-Centered practitioner, a Director of SCTUK, a member of the Board of the International Association of Group Psychotherapy and of the Institute of Group Analysis. He spent many years as a medical psychotherapist in the NHS as a therapist and training psychiatrists in therapeutic skills. As a Systems-Centered practitioner and trainer he undertakes training, consultation, personal development, mentoring and therapy in the UK and internationally.


Robert Hartford LICSW, LSCP, CGP

Robert Hartford, LICSW, CGP, is a psychotherapist in private practice in Washington, DC. He works with individuals, couples and groups, and organizations. He is a licensed SCT practitioner, trainer and member of the Systems-Centered Training and Research Institute since 1998. He presented at the XVIII International Congress of Group Psychotherapy and Group Processes in Cartagena Columbia 2012. He co-led the fall Foundation Level workshop in Philadelphia. He co-directed the 2006 SCT Annual Conference in Boston, MA.

Email:, phone: (202) 412-0253

Nina Klebanoff Ed.M., LCSW, CGP

Nina Klebanoff, Ed.M., LCSW, CGP, Licensed SCT practitioner, has been a psychotherapist for over 35 years. Nina works in Manhattan and works with individuals, groups, couples and couples groups. In addition she leads an ongoing SCT training group. Nina also does organizational consulting and ongoing staff development and individual consultations for psychotherapists and OD professionals. Nina specializes in working with creative artists and therapists. She has taught group psychotherapy as an adjunct faculty at NYU School of Social Work and is particularly interested in training and consultation groups. She is a member of the SCTRI Board & serves as Treasurer. She is developing workshops for therapists in dealing with financial issues that have to do with maintaining a practice as well as the issues that directly impact the therapeutic relationship.


Susan Arnold Lange Ph.D.

Susan Arnold Lange, Ph.D., licensed Psychologist and System-Centered Practitioner, provides systems-centered training, consultation and clinical services. Relationship, career and spiritual development are the areas of consistent focus during her more than 30 years of facilitating change. Consulting with health care delivery systems, faith-based communities, and yoga studios, she tailors and delivers interventions to support employees’ and volunteers’ skill and knowledge development. She has studied SCT theory and methods since 1991. She leads an SCT training group in Houston.


Annie MacIver BA, MA

Annie MacIver, MA, CQSW, is a licensed systems-centred practitioner. She is a Social Worker who for many years specialised in working with children and their families. Annie currently manages a Social Work Department and is engaged in applying systems-centred theory and methods to enhancing leadership capacity and capability in complex organisational contexts.


Mike Maher MA, PGCE

Mike Maher, MA, PGCE, is a psychotherapist, trainer and organizational consultant. He is a Licensed Systems-Centered Practitioner, Director of the Systems-Centered Training and Research Institute, and leads two ongoing SCT training groups. He was Deputy Director in a Therapeutic Community and subsequently he has developed a specialism in working with staff who work with client groups - adolescents and adults - characterized by their challenging natures. He has written papers and book chapters in working with staff groups, organizational issues in mental health reform, managing self-harm behaviors and other subjects, and has presented at many national and international conferences.

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Norma Safransky MD

Norma Safransky, M.D., is a board certified psychiatrist in private practice in Chapel Hill, NC. She is a licensed Systems-Centered Practitioner and runs SCT therapy groups. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Duke University and a Doctorate of Medicine degree from the University of North Carolina (UNC). She completed her residency in Psychiatry at UNC.

Email:, phone: (919) 968-8422

Heather Twomey Ph.D.

Heather B. Twomey, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist practicing in North Carolina. She serves as program coordinator for adult inpatient services at Dorothea Dix Hospital where she provides a broad range of psychological services in addition to supervising pre-doctoral psychology interns and conducting group psychotherapy training. She qualified for her Systems-Centered Practitioner license in 2007. In private practice she works as a licensed SCT practitioner in systems-centered group and individual therapy.

Email:, phone: (919) 862-4922

Sven-Erik Viskari MA

Sven-Erik Viskari, BA, is a licensed psychologist and psychotherapist who also works with team building, group development and coaching of leaders. He is on the faculty of Gothenburg University, department of psychology, working with the clinical training of becoming psychologists. Has for more than 20 years also worked in private practice with a mix of clinical and OD work. He is also a licensed Systems-Centered Practitioner and a member of the Board of the Systems-Centered Training and Research Institute.

Email:, phone: +46 70 575 12 54