Mon Jun 08 2020 - Tue Jun 09 2020

(08 Jun 2020 9:15 AM - 09 Jun 2020 4:00 PM )

Building Living Human Systems - Zoom workshop

SCT Workshop with Rowena Davis , Ray Haddock , Juliet Koprowska , Annie MacIver
Contact: Workshop Administrator

For Consultants, Managers, Leaders, Clinicians & Curious People


Event Details

Online Registration & Details on the SCTUK website

Systems Leadership: Building Effective Working Systems
Led by Rowena Davis and Annie MacIver

Working within, for and across organisations can be both satisfying and frustrating. As organisations become more complex, systems leadership is often put forward as the “solution.” What is systems leadership and how do we put it into practice? Systems-centered training is one approach to building our capacity to be a systems member, leader, manager or consultant.

This experiential workshop offers a framework, methods and tools to make sense of the system dynamics that get in the way of making the changes you and others want to make. Using the core systems-centered method of functional subgrouping, we will explore how to take up organisational roles so that you and the system you are working in or for are freer to collaborate and able to solve problems more easily.


Beyond Just Survival: Building Attuned Systems to Work with Emotional Distress and Traumatized States
Led by Ray Haddock and Juliet Koprowska

Increasing numbers of people are reporting experiences of emotional distress, from childhood into old age. There is evidence that attuned relating increases emotional regulation, reduces distress and builds new pathways for effective functioning. Yet pressure on professionals to manage high caseloads and meet targets and deadlines can make attuned relating seem like a luxury. In addition, getting close to people in dysregulated and traumatised states can trigger our own distress. So how can we remain attuned and empathic?

The workshop will teach theory and methods along with experiential practice to further develop skills in attuned reflection, integral to the systems-centered method of functional subgrouping which is the method we will use to share our learning experiences throughout the workshop.

Registration Fees (per workshop):
By 18 May:
SCTRI members – £300; Non-members – £350

From 19 May:
SCTRI members – £350; Non-members – £400

We offer a limited number of financial hardship places. Please email if you want to apply for one of these.


Rowena Davis MSc
Rowena Davis is an organizational consultant working with public, private and not-for-profit organizations in the UK and internationally. Her work combines coaching individuals and teams; facilitation; strategic marketing and planning; mapping systems; and running SCT and SAVI trainings in the US and Europe. She is a licensed Systems-Centered practitioner, a certified SAVI trainer and a member of the Systems-Centered Training and Research Institute Board. She holds an MSc in Change Agent Skills & Strategies (Distinction) from the University of Surrey, a Dott. in Sociologia from the University of Trento, Italy, and a BSc (Econ) from the London School of Economics. She speaks fluent Italian and reasonable French. Rowena is based in London.

Ray Haddock MBChB, M.MedSc, FRCPsych
Ray Haddock is a Licensed Systems-Centered Practitioner and a Member of the Institute of Group Analysis. He is also a member of the Systems-Centered Training and Research Institute Board of Directors, and the Board of the International Association of Group Psychotherapy. He qualified in medicine in 1982, trained in Psychiatry then in Psychotherapy in Leeds (UK). He has wide experience of leading SCT training groups and workshops in UK and internationally. He practised as a Consultant Medical Psychotherapist in the UK for over 25 years and has had a number of NHS management roles, including whole system service development and implementation of training programs. He taught psychotherapy based on SCT to junior psychiatrists and psychotherapy trainees for over 20 years. Clinically he uses SCT in individual and group therapy and has developed a manual to support this work. He uses the Theory of Living Human Systems in day-to-day organisational work, consultation, mentoring and leadership development.

Juliet Koprowska MSW
Juliet Koprowska has extensive training in Agazarian’s Theory of Living Human Systems and its Systems-Centered practice and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Systems-Centered Training and Research Institute. She co-leads systems-centered groups in the UK and the US and offers individual and group mentoring using systems-centered principles and methods. Following 10 years as a mental health social worker, she worked for more than 20 years at the University of York in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work. She is author of Communication and Interpersonal Skills for Social Work, published by Sage Learning Matters, has co-edited the Journal of Social Work Practice for six years, and is Chair of GAPS, a UK organisation for social work practitioners and managers promoting psychotherapeutic, systemic and relationship-based social work. She is a member of a group of international scholars (DANASWAC: Discourse and Narrative Approaches to Social Work and Counselling) whose work explores the relationship between discourse, policy and practice in health and social care. She can communicate effectively in Italian.

Annie MacIver MA, BA, CQSW
Annie MacIver is a licensed Systems-Centered practitioner, has an MA in Consultation and the Organisation from UEL and the Tavistock Institute and is a qualified social worker. She has worked primarily within local government contexts, latterly as Director of Children’s Services. Annie has a particular interest in child protection work and adoption and fostering; she is specifically interested in developing interventions and building workforce skills to address the impact of developmental trauma on children and carers. Working in senior leadership roles over the last 20 years in large organisations has enabled Annie to develop a deep understanding of the challenges of delivering services and outcomes in contexts which are under significant pressure and stress. Applying SCT she has built effective teams and partnerships enabling them to deliver high quality outcomes. Through coaching and mentoring she has built the confidence and resilience of individuals and teams thereby releasing their energy and creativity to find solutions and meet the system goals.