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Systems Centred Theory (SCT®) – A Different Kind of Systems Theory and Interpersonal Practice – 10th December 9.15am

Online GAPS Workshop 9.15am - 12.30pm Thursday 10th December via Zoom

Research shows that building the working alliance is central to successful social work, yet is sometimes difficult to achieve. This workshop sets out to develop participants’ skills in conducting purposeful social work conversations and managing conflict.

The skills have their basis in Yvonne Agazarian’s Theory of Living Human Systems and the Systems-Centered (SCT®) methods that are built on it. We will introduce the theory and put the methods into practice during the session. Participants will learn the methods and experience their impact through work with each other and the whole group.

We aim to make the session enjoyable, companionable and fun.

This workshop is suitable for social workers and social work students working with service users, and also for managers engaged in supervision.


Juliet Koprowska is author of Communication and Interpersonal Skills in Social Work (2020, 5th edition), and taught on social work programmes at the University of York from 1995-2018. She has a long training in Systems-Centered work, co-ordinates the annual SCT training week at the University of York and co-runs SCT training groups. She co-edits the Journal of Social Work Practice, and is Chair of the GAPS Board of Trustees.

Dr Ray Haddock is a licensed Systems-Centered practitioner and trainer and has led SCT training groups for many years in the UK, Europe and the USA. He is also a consultant medical psychotherapist with more than 25 years’ experience in the NHS, using SCT to inform his psychotherapeutic practice with individuals and groups, and in the teaching and supervision of psychiatric trainees.


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