Promoting systemic thinking, and therapeutic and relationship based approaches in social work


Promoting systemic thinking, and therapeutic and relationship-based approaches in Social Work

Advanced Practice Skills – A Different Kind of Systems Theory and Interpersonal Practice


6th October 2017


London EC


9:30am - 4:pm




Juliet Koprowska & Ray Haddock

Event Details

Systemic ideas have gained ground in social work, particularly in child care, owing to the Munro review, and through the unit model of systemic family work. In this workshop you will learn about a different kind of systems theory. We will introduce you to Yvonne Agazarian’s Theory of Living Human Systems and the Systems-Centered (SCT®) methods that are built on it. SCT draws on the knowledge we have from head, heart and body. We will explore the way we experience ourselves and engage with others, and learn to have more choice about how we take up our work and personal roles. We will learn how to acknowledge and manage our emotions in context. We will explore how we can direct our energy to have a positive influence on the social systems in which we live and work.

We aim to make the day enjoyable, companionable and fun, as this is the best environment for learning. We will consider the impact of the system as we use the SCT method of functional subgrouping to build our experimental learning system. As part of the learning we will evaluate how this works and how it might be useful in day-to-day practice.


Juliet Koprowska is Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of York, and author of Communication and Interpersonal Skills in Social Work (2014, 4th edition), which is widely recommended on UK social work programmes. She has a long training in Systems-Centered work, which informs her teaching and supervision of students. She co-ordinates the annual SCT training week at the University of York. She regularly presents at national and international conferences, co-edits the Journal of Social Work Practice, and is a member 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 20 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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