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


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

Systems Centred Theory® – NEWCASTLE


2 November 2018






Juliet Koprowska & Ray Haddock

GAPS Workshop

 2nd November 2018
Location:Newcastle Arts Centre,
67 Westgate Rd,

Event Details

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 day. Participants will learn the methods and experience their impact through work with each other and the whole group.

We aim to make the day 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 (2014, 4thedition), 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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