INSTITUTE OPENING PLENARY SESSION
Tuesday, February 26, 8:30 - 9:15 A.M.
Seeing Ourselves and Our Groups as Living Human Systems: How Systems-Centered Groups Develop our Minds and Transform our Brains
Featured Speaker: Susan Gantt, PhD, ABPP, CGP, DFAGPA
Groups are living human systems that can provide a context for increasing our brain’s neuroplasticity. This session will highlight how Systems-Centered groups use functional subgrouping to develop and transform our brains: increasing our capacity to resonate with others and lowering our human tendency to react and take ourselves just personally.
Susan P. Gantt, PhD, ABPP, CGP, DFAGPA, FAPA is a psychologist in private practice in Atlanta and Emerita faculty at Emory University School of Medicine, Psychiatry department, where she taught and coordinated group psychotherapy training for 29 years. She is the Chair of the Systems-Centered Training and Research Institute, which was recognized with the 2010 Award for Outstanding Contributions in Education and Training in the Field of Group Psychotherapy by the National Registry of Certified Group Psychotherapists. She trains, supervises and consults in the practice of SCT in the USA and Europe and leads ongoing training groups for therapists and consultants in Atlanta, San Francisco and The Netherlands. She has published numerous journal articles and co-authored the texts Autobiography of a Theory, SCT in Action, and Systems-Centered Therapy: Clinical Practice with Individuals, Families & Groups with Yvonne Agazarian. She co-edited the book The Interpersonal Neurobiology of Group Psychotherapy and Group Process with Bonnie Badenoch in 2013. She was awarded the 2011 Alonso Award for Excellence in Psychodynamic Group Psychotherapy by the Group Psychotherapy Foundation for her work in editing (with Paul Cox) the special issue of The International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, Neurobiology and Interpersonal Systems: Groups, Couples and Beyond.