In the past 10 years we work with Systemic approach in order to invite new perspectives in a situation, to create movement in situations where the flow is long gone and to explore opportunities for success. We use it in all kinds of different settings, when working with individuals, youth work, groups, teams, companies. In this training the knowledge on systemic work is given in a practical, applicable way. Knowledge and practice go hand in hand. You will train yourself to use concrete and simple techniques that you can later bring to your personal and professional life.
We, Lena and Marko, are very enthusiastic about this training that we have developed in the last years. Our focus was to make it in such a way that it is accessible for everybody who is working with people.
We saw that to use the approach ourselves is different than training people to use it themselves. In order to give the knowledge and the competencies forward, we needed a good teaching method, combined with an informal way of learning. This method of education, as many of you know, we call embodied learning. This means you not only learn something new in theory, but you practice, until it becomes natural for you to do it, just like riding a bicycle is. The design of the training, together with the embodied learning work forms, were developed by Lena Nasiakou, well-known expert on the field of education.
In this training, we are in a group of a maximum of 24 people. We use dynamic work forms, 1-on-1 sessions, study cases, background information. You have a lot of space for exploration and practice in a safe environment. Let this be clear, working with other people and working on yourself are going hand in hand.
Methodology of the training
With Systemic approach you take a distance from a situation, event or the story of the person you work with. You “zoom out” in order to see the bigger picture and from there, new perspectives arise and you can see opportunities and strategies that bring back the flow and lead to success. You can create movement in events and problems that seem unsolvable or stuck. You can also adress the source of problems or events that seem on repeat, that are always coming back in one way or another.
By creating distance and zooming out, you see, listen and experience the situation from another perspective and this creates the opportunity for you to ask systemic questions. Systemic questions are addressing what is beyond the visible in a situation, what is not seen, not said, not acknowledge. They create inner movement beyond our rational thoughts and explenations.
From the distance you have created, you can see the individual person, event or group in the context they operate in. You also see the systems in which they operate and what are the principles and the dynamics of those systems. You can now see what are the sometimes hidden loyalties, beliefs and behaviours that are leading the person.
With a systemic approach, no matter how much distance you take, you keep the connection. When working with people or teams, you support them to move on and develop themselves independently. The connection is there, yet the person or the group will not need you to assist every step they do.
Systemic approach is unique and dynamic, it can be applied in all kinds of different settings, if you work with teams, companies, organisations, youth work, in families, coaching other groups and with individuals. You can also use it to reframe your own life experiences and to find new perspectives for what you do.
Systemic work can be done in what we call a three dimensional (3D) mapping, in which auditory, visual and kinesthetic elements are combined. With 3D mapping you support the other person to create a visual representation that acknowledges all the elements of a situation (field) and to see how those elements interact with each other, what are the dynamics. The three dimensions of a map are how I see, hear and experience the situation. By bringing movement in those three dimensions, new perspectives are coming and with new perspectives, new behaviours are happening.
With 3D mapping, the client is leading and you are facilitating, supporting the client in working out the situation that they want to work out.
How to use 3D Mapping with other people in order to bring clarity in topics where there is no movement?
Important element of the training is practising asking moving questions (YouTube video). Moving questions is a method to bring information that is unconsciously available to the conscious level and open for the participants a completely new perspective. The person can see what is not seen, hear what is not heard and experience what is not experienced in a situation.
To learn how to ask moving questions, you learn to use all of your senses and to work with what is happening at that moment. So it requires to be available for the one that you are working with, to understand the context in which you are working and to work with systems and information that are present.
Lena brings in the training her expertise on how to design an impactful learning experience. The teaching method that we use, we call it embodied learning. This means you not only learn something new in theory, but you practice, until it becomes natural for you to do it, just like riding a bicycle is.
Lena designed various dynamic work forms that include movement. The big advantage of this approach is that you are way more engaged and learn faster, in a playful way and with ease. The sessions are way more lively and less tiring.