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Systemic Constellations - A New Method to Diagnose and Change Organizations

  • U of M Carlson School of Management, Private Dining Room (in the lower level food court) 321 19th Avenue South Minneapolis, MN, 55455 United States (map)

Systemic Constellations is a new, European-developed, indigenously-inspired method for organizational change.  Using people in a group setting to represent organizational situations or events, a constellation shows a ‘life image’ of dynamics in a system.  It displays relationships, entanglements and connections between parts of the system (people, functions, departments, ideas, etc.) that we would not be aware of otherwise, because we are normally unconscious of them.  Because these entanglements each have a unique energy signature, constellations can show what is out of order that leads to these symptoms, and by revealing this can foster a healthier, more functional order to be re-established.  Systemic constellations allows for organizations to change faster because issues normally taking months to diagnose can be revealed quickly through their energy signatures, and potential avenues for change can be equally quickly vetted.

In this session, Dr. Curran will give an overview of the theory and history of constellations, lead one or more exercises involving systemic perception, a key constellations technique, and demonstrate part or all of a systemic constellation (depending on time) based on a topic brought forward by an attendee.

Participants will:   

·       Learn the key concepts of systemic constellations

·       Experience and experiment with systemic perception

·       Watch or represent in a constellation


Katherine Curran, Ph.D., is a co-founder of the Minnesota Center for Systemic Constellations. She is an organization development consultant, executive coach, adjunct professor of leadership for St. Catherine University, and constellation facilitator. Katherine has been trained in constellation facilitation by Dan Cohen, Ph.D., and Emily Blefeld, LICSW, by Bertold Ulsamer, JD, Ph.D., for Trauma Constellations, and by Jan Jacob Stam and Bibi Schreuder for Organizational Constellations in Groningen, the Netherlands. She was a program committee member for the 2017 North American Systemic Constellations Conference in Virginia Beach, VA, and has attended Constellation Intensive trainings in Bernried, Germany, Sydney, Australia, Zagreb, Croatia, and at the North American Constellation Intensive (3x) in Hartford, CT. Previous training includes 2.5 years of training in Gestalt group process from the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, an evidence-based coaching certificate, and a doctorate in Human and Organizational Systems from the Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, CA.


In her OD and coaching practice, in the private sector, a partial list of clients includes 3M, Medtronic, Delta Air Lines, Cargill, Land O’ Lakes, Hasbro, Boston Scientific and H.B. Fuller Co.  In health care she has consulted with Allina, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Catholic Eldercare and M Health.  She has worked with all levels of US government, from city, and county, to state and federal government.  She has also done extensive work with universities and colleges, non-profits, including Minnesota Public Radio, small high technology start ups, and European based corporations.

Earlier Event: September 10
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Later Event: November 7
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