In Memory of Yvonne Agazarian, 1929–2017 – Gantt (2018) – open
Susan P. Gantt , PH.D., ABPP, CGP, DFAGPA, FAPAPages 279-289 | Published online: 24 Jan 2018
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Yvonne Agazarian developed a theory of living human systems and its systems-centered therapy and training (SCT) (Agazarian, 1997). As Anne Alonso wrote on the back cover of Yvonne’s 2006 book (Agazarian, 2006):
Dr. Agazarian has done what few of us have dared. She has developed, watered, weeded and grown her own theory of systems and groups, and woven her work into a broad-based training environment that spans the globe… We could ask for no better gift to the Academy, or for all of us trying to know and help people in groups.
Yvonne’s seminal work has been anchored in the field of group psychotherapy, yet it has far-reaching implications that go beyond group per se to a theory that helps us work with our common humanity. Her theory can be applied to any living human system—as small as a person, a couple, a family, a therapy group, a work group or team, a whole organization or even as big as a nation. The heart of her theory posits that discriminating and integrating differences is the major change process by which all living human systems survive, develop, and transform.