A Short History

Our story begins in 2001 when a founding group of six UK first-generation systemic constellators got together to create a training course in family constellations – almost certainly the first in the UK.

This group was named The Hellinger Institute of Britain (‘HIB’), and was actively supported, in those early years, by Bert Hellinger who is the originator of the systemic constellation approach. In 2005, HIB joined the Nowhere Foundation where, with the generous support of the Foundation, it became possible to develop the work of the organisation further.

Three of the original founders remained – Judith, Jutta and Richard, and the name was changed to the Centre for the Study of Intimate and Social Systems, (‘CSISS’), to reflect the wider remit of the organisation. New training courses were developed and a number of research projects were undertaken.

At this time CSISS also offered guest seminars, supervision and conferences to the community as well as the core training programmes. During the CSISS era, a number of former students who had benefitted enormously from their training years became successful practitioners and teachers themselves, and they too wished to help to develop and extend the reach of constellation work here in the UK. After nearly a decade of involvement, Judith, Jutta and Richard decided to gift the running of the organisation to four of these newer trainers. And so, in 2009 Gaye Donaldson, Nicola Dunn, Edward Rowland and Chris Williams took over as Directors and once more the organisation was given a new name.

Today, we are known as the Centre for Systemic Constellations (‘the Centre’ or sometimes ‘CSC’ for short) and three of us continue as Directors – Nicola, having chosen an Associate role, now works with us when she can.

We are enormously grateful to Judith, Jutta and Richard who remain actively involved in teaching at the Centre, and continue to support the ever-developing curriculum and range of courses that are on offer. Their presence and experience remains a great blessing. And, with all who are involved with the Centre,  the over-arching commitment remains to continue to explore and support others to find ways in which systemic constellations can be woven into new professional settings and areas of specialist expertise where the approach may be of great benefit.

The Centre, now registered as a not-for-profit company with an educational remit, is deeply committed to excellence in the field of systemic constellation work and our wish is to support others to develop this method of working in ways that are both professionally and personally creative, supportive and illuminating.