A Surprising Richness in Contracting Systemic Work – What Metaphor Supports

The Orders Masterclass Part III: Determining the direction of travel and Implementation

with Richard Wallstein

Richard Wallstein PhD, C.Psychol., AFBPsS, UKCP is one of the Founders of the Centre and has led workshops and international trainings for many years. He has a PhD in cognitive and perceptual psychology and is a registered Gestalt psychotherapist; he began studying systemic work in 1993 with Beaumont, Hellinger, and others. He was a founding trainer of the institute ancestral to CSC and led workshops and international trainings for many years, He has private psychotherapy and consulting/coaching practices in London. Also, he was a founding board member of ISCA, the International Systemic Constellations Association.

This Masterclass will be recorded and made available for those who could not attend the live event.

Richard’s email: [email protected]

Who is it for?

This information is relevant to all students or practitioners of systemic constellations. For early-stage students it can provide an orientation for future learning, while for advanced students or practitioners it can provide a course correction or support for one’s own thinking and continuing development.



What you will learn/develop

Online masterclass In the usual understanding, Contracting is recognised as important to any kind of psychotherapeutic work, especially so when only few sessions are offered; in single-session systemic interventions a contract is very important indeed. It is not usual, however, to consider contracting to be both a part of the creative process of systemic constellating as well as offering significant benefits to practitioners. It is the creative aspect of contracting to which Richard will primarily attend in this Masterclass.

Image Formation is the new element Richard introduces. This creative opportunity arises during the initial, interview phase of the work and underlies and contributes to a beneficial contract. Creatively combining skill and systemic knowledge in this phase increases the likelihood of a positive transformative experience for the client.

Richard will also address the contract Completion phase, which some consider to be the whole process. Though only a part, this phase has importance in its own right for the protections it offers the facilitator as well as the client.

Image Formation: To generate both a hypothesis and contract and to then conduct the work, we must create a rich understanding of the client’s issue. Through deep listening, the facilitator develops an image of the issue. She/he then adds structure and direction to the image by querying their own understanding of the Orders. This active workspace of the imagination allows plotting-through a sequence of interventions aimed toward issue resolution. The image offers a preview of what may be possible in the work and how that might be achieved. The verbal form of this image, more or less full, is what we can propose to the client as the contract.

Following the client’s agreement and the work itself is Completion: To the degree our image and its structure have been accurate, the client will have received what we offered and what they agreed. This alignment safeguards our practice. When Image and Completion facets align the facilitator additionally protects her- or himself from an ego-driven solution. 


Course Dates

This course will be run online

Date – Tuesday 5th April 2022  (9.30am-11.00am GMT). Please check your local time zone if you are joining from outside of the UK


The cost of this course is £45

There is no deposit required for this course, please pay the full fee to secure your place.

Please note: CSC is a Not for Profit organisation and does not therefore charge VAT.

How to apply/book your place

To book a place on the CSC ‘The Facilitator Stance’ Masterclass, please complete the booking process by clicking the ‘Click here to book’ button at the bottom of this page.

You will then receive an email confirming your place. If this does not arrive please contact the office at [email protected] as your booking may not have gone though.


The Facilitator


Richard Wallstein PhD, C.Psychol., AFBPsS, UKCP

Senior teaching faculty member; with a background in psychology and Gestalt psychotherapy and began studying Hellinger’s work in 1993, working with many practitioners. He has been leading workshops and trainings internationally for many years and has private psychotherapy and consulting/coaching practices in London. He was a founding board member of ISCA, the International Systemic Constellations Association.


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