Advanced Training

in Systemic Constellations 2023/2024 (Year 3)

The CSC Advanced Training is a learning journey designed to take participants to the next threshold in their practice – whatever that might be. The journey is brand new, the teaching is brand new and it is exploratory and creative, but crucially it is rooted in the settled place of the Conscience of the Greater Whole.

This training will be led by Gaye Donaldson, Chris Williams and Sheila McCarthy-Dodd. It is a 4 module training, with additional zoom sessions, open to all those who have completed both the CSC Foundation and Applied Trainings (or equivalent).

Who is it for?

This course is for individuals who have completed the Foundation and Applied Training in systemic family constellations with CSC, or an equivalent training and who wish to:

  • Refresh or deepen their constellation practice
  • Integrate, with support, the systemic lens into an established professional field
  • Design and develop new initiatives and ways of working with inter-connectivity through the systemic lens
  • Continue to explore, deepen and develop themselves personally and creatively
  • Be part of an on-going community of support as we navigate the next steps for humanity


What will you learn?

As Constellators we know that we are only helpful to others when we are at peace with ourself and our own trans-generational story. To work phenomenologically requires us to step beyond personal and systemic loyalties and bear the guilt of that movement. We meet the past in constellations only in order to move beyond it. This is a demanding journey that needs support.

Unlike the focus used in the Foundation and Applied Trainings, in this new training we no longer look back to the past generations for context, meaning and clarity, instead we attend to our capacity to remain present – consciously. This is the place of inner freedom, the place of our true potential, and where we discover what we are really here to do

This Advanced Training begins a journey with new teaching, deep personal enquiry, and the support and care of the teachers and our fellow journeymen there to help us.  Together we will build confidence for practice, and also learn to be entrepreneurial with our confidence. We will create space for innovation and we will turn to the future, not the past, in order to discover what is calling us.

Course Dates 2023/2024

 The Advanced Training is a 4 module training, with additional zoom sessions and support circles.

This is a supported year long learning journey, combining 122 hours of advanced level teaching (held face to face and online), plus practice, and personal development through self-exploration. The focus is the development of the facilitator stance from the perspective of the Conscience of the Greater Whole.

The training starts at the end of 2023, in November. CSC needs a minimum number of students for the training to be viable. 


Introductory Zoom session3 Nov 2023, 4pm-6pmFriday
Module 1 Bristol22-24 Nov 2023, 9.30am-5:30pmWed – Fri
Zoom Session 118 Jan 2024, 9.30am-5.30pmThursday
Module 2 London7-9 Feb 2024, 9.30am-5.30pmWed – Fri
Zoom Session 2 22 Feb 2024, 9.30am-5.30pm Thursday
Module 3 London20-22 March 2024, 9.30am-5.30pmWed – Fri
Zoom Session 3 30 April 2024, 9.30am-5.30pmTuesday
Module 4 Bristol19-21 June 2024, 9.30am-5.30pmWed – Fri


Subjects Covered

BeginningsHow do we face into beginnings?

The Step Beyond Family LoyaltyWhat does the Conscience of the greater Whole ask of us as facilitators and why

Working with Liminal SpaceAn exploration of threshold and transition and how we resource in order to use this space creatively, without fear

Storyboarding a ConstellationHow to hold the narrative form of your work to enhance client and group involvement and the usefulness of the work. An introduction to head, heart and body knowing.

Trauma and How to Avoid Re-traumatisationAn in-depth look at what must be understood and included in order to work safely

Miracle vs MatterExploring the implicit tensions when working simultaneously in both the tangible and intangible dimensions

Radical Inclusion in a Changing World Looking at difference, diversity, nature and culture and what is asked of us as Constellators in this time of rapid change

An Introduction to Working with the Five RealmsAn introduction to the 5 Realms and how to include the realms to identify what is needed.

The Place of InnovationHow to create and co-create so that our work is our joy

Dissonance and the Art of Seeing AccuratelyHow do we see what wants to be seen rather than what we wish to see?

Walking on the Ground of RealityWhat are the opportunities and constraints implicit in our agreement with reality?

Integrating Systemic Constellation Work into Existing PracticeWhat are the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges that need to be faced?

The Place of the 12 GracesHow we support our soul’s longing for deep peace

Working with the FutureAn exploration of planned and emergent future and how to make space for the future in our work

Integrating Systemic Constellation Work into Existing PracticeWhat are the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges that need to be faced?


The full course fee is £2,950. A non-refundable deposit of £500 is payable to secure your place. If you would like to take advantage of our early bird price, your course fee will be £2,750 if we receive your deposit by 1 August 2023.

Once the deposit is received, the remainder is due before the course begins. A small number of bursaries are available. Please contact us directly for more information. Discretionary payment plans are available on request.

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

How to Apply for this Training

You need to have completed Foundation Training and the Applied Training (or equivalent) before application to the Advanced Training. Payment of the deposit is required to secure a place in the group.
If you have not completed the Foundation or Applied Training with CSC you will be asked to complete a short application form and may be asked to have an informal telephone interview with one the of the faculty. We require applicants to have completed at least 240 hours of training and they must have had some practical experience of Systemic Constellation Work – these are the basic requirements for entry onto the course. 

The Facilitators

Gaye Donaldson (BACP) 

Gaye is the Creative Director of the Centre and a senior faculty member. She has trained extensively in both family and organisational constellations. She facilitates workshops, and works as a systemic coach & consultant both in the UK and abroad. She has recently been working in conflict resolution in the Middle East through the organisation ‘Healing the Wounds of History’.

Chris Williams (BACP)

Chris is a Director of the Centre and a senior faculty member. He has been working in the therapeutic field since 1990 and currently works as a Constellation Practitioner, Psychotherapist, Supervisor, Coach and Trainer. He is a UKCP registered gestalt psychotherapist and a senior accredited BACP counsellor, with a well-established practice in South London.

Sheila McCarthy-Dodd (MBACP)

Sheila is a Director and senior faculty member of the Centre for Systemic Constellations. She has trained and worked extensively in Systemic and Family Constellations since 1996 and leads regular family constellation workshops in Ireland and the UK. Sheila has a well-established therapy practice in Gloucestershire for individuals, couples and supervision. She works extensively as a trainer including facilitating Relational Supervision training with Severn Talking Therapy in Bristol and Malta

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