March 23, 2023

9 a.m. - 1 p.m. / 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. (UTC+1)


All lectures will be translated into French and English

Today's program

9:00 a.m.

Grégoire VITRY

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Director and co-founder of LACT. Scientific director of the international LACT research program and director of the international LACT training school.


Welcoming participants

9:20 a.m.

Michel Lauzzana

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Michel Lauzzana is a French politician, general practitioner, former mayor of Bon-Encontre and former vice-president of the agglomeration of Agen. He is the deputy for the 1st constituency of Lot-et-Garonne.

The system, an approach that takes into account the individual and the group

How does the systemic approach bring another perspective on the individual, others and the world? How to realize that the relationship is at the center of any organization generates a different and efficient apprehension of what surrounds us.



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Dr. Robert Neuburger is a psychiatrist, systemic therapist specializing in couple issues. He teaches at the Free University of Brussels, trains and supervises therapists in France and abroad. In addition to being scientific director of the CEFA (Center for the study of the family association) and vice-president of the French Society of Family Therapy, each month, he receives a Internet user for his first session of therapy.


Any psychotherapeutic approach contains a vision of man. The difference in conception of the therapeutic relationship between ethics of change and ethics of choice will be highlighted. This meeting will be an opportunity to recall the contribution of Heinz Von Foerster, brilliant inventor of constructivism, of Varela and Maturana, theoreticians of self-organization.




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Professor of therapeutics option Internal medicine. Specialist in cardiology and angiology. Graduated in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Pharmacology. Psychotherapist-Analyst. Specialist in addictive behaviors, anorexia and the management of pain and trauma.

Resilience, a systemic process?

In this interview, neuropsychiatrist Boris Cyrulnik and Professor Gérard Ostermann return to the notion of resilience. Why is resilience necessarily systemic? How does the social environment, the family, the secure environment or not, influence the capacity for resilience?


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Dr. Boris CYRULNIK is a French neurologist, psychiatrist, ethologist and psychoanalyst. Head of a clinical ethology research group at the Toulon-la-Seyne hospital (1972-1991), he published his first book, Mémoire de singe et parole d'homme in 1983 . Director of education since 1996 at the Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences of Toulon, President of the National Center for Cultural Creation and Diffusion of Châteauvallon (since 1998), President of the Annie and Charles Corrin Prize on the memory of the Shoah (since 2005 ). Boris Cyrulnik is best known for developing the concept of “resilience” (being reborn from suffering). He also participated in the Attali commission on the obstacles to growth, led by Jacques Attali and installed on August 30, 2007 by Nicolas Sarkozy. He has published about thirty books.

11:45 a.m.


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Psychiatrist, child psychiatrist, psychotherapist. Trained in Ericksonian Hypnosis, Brief Problem-Oriented Therapy (Palo Alto), EMDR (Additional Facilitator Training, EMDR Supervisor), Mediation Pedagogy. He is a trainer in hypnosis, brief systemic therapies, EMDR/HTSMA. He is the designer and organizer of the TLMR (Link and Relational Worlds Therapy) training courses. He is the director of the Mimethys Institute in Nantes.

Co-build the relationship

Paul Watlawick said “The patient is the relationship”, where Milton Erickson said “It all comes from the patient”. We are going to question ourselves on what seems obvious: the relationship. We will start from this evidence: we are relational beings. We develop in processes of reciprocal influence. We invite you to come and question how links are set up with reference to the theory of attachment and give shape to relational processes. How these relational processes will build relational worlds in interactions. How the shared construction of a space/time/relationship will form the basis of the therapeutic process.



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In 1977, James Coyne presented his thesis at an MRI luncheon in Palo Alto and was invited to become the fifth member of the original brief therapy center. He went on to write over 450 articles and books and served on the faculties of many universities. He is now Professor Emeritus of Psychology in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently working on two books. The first brings together his articles on strategic therapy, accompanied by commentaries. The second is a compendium of his research on interactional processes in physical and mental healing. He gives talks and workshops on many topics. In particular, he emphasizes the need to integrate systemic and strategic therapies with empirical evidence in order to obtain scientific credibility.

Why my strategic therapy for depression is very different from yours

My model of strategic therapy assumes that therapists must avoid falling into the rather constraining problem-maintaining solutions that may already characterize the interactional context of depressed people. "Depression" varies greatly depending on the context in which it is found. When identified by screening in the primary care setting, depression is likely a mixture of false positives and mild to moderate cases that respond equally well to strategic therapeutic intervention, medication, or simple education and support. In other cases, depression is an episode of a chronic, relapsing illness that is more like asthma than appendicitis. Very different assessments and interventions may be appropriate, particularly when the depressed person's impairment or the criticism and abuse they elicit dominate the interpersonal context.

12:25 p.m.

François JULLIEN

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A philosopher and sinologist, he is the author of numerous works which propose to shift European philosophy by confronting it with Chinese thought, in particular Philosophy of living (Gallimard, 2011) or A second life (Grasset, 2017). In January, he publishes L'Inouï. Overturning this so boring reality (Grasset, read p. 86 ) and From the gap to the unheard of (Carnets de L'Herne), while a book is dedicated to it: Thinking by gap. François Jullien 's conceptual project (by Jean-Pierre Bompied, Descartes & Cie). He currently holds the chair on otherness created at the Fondation Maison des sciences de l'homme. In 2010, he received the Hannah Arendt Prize for Political Thought in Germany; and, in 2011, the Grand Prize for Philosophy from the French Academy for all of his work.

In the beginning was the relationship

In a philosophical approach to the systemic approach, François Jullien revisits the element-based causal Western thought structure by adding the movement of Chinese thought. Wouldn't systemic thinking be the thought of de-coincidence?, a thought making it possible to connect man with himself, with others and with the world in a perpetual motion.

Lunch break

2:00 p.m.


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Strategic coach, therapist in strategic systemic approach and associated with LACT - center for consultation, training and research representing the School of Palo Alto in France. Trainer on the challenges of presenting stress and psychosocial risks; teacher at the IAE of Paris, Master of Administrations and Companies, module “Organizations and Behaviors”. Co-author of When Work Hurts, and Strategies for Change, 16 Therapeutic Prescriptions.

The profession of systems engineer

2:05 p.m.

Hon. Clifton GRIMA

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Education Minister

Claudette PORTELLI

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Lecturer and practitioner of systems thinking - PhD in Psychology, CTS psychologist, trainer and coach (Italy - Malta). Author of "Knowledge through change", "Obsessions, compulsions, manias: understand them and overcome them quickly" and "Le nuove dipendenze".

A systems approach to managing diversity in education

Over the past two decades, the Maltese education system has undergone many changes, due to great diversity (ethnicity, languages, religions, disabilities and abilities, gender identification, e-learning, mental health issues, etc. diversities can become either a limit or a resource for the individual, the school but also for the educational system as a whole, depending on how they are managed or badly managed.The objective of our intervention at this conference is to try to highlight how systems thinking can be applied to make diversity management more effective and efficient in the educational context.The idea of ​​this conference is to create an opportunity that can bring together experts and non- experts to discuss:

- how systems thinking is used or can be used, 

- to identify the strengths and weaknesses of its application,

- and to try to propose some good practices from research and practical experiences in order to exploit diversities to promote good organizational change in the education system.  

Good organizational change and development requires a systemic thinker and an interdisciplinary, holistic approach to addressing complex organizational challenges.

Additionally, various research shows that diversity management experience can lead to a more systemic mindset, which appears to generate better problem-solving and communication skills.


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Dean of the Faculty of Education

2:40 p.m.


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Professor Paul Downes is Professor of Psychology at the School of Human Development and Director of the Center for Educational Disadvantage, Institute of Education, University of Dublin, Ireland, and Affiliate Professor at the University of Malta , at the Center for Resilience and Social-Emotional Health. With over 110 peer-reviewed publications in the fields of psychology, education, philosophy, law, anthropology, sociology and social policy, he has lectured and presented invited in 30 countries and for the official ministries of 16 countries. He has been involved in various expert advisory roles for the European Commission, including the Pathways to Education Task Force and the Expert Group on Education and Training in Europe to support the Strategic Cooperation Framework EU post-2020. Winner of the P&V Brussels Foundation for his article entitled Connecting You(th): Overcoming Divisions in Society, he has been a visiting researcher at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, and at the University of Cambridge, at the Lauterpacht Center, and a member of the Irish Senate and Parliament's Early School Leaving Expert Group.

Professor Downes' book Reconstructing Agency in Developmental and Educational Psychology: Inclusive Systems as Concentric Space (Routledge 2020) has been nominated for the American Psychological Association (APA) William James Book Award and the JI Staley Prize for interdisciplinary anthropology. This book argues for a specific spatial turn for developmental and educational psychology with respect to inclusive systems, while his books. Concentric space as a principle of life beyond Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and Ricœur: Inclusion of the other. New York/London/New Delhi: Routledge (2020) and The Primordial Dance: Diametric and Concentric Spaces in the Unconscious World. Oxford/Bern: Peter Lang (2012) explores this spatial turn for continental philosophy and depth psychology.

Rethinking systems in human experience and schools as relational spaces

Paul Downes offers a spatial analysis of the systemic approach of Palo Alto to better understand the identity behaviors of groups and individuals. It thus opens up a whole section of research in political sociology according to Palo Alto.

2:55 p.m.

Padraic GIBSON

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Padraic Gibson is the Director of Training and Organizational Consulting at The Coaching Clinic®, Dublin. He has worked at managerial level and as a clinical director in the health sector in Ireland for almost 25 years and works as an organizational consultant. Dr. Gibson is a consultant psychotherapist and co-founder of The OCD Clinic® International. He is also a part-time lecturer and senior research associate at the Institute of Education at Dublin City University. He is also a senior clinical researcher and lecturer at the Post Graduate School of Psychotherapy, Centro di Terapia Strategica in Arezzo, Italy, directed by Professor Giorgio Nardone .  

Padraic has published 7 books and conducted numerous international research programs. Some of his work has been published in the British Medical Journal.

Systemic work with organizations

This workshop will explore the powerful effect systems thinking can have on the challenges facing organizations today. Adapting ideas from psychology, communication and cybernetics, DR Gibson will demonstrate how a focus on connection, context and communication can help managers and others involved in change deal with issues of change. identity, leadership and learning that staff face in today's complex work environment. This workshop will move from cause-and-effect thinking that puts the individual at the center of our explanations, to a focus on the meaning, behavior, context and language that make up organizations as a whole. These systemic interventions highlight the role played by circularity and reflexivity in how people construct shared meaning in their own unique human system.


3:30 p.m.


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A student of Paul Watzlawick, Giorgio Nardone is the founder of the Center for Systemic and Strategic Therapy in Arezzo. Taking up the theories of the school of Palo Alto, it is now internationally recognized. He has created dozens of innovative therapeutic techniques and formulated different specific treatment protocols for particular pathologies such as obsessive and compulsive phobic disorders or eating disorders.

Alongside the clinical setting, his activities and research concern communication and systemic and strategic problem solving applied to managerial contexts and to artistic and sports performance. Its theoretical and applied formulations are considered a true "school of thought" that inspires researchers and professionals around the world.

Evolutions of the strategic systemic approach in mental health and performance sciences

Giorgio Nardone traces the evolution, from the origins to the present day, of the systems approach and explains how the approach was divided into an American Anglo-Saxon tradition and a European tradition, how the teachings of Palo Alto and the heritage of Von Neumann, gave birth to a true science of problem solving performance. Could this approach to performance allow men to become better, thus paving the way to a better world?

4:00 p.m.

Opening of the Q&A live with Cyrille Isaac-Sibille

4:10 p.m.

Live Q&A with speakers