Are you interested in helping to connect your personal and professional practices to some bigger pictures through systems thinking? The Waters Center for Systems Thinking offers free webinars on the first Thursday and first Saturday of each month (see waterscenterst.org/services/webinars for details). The center also provides great overviews of systems thinking tools and free tutorials in using them through their Thinking Tools Studio, which is also where you can find more information on the Habits of a Systems Thinker document that is shared here.
As described on the site, “the Habits of a Systems Thinker” help learners understand how systems work and how actions taken can impact results seen over time. They encompass a spectrum of strategies that foster problem-solving and encourage questioning. The Thinking Tools Studio contains a course for each of the habits. As a counselling tool, these habits provide another perspective on how we might conceptualize a client’s relationship to a problem or consider change over time in holistic ways. The site also provides ready-to-use lesson plans for teachers to use with classes.
If you are already using systems thinking tools in your practice, why not write an article about it for BC Counsellor? Contact the BCSCA Publications Chair, Shirley Giroux, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you might have something that you’d like to share.