College of Arts and Sciences
Master of Arts in Psychology

TCI Breakfast Meeting Invitation

  • Introduction to Theme Centered Interaction (TCI):
    A unique approach to Participatory Leadership!

    July 22, 2014 

    Breakfast Meeting

    Seattle University, Student Center (STCN) 210, 7:30am-9:30am

    Cost: $30, (parking and breakfast included)


    Annamieke Algra                    Wim Stevens
            Annamieke Algra                                   Wim Stevens

    Annemieke Algra Bio
    Wim Stevens Bio

    Experience how participatory leadership and the practice of working with ‘living themes’ generates lively interactions and fosters the development of personal leadership, constructive collaboration, results-orientation and environmental awareness in your team!
    This breakfast meeting is for all managers and team leaders (in business, public service/administration, social welfare), … who are seeking inspiration on how to develop personal and collective leadership in their teams and organizations

    Since 2011, three years now, Seattle University's MA in Psychology has offered a well-appreciated summer course on Theme Centered Interaction (TCI) in the MA Psychology program. This year the course is run by Annemieke Algra and Wim Stevens, two visiting professors from The Netherlands and Belgium, who work as independent trainers / consultants in Europe in the field of organizational and leadership development. Both of them are certified by the Ruth Cohn Institute International ( as TCI-instructors.

    University Summer Programs and the MA Psychology department are teaming up to bring you this rare and important opportunity. Be here at the start of a new training program at Seattle University that aims to enhance and expand your leadership skills - the first time ever such a workshop is being offered in the United States.


    1. Welcome and introduction of the speakers
    2. The leadership concept of TCI and the dynamics between formal leadership, personal leadership and collective leadership in teams and organizations
    3. How the method works in real life situations: a practical example
    4. Discussion: today’s leadership challenges and what TCI has to offer

    More background:

    Today, the development of an integral approach to collective leadership in your team is critical if you are to meet the challenges of turbulent times and changes within your organization as flexibly and creatively as possible. Collective leadership refers to a situation in which individuals take responsibility for themselves and at the same time for ‘the bigger whole’ of which they are part. But exactly how do you bring the right conditions to your team for this type of collective leadership to emerge? In other words, how do you lead yourself as a leader in order to develop a sense of personal leadership in others? Similar questions were central concerns of Ruth Cohn when she developed Theme Centered Interaction (TCI) during the 1960's. TCI offers a unique leadership concept and a concrete method that is surprisingly relevant when it comes to today’s leadership challenges. The leadership concept of TCI is called participatory leadership and is focused on:

    • Developing the effectiveness of the group/team
    • Developing the self-leadership of every member of the group/team (including the leader)
    • Promoting equality in cooperative relationships

    TCI offers the leader a value based and systemic approach that seeks to balance four aspects of any social system: the individuals with their needs (the ‘I’s), the relationships between team members (the ‘WE’), the needs of the task at hand (‘IT’) and the relationships with the bigger environment (the ‘GLOBE’). These four factors are connected to one another and are equal in value. They affect each other and their interrelationship. The method itself helps participant leaders to work with the ‘living themes’ that bind these four factors together and contribute to the development of team (members) and the organization.