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dr. ir. S. (Salome) Scholtens

Teacher and trainer personal and professional development


I am a teacher and trainer on personal and professional development at the Faculty of Economics and Business and at the University Medical Centre Groningen (SCOPE). In particular, I focus on the development of competences needed for successful collaboration, including increased awareness of your own position, values, and opinions, the ability to take on different perspectives (other than your own) and to be able hold a systemic view. For this development, I use experience-based learning methods, such as the systemic constellation method.

My original background is in nutrition, epidemiology and public health research. After I obtained my PhD, I worked in several postdoc positions. Gradually I moved away from conducting research towards (programme) management and was involved in the set-up of a number of large research infrastructure projects like LifeLines. This experience made me convinced of the utmost importance of good collaboration skills and the ability to take a systemic perspective on projects, teams and organisations for successful and pleasant collaborations, inside and outside the academic setting. Being extensively trained in system dynamics in organisations and in systemic coaching at among others the Bert Hellinger Institute Netherlands and the Wieslocher Institute for Systemic Solutions (Germany), I now integrate these systemic approaches in my teaching. In addition, I am a qualified university teacher and senior coach.

Next to my function as teacher and trainer, I conduct research to strengthen the educational activities aimed at improving students’ personal and professional development. I started a research line on the study of the systemic constellation method and the systemic perspective applied to organisations and teams. The systemic constellation method and the systemic perspective are used in many counselling, training and coaching settings, but scientific evidence on this topic is limited. With my research, I aim to contribute to our understanding of the method and development of an evidence based practice. While doing so, I aim to follow the Open Science principles and stay in close connection with the field of professional coaches, trainers and consultants, who use the systemic constellation method, for instance via Infosyon.
Last modified:11 April 2024 1.34 p.m.

Contact information

Nettelbosje 2
9747 AE Groningen
The Netherlands
Antonius Deusinglaan 1
9713 AV Groningen
The Netherlands