Lact - Palo Alto School Representative

Palo Alto School Representative

Center for training, intervention and research
Systemic approach and hypnosis

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Online Open House on July 12, 2023 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
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6.800,00 €





Resolve relationship and psychological issues

Practical Level

September 2022 - June 2023


Gregoire VITRY

Gregoire VITRY

Claudette PORTELLI

Claudette PORTELLI


Vincent GERARD

Vincent GERARD
Emanuela MURIANA

Emanuela MURIANA

Marie-Christine CABIE

Marie-Christine CABIE
Benedicte SERVAIS

Benedicte SERVAIS

Robert Neuburger

Robert Neuburger
Katharina ANGER

Katharina ANGER



The systemic and strategic approach

It is based on an intervention method developed by the School of Palo Alto and developed by its current research centers. Its specificities and originality allow you to:  

  • to know how to apprehend the complexity of human relationships and bring a biopsychosocial vision to the psychological and relational problems that develop in ever more volatile, unpredictable, complex and ambiguous contexts (VUCA in English). 
  • to be strategic in terms of relational regulation by relying on 2 essential techniques which are problem solving and strategic communication, which make it possible to reduce the complexity of a relational situation without distorting it and to obtain effective operational effects and sustainability in resource development and problem solving.

Presentation of LACT 

  • Officially representing the Mental Research Institute of Palo Alto, the LACT intervention, research and training center offers long training courses, an internship course and short courses, all oriented towards the mastery and expertise of the implementation of strategic systemic intervention in different sectors of society (helping relationship, care, education, legal, etc.)
  • Lact is a Datadock, ODPC training organization, in a Qualiopi approach process.


In the STRATEGIC COACH - Development Level training course, you will learn to manage and guide change in all its emotional and interactional dimensions. This approach will allow you to better calibrate your strategic communication and your relational leadership. With the implementation of problem solving, you will know how to better solve individual and collective problems that you may encounter in your professional life (conflicts, burn-out, harassment, relational problems, organizational changes).

This course includes 165 hours of lessons, approximately 150 hours of personal work.

  • 100% online, individual and collective supervision, individual or sub-group working time.
  • it is provided by specialized international trainers from the medical world, business, scientific research and universities.


The STRATEGIC COACH course allows you to acquire a specialization in knowledge and additional practical skills that are transversal and transferable for different types of activities and functions of business support professionals, both in the fields of solving complex problems and sensitive than in those of supporting and transforming organizations.

You obtain a Strategic Coach diploma at the end of the Practical Level.

Formation's goal

Master the design and implementation of systemic and strategic interventions within organizations (companies, administrations, associations, etc.) allowing support for transformation, the development of collective intelligence, prevention and management situations of suffering at work (conflicts, burn-out, harassment, conflicts, relational problems). Intervene in the resolution of complex and sensitive situations using the strategic systemic approach.

Skills acquired at the end of the training

  • Identify an intervention strategy appropriate to the dysfunctional systemic dynamics based on solutions already tested by the bearer of the problem and his entourage.

  • Use strategic communication to initiate and then reinforce the stakeholder-client relationship and client engagement in the change process.

  • Use self-observation of practice to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of its interventions.

  • Deploy your systemic relational skills in the management and animation of a group (management, organization, family)

  • Structure a strategic systemic intervention using the problem solving methodology and strategic questioning in order to develop and recommend an appropriate intervention strategy for a complex organization.
  • Implement an appropriate collective intervention strategy acting on the emotional, behavioral, cognitive and interactional levels in order to support complex changes and transformations (of professions, organizations, digital, etc.).
  • Stimulate and revitalize the involvement and cooperation of the actors of the organization using collective intelligence tools and problem solving methodology in order to develop relational agility and team performance.
  • Stimulate health and quality of life at work using a biopsychosocial vision and the tools of the systemic and strategic approach, in order to resolve and prevent situations of suffering at work (conflicts, burn-out, harassment , relationship issues, etc.).
  • Develop their learning using the tools of self-observation of practice in order to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of their interventions 


EN2M1: Questioning and relationship
- Claude de SCORRAILLE / Grégoire VITRY    (2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. / 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.)

  • 09-14-2022 (1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. / 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.) - Work on the minimum objective and exceptions. How to evaluate and follow in corrective emotional experiences?
  • 05-10-2022 - Finish the intervention and consolidate. Negotiation of repetitive requests for intervention: dependency, etc.
  • 09-11-2022 - Syntony, adjusting to different logics
  • 2023-01-04 - Resistance according to logic and system
  • 2023-01-25 - Symmetry and complementarity. Contradiction and paradoxes

EN2M3: Task prescriptions
  - Vincent GÉRARD (2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. / 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.)

  • 2022-09-07 - How to make it worse
  • 2022-09-21 - Miracle question / As if
  • 12-10-2022 - Prescriptions of symptoms and prescriptions concerning the relationship to oneself
  • 14-12-2022 - Requirements concerning relations with others

EN2M5: Strategic dialogue 
- Claudette PORTELLI (2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. / 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.)

  • 28-09-2022 - Strategic dialogue: general points
  • 10-19-2022 - Non-verbal language and questioning
  • 16-11-2022 - Strategic questions and reframing 
  • 07-12-2022 - Paraphrases and evocation of sensations

Welcome and exchange conference
- Grégoire VITRY / Claude de SCORRAILLE / Olivier BROSSEAU 13-10-2022 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

EN2M14 - Observation of sessions
- Olivier BROSSEAU / Vincent GERARD (2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. / 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.)

  • 23-11-2022 - Observation of sessions 
  • 11-01-2023 - Observation of sessions 
  • 05-04-2023 - Observation of sessions 
  • 10-05-2023  - Observation of sessions 

EN2M6: The practice of the systemic grid
-  Vincent GÉRARD - Olivier BROSSEAU (2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. / 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.)

  • 30-11-2022 Presentation of SYPRENE training
  • 2023-01-18 - Grid practice 
  • 2023-02-08 - Grid practice 
  • 27-03-2023 - Grid practice 
  • 2023-04-17 - Grid practice 

EN2M2: Relational intervention strategies based on the strengths of the individual
- Terry SOO-HOO (4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. / 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.)

  • 08-12-2022 - Problematize to create clientele and to intervene. When attempts at a solution block the intervention
  • 2023-01-12 - Concerning patronage. How to choose who to see in the sessions: couple and family

EN2M17 - Couples and families
- Dr. Robert NEUBURGER / Dr. Katharina ANGER (2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. / 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.)

  • 01-12-2022- Couples and families Dr. Robert NEUBURGER
  • 22-05-2023- Couple therapy Dr. Katharina ANGER
  • 12-06-2023 - Couple therapy Dr. Katharina ANGER

EN3M2 - Tutoring and defense - Olivier BROSSEAU and Grégoire VITRY

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. / 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

  • 23-01-2023
  • 28-06-2023

EN2M4: Emotions 
- Emanuela MURIANA (2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. / 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.)

  • 2023-02-01 - Fear / Anger
  • 2023-02-15 - Sadness / Pleasure
  • 2023-03-15 - Shame / Surprise / Disgust
  • 2023-03-29 - Guilt / Jealousy / Envy

International Webinar
(4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. / 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.)

Four half-day conferences and webtrainings that bring together psychologists, doctors, researchers, therapists and philosophers specialized in systemic / strategic / hypnosis approach.

  • 26-01-2023
  • 23-03-2023
  • 22-06-2023
  • 05-10-2023

EN2M9: Ambivalence and emotions 
- Dr. Dan SHORT (4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. / 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.)

  • 08-03-2023 - Emotions management at conscious and unconscious level
  • 24-05-2023 - Dealing with ambivalence with Ericksonian hypnosis

EN2M18 - Reflective practice
- Scott MILLER (2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. / 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.)

  • 2023-03-16 - Improving your practice through self-observation
  • 2023-04-18 - Improving your practice through self-observation

EN2M19 - Generative trance - Stephen GILLIGAN
(5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. / 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.)

  • 2023-03-22 - Generative trance
  • 2023-04-19 - Generative trance

EN2M13: Collective supervision 
- Claudette PORTELLI  (2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. / 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.)

  • 12-04-2023 - Supportive supervision
  • 17-05-2023 - Supportive supervision
  • 14-06-2023 - Supportive supervision

EN2M8 - Forced intervention and indirect therapy
- Bénédicte SERVAIS (2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. / 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.)

  • 11-05-2023 - Forced intervention and indirect therapy
  • 01-06-2023 - Forced intervention and indirect therapy

EN2M10 - Solution-oriented intervention
- Marie-Christine CABIÉ (2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. / 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.)

  • 05-06-2023 - Solution-oriented intervention
  • 21-06-2023 - Solution-oriented intervention

EN2M11 - Patterns of authority (family, business, school)
- Roberta PRATO PREVIDE (2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. / 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.)

  • 2023-06-08 - Authority Patterns
  • 2023-06-28 - Authority Patterns

EN2M12 - Individual supervision and work on oneself - Claude de SCORRAILLE / Olivier BROSSEAU / Vincent GERARD

  • 3 individual sessions of 45' to calibrate one's posture as a speaker and work on the implementation of the intervention grid on a concrete case; dates communicated at the beginning of the training year


Target audience and prerequisites

Targeted audience :

  • Support, education and helping relationship professional (coach, psychologist, manager, HR, consultant, doctor, nurse, education and social work professional, etc.)
  • Intervening in the clinical world (doctor, psychiatrist, psychotherapist, pharmacist, nurse, ...) 


  • Admission to this training takes place:
    • Either on title: Have followed the FOUNDATIONS level of the Lact Strategic Coach training.
    • Either upon validation of professional and personal achievements: the VAPP (decree of 2013) can be granted to people who do not meet the aforementioned conditions, after explaining their reasons.
  • Correct command of French (being able to express oneself orally and in writing
  • Commitment to practicing intervention sessions
  • Digital prerequisites:
    • Have a computer (with camera and microphone) and a phone in good working order
  • Have a regularly used email address
  • Have internet access with sufficient speed (videoconferencing, video playback)
  • Have a place suitable for monitoring the training
  • Know how to use basic digital tools: internet, messaging, search engine
  • Know how to use word processing tools, spreadsheets and presentation tools (power point type)


Claude de SCORRAILLE : Psychologist, psychotherapist and co-founder of LACT, of which she is the president. She runs the OCD and Anxiety Disorders Clinic in partnership with the European center the OCD Clinic. She teaches and trains via the web at the relationship clinic within the international school LACT. Within the CSAPA of Montreuil, she has a consultation specializing in addiction disorders and supervises the team. She is the co-author of several books and regularly gives conferences.

Grégoire VITRY : Director and co-founder of LACT. Scientific director of the international LACT research program and director of the international LACT training school with CIRCÉ.

Olivier BROSSEAU : Therapist, coach, supervisor and trainer in strategic systemic approach, associated with LACT. He teaches at the IAE of Paris within the Master of Administrations and Companies the module "Organizations and behaviors".

PhD Claudette PORTELLI : 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".

PhD Scott D. MILLER : He is the founder of the International Center for Clinical Excellence, an international consortium of clinicians, researchers and educators dedicated to promoting excellence in behavioral health services. Mr. Miller conducts workshops and training in the United States and abroad, helping hundreds of agencies and organizations, both public and private, achieve superior results.

Dr. Terry SOO-HOO : Family and couple psychologist. Director of the Family Therapy Clinic at MRI Palo Alto. Associate Professor of Family and Couple Therapy at California State University East Bay.

Vincent GÉRARD : holds a master's degree in clinical psychology and postgraduate training. For more than 25 years, he has been offering concrete, rapid and effective therapeutic tools to people who are confronted, at some point in their lives, with a personal, family, professional or emotional problem. He is a lecturer, he has trained many psycho-medico-social workers in Belgium, France, Switzerland and Luxembourg.

Emanuela MURIANA : Psychologist and psychotherapist, specialized at the CTS of Arezzo directed by Giorgio Nardone, and at the MRI of Palo Alto with Paul Watzlawick. She is a researcher and lecturer at the School of Specialization in Strategic Therapy and a professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Siena. She is also responsible for the affiliated practice of Strategic Therapy in Florence, where she carries out clinical and consulting activities.

Dr. Dan SHORT : Clinical Psychologist. Expert in Ericksonian psychotherapy and clinical hypnosis. Executive Director of the Milton H. Erickson Institute of Phoenix. He has years of experience in diverse settings such as Domestic Violence Agency, University Counseling Center and in the school sector with the Department of Special Education.

Dr. Marie-Christine CABIÉ : Psychiatrist, psychotherapist, head of the Paris 11 psychiatry center at the Saint Maurice Hospitals. Author of: For a brief therapy. The patient's free choice as an ethic in psychotherapy.

Bénédicte SERVAIS: A graduate in social sciences, she first trained in the systemic approach oriented family therapy to specialize in 1996 in the Systemic and Strategic model of Palo Alto. Psychotherapist, Trainer, Supervisor and Research Associate at the Gregory Bateson Institute. Recognized as an Expert by the Courts, she fulfills missions of mediation and judicial expertise ordered in the context of conflicting parental separations and adoption.

Roberta PRATO PREVIDE : Management consultant. Business coach and Professional counsellor. Member of CTS. Co-author of "The winning company".

Dr. Robert Neuburger is a French psychiatrist, family psychotherapist, director of the Center for the Study of the Family Association.

PhD Katharina ANGER : Renowned speaker and co-founder of the Center for Systemic Action. She is a research associate at the MRI in Palo Alto and at the Brief Therapy Center, CAIPSI in Mexico City and at the Erickson Institute in Madrid. She is also a supervisor at the YAI National Institute for the Disabled, an organization that helps people with mental disabilities and their families throughout their lives.

Dr. Stephen GILLIGAN: Doctor of Psychology (Standford University), student of Milton Erickson and Grégory Bateson, he was one of the first students and then contributors to NLP. As part of his doctoral work at Stanford University, Dr. Gilligan carried out experimental research under the supervision of Dr. Ernest Hilgard. He is also an author and trainer.

Means and teaching aids

  • Live distance courses integrating simulations, role-playing, exercises and case studies to promote the participation and involvement of all students and interaction with teachers
  • Simultaneous translation of courses given by international trainers
  • A course rhythm allowing the integration of personal work
  • Interactive and experiential approach
  • Individual work, in pairs and sub-groups during and outside the sessions
  • Analysis and sharing of experiences, in particular through the use of tools created by the school (SYPRENE)
  • Encouragement to practice through the case exchange
  • Personalized Moodle account including course videos and educational animations, course materials, documentary bases and all types of educational documents, review exercises, accessible 24/24
  • A promotion referent, a link between the students and the teaching team
  • A network of promotion students led by the referent 

Evaluation and monitoring

A jury deliberates on obtaining the certificate from the elements below

Assessment methods

  • Participation 
  • Learning questionnaire
  • Individual and collective supervision
  • Self-assessment questionnaire

The conditions for obtaining the certificate require:

  • to have passed 75% of the homework to be done outside of class (questionnaires, videos, homework, collaborative work, etc.)
  • to have attended at least 75% of the course sessions
  • to have followed the 3 individual supervisions (mandatory presence)
  • to have obtained the average in the evaluations whose marks are attributed by the trainers (individual supervision, among others)
  • 10 hours of practice with patients/clients during the year


Assessment of student satisfaction

A satisfaction questionnaire is offered at the end of the training (relevance of the content with regard to their professional practice, achievement of objectives, etc.)

--> 93 Practical Level students are satisfied with their year of training = number of students who gave a mark greater than or equal to 7 out of 10 (0: "not at all satisfied"; 10: "completely satisfied")


  • Individual rate : €6,100 including tax before June 15 (€6,800 including tax after June 15)
  • Company and convention rate : €8,100 including tax
  • Possibility of payment in 3 instalments + €50 administration fee 
  • Possibility of payment in 10 installments + €150 administration fee 

Dates and duration


Start of training: September 2022
End of training: June 2023

Duration : 

165 hours of training, including:

> 49 lessons of 3 hours each, weekly rhythm between October and June, excluding school holidays,
> 16 hours of international Webinar in brief therapy (4 hours in January, March, June and September 2022)
> 2 hours of conference and reception of students

+ 3 individual supervisions of 45 min
+ around 160 hours of personal work

Registration methods, access deadlines and contacts

To register : 

  • Fill in the pre-registration file and let yourself be guided by the instructions on the site
  • At the end of the procedure, your file will be examined by our selection committee. If you are admitted, you will receive an email replying to your pre-registration.
  • You will receive an answer no later than 30 days before the start of the training.

The minimum processing time for your file is approximately 1 to 2 weeks. In the case of acceptance, you can make the payment according to the chosen methods.

In the case of registration after the start of the training, your file may be rejected.

For any questions, you can contact us at 01 48 07 40 40 or send us an email at  

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