Human Systems Institute™

Relational Coaching, Training, Consulting

Our Story

Jane met Bert Hellinger and Hunter Beaumont in 1998 and was immediately taken with the systemic, somatic-based approach to resolving human suffering that constellation work offered. Something powerful was happening in these “constellations”, and quickly!

Jane wanted to understand the magic of the process, and to share this powerful work effectively with others. Out of that impulse, the Human Systems Institute, Inc. formed in 1999 with the mission of introducing constellation work in the world. Sixteen years, and a lot of air miles, later, due to the efforts of Bert Hellinger, Gunthard Weber, Albrecht Mahr, Hunter Beaumont, Sneh Schnabel, and many others who love this work, constellations seem to have taken root, with many wonderful teachers and facilitators in over 30 countries world wide.

There is still much to do, of course. Constellation work needs to find a home within the larger field of human healing and evolutionary work, and to be developed in ways that make it more accessible to more people. Our institute is engaged in that effort through trainings, workshops, individual consulting sessions and research projects.

Our Mission

Our mission is to find the most effective methods for human beings to heal their collective wounds so that we may foster collaboration and effective join action. We are faced with global challenges as a species and a biosphere as we have never faced before. We believe that the ability to work together to solve these problems depends on each of us resolving our personal traumas and family-of-origin patterns (the notorious FOO factor that undermines many relationships)/ By healing, we can then learn how to engage each other truthfully and respectfully, appreciating our diversity while tackling the immense challenges that face us now.

About Jane Peterson, PhD

Jane Peterson, PhD, is the co-founder and executive director of the Human Systems Institute, Inc. She is the originator of Somatic Imaging and the somatic-resonance approach to constellation work. Her work is internationally respected for being tailored to meet the high learning demands of adult professionals. Jane is an INFOSYON certified Master Trainer and has served as an advisor and author for The Knowing Field journal. She has taught systemic constellation work in Asia, South America, Mexico, Canada, Europe, and the U.S.

In 2005, she organized the first U.S. Conference in constellation work. Her Institute offers trainings in Somatic Imaging and systemic constellation work, including training in organizational constellations. The institute is currently offering it's fourteenth year of training programs.

Jane started her professional career as a engineer and manager in a high tech firm (the first woman engineer hired into her department) and knows first-hand the demands placed on leaders in the corporate environment. In the course of becoming a constellation facilitator, she has also been a professional ceramic sculptor and run her own fine arts studio, Laughing Bones, Inc. Jane is a master practitioner of Neuro-linguistic Programming, a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, a Certified Professional Behavioral Coach and a member of the American Counseling Association, VOIS, OHA, and ODN. She has studied Process Oriented Psychology with Arny Mindell and Max Schupbach, Group Dynamics with Michael Grinder, Peruvian energy healing with Don Amèrico Yàbar, Attachment and Trauma work with Dan Siegel and Diane Poole Heller, a Psycho-biological Approach to Couples Therapy with Stan Tatkin (level 1), Coordinated Management of Meaning with Barnett Pearce, and continues to learn with other research driven leaders in the fields of personal and social evolution. She holds a doctorate in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University, and is a post-doctoral fellow of the Institute for Social Innovation.

About the Founders & Team

The Founders

The institute was founded by Jane Peterson and Don Chitwood, life and business partners. They have been married since 1981. HSII is a small, focused organization with the goal of developing and teaching effective methods of healing and knowing ourselves.

Our Support Team

  • Abby Jiang Zhuyi, PhD ABD – Mandarin interpretation, research assistant
  • Brian Manley – Videographer
  • Ellen Raboin, PhD – Research assistant
  • Kyrié Campbell, LPC – Virtual assistant

Institute Affiliates

  • Brenda Sutherland, The Awakening Group, AUSTRALIA
    Completed the 2014 Train the Trainer program
  • Susan Ulfelder, Hellinger DC, USA
    Completed the 2014 Train the Trainer program.