SAVI Communications

SAVI Trainer Certification Program

SAVI Communications has created a training and certification program for those interested in learning to lead SAVI workshops and represent themselves as SAVI trainers. 
The training steps leading to certification are based on 20 years of experience observing and training people who have gained mastery in their use of SAVI.  The steps are flexible, can be adapted to individual situations, and can include workshops or training experiences equivalent to those listed here.

Certification is competency-based and assessed with program directors. 

Certified SAVI Trainers can…

  • Offer SAVI Trainings
  • Represent themselves as SAVI Trainers
  • Reproduce and sell core SAVI materials.
  • Adapt and develop other SAVI materials for specific applications
  • Have their contact information listed on the SAVI Communications Website
  • Join the SAVI Network of trainers

Time Frame and Cost: Training fees for the complete sequence amount to approximately $5,500 (slightly higher for a specialized program). Time to completion of the full sequence will vary, depending on availability of workshops, level of experience, and time and energy invested in training.

For more information about the certification program, contact either
Fran Carter - 215.988.9523 or
or Claudia Byram 215.561.0341 or

For more information about the SAVI materials license, contact Claudia Byram or Fran Carter.


Core SAVI Training Sequence

Module 1: Learning SAVI

Having Conversations that Work (2 days)
Learn the basics of SAVI method, theory, and practice

Deepening Your SAVI Skills:
Giving and receiving savvy feedback (2 days)

Deepen your knowledge of SAVI theory, alerts, and strategies in the context of giving and getting feedback. 

Phone seminars: Practice in SAVI — Development of SAVI skills (ongoing 5-session phone seminars)
Develop greater fluency in identifying verbal behaviors, locating them in the SAVI Grid, and planning for intervention

Module 2: Exploring SAVI In Depth

Seeing Patterns, Not People (2 days)
Learn to identify common patterns of communication in a system and the effects of the   pattern on morale and productivity

SAVI as a Diagnostic Tool (2 days)
Explore the flow through the SAVI Grid and widen the range of “alert” recognition, system diagnosis, and development of strategies for change  

Practice in SAVI: Ongoing development of SAVI skills (ongoing 5-session phone seminars)
Develop greater skill in identifying verbal behaviors, locating them in the SAVI Grid, and planning for intervention

Module 3 Activities: Integration and Teaching SAVI

SAVI Theory and Coding (3 days)
Link the theory underlying SAVI with an understanding of system patterns and depth recognition and coding of SAVI behaviors

SAVI Theory and Coding Phone Seminars (12 sessions)
Build on SAVI Theory and Coding Seminar, integrate and deepen an understanding of SAVI theory, accurately recognize and produce behaviors, and develop a system diagnosis

Trainers’ Training (3 days)
Prerequisites: Completion of Module 1 and Module 2 requirements, plus Module 3A
Master the theory underlying SAVI, modeling the use of SAVI in teaching and developing teaching units for presentation

SAVI Trainers’ Training Phone Seminars (12 sessions)
Integrate and deepen understanding of SAVI theory and ability to recognize and produce behaviors and perform system diagnosis

Self-Study Units: SAVI Coding Practice and Assigned Readings
Prerequisites: Completion of Module 1

Co-Leading Experiences with SAVI Trainer
Prerequisites: Completion of preceding training experiences, or equivalent

SAVI Certification Program Directors:

Claudia Byram Ph D
SAVI Communications and SAVI Consulting Group    
Read more about Claudia Byram

Fran Carter, LSW
SAVI Communications and SAVI Consulting Group
Read more about Fran Carter

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