Maggie Shelton, MSW

Maggie Shelton

Maggie Shelton

Maggie’s career in leading conversations focuses on strengths and resources, enhances resiliency, leans on creativity, and creates change.  She does this in systems of many sizes in her practice as a consultant, coach and psychotherapist.

Her passion is working with groups of people committed to finding ways of working collaboratively to bring about social change.

She received her Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Iowa and took two years postgraduate training in Couples and Family Therapy from the Menninger Foundation.  One advantage of a social work education is learning systemic thinking and how to work with systems of many sizes.

From 2007-2012, Maggie studied collaborative organizational change processes, and particularly leadership, in a program offered by Tilburg University and the Taos Institute.

She has training and experience in the following practices, all of which are among her professional offerings:

  • Collaborative organization consulting
  • Relational leadership
  • Leadership coaching
  • Appreciative Inquiry
  • Public Conversations Project
  • Art of Hosting
  • World Café

Maggie’s teaching experience includes the University of Southern California, Alliant University, and Phillips Graduate Institute in the Los Angeles area, and conducting workshops and trainings both nationally and internationally.

She has held the positions of Clinical Director of the Southern California Counseling Center, Clinical Director of the Valley Family Center and Director of Clinical Training Programs of California Family Counseling Center/Phillips Graduate Institute.

She is a consultant to The Relational Center, where her work includes developing and leading public dialogues, training students in organizational development, and supervising psychotherapy trainees.

Maggie is an avid practitioner of tai chi as well as a Buddhist. She lives in Salem, Oregon, with her husband and their three dogs.