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Frequently Asked Questions:
What You Need to Know

The goal of these guidelines is to clarify the boundaries around the use of SAVI and to maintain the integrity of the model while supporting participants to successfully take SAVI into work and personal lives.

If I’ve received training in SAVI but have not been certified as a trainer, how may I use SAVI in my work?

Once you have attended a basic SAVI workshop, you are encouraged to begin observing and tracking conversations using the SAVI Grid, to practice hearing and producing different SAVI behaviors, and to experiment with introducing different behaviors and strategies into your own communications.

When you have attended at least one additional SAVI training, we expect that you’ll have enough understanding of how the SAVI Grid is organized, how it works, and what SAVI behaviors/patterns say about a communication to talk about these concepts with others. At this stage, you may begin to use SAVI as a tool with your clients—starting to map their communication behaviors and make input to their communication patterns.

If you’ve had extended training and want to use SAVI on a particular project, you may apply for a Project License. Contact Claudia Byram ( or Fran Carter ( to discuss this.

Referring to SAVI in Academic Research and Writing

If referring to SAVI in any written material (e.g., research, blog, website, academic book or paper) be sure to cite the source of your SAVI material. Recommended sources are listed in our bibliography [link]. Direct reproduction of any copyrighted material requires written permission. If you are interested in using SAVI in a formal research project, contact Claudia Byram or Fran Carter for any support we can offer.

Referring to SAVI on Professional Websites and Blogs

If referring to SAVI in your professional publications be sure to cite the source of your SAVI reference. Be aware that you are not authorized to publically teach about SAVI or represent yourself as coaching or training in SAVI without a Trainers certification or project license. Direct reproduction of any copyrighted material requires written permission.

What are Certified SAVI Trainers or individuals with a Project License authorized to do?

A Project License authorizes a specific and circumscribed use of the SAVI model, negotiated in the development of the project license.

Those with SAVI Trainer certification or a Project license are authorized to formally teach or train others in SAVI, and to include information about SAVI in marketing materials that imply you offer SAVI training or formal SAVI consultation. For holders of project licenses, include SAVI in marketing material designed only for the licensed project.

How may I use the SAVI Grid?

You may reproduce the SAVI Grid for your own use (not for sale or distribution). A PDF of the grid is available on the website and can be accessed by clicking on the SAVI Grid tab at the right of the home screen. Please note the following requirements:

The SAVI Grid may not be altered in any way, and must be used in its entirety, including current copyright and trademark information.*

The SAVI Grid may not be posted on your website or in any other published materials without written permission.

How may I use other SAVI materials?

No materials other than the SAVI Grid may be reproduced without written permission. This includes the SAVI Definitions, workshop manuals, exercises and other written material, tapes, DVDs, etc. These materials are under copyright protection.

SAVI® is a registered trademark, and this trademark may only be used with the written permission of the Trademark Holders.

May I translate the SAVI Grid into my own language?

We have developed guidelines for translation of the SAVI Grid into other languages, with the goal of protecting the integrity of the model as well as the copyright while at the same time making it available to people in their own language. If you have attended one or more SAVI trainings and are interested in translating SAVI into another language, contact either Claudia Byram or Frances Carter for more information. (Click here to view guidelines)

Where can I read more about SAVI?

Here is a link to a current SAVI Bibliography [click here].

How can I find out more about SAVI training and the SAVI Trainer Certification Program?

Talk with your workshop leaders, review the information on the Certification Program [link] and contact Claudia Byram ( or Fran Carter (

What other SAVI materials are available?

Two DVDs apply SAVI to common communication challenges. Coming to Agreement when there are differences, and Giving and Getting Feedback. No prior knowledge of SAVI is needed for these useful resources.

The SAVI Coding Manual is a resource for those wanting to develop more precise coding skills. It includes short recordings and coding exercises and is useful in developing coding reliability for research goals.
If you are interested in additional materials contact either Claudia Byram ( or Frances Carter ( All SAVI materials are copyright protected, so please do not reproduce them yourself.

* The accurate notation is:
SAVI® is a registered trademark of Claudia Byram & Frances Carter. Materials may not be used or reproduced without written permission.
The SAVI® Grid is copyrighted by Claudia Byram & Frances Carter.

SAVI® was developed by Yvonne Agazarian and Anita Simon.
SAVI® is a registered trademark of SAVI® Communications LLC.
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