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The primary objective of the GestaltOSD Center is to further the use and development of Gestalt theory and methodology in organizational contexts. Offerings of the OSD Center include training programs, organizational consulting, research, and workshops.

The Gestalt OSD body of knowledge is the foundation for OSD training programs conducted successfully around the world in organizational consulting for nearly 40 years and in coaching for fourteen years. “Stages of development” is a Gestalt OSD “umbrella” concept that supports consultants, coaches and organizational leaders to enhance their coaching capability and capacity. Specifically, program graduates increase their ability to make better use of their own theory, concept and method in the service of appreciating multiple realities and supporting clients to accelerate the process of change. This stage-of-development conceptual framework particularly brings coaches into awareness of an “I want/We need” paradigm as a fundamental dimension of individual and organizational life.

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Introduction to Gestalt

January 23-25, 2015 Friday 1pm- Sunday 1pm Seattle, WA
March 6-8, 2015 Friday 1pm- Sunday 1pm Cleveland, OH
June 5-7, 2015 Friday 1pm- Sunday 1pm Cleveland, OH

This workshop is for individuals who want to enhance their self-awareness. Ten to twelve individuals along with faculty from the OSD Center work as a group to support individual personal growth and development. Special attention is given to the development of awareness and skills supporting effective interaction. This workshop satisfies the Introductory Gestalt Workshop required before or during the program for all OSD training program applicants. » Register Now

In the OSD Spotlight

Next year, 2014, is the 40th anniversary of the Gestalt OSD training and development programs. The graduates of OSD Ghana IV, IOSD X, and OSD XVIII have joined our community of practitioners. We conducted Group Intensive Program in Cleveland an Advanced Group Program in Seattle. John Carter and Frances Baldwin supported the one hundred and sixty participants at the first European ODN Network Conference to explore the future of their community. We engaged in a number of interesting consulting assignments. We developed a strong partnership with the Organization & Systems Renewal Masters Degree Program at Bainbridge Graduate Institute.

We have just completed a reorganization of the GestaltOSD Center, which includes curriculum changes reflecting the most recent integrated and integrative perspectives of our theory, concept and method. The desired outcome of this change process, which we conduct about every five years, is to ensure that all of our OSD training and development programs remain world class. The OSD Center leadership group met for five days, followed by a meeting of the teaching faculty to review and discuss proposed changes. One significant change is an agreement to use GestaltOSD as our brand and the name of the OSD body of knowledge.

We have offered forty-three OSD training and development programs. This calculation does not include offerings of workshops, advanced training programs, corporate training or workshops and consultations. The GestaltOSD training and development programs are considered by many in the field of applied behavior science as the finishing school for individuals wanting to achieve self-mastery as an intervener.

Feedback we receive demonstrates our graduates continue to enhance their awareness, knowledge and skills and change their lives and the lives of others personally and professionally.

“Tip o’ the hat” to Jonno, my colleague, brother, friend and leader in the GestaltOSD Center who has resigned as IOSD chairperson. Our hearts are full of gratitude for the leadership he provided the GestaltOSD Center. He made a difference with his presence.

John & Veronica Carter attended the graduation of the OSD Ghana IV Program and honored John Nkum with a certificate appointing him to the GestaltOSD Founder’s Circle. This is the second highest honor that can be given to a faculty member by our Board of Directors.

OSD XVIII participants honored the program faculty during final session dinner. Veronica Hopper Carter and Marcella Benson-Quaziena were granted Honorary Fellow Status at the OSDXVIII Graduation Ceremony.

Ceremony Pictures:

OSD XVIII faculty being honored
OSD XVIII Faculty Honored

Marcella Benson-Quaziena being honored at an awards ceremony
Marcella Benson-Quaziena Honorary Fellow Award Ceremony

John Nkum being honored
John Nkum Honored

Veronica Hopper Carter being honored at an awards ceremony
Veronica Hopper Carter Honorary Fellow Award Ceremony

Training Programs

The Organization & Systems Development Training Program (OSD Program) is a world-class Gestalt OSD training program that reflects over 30 years of innovative development and application of Gestalt OSD theory, concepts, and methodology. Participants gain invaluable knowledge and skills in intervention design and implementation at all levels of system, and receive immediate feedback from experienced instructors during structured practicums. The program has both a Standard Format (9 modules over 3 years) in Seattle, Washington and a Weekend Format (9 weekend modules over 1 year) in Cleveland, Ohio. The Weekend Format provides an opportunity for individuals interested in the Gestalt Center's world-class OSD training to undertake the experience in a weekend format, requiring minimum time away from work. Both formats provides individuals with the theory, concept, methodology, skills, and techniques for effectively intervening at the individual, two-person, group, and organizational levels of system. Read more.

Organization & Systems Development Program (Standard Format) - taking applications for program starting October 21-26, 2015 3 Years/9 Modules
3 Years/9 Modules

Organization & Systems Development Program (Weekend Format) - taking applications for program starting October 9-11, 2015
1 Year/9 Weekends

Becoming a Better Intervener: Organization & Systems Development Intensive - next date TBD
1 year intensive - 5 modules

OSD International Training Program offers professionals effective alternatives for influencing the systems in which they work, and a cross-cultural milieu that challenges and develops participants beyond their already proven scope of accomplishments. The faculty includes representatives from four continents, and the five week-long sessions over a span of 16 months occur in five different countries. Read more. - next date TBD

OSD International Coaching Program (OSDICP) - next date TBD

OSD Group Intensive (Advanced Training) - next date TBD

Gestalt OSD at OD Network Conference

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This years ODN Conference takes place in Philadelphia, PA and celebrating its 50th Anniversary October 25-28, 2014. More information and registration

We will not be able to represent the OSD Center at this years' ODN conference, but we are so excited to be working in CHINA during October and November!

The ODN Lifetime Achievement Awards went to OSD Faculty for 3 consecutive years:

  • 2014 Mee-Yan Cheung Judge   Attended OSDBBI Workshop, nominated by OSD Faculty
  • 2011 Brenda Jones             OSD Faculty and former NTL Institute President more
  • 2010 Edwin C. Nevis     OSD Founder and GISC Co-Founder (deceased May 2011) more
  • 2009 John D. Carter          OSD Founder and current OSD Center President more

View more information about the award

Special Events

In 2013, two of our OSD Faculty were at the ODN Europe Conference in London, UK:

  • Dr. Frances Baldwin
  • Dr. John D. Carter - OSD Founder and current OSD Center President

For photos and feedback visit ODN Europe

Jeff Evans interviews John D. Carter on personal leadership in a podcast from, “Leading Out Loud.” Listen to it here.

John D. Carter and Veronica Hopper Carter presented a Master Teleclass on key concepts of Gestalt coaching and intervention on November 26, 2008, sponsored by Mobius Executive Leadership and Integral Leadership and Coaching. “Conversations with Masters” is a seven-month series of teleclasses for coaches engaging with pioneers and thought leaders in the field of coaching and Organizational Development. Click here to listen to the podcast.

Printable PDF Brochures Available

Please note that where discrepancies between the PDF brochures and the Web site occur, particularly regarding program schedule dates, the most current and reliable information will be found on the Web site. Note also that Continuing Education Credits are not offered at this time for OSD Training Programs or workshop offerings. For other information, or to clarify any discrepancies, you may contact our registrar at 440.205.8606 or at

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