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GISC Advanced Practice OD Consulting Certification

We are pleased to offer a curriculum leading to a GISC Certificate of Advanced Study in OD Consulting. This is a certification program for experienced consultants and organizational coaches to support their continued professional and personal growth and expertise. The GISC Certificate of Advanced Study in OD Consulting will be valuable in demonstrating advanced training and experience to colleagues and clients.

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In a world where licensure and certification are becoming more and more important, we wish to help our students meet these demands while engaging in a profound learning experience.


The curriculum expands your ability to partner with your clients in a thought provoking, creative, and optimistic process that inspires them and/or their organizations to maximize their personal and professional potential. The curriculum will be individualized and based on Gestalt theory and practice, and the certification path is organized around the powerful Cape Cod Model© of competency-based change facilitation.

The certification process, which includes a series of five required programs and three electives from a wide choice of programs, can be customized to meet your specific learning goals. The certification program must be completed within five years of application. In addition to course work, a practicum requirement in the form of a special project chosen to meet individual learning goals will be completed as a demonstration of learning competence. After completion of all the course work and acceptance of the project, you will be certified for three years. Continuing education credits of a minimum of 30 documented hours will be required at three-year intervals for renewal.


Among GISC's unique qualities are its values of generosity and mentorship. We have incorporated these values into the certification program in the form of a faculty advisor role, being filled by a member of our senior faculty, to make this program a unique experience for each student. The advisor will help you design a series of programs that fulfill your specific educational goals while meeting the certification requirements and help you choose and complete a project that demonstrates competence. They will be available to answer content questions and accept completed projects.

Current advisors include:

  Debra Brosan, MA, OD, ACC
  Ann Carr, MS, PCC, GPCC
  Donna Dennis, PhD   Joseph Melnick, PhD
  Mark Magerman, PhD, LCSW, BCD   Stuart Simon, LICSW
  Jackie Sherman, PhD, PCC   Mary Anne Walk, MS, MBA, MCC


  • GISC Certificate of Advanced Study in OD Consulting, demonstrating advanced training and experience to clients and colleagues
  • Personal assistance of a senior faculty advisor to custom design the certification program
  • Expansion of knowledge in diagnostic and intervention approaches
  • Opportunity to become part of a supportive network of practitioners
  • Extensive professional and personal development through practice in a safe and supportive environment
  • Increased awareness, self-confidence, credibility, and market value
  • Listing on GISC website upon certification



This program is designed to be of value to consultants, coaches, HR professionals, and others expanding their practice into these fields. Application to the program may be made at any time, and credit will be given for appropriate programs already completed prior to enrollment. As this program is an advanced practice certification, five years of organizational experience are required for acceptance. Full program information can be found on our website.

"Six years ago, when I set out to do some professional development, I asked a series of colleagues what training they used most in their coaching and organizational development practices. “Gestalt” was the most frequent response. GISC offers the best, most practical, and deepest professional training for those interested in learning how to work effectively with people. In the past five years I have attended over six programs, including the International OSD program, Cape Cod Model and its application to groups and individuals, and an excellent conference on the Future of Managing Change. The quality of the faculty is outstanding. Not only do they teach well, they have extensive experience as practitioners in the “real” world of family and business needs. Not only have I committed time and resources to GISC programs, I have also sent colleagues and clients to the Cape Cod Model program. I use what I learned at GISC every day, and keep in my mind and heart that there is a place I can go to practice and learn new skills as the need arises. The world needs what GISC has to teach about how we can live and work together."

Sophie Parker
Sophie Parker & Associates


Core Curriculum
- Required for Everyone -
Program   Hours

Cape Cod Training Program

  85 hrs
Coaching and Consulting with Teams: Applying the Cape Cod Model in Organizations   36 hrs
Advanced Practice of Gestalt OD*   20 hrs
Finding Your Developmental Edge   22 hrs
Wrestling with Ethical Dilemmas or Equivalent GISC Supervision   14 hrs
*We will accept transfer of other Gestalt institutes’ OD programs to meet this requirement. Examples of programs that are acceptable are IOSD (offered cooperatively with the Gestalt Center for Organization and Systems Development), the MSc in Gestalt in Organizations at the Swedish Gestalt Academy, or Becoming an Effective Organizational Intervener at Gestalt Institute of Cleveland.

- Choose 3 -
Program   Hours
Applying the Cape Cod Model to Coaching   34 hrs

Cape Cod Training Program the Third Week

  34 hrs
Competency Development Program for Coach Certification   134.5 hrs
Executive Personality Dynamics for Coaches   21 hrs
Facilitation Skills   18 hrs
Next Phase: Life Strategies for Navigating Personal & Professional Transitions   19 hrs
Skills for Influential Leadership   22 hrs
The Practice of Leadership   32 hrs
Virtual Program Package (Leading Virtual Teams plus Coaching for Growth & Development)   18 hrs
Working with the Body in Mind
  19 hrs


Research/Theoretical/Case Study and Presentation. Projects require a combination of research in theory and practical case analysis. Completion requires approximately 30-40 hours of work on the part of the student.


The fee for certification is $2,000 to cover administrative costs, the assessment project, and a stipend for the faculty advisor. Applicants may join the certificate program at any time for $1,000, which will immediately provide a faculty advisor and a 10% discount off each program taken from that point in time forward. Individual programs are to be paid for upon each program registration. The balance of the $1,000 certification fee is due prior to the assessment project.

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“As an organizational and leadership development coach based on Cape Cod, I was thrilled to learn of GISC as a local resource. I attended two work shops last year. The take-aways for me were the opportunity to be introduced to the Gestalt model and the privilege of connecting with a group of passionate, knowledgeable, interested, and interesting people - both participants and staff. At both workshops, I experienced several consecutive days of non-stop intellectual and emotional challenges; and observed highly skilled faculty and facilitators in action.”

Janice Kinder
Workplace Coach


Gestalt International Study Center
1035 Cemetery Road, P.O. Box 515, South Wellfleet, MA 02663
Phone: +1 508 349 7900