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Cape Cod Training Program

Develop Presence, Insight, and Skills for High-Impact Interventions with the Cape Cod Model

The Cape Cod Training Program (CCTP) offers the opportunity to change the way you see human behavior, human connections and human potential in the workplace and in everyday life.






The program has provided a distinctive learning opportunity for consultants, therapists, coaches and leaders from around the world since 1980. In structured and highly interactive sessions, participants learn how to become effective agents for change using the Cape Cod Model©.

CCTP teaches a specific process of intervening for the highest possible impact for individuals, dyads and small groups/work-teams. The program is structured so that content and theory presentations are followed by intensive small group practice sessions in which the foundational principles are applied. Because of our small faculty-participant ratio, this program provides an unusually high level of individual attention, with each participant receiving daily feedback from our seasoned faculty.

The first week of the program focuses on working with dyads and includes: perceiving the system as a whole instead of as separate individuals; exploring the role of the intervener; examining countertransference and boundaries; and understanding and connecting intimate and strategic ways of relating.

The second week focuses on working with small groups. Topics include: working effectively within a hierarchical system; introduction of the similarities between working with families and working with teams or other small groups; and learning how to help small groups become more effective and successful.

Whether you work with individuals, dyads, families, groups or work-teams, the Cape Cod Training program will enrich your capacity to intervene with impact.



Participants will:

  • Learn to use oneself as a powerful instrument of influence
  • Learn an approach that recognizes how people connect
  • Develop the ability to give compelling, appreciative feedback
  • Learn how to appreciate and articulate the competence of the client or client system
  • Understand a sequence of steps for intervention
  • Gain insights into the differences between strategic and intimate ways of relating and understand the appropriate use of each
  • Learn creative approaches to helping clients expand their range of behavior
  • Enhance their ability to work with differences
  • Have an opportunity for extensive practice
  • Receive daily faculty feedback


This program is designed to benefit coaches, organizational consultants, psychotherapists and other mental health and social service professionals, as well as leaders, educators, and others.


Further Study
For increased mastery of the Cape Cod Model© and practice in applying this methodology to specific situations in organizations, participants should also register for Cape Cod Training Program: The Third Week, Coaching and Consulting with Teams: Applying the Cape Cod Model in Organization, Advanced Supervision, and Applying the Cape Cod Model to Coaching. These programs provide extensive practice opportunities for specific application of the Cape Cod Model©.


Note: This program requires an application along with a $250 non-refundable application fee that will be applied toward tuition. Apply online here.

Continuing Education

<strong><img src="../images/icflogo07rgbSm.jpg" width="85" height="40" hspace="2" vspace="1" border="2" align="left" /></strong>Coaches: This program is certified for continuing education credit by the International Coach Federation (ICF) for 85 core competency hours.


Mental health professionals: please inquire about available CEUs.


"The Cape Cod Training Program offers a methodology that makes a difference. With a lot of hands-on practice, and support from an excellent faculty, I walked away with readily transferable skills that enable me to be an even more effective consultant."

Lynn Varagona, MBA, PhD
Trust Capital Institute

“The Gestalt International Study Center and its faculty have a unique, elegant and wonderfully simple way of working with individuals, groups and organizations. Participants experience the approach and get it in their bones. Unlike a typical training or lecture, this allows therapists, business and community leaders or consultants the means of sharing it directly with the systems they work in to achieve powerful impact. The tranquil setting of outer Cape Cod offers the luxury of a change in environment and the opportunity for reflection, which deepen the learning experience.”

Mark Hollern
Organization Development Consultant
Covance, Inc.


“The Cape Cod Training Program was immensely helpful for me, both personally and professionally. In my work as a psychotherapist, CCTP provided me a way to really ‘see’ my clients in the relationships and systems that they are a part of. This knowledge has improved my effectiveness in my work with couples. On a personal level, CCTP helped me to gain insight into my own dynamics within a system. The largely experiential teaching methods allow for the information to be absorbed in a very meaningful way. I recommend CCTP to any clinician looking for a new form of personal and professional growth.”

Erika Hellwig

Dates and Fees:


Develop Presence, Insight, and Skills for High-Impact Interventions with

the Cape Cod Model©

Week One: May 14-21, 2020
Week Two: October 1-8, 2020
Each Week:
Thursday, 3pm
Thursday, 11am



  GISC Member: $5,350
  Note: This program requires an application along with a $250 nonrefundable application fee that will be applied toward tuition.
Mass. organizations: 50% tuition reimbursement available for organizations with fewer than 100 employees. Click here for information about Massachusetts Express Grants.
CE Hours


85 ICF CCE core competency hours

Social Workers

NASW-MA credit available; contact GISC office for status
LMHC MaMHCA credit available; contact GISC office for status
Faculty Drawn From:
  Sharona Halpern, MA, LMHC, ACC (Co-Director)
  Joseph Melnick, PhD
  Carol Brockmon, LCSW, PCC
  Nancy Rutkowski, PhD, LCSW, PCC
  Stuart Simon, LICSW, MCC
Location: South Wellfleet, Cape Cod Massachusetts, United States

2019 Program Dates:

Week One: May 16-23, 2019

Week Two: Sept 5-12, 2019

This program is also offered in the UK:

Week One: October 30-Nov. 6, 2019

Week Two: March 11-18, 2020



Practicing what we teach...


We help you to develop your own unique way of using the model. Through decades of teaching and practicing the Cape Cod Model, the program faculty is attentive to each participant and responsive to their particular needs and learning edge during the course of the program.


The most impactful tool you have as an intervener is you. Learning about yourself and how you see the world will expand your range of choices and enable you to become a more competent practitioner by becoming the fullest version of yourself.


We believe that when it's safe to be yourself, you become open to possibilities. We create the space to help you grow, to gain competence, and to see competencies in all systems. We teach you how to move toward and embrace differences, affirm others, and make interventions that have genuine impact, increasing your ability to bring about profound change in individuals and organizations.


About the Program:
Cape Cod Training Program

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Diane De Laet (English)
Psychotherapist, Trainer, Coach

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Diane De Laet (Dutch)
Psychotherapist, Trainer, Coach


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