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Enhancing Your Intervention Skills
An Introduction to the Cape Cod Model
for Psychotherapists, Coaches, Consultants, and other Professionals

This workshop focuses on the radically simple yet powerful approach to intervening with clients and client systems: The Cape Cod Model©. It is designed as an introduction for those unfamiliar with the model, but can also be useful as further learning for those who have previous experience using this method of intervening.


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Throughout the workshop, we will focus on heightening your self-awareness and on the power your presence brings to your interventions with the client system. You will be taught to perceive the client system as a whole, regardless of its size, and to give structured feedback interventions in real-time client interactions. Participants also will be taught to see and articulate the competence of the client system—a critical element of the Cape Cod Model©.


For those unfamiliar with The Cape Cod Model©, there will be opportunity to practice new learning in a safe environment; participants already familiar with the model will benefit by sharpening their skills and deepening their understanding of the theory and principles that support it.


By learning to perceive the system as a whole and to provide brief bold, and direct feedback, all participants will increase their ability to create effective interventions necessary to support change and growth.


This introduction to the methods for high impact intervention provides an excellent foundation for the practice-based intensive Cape Cod Training Program.


Participants will:

  • Raise their awareness of their own presence and its impact on their interventions.
  • Begin to perceive an individual, a couple or a group as a whole system.
  • Develop an ability to see and appreciate what the client system is doing well.
  • Be introduced or re-introduced to some of the major principles informing the CCM© i.e. optimism and the paradoxical theory of change.
  • Have an opportunity for practice in a safe environment.



This workshop is appropriate for organizational consultants, executive coaches, clinicians, and other social service professionals.


Continuing Education

Coaches: This program is International Coach Federation (ICF) certified for 24 core competency continuing coaching education hours. Please see the Continuing Education page for full details.

Social workers and licensed mental health counselors:

Massachusetts social work (NASW-MA) and LMHC credits are pending for this program. Please contact the GISC office at 508-349-7900 or for approval status.



“Working with the smart rhythms of Sharona and Stuart, everyone quickly got to real work. Even when we weren't working, work was getting done.”
Karen Hinchliffe
Executive Coach and Management Consultant



“As a result of this training, I leave Cape Cod inspired and refreshed as a professional, and personally renewed.”

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
2013 Participant





Dates and Fees:

Enhancing Your Intervention Skills An Introduction to the Cape Cod Model

Dates April 25-28, 2019
Location Portland, Maine
Begins Thursday, 3pm
Ends Sunday, 12 noon

Joseph Melnick, PhD

Spencer Melnick, LCSW

Also Offered October 3-6, 2019
Location GISC, South Wellfleet, MA
Faculty Drawn From

Carol Brockmon, LCSW

Sharona Halpern, LMHC, ACC

Joseph Melnick, PhD

Spencer Melnick, LCSW

Nancy Rutkowski, PhD, LCSW

Stuart Simon, LICSW, MCC

Fee $895*
  GISC Members: $845
  *$650 for Mental Health Counselors & Psychotherapists
CE Hours 20
  Social work and LMHC credits pending; please contact GISC office for approval status.


Dedicated scholarship help may be available for mental health counselors and psychotherapists. Please contact the GISC office.


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