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Training Programs

OSD International Training Program

Faculty will be drawn from OSD Center staff including:
Duncan Coombe , PhD Bio - Chair
Veronica Hopper Carter , PhD Bio - Co-Chair
Marcella Benson-Quaziena , PhD Bio
John D. Carter , PhD Bio
Mauricio Puerta , PhD, LIC Bio
Linda Robson , MA, MPH Bio
Isabel Wong , MS Bio
and other OSD Center Faculty


The faculty of this program includes representatives from four continents, and the 150 graduates of the program thus far are spread across the globe. Representing work developed over 30 years at the Organization and Systems Development Center of the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, and elaborated in the cross-cultural milieu of the International Program for the past ten years, this training develops mature professionals beyond their already proven scope of accomplishments.

The OSD International Program offers professionals effective alternatives for influencing the systems in which they work. The experiential nature of the program design enables participants to practice new skills in observing, reporting, and intervening in organizational settings. The intensive, international-based training draws heavily from the Gestalt Center for Organization & Systems Development Program, which was the first to apply Gestalt principles to the field of organizational consulting and has maintained a reputation for exceptional professional development for over 30 years. The program has four major foci:

  • The Gestalt Framework
  • Developing Systems
  • Designing Interventions
  • Developing Professionals

Hierarchy of Program Objectives

  • The Cleveland approach to Gestalt and organizations (including levels of system) is the essence of what we teach.
  • Cultural diversity is the critical context within which we teach.
  • Personal growth is an inevitable consequence of how and what we teach.
  • Faculty process and modeling (how we are as we teach) is a crucial aspect of the distinctiveness of the program.
  • International network building is a natural consequence of convening people.
  • A shift in worldview is a likely outcome of the program.

Program Schedule

The program consists of five week-long sessions over the span of 16 months. All sessions begin at 1:00pm of Day One and conclude at 1:00pm on Day Seven. Each session will be held in a different country. Canada, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, South Africa, and Turkey are possible locations. Applications are being accepted now. The class selection will be finalized December 15, 2013.

Session I: January 26–February 1, 2014
Session II: May 4–10, 2014
Session III: September 7–13, 2014
Session IV: January 4–10, 2015
Session V: April 12–18, 2015


Application (nonrefundable) US$350
Tuition US$12,550

Tuition includes the cost of all course materials. Transportation, housing, and meals are not included and will be an additional expense. At the time of acceptance, 70% (US$8,785) of the tuition is due. The balance is due prior to Session III.

There are no refunds for early withdrawal from the program due to the nature of its design and operation. A penalty fee will be assessed for those who withdraw after they have acknowledged their acceptance.

All fees must be paid in U.S. dollars drawn on a U.S. bank in the form of credit card, check, money order, or wire transfer.

You will be notified by mail or fax that your application has been received. You may also be contacted for an interview or to request additional information.

Application deadline is December 8, 2013.
All accepted applicants will be contacted no later than December 15, 2013.

Payment Options for OSD Workshops and Training Programs

  1. We accept online payment via MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express, or Paypal account (*Paypal is the authorized payment processor for GICOSDISC).
  2. Payment by personal check or bank money order paid in US dollars and drawn from a US bank. should be made payable to GICOSDISC, Inc. and mailed to: GICOSDISC, 7665 Mentor Avenue #316, Mentor, OH 4406 USA. Please include with your payment: Home address, phone numbers, and email, as well as the name of the program to which you are applying.
  3. Contact the Registrar regarding any problems with the application process at

Registering for an OSD Training Program

  1. A non-refundable application fee of $350 (see “Payment Options” above) is required. (All fees and tuition are subject to yearly review.)
  2. Complete the application form (Editable PDF) and submit via email to the Registrar at, or mail or fax your completed form to: GICOSDISC, Inc., 7665 Mentor Avenue #316, Mentor, OH 4406 USA / (001) 440.205.8606.
  3. After we receive your completed application, an OSD faculty member will contact you for a personal interview.
  4. Once you have been accepted into the program, immediately submit 75% of the tuition along with a statement of commitment. At that point, you should initiate visa application, update your passport, purchase travel tickets, and make hotel reservations. (The balance of the tuition is due by the program's start date, unless otherwise stated.)
  5. Contact the Registrar regarding any problems with the application process at

GICOSDISC reserves the right to change faculty, program dates, and fees as necessary. GICOSDISC assumes no liability for expenses incurred by participants due to any changes in program dates, including nonrefundable travel and/or lodging expenses.


Mail: 7665 Mentor Avenue #316, Mentor, OH 44060
Phone: 440.205.8606
Fax: 440.205.8606

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