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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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Virtual Open House

Join Gestalt Organizational Systems Development (OSD) Center Leaders on Wednesday, Dec 9, 2015 at 8:30 pm EST for a virtual open house conversation about Gestalt OSD and how this practice can support you better accomplish your goals. As the pace of change continues to speed up, it is our intention to support our graduates in staying present to what is needed now and moving ever closer to self mastery so we can all make our unique contribution to the world. We look forward to connecting to each of you. » Register here

Introduction to Gestalt

  • January 22-24, 2016 Friday 1pm - Sunday 1pm Cleveland, OH
  • June 8-10, 2016 Wednesday 1pm - Friday 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

In the OSD Spotlight

During our 40th Anniversary year GestaltOSD was recognized as one of the five top approaches to Organization Development. GestaltOSD theory and concepts continue to be mentioned in many published articles related to coaching. The participants in the current GestaltOSD Weekend Training and Development Program have created an incredible multicultural learning community. We conducted our annual module, Becoming A Better Intervener in the Organization & Systems Renewal Masters Degree Program at Bainbridge Graduate Institute. We conducted an advanced coaching workshop in New Jersey and a workshop for senior consultants in Calgary, Canada. We held two Introductory workshops, one in Seattle and one in Cleveland. In Shanghai China, we conducted three workshops and an open house. The workshops Working With Groups, Working With Individuals and Change Leadership were all sold out.

We continued with our 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. One significant change is an agreement to use GestaltOSD as our brand and the name of the OSD body of knowledge. Four words have become the integrative focus of our work: Love, Thought, Gratitude and Harmony. Exploring the meaning of these words was core to all of our work this year and very well received by all the participants. We will continue this work at a GestaltOSD gathering in Seattle in March 2015.

We have offered forty-four 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.

Shanghai China Faculty at "work" …
The Shanghai China faculty at work

and at "play"
The Shanghai China faculty at play

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. Our graduates continue to make a difference with their presence.

We created the GestaltOSD Lifetime Achievement Award and it will be presented to a number of graduates and others as part of our 40th year anniversary celebration activities.

Lifetime Achievement Award Presented to
Anthony Joseph November 2015.

Anthony Joseph receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award

Also in October Howard Jackson, the Board Chair of GOSD,
presented John D. Carter with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
John has served as President of the OSD Center for more than 40 years
and is one of the original OSD Program Founders.

John Carter receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award

Lifetime Achievement Award Presented to
Carl Haefling October 2015.

Carl Haefling receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award

GOSD Board of Directors honors Howard Jackson with GestaltOSD
Lifetime Achievement Award and Honorary Fellow designation.

Howard Jackson receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award

Lifetime Achievement Award Presented to
Barbara Reynolds July 2015.

Barbara Reynolds receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award

Lifetime Achievement Award Presented to
Marcella Benson-Quaziena May 2015

Marcella Benson-Quaziena receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award

Presentation of Lifetime Achievement Award to Mwalimu Imara 2014
Mwalimu Imara receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award

Willa Thomas receives OSD Certified Practitioner and Coach Certificate
Willa Thomas receiving her certificate.

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 January 2016
3 Years/9 Modules

Organization & Systems Development Program (Weekend Format) - taking applications for program starting January 2016
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

Welcome to the Gestalt OSD Center

“Take a PowerPoint (re)view of the Center’s programs and faculty”

This years ODN Conference takes place in in Portland, Oregon October 18-20, 2015. 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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