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Our Organization

The Organization & Systems Development Center was established in 1974 at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland with the unique goal of applying Gestalt theory, concepts, and methodology at all levels of system in organizational contexts. The Gestalt Center for Organization & Systems Development (Gestalt OSD Center) conducts training programs and workshops under the auspices of the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland Organization & Systems Development Integrative Studies Center, Inc. (GISOSDISC). Both organizations are independent non-profit educational entities.

We are not affiliated in any way with the former Gestalt Institute of Cleveland.

Our Mission

The Gestalt Center for Organization & Systems Development is dedicated to the advancement and teaching of Gestalt OSD theory, concepts, and methodology for individuals, groups, and organizations interested in enhancing self-mastery and use of self in organizational contexts. We are proud of our reputation as the premier "finishing school" for individuals at the Master's and doctorate degree level who seek to hone their intervention skills across multiple levels of system. Our ultimate aim in our training programs and workshops is to encourage and enable our students to walk into a room anywhere in the world, containing any number of people, and make a significant difference with their presence. Our Purpose is the transformation of humankind.

What We Offer

The Gestalt OSD Center offers both training programs and workshops that meet the needs of people already working in, or interested in working in, any professional organizational context. Our core programs are specifically designed to develop our participants’ knowledge and skills with regard to influencing the systems they work and live in. Gestalt OSD training programs have attracted participants from around the world, and we strive in each program to provide the greatest possible breadth and depth of differing perspectives. Currently we conduct regular programs in Israel, Norway, and Ghana. But we are always seeking new program sites, venues, and co-sponsors. As a result, many of our faculty are OSD graduates who come from our host countries and beyond, so that both our faculty and our participants are international.

What's Happening

Three OSD faculty have received the Organization Development Network's Lifetime Achievement Award, John D. Carter, Edwin C. Nevis and Brenda Jones. OSD graduate Barry Johnson received this award in 2015.

Making a difference with your presence underlies our training in and use of the Gestalt OSD body of knowledge. We seek multiple and more powerful ways to support our OSD graduates in using this body of knowledge for their own personal and professional development, and in supporting the OSD Centerís mission to make it available to a greater number of people around the world.

The quality of Gestalt OSD Center programs has always been our foremost concern, and we continue to meet or surpass our participants' high expectations.


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Phone: 440.205.8606
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