Workshops and Events

Introduction to the Cape Cod Model of Change

Dates: October 27-28
Begins Monday, 9am
Ends Tuesday, 5pm
Tuition: Fee $395*
GISC Members: $345

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Emerging Trends in Leadership Development

Dates: Wednesday, October 29 1:00 PM - Friday, October 31, 12:00 PM
Tuition: $200

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Foundations of Action Learning

Dates: November 11 & 12 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Tuition: $1250.00
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Certification for Action Learning
Coaches 2 (CALC 2)

Dates: November 13 & 14 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Tuition: $1250.00
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Introduction to the Cape Cod Model of Change

Dates October 27-28
Begins Monday, 9am
Ends Tuesday, 5pm
Fee $395*
GISC Members: $345
CE hours 14
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Faculty Janet Britcher, MBA, and Sharona Halpern, LMHC
Location Pine Manor’s Center for Innovative Professional Development

The Cape Cod Model© is a unique, optimistic, and immediate approach to supporting change in individuals, small groups, and organizations. For decades it has been successfully employed by clinicians, coaches, psychotherapists, and consultants. This workshop introduces participants to this simple yet powerful intervention model. Participants are taught to see and articulate the competence of the client system, followed by specific structured feedback interventions in real-time client interactions. By learning to perceive the system and to provide brief, bold, and direct feedback, participants will dramatically increase their ability to create effective interventions necessary to support change and growth.

Benefits Participants will:

  • Learn to begin to perceive an individual, a couple, or group as a system.
  • Identify and begin to articulate clearly what the system is doing well.
  • Observe and practice the techniques of highly effective in-the-moment feedback.
  • Use themselves authentically to become instruments of influence.
  • Have an opportunity for extensive practice.


This workshop will benefit leaders, managers, organizational consultants and HR professionals in their work with individuals and teams. It is also appropriate for coaches, clinicians, psychotherapists and other advisors who are seeking an optimistic and immediate approach to support change.

“The Cape Cod Model is an insightful tool for helping leaders and organizations understand themselves and their circumstances, and find promising paths to improvement.”
Mike Gradone
Consultant and retired school superintendent

About GISC:

GISC is a global nonprofit organization, located in Wellfleet, MA, on Cape Cod. GISC delivers extraordinary training and development as well as customized programs worldwide to organizations, leaders, consultants, coaches, therapists and individuals. We create powerful and innovative learning experiences using a unique training methodology that produces enduring results.

About the Center for Innovative Professional Development at Pine Manor College:

Acquire the skills you need to become a leader in the world of business. Our courses utilize an approach that focuses on competency development through project based learning. Select from Bachelor of Arts and certificate programs to gain the knowledge and skills that employers demand in the workplace. For more details visit the Center’s Website beginning August 19th.



Emerging Trends
in Leadership Development

Keynote Speakers Peter Senge

The Future of Leadership: The Imperative to Collaborate
Peter Senge is a Senior Lecturer in Leadership and Sustainability at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Considered one of the top ten management gurus of our time. In this session, Peter will provide an overview of his work involving very diverse stakeholders and developing the capacity for collaboration on the individual, team and organizational level in order to resolve difficult problems.

Joe Raelin

Action Learning as the Gateway to LeaderFUL Development Joe is the Asa S. Knowles Chair at Northeastern University, and a Professor of Management and Organization Development. Joe research focus is on redefining leadership as a collective, collaborative, democratic process that he calls “Leaderful Practice.” This session will focus on how action learning and other tools can build capacity for LeaderFUL teams.

Networking and Breakout Sessions

There will be scheduled time in the morning and afternoon of the conference for networking and to attend breakout sessions with practitioners and researchers on various trends related to leadership development, action learning and associated topics. Our website will be up soon with more details. Details will be up next week on the WIAL website at
Conference Registration: $175.

Pre Conference Workshops

October 29th, 1:00 to 5:00 PM

  • Introduction to Action Learning: A highly experiential introduction to the process of action learning facilitated by Donna Christophersen and Adam Smith. Registration: $50 Early Bird and $75 after 8/31.
  • The Power of Mindsets and Questioning in Action Learning: An advance workshop for those already familiar with the processes of Action Learning facilitated by Marilee Adams. Registration: $75.

Post Conference Workshop

October 31st, 8:30 AM to 12:00 AM

  • Developing LeaderFUL Teams: Led by our keynote, Joe Raelin, we will explore practical approaches to support the development of LeaderFUL practices in our teams and organizations. Registration: $75.


Additional details and discount information can be found on the WIAL- USA webpage.


Foundations of Action Learning

Dates: November 11 & 12
8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Tuition: $1250.00

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About the Program

This is an intensive and very practical two-day Action Learning program. The program is ideal if you are ready for a deeper understanding of Action Learning, are considering becoming a certified coach or want to develop very basic Action Learning skills. It will take your appreciation and understanding of Action Learning to the next level. The “Foundations of Action Learning” program is the first step towards becoming a Certified Action Learning Coach (CALC). 

Learning Objectives

On completion of this intensive program participants will have:

  • A thorough understanding of the WIAL Action Learning process.
  • Experienced an Action Learning session first hand.
  • The opportunity to act as an Action Learning coach.
  • A sound understanding of the application and benefits of Action Learning in organizations.

Who will benefit?

The program will benefit a broad range of people and particularly:

  • Potential Action Learning coaches.
  • Senior managers looking for a powerful leadership development experience.
  • Executives wishing to understand and evaluate the Action Learning process.
  • Human resource, learning and development professionals.
  • Consultants interested in working in the field of Action Learning
  • Sponsors of Action Learning projects

Six Components of Action Learning

  • A critical, complex and urgent problem
  • A diverse group of between 4 to 8 people
  • Focus on asking powerful questions
  • The group is empowered to take action to achieve breakthrough results.
  • Learning is as important, if not more important than the successful solution of the problem.
  • A coach who focuses on group process and assures that learning takes place.

Solve real world problems and develop leadership and teamwork competencies at the same time!

“What pleased me the most is that this methodology, in addition to being a problem solving methodology, it is also a great teambuilding and leadership development process.  No more tension, no more hierarchical relationships. The group is dedicated to one target: solve the problem and learn to be more efficient.”

-Sebastian S.

The program qualifies for 16 ICF CEUs


Certification for Action Learning Coach 2 (CALC2)

Dates: November 13 & 14
8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Tuition: $1250.00

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The action learning coach helps to set the climate of learning and openness and of being non-judgmental and trusting through implementation of the role of the coach. He should demonstrate frank, targeted questioning and reflection skills. Although tempting to get involved with the problem, he must always focus on the process and interactions, and strive to find opportunities for developing the group.

The coach must always be cognizant of the fact that significant learning occurs as a result getting the group to reflect; and significant reflection occurs as a result of good questions. He must also help the group members to assume responsibility for learning and for taking their knowledge and learning back to other parts of their lives. He initiates all of these essential processes through questions, the right ones at the right time

Workshop Descriptions

These additional two workshops provide participants the skills and experience they need to function as Action Learning coaches in a variety of challenging situations.

  • - CALC1 – Coaching & Internal-team issues: asking questions to promote reflection and learning throughout the AL team’s life cycle – aligning questions with problem-solving and developmental stage 
  • - CALC2 – Organizational issues and AL: embedding AL in the organization, integrating AL in larger developmental processes, building learning organizations, best practices in planning and implementing programs.

Prerequisite: Action Learning Foundations Workshop
Who Should Attend: Those seeking certification as Action Learning coaches
Upon Completion, participants will know:

  • How to successfully coach action learning teams
  • When and how to effectively enable a group to improve performance and increase team capability
  • The appropriate questions to ask and how to keep participants focused
  • How to handle dysfunctional team behavior

Schedule for local certifications sessions

Tuition for each session: $1250.00
Location: Pine Manor College
Time: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

For more information:
Charles A. Tweedly, Ed.D.
Dean, Center for Innovative Professional Development
Pine Manor College
400 Heath Street
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
P: 617-731-7063