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Principles and Practices of Organization Development (PPOD) Certificate Program

March 19, 2018 - May 4, 2018

March 19 - 23, 2018 & April 30 - May 4, 2018

Program Dates:

  • March 19-23, 2018 (Teachers College Campus)
  • April 30-May 4, 2018 (Teachers College Campus)

Attendance required for the duration of both weeklong sessions

Registration Fee: $8,950
Early deadline & non-profit discounts available

Includes continental breakfast and lunch for all days, as well as all on-site materials.

Contact Information

Email Danielle Pfaff at

The Principles and Practices of Organization Development (PPOD) Certificate Program is a highly engaging learning experience that provides individuals with the core concepts and skills necessary for engaging in organization development efforts, understanding groups and teams, and consulting to organizations.

PPOD is structured as a two-part, in-person, executive education workshop that provides participants with ample opportunities to learn from experienced program faculty (all scholar-practitioners in the field), and from fellow participants with rich and varied backgrounds. Participants will:

  • Expand their professional and personal “tool kits” by acquiring new knowledge in the form of theories, best practices, and skills
  • Practice these new ideas through hands-on experience
  • Receive feedback through peer and self-assessment
  • Develop more self-awareness, as well as the knowledge, skills, and abilities to be a better practitioner in the field, by critically reflecting on past and current experiences

We believe the application of new knowledge and skills in the context of practical experience enhances participant learning and is consistent with current adult development research. As every participant arrives with different needs and preferred ways of learning, we provide a diverse array of methodologies (i.e., lecture, case study, practical exercises, and reflection time) geared toward individual development within a community of practice. We intend to create a diverse learning community characterized by openness, collaboration, and commitment to personal and collective development.

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Learning Objectives and Outcomes

Participants in this workshop series:

  • Examine systematically the dynamics of entry, diagnosis, planning, intervention, and sustainability that occur during organization change efforts
  • Recognize and understand the intricate relationship between the strategic business plan of the organization and the role of organization development
  • Develop and enhance conceptual and behavioral skills to implement system-wide organization change efforts
  • Explore and clarify their assumptions, beliefs, and values about organizations and the nature of the change process
  • Develop and sharpen their understanding of how evidence-based practice can be used to enhance organization and team effectiveness and vitality
  • Enhance self-awareness and understanding of group process in order to heighten consultation skills and to perform roles more effectively
  • Increase skills in selecting, administering, and interpreting assessment data on organizational effectiveness
  • Learn how to implement organization development programs especially at the individual and work group levels
  • Practice and enhance skills in evaluating the outcomes of organization change efforts

Who Should Attend?

This program is well-suited to the needs of:

  • Recent entrants into the organization change field who are interested in acquiring skills;
  • Those with HR experience who recognize the importance of continually working on skills for improving their effectiveness;
  • And managers who have responsibility for leading and managing significant change efforts in their organizations.

In general, applicants typically have a need to learn more about, and improve skills in managing: the nature of group/team dynamics, organization development and change, and consulting internally/externally to organizations.


‌Sarah J. Brazaitis (Ph.D., Teachers College, Columbia University)

Dr. Brazaitis has been a member of the faculty at Teachers College, Columbia University since 1998 and is currently the MA Program Director and a Senior Lecturer in the Social-Organizational Psychology Program. She currently teaches courses on group dynamics and improving team performance to masters- and doctoral-level students. As part of her group dynamics course, Dr. Brazaitis runs an experiential group relations conference (based on the Tavistock model of human relations training) that provides students with opportunities to learn in real time about covert processes affecting leadership and power in groups and organizations. Dr. Brazaitis has been on the consulting staff of numerous experiential group relations conferences, sponsored by the A.K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems (AKRI). She is a Fellow of the A.K. Rice Institute and is a past member of AKRI’s Board of Directors.

As an expert on group dynamics in social systems, Dr. Brazaitis has written articles and book chapters on conducting groups in education and health care settings. Her dissertation focused on whiteness and subsequently she has written about race and more broadly on multicultural issues. Dr. Brazaitis maintains a private practice of organizational consulting with a focus on improving group and team performance, executive coaching, and leadership development. Clients have included for profit and not-for-profit organizations, universities, and medical centers. An aspect of her consulting practice includes Dr. Brazaitis’ extensive experience providing training in group dynamics and group process, maximizing team performance, leadership development, conflict resolution, and individual and group assessments (e.g., Myers-Briggs, FIRO-B, DiSC, Hogan, 360 degree feedback, etc.).


Matthew Tye (Ph.D., Teachers College, Columbia University)

Dr. Tye is an independent organizational development consultant and executive coach to both corporate and social sector clients. For over 10 years, Dr. Tye spearheaded the Leadership Development practice at his boutique consulting firm, Ritchie | Tye Consulting, which included the design, delivery and supervision of customized leadership development programs, executive coaching, team development, and board training and support. Prior to this he spent over fifteen years providing institutional leadership and management development through a variety of executive level roles primarily within the social sector. His most recent position was as the Managing Director of Programs of GMHC in New York City, where he led nearly 150 employees and had oversight of all programmatic and research activities.

Dr. Tye possesses a vast array of expertise in models of effective leadership and management practice, group process and facilitation, with a particular emphasis on performance coaching and team effectiveness for executives. He is trained in all the major assessment tools including the MBTI, FIRO-B, Hogan inventories, and Benchmarks, among others. As a psychologist and organizational strategist, Dr. Tye is highly skilled in examining the complex and dynamic systems that can interfere with individual, group, and organizational performance. Blending traditional business management principles with psychological theory, he assists clients in more fully understanding their organization, their role, and solutions for greater success.


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