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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

What is PPOD?

The Principles and Practices of Organization Development Program (PPOD) is a highly engaging learning experience that provides participants with core concepts and skills necessary for managing and leading change inside organizations and for consulting to organizations and teams. PPOD offers participants the opportunity to learn foundational theory and build applied skills throughout the course of the two weeklong sessions.

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 learning opportunities (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.

What Sets Us Apart?

  • We understand that transforming people and organizations requires complex thinking and multi-faceted skills and we provide an environment to nurture both
  • We combine psychological and business principles to real-world organizational challenges
  • Our program is rigorous, relevant, and grounded in evidence-based practice
  • We offer an ideal forum for you to imagine, test and crystallize your own OD vision
  • Reflection and self-assessment are built into our design to enhance individual identity development
  • Facilitating a deep understanding of role and mission are embedded into our program
  • Emphasis on individual, team and organizational learning from experienced professionals with decades of experience in consulting, applied research, reflective practice and the use of theoretically grounded frameworks

All participants receive a certificate of completion from Teachers College, Columbia University, where organization development has been taught for over four decades.

Visit our website for more program details.

Learning Objectives and Outcomes

What We Offer:

Establishing the fundamental values, essential frameworks and effective methods in organization development consulting:

  • Elucidating the dynamics of entry, diagnosis, planning, intervention, and sustainability that occur during organization change efforts
  • Leveraging organizational change models in OD consulting
  • Crafting an evidence-based organizational/team diagnosis
  • Navigating systemic dynamics at the individual, team, and organizational levels
  • Facilitating team dynamics for high performance
  • Utilizing assessments skillfully in OD
  • Embracing real-time learning about self, team and organizational life for transformational change
  • Implementing a feedback-rich environment for continuous learning and growth
  • Leading and managing continuous change in organizations

Participants learn to solidify the relationship between organization development and the strategic business plan and bottom-line results of an organization.

Our Approach:

Weeklong sessions make for an intimate, cohesive learning community with skill-building in all areas of OD consulting and include:

  • Brief didactic inputs on key topics
  • Interactive small and large group work
  • Reflective practice
  • Case analysis
  • Case simulations
  • Live client consultations in real organizations
  • Live-action experiential learning with peer teams
  • Extensive individual and team feedback

Participants graduate with a new global OD network of colleagues.

Who Should Attend?

We view PPOD as relevant to participants from a variety of backgrounds, spanning geographies, sectors, industries, functions, roles, and organizational levels. Further, we value creating cohorts that reflect the increasingly complex landscape of organizational life, by bringing together participants with diverse backgrounds, skillsets, and points of view.

With that said, the program may be particularly well-suited to:

  • Experienced managers who lead groups and teams, particularly those who have responsibility for leading and managing significant change or development efforts in their organizations;
  • Those in human resources, organization development/effectiveness, learning and development, diversity and inclusion, and talent management, who recognize the importance of continually working on skills for improving their effectiveness with clients, both internal and external;
  • Those who support managers and executives who lead organization change or development;
  • Recent entrants into the field of organizational change or development, or those involved in change efforts within their organization, who are interested in acquiring skills and better understanding the nature of organizational functioning.

PPOD will be a good fit for applicants who wish to:

  • Expand their professional and personal tool kit through exposure to new knowledge in the form of theories, best practices, and skills;
  • Practice these new ideas through hands-on experience;
  • Receive feedback throughout the program through peer and self assessment;
  • Reflect on past and current experiences, in servicing of developing more self-awareness as well as the knowledge, skills, and abilities to be a better practitioner in the field.


‌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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