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Program Description

Sponsored by the Houston Galveston Institute and Taos Institute the International Certificate Program is a response to the numerous practitioners around the world who are interested in expanding their knowledge and competency in collaborative-dialogic practice. The Certificate Program provides practitioners across disciplines—therapy, organization development, education and research--an intensive, in-depth study of collaborative practices based in postmodern-social construction philosophy. The Program includes the study of the theoretical and philosophical assumptions and their application to practice in a variety of contexts and cultures.

Program Requirements

  • The participant will complete a minimum 120 hours of intensive learning experiences in social constructionism and collaborative and dialogical practices.

  • The program of learning includes course work (in-person and on-line), consultation/supervision, and special projects.

  • The program will be offered under the sponsorship of a local training program (i.e., university or postgraduate institute).

  • All course work may be completed at a single institution or may be completed at a single institution in combination with attendance at various trainings such as: the International Summer Institute, intensive study and workshops at postgraduate institutes (i.e, Kanankil, Houston Galveston Institute, Marburg Institute, Systemic Humanos, and Taos Institute), online courses (i.e., offered by the Houston Galveston Institute and Taos Institute), and working on a special project with learners in other programs.


The ICCP is co-sponsored and administered by the Houston Galveston Institute and the Taos Institute. The Board members are: Harlene Anderson, Saliha Bava, Sue Levin, Sylvia London and Sheila McNamee. The Executive Director is Marina Vinitsky.

Program Components

  1. Course Content Areas

  • History and development of postmodern philosophy and related philosophies, and social construction, dialogue and narrative theory.

  • Recent contributions to the development of the philosophy and theory of collaborative-dialogic practices.

  • Practice implications of philosophy and theory.

  • Characteristics of practice.

  • Collaborative-dialogue practices across cultures.

  • Collaborative-dialogue practices across contexts.

  • Application to specific client populations.

  • Application in professional and personal contexts

  • Reflective processes.

  • Ethics.

  • Postmodern/social construction research perspectives.

  • Consultations and supervision in area of practice.

  1. Practice Requirements

  • Each ICCP program designs its practice components based on the participants’ areas of practice and daily work.

  1. Special Project

  • Learners participate in special projects related to their area of practice.

Program Structure and Format

The learning structure of the program may include:

  • Classroom activities

  • Clinical team practice (where applicable)

  • Consultation/supervision on participants’ area of practice and daily work Small group assignments

  • Individual writing assignments

  • Brief lecture presentations

  • Experiential exercises

  • Assigned readings

  • Reflections

  • Individual or group projects regarding the application of collaborative-dialogic practices

  • Participant and faculty “valuation” of learning and learning process


  • Each program is in charge of its own budget, expenses, and the setting and collection of tuition fees.

  • Each program supports the administration of the overall program through an administrative fee: 15% of each participant registration/tuition fee.

  • The administrative fee is set in agreement with participating organization program directors and is reviewed annually.

Annual Report

Each program completes an annual report at the end of each training year.

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