The Consulting Skills Intensive (CSI) is available for MS and PhD students who want to participate in an on ground, hands-on learning experience featuring role play, teamwork, observed integration, and real time feedback and coaching. The skills intensive provides intense and in-person immersion into the scenarios and case studies that directly relate to the day-to-day challenges and opportunities participants may encounter in their current and future workplaces.The retreat is a participant-centered environment in which there is ongoing collaboration and interaction through discussion, practice, feedback, reflection, integration, teamwork, and coaching.
Psychologists and practitioners need strong consulting skills to guide organizations and their leaders toward desired strategic and tactical outcomes. For in-house staff this encompasses assessing problematic areas, developing effective processes, and fostering appropriate behaviors aligned with organizational goals; for external consultants it includes similar steps, but also entails assessing the impact of culture and climate on organizational processes and individual behaviors.
Participants in the skills intensive will develop a working knowledge of the consultation process, acquire assessment skills, gain experience using select instruments, and achieve an understanding of expected deliverables. CSI participants will initially complete a series of pre-work readings. They will then be formed into small consultant teams that will work collaboratively during the retreat through an array of scenarios to support a notional client organization. The notional organizations represented encompass the private, government, and non-profit sectors. Team members will collaborate in applying previous coursework and assigned readings to assess the notional organization, use tools to identify/capture/quantify issues, develop tailored interventions, and formulate implementation strategies. Teams will be immersed in case analysis, role-playing, and hands-on activities. Added emphasis will be placed on consulting with matrix, virtual, and global organizations. At the conclusion of the CSI, each team will draw from the products completed during the session to out-brief for their notional client. Collectively, the skills intensive provides participant a systematic framework to leverage as future organizational consultants.
The following are key learning outcomes you will be expected to achieve as part of your CSI retreat experience:
Consulting Skills Intensive retreat topics may include, but are not limited to, the following areas: