Coach Development

The Immunity to Change™ approach is specifically designed to help individuals, work teams, and organizations make those personal and collective changes that are most important to them– but have proven resistant even to thoughtful plans and heartfelt intentions. Minds at Work offers an array of programs to equip you to use our powerful, engaging, effective, research-based tools to support your clients and colleagues in making essential improvements.

Finding the program that is right for you.

Are you new to Immunity to Change?

Our ITC Facilitator’s Workshop in Boston, Online Facilitator’s Workshop and Mapmaking for 1:1 Coaching workshops provide a highly interactive and collaborative training environment focusing on the first step in Immunity to Change coaching — learning how to use the diagnostic power of the ITC map to uncover the hidden immune system that prevents change. You’ll discover how to help a client create a powerful ITC map in a 1:1 coaching relationship. The ITC Facilitator’s Workshop in Boston and Online Facilitator’s Workshop also prepare you to lead the ITC map making process in small group or workshop settings. There is no prerequisite for participation in these programs. Completion of any one of them will qualify you to participate in the deeper work of ITC Testing, Using ITC with Teams, or The Coach Certification Program, or to apply for the Qualified Map Facilitator status.

Have you attended one of our introductory programs and would like to continue building your skills?

We are pleased to announce two new programs for facilitators and coaches who would like to gain additional effectiveness in Immunity to Change work. ITC Testing builds upon your skills in helping clients identify their limiting assumptions that are ripe for further exploration and to create a series of ITC tests that can systematically generate data to overturn their immune systems. Online ITC with Teams prepares you to work with a team to diagnose and overturn a collective immune system – a powerful mindset that can obstruct the desired performance of an intact team or even an entire organization.


Why has Minds at Work begun offering virtual learning programs alongside your traditional public programs in Boston? Is this something new?

Health and safety concerns around COVID-19 have prompted us to cancel in-person programs this spring and begin to offer more opportunities to connect online. This way of working is not new for us! We have supported clients and conducted coach development sessions online for a number of years. What is new is the greater variety of offerings we’ve just announced.

Taking more of our programs online also means that many members of our global community will be able to learn about and deepen their ITC practice without the additional expenses of travel.

I noticed some of the introductory programs have a lot in common. How are they different from each other and how do I decide which is best for me?

That’s true! Minds at Work now offers THREE ways to become a skilled Immunity Map facilitator. You can use these descriptions to discern which fits your learning goals and style. You can learn more about each of them in the Coach Development section of our website.

Our “classic” Boston Facilitator’s Workshop brings together 35-50 participants from around the world for three packed days to 1) get a taste of the deeper theory behind ITC, 2) practice conducting an Immunity Map Workshop that can be presented to a group of just about any size and 3) practice facilitating a map in a 1:1 coaching session.

Our new Online Facilitator’s Workshop takes place virtually over a three-day period. During this offering, groups of 20-30 participants from the MAW global community work online in large and small groups to learn how to facilitate the Immunity Map in both 1:1 and small-group settings (such as with an intact team where each member is working on their personal Immunity Map).

We’re also launching a new workshop,Mapmaking for 1:1 Coaching, in which groups of six participants will learn to create maps in coaching conversations with individual clients. This online, real-time program offers the lowest faculty:participant ratio and so each cohort member will receive lots of individual attention from the program leader.

Each of these introductory programs also introduces participants to the next step in Immunity to Change coaching: using SMART experiments to support clients in overturning the psychological Immune System that is obstructing their abilities to make essential change. Completion of any of these programs will qualify you to move on to our Using ITC with Teams program (either in person or online), our new offering of ITC Testing, or our year-long Coach Certification Program.

Who teaches these virtual programs?

Our Minds at Work senior faculty: Maria DeCarvalho, Deb Helsing, Bob Kegan and Lisa Lahey lead all of our coach development programs. Typically, all four of them participate in the Boston Facilitator’s Workshop and the Online FW. Deb and Maria lead all the Teams Day programs, in Boston and virtual, and the ITC Testing course together. Deb or Maria will lead a cohort in our online Mapmaking for 1:1 Coaching class.

I hope to earn a Qualified ITC Map Facilitator credential. Can I apply for it after one of these virtual programs?

Yes! Completing any of our three introductory programs will enable you to apply to become a Qualified ITC Map Facilitator.

Okay, I am interested in registering for one of the virtual programs. What’s that like? Do I need to be online the entire time?

Just as we do in every Minds at Work program, whether we gather in Boston or virtually, we ask that you commit to being present and engaged for the entire time, which probably requires clearing your calendar of other commitments ahead of time. Our trainings are highly interactive, and your participation and perspective support your colleagues’ learning as well as your own! We always include regular breaks throughout the program, and – since we appreciate the realities of working from home – we aren’t bothered by the on-screen appearance of family members, pets, a cup of tea or a snack. It’s also important to know that the ICF requires anyone seeking credits from a program to participate in every session.

What technology will I need to participate?

You will need a reliable high-speed internet connection and the ability to access the videoconferencing system Zoom (required) and Google Docs (optional, but recommended). Both Zoom and Google Docs are available for free. A web-enabled camera is strongly recommended as well, so that we can see you! We will send out more info on technology closer to the program.

What about materials?

Final information on materials is forthcoming. We expect to use some readings from the book Immunity to Change. If you don’t already own a copy of Immunity to Change, you may wish to purchase it now. We may also make use of other readings (in the form of digital PDFs) that we will distribute through email.

Will the workshop be recorded or available for replay?

To protect the privacy of our participants and protect our intellectual property, these programs will not be recorded, in accordance with our policies for in-person workshops in Boston.

Can I receive ICF credit for these online programs?

Yes, for full participation in our existing programs (both the Boston and Online Facilitator’s Workshops and both versions of Using ITC with Teams) you will receive ICF CCE credits. We will shortly be applying for ICF credentialing for our newest programs: ITC Map Making for 1:1 Coaching and ITC Testing. We expect to be able to offer credits for full participation in those programs.

Can you give me a quick comparison of the programs?

This chart shows how the programs compare to each other and fit together as a learning path:

Program Prerequisites Format Duration Typical Group Size Next Session 2020 Tuition
Boston Facilitator’s Workshop None Currently scheduled as an in-person training in Boston 3 days 25-50 Next dates TBD $3,400 standard

$2,950 early

Online Facilitator’s Workshop None Online – Using Zoom 3 days 20-30 September 23-25
October 21-23
$3,400 standard

$2,950 early

Mapmaking for 1:1 Coaching None Online – Using Zoom Five 3-hour sessions 6 Next dates TBD $3,400 standard

$2,950 early

ITC Testing Boston Facilitator’s Workshop, Online Facilitator’s Workshop, or Mapmaking for 1:1 Coaching Online – Using Zoom Four 3-hour sessions 20-30 Next dates TBD $3,400 standard

$2,950 early

Boston Teams day Boston Facilitator’s Workshop, Online Facilitator’s Workshop, or Mapmaking for 1:1 Coaching Currently scheduled as an in-person training in Boston One full day 15-20 Next dates TBD $1,500
Online Teams day Boston Facilitator’s Workshop, Online Facilitator’s Workshop, or Mapmaking for 1:1 Coaching Online – Using Zoom One full day 15-20 October 30
November 20
Coach Certification Program Boston Facilitator’s Workshop, Online Facilitator’s Workshop, or Mapmaking for 1:1 Coaching In person 2 residencies in Boston;  individual coaching; conference calls; program website. 15-20 Cohort launching October 2020 $18,000 standard

$14,500 nonprofit

Adult Development Assessment: The SOI None In person 3 days 15-20 Next dates TBD $3,950 standard

$2,750 nonprofit

$2,250 student