“If you want to understand another person in some fundamental way you must know where the person is in [their] evolution… What is most important for us to know in understanding another is not the other’s experience but what that experience means to [them].”
– Robert Kegan, The Evolving Self
The Subject-Object Interview (SOI), described in In Over Our Heads, Immunity to Change and An Everyone Culture, is our adult development assessment tool that has been used all over the world, across all sectors, over the last forty years. A trained interviewer/analyst can use this instrument to identify, with high degrees of interrater reliability, where someone is in their evolutionary journey.
Successful completion of the online workshop will allow you to use the interview tool to fit your professional or research purposes, and there is an added benefit to participants as they join a community of professionals who share a common goal in understanding and supporting adult development.
The assessment can be used for multiple purposes including to:
The interview is used widely by leadership coaches and program directors, HR professionals, and researchers whose primary focus is adult learning and development. Successful completion of the course will allow you to use it to fit your professional or research purposes, and there is an added benefit to participants as they join a community of professionals who share a common goal in supporting adults. Participants will also experience and learn best practices for conducting the SOI interview + debrief virtually.
The optional, additional certification as a Reliable SOI Scorer includes additional practice with the tool, analyzing and scoring 5 new SOI transcripts, and feedback on your work.
Cohorts are facilitated by Deborah Helsing, EdD or Annie Howell, EdD
The program consists of five three-hour sessions with individual work in between meetings.
To receive information about future sessions join the interest list!
Enrollment will be limited to not more than 16 participants per cohort so as to preserve the highly-interactive design of our program.
For a limited time, register for 2021 sessions at our 2020 rates!
Discounted rate for those working exclusively in the non-profit sector
Full time student
Certification Fee (optional)
Fees include all materials and 15 hrs of ICF CCE credit (8 Core Competency hours and 7 Research Development hours).