Schulich Executive Learning Centre

Practicum in OD and Change (Masters Certificate in Organization Development and Change)

Available dates

Jun 15, 2020—Jan 1, 2021
6 days
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
CAD 2495 ≈USD 1882
CAD 415 per day
Jun 17, 2020—Jan 31, 2021
6 days
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
CAD 2495 ≈USD 1882
CAD 415 per day


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About the course

OD Practicum

In the OD Practicum, you will apply your OD knowledge and skills in a real client/consultant relationship. Closely mentored by an on-site OD professional, you will provide consulting services to a group or organization, and demonstrate your ability to:

  • Understand a situation with which you are unfamiliar or largely unfamiliar
  • Create energy for organizational/individual change and improvement
  • Collaborate with a client group, and with a learning partner (another Practicum participant)
  • Demonstrate ethical awareness related to OD
  • Receive, and if possible, apply feedback and guidance from a local Field Guide/Mentor

As theory and practice are integrally related in the field of OD, your Practicum will be a time of both action and reflection. You will select ideas and theories taught earlier in the program streams, try them out and explore how the ideas and practices can inform each other. The OD Practicum will require a minimum of six days of your time, over approximately seven months.

The Practicum site is of your own choosing, and may be your own place of work, but not within your actual paid role. Since your Practicum is intended to be an opportunity for you to offer a valuable contribution to an organization AND to grow and develop as a reflective OD practitioner, your interests, and the needs of your chosen group or organization will determine the nature of the practical OD work you undertake. You may or may not be able to carry out a full OD intervention within the time available.

The Practicum consists of the following five phases:

  • An evening orientation with the Practicum leaders and your peer support group
  • Client Selection
  • Implementation
  • On-going note-taking and written reflection
  • Separation/closure

Who should attend

  • Organization Development and Human Resource practitioners
  • Internal and external Consultants
  • Managers and supervisors
  • Team leaders
  • Adult educators, trainers, facilitators, coaches and change leaders

Trust the experts

Michelle Chambers

Biography Michelle brings more than 25 years of proven and successful leadership, coaching, training and consulting experience, including work with three of Canada’s Top-50 employers, a Financial Post Top-100 organization and a Greater Toronto 2011 and 2013 Top-50 Employer. Michelle is an organi...


Marilyn Laiken

Biography Program Director, Centre of Excellence in Organization Development and Change and Centre of Excellence in Adult Training and Development, Schulich Executive Education Centre, York University Marilyn is also past Chair of the OISE, University of Toronto Department of Adult Education &a...


Ray Gordezkey

Ray Gordezky is well known for his work facilitating strategic organizational learning, change, and action that addresses contentious issues and complex circumstances. He is Principal and co-founder of Threshold Associates, where he works with business, community and public service leaders to str...


Doug Miron

Doug is recognized for providing top notch experiential learning programs that enhance employee engagement and advance individual, team and organizational performance. His areas of expertise include Organization Development; Leadership Strategy; Talent Management; Executive Coaching and Change Le...


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