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If you have heard of CDF, the Constructive Developmental Framework, and are interested in learning it, you will have to be a self-starter and acquire an outline of the CDF Framework first on your own, and then join our small international cohorts of 5-6 participants meeting at regular intervals via Zoom to work with Otto Laske as their supervisor. Instruction is based on prior developmental knowledge acquired by reading what you find at https://interdevelopmentals.org/?page_id=1974, IDM Publications, Section B1 (English) or B2 (Spanish and German), depending on your native language. Download the Gateway Bundle, a collection of several modules. then start reading. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for encouragement and further information.
CDF methods were created for thinking based on deep listening. They center on acquiring a structural understanding of people’s internal conversations by which one ends up understanding one’s own. Understanding internal conversations you begin to have a better grasp of human agency, — the way people design their life and work projects in response to social and cultural obstacles by silently speaking with themselves. By doing so, they bridge social and cultural structures, on one hand, and their own agency, on the other.
Participating in IDM cohort work leads you to new insights into how the human mind works from a developmental and ontological perspective. These insights strengthen your work as a coach, consultant, manager, and other helping professional because you gain a deep understanding of “where a person (or team) comes from”. Developmental-ontological work requires three tool sets: social-emotional, cognitive, and psychological.
IDM cohort work is graduate work and nowhere else taught. It leads to a ‘Master Developmental Consultant/Coach’ Certificate. You learn CDF in international cohorts conducted via Zoom by Otto Laske, IDM’s Director and Director of Education. Logistically, to master CDF you optimally want to proceed from A to D, as follows:
A. Labs are introductory workshops in which you follow up your self-study, working as member of a cohort whose members take responsibility for each others’ work, under the guidance of Otto Laske.
B. Studios are workshops in which, having acquired elementary knowledge of CDF, you receive critical feedback from Otto Laske as well as your peers on the assignments worked on in your cohort.
C. Practica are advanced workshops in which Otto Laske supervises each participant’s project from an adult-developmental and social-ontology perspective. The project can be an IDM case study or a project design of your own.
D: Salons are sessions which mingle practical work within one or more CDF dimension(s) with critique and self-reflection, making use of the tools exercised in labs, studios, and practica.
In 2021, Otto LASKE is offering the following learning opportunities in small international cohorts of 5-6 participants:
- Labs building up a social-emotional and dialectical thinking practice (incl. interviewing and assessment) that extend your self study of CDF methods.
- Studios for case study design, follow-through, and evaluation that enable you to give written and verbal feedback to individuals and teams interviewed by you based on CDF methods.
- Practica in which you engage in a variety of dialectical thinking practices with members of your cohort (see an outline of a 2020 Practicum at https://interdevelopmentals.org/?p=7690)
- Salons fusing labs, studios, and practica strengthening developmental and ontological thinking practice (with Nathan Snyder).
A second category of offerings comprises one-to-one work:
- Personal developmental assessment based on structured interview, with feedback given for your personal benefit and/or as a basis of building a developmental coaching and consulting practice.
- Personal and/or executive coaching by Otto Laske (based on prior CDF assessment).
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How the CDF approach is taught at its origin, the Interdevelopmental Institute (IDM)
Each of us is engaged in a life project split up into many work projects, one meant to improve on the other. That is what adult development consists of. Projects require design, follow-through, and evaluation to be of one piece. When launching a work project, we benefit from a social-ontology point of view as developed by R. Bhaskar and M. Archer since 1975. These authors remind us that in carrying out our projects, we answer to many antecedent social and cultural structures not of our making (and mostly hidden from us), which include the obstacles we have generated ourselves throughout our history. We launch projects based on internal conversations by which, sociologically and social-emotionally, we position ourselves toward others and the world at large in ways we are blind to. To cure us of this blindness, we need to revise how we habitually think, to discover the hidden social-emotional and cognitive structure of our mental processes.
Single individuals as much as teams easily get stuck in their projects because of lack of a clear understanding of their own internal conversations, and thus also their communication with others. They may understand their conversations’ contents but fail to discern their cognitive and social-emotional structure. CDF is a set of research-validated methods for understanding one’s own and other people’s internal conversations in structural terms, that is, in terms of what generates their content. Since we rarely understand our own internal conversations (if we even notice them), what we need to succeed in our life and work projects is a methodology that helps us grasp them through in-depth dialogue with like-minded others with whom we can share our projects.
IDM teaching is geared to supporting project design and project management as well as offering project design evaluation from a social-ontology perspective. Your project could be a developmental case study of a single person or entire team, or a project of your own envisioning. In developing your project, you will learn to employ four dialectical thinking modes that fuse developmental and ontological dimensions.
Four Dimensions of Project Design
CDF work is based on deep thinking and listening. For 20 years, CDF has helped coaches, consultants, managers, and other professionals to carry out their projects. CDF methods and tools provide a methodology for clarifying the four dimensions of a project design that are also the four dimensions of professionals’ internal conversations, and thus of their conversations with others:
- Social-emotional dimension: are you effectively positioned toward others to launch your project, and aware of this positioning?
- Cognitive dimension: is the quality of your thought process equal to the complexity of your project?
- Psychological dimension: can you balance psychological needs and internal as well as environmental pressures while designing and manifesting your project?
- Spiritual dimension: is your project life-enhancing, enough to strengthen your faith in yourself and the world?
Social-emotional issues regard the question of “what should I do and for whom?”, while cognitive issues have to do with the question of “what can I do and what are my options?” Both of them point to strengths and limitations regarding your maturity. Psychological questions are simpler; they center on the issue of “how am I presently doing?”, answers to which are determined by a person’s social-emotional and cognitive maturity level. Spiritual issues focus on the question of “what is the ultimate environment of my life project?” No accepted assessment methodology exists for treating such a question, but insight into one’s own and others’ level of adult development is of the greatest benefit for addressing it succinctly: one can only be as spiritual as one is developed in the first three dimensions named above.