OD Practitioner Programme

Developing the skills and knowledge for effective organisational development practice.

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We deliver this programme face to face at one of our venues in the UK, Ireland and Singapore. You can check dates and availability on this page or contact us


We can deliver this programme through interactive online sessions which are facilitated live. You can check dates and availability on this page or contact us


We can deliver this in your organisation as an in-house programme for teams or as part of a wider tailored development programme. To find out more contact us


OD intervention can support teams and individuals of all levels to perform more effectively and increase the learning capacity of an organisation as a whole. Effective OD within organisations, and across networks, is vital in making change programmes stick and this success is driven by people who understand OD and who have all the tools and techniques available to successfully influence and communicate with people in a range of situations. Our OD Practitioner Programme is an in-depth approach which ensures you leave the programme as a highly effective OD Practitioner able to deliver successful and impactful organisational development back to your organisation.

This course is for you if…

  • You identify as working within the field of OD but aren’t yet comfortable with being called an ‘OD Practitioner’
  • You’re a change agent, manager or leader who recognises the importance of bringing people with you but want to have a greater insight into how to achieve this
  • You have a background in HR or are a Learning and Development professional or similar who wants to have more of an OD lens and add OD skills to your portfolio
  • You’re involved in local authority or public sector transformations which require changes in mindset as well as structures and services
  • You’re in the commercial sector and have been recognised as having OD ability
  • You work in a non-profit environment that is needing to attend to its internal dynamics as well as its commitment to its external mission and purpose
  • Build your confidence and impact as an OD practitioner.
  • Increase your self-awareness by identifying strengths and development needs in relation to a set of OD practitioner capabilities.
  • Broaden your knowledge of the history and roots of OD practice and increase your influencing and facilitation skills.
  • Develop a systemic approach to identifying OD needs.
  • Improve your knowledge of group dynamics and your ‘use of self’ and their impact on your OD practice.
  • Grow your network of like-minded OD Practitioners in parallel roles across sectors
  • Be an effective OD practitioner within their organisation
  • Be able to lead change management programmes with more confidence and impact
  • Have the skillset, tools and techniques to influence effectively
  • Be capable of communicating across all levels and in challenging situations
  • Have a greater awareness of what influences people’s ability to embrace change in organisations and understand how to intervene effectively
  • Initiate and follow through participative approaches to complex change

Massive insight into myself, my capability and my potential. I felt so much more attached to and involved in the experience than I ever thought I could. I learned more about myself and my potential than I ever thought possible.

Philippa Richards Learning and Development Manager, NFU Mutual

Programme Outline

The OD Practitioner Programme will equip you with a core understanding of what OD is, with practical OD tools and techniques; it will improve your skills and provide you with greater awareness of your self and group process, in the context of organisations and networks. We achieve this by bringing theory to life through practice – using your real world situations and experiences as the starting point for deep learning.

Mapping of OD

An overview and discussion of OD history, current relevance, values and definitions, inclusion, connecting and consulting, working with difference, partnership, ownership and the OD cycle


Self-awareness and self-audit, use of ‘self’ and instrumentality, relational dynamics, the uniqueness of individual experience

Impact and influencing

Intended and actual impact in one-to-one interactions working with actors, giving and receiving feedback, putting new knowledge and insight into practice in the group

Enquiry and intervention
Connecting individuals in groups, inclusion and exclusion, noticing and intervening, enquiry and crafting incisive questions, storytelling and facilitating.

Group dynamics
Bringing group dynamics theory to life through practice, exploring Gestalt principles e.g. resolving unfinished business, building and examining group effectiveness.

The power of groups
Large Group Interventions and Action Learning.


Course details

The OD Practitioner Programme is divided into two parts, each three days long. It can be extended to an Advanced level with a further three days and additional time building a portfolio for the Graduate Certificate. The programme is structured around individuals, groups and organisations, often referred to in Organisational Development as self, group and system.

Self-enquiry is a key component of the OD practitioner programme and at the start of part 1 you’ll be asking yourself some important questions: ‘What’s brought me here?’ ‘How expert am I feeling?’ ‘What are my strengths?’ ‘Where could I usefully develop?’ Not only does this give you a benchmark for your knowledge journey, it helps us surface and work with differences right from the start.

Early on you’ll be introduced to a map of OD, giving you an overview and a grounding into what OD is and how the origins of OD influence its values and priorities. We’ll explore how inclusion is linked to values and look at how OD practitioners calibrate to, understand and challenge the norms around them.

We will explore the nature of contracting, from an internal and external OD perspective, bringing this to life within the group to illustrate the theory and practice.

Instrumentality is an important feature of OD and this programme. We look at the use of self, the idea that who you are influences what you do, your decisions and actions and the impact you have on others.

On the third day of module 1, we bring in professional actors to give you the opportunity to try out and receive feedback on an important conversation you know you need to have with someone from your real world. We’ll also give you chance to consider how your participant group is operating and what might increase its effectiveness.

Groups continue to be important in part 2 and using the participant group as a laboratory for interventions is a key feature. We’ll start with enquiry as a key OD practitioner skill. You’ll learn what makes a good frame and how to ask insightful questions that really draw out opinions and perspectives of people in the room.

Before and during this part of the programme, you’ll be asked to think explicitly about inclusion and exclusion and your experiences of intervening in groups using the method of story circles. We’ll apply this method in practice by using it to explore your experiences of intervening, seeking to facilitate, or shift what’s going on in a group, which in turn gives you a new way to intervene with a group!

Using the frame of the Burke-Litwin-Stringer model, we’ll ask you to co-devise and co-facilitate an intervention for the group so you can experience what it’s like to collaborate in the planning and preparation as well as the delivery phase of an intervention. This is a feedback rich experience, as it’s immediately followed by self-critique and peer and tutor feedback.

Group dynamic theory underpins this whole module, and as a group you’ll use our group effectiveness questionnaire to score yourselves against that ranking. We’ll explore methods and group dynamic theories and throughout you’ll be asked to examine and voice what’s going on for you within the group. This helps you move beyond politeness and get real.


Programme Duration

  • Part One: Three days
  • Part Two: Three days


Part One:

17 – 19 November 2020

16 – 18 February 2021

Part Two:

2 – 4 February 2021

11 – 13 May 2021

*An early bird fee of £3,500+VAT is valid for all bookings received 8 weeks ahead of the programme start date when it will revert to the full programme fee of £4,000+VAT

Fees are inclusive of all tuition fees, materials, meals and accommodation    

We offer a limited number of discounted places to registered charities, please contact our client services to find out more


Roffey Park is taking bookings for face-to-face programmes starting from September onwards. You can book in confidence, safe in the knowledge that if government restrictions prevent your attendance, we will either reimburse you in full or book you onto a later, suitable start date. We are also able to offer a range of facilitated, online learning modules on an open, in-house or bespoke basis, please contact us to find out more.

How to Contact Us

In the UK


+44 (0) 1293 854042

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In Europe


+353 (0) 87188 3370

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In Asia Pacific


+65 6386 0590

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