Organisational Development Consultant

UKAHPP is an equal opportunities organisation. If the procedure for applying for membership is not appropriate to your situation, please let our Administrator know so that we can respond appropriately.

Applicants must demonstrate throughout the application a capacity to work with clients from a variety of different communities and have the ability to work with issues of difference, including
1. cultural differences as a result of belonging to minority ethnic groups
2. sexuality and gender differences
3. work with people who have mental health difficulties and/or are differently abled.
4. faith and spiritual beliefs and practice
5. class and socio-cultural background.
They need to demonstrate how they address these and give examples from their practice of how they might work with someone who is different from them.
If their original training was inadequate in these areas they need to demonstrate how they have remedied this deficit since qualifying.

Criteria for Full Membership and Accreditation

1. Orientation

This must be humanistic, clearly demonstrated and illustrated with an interweave of theory and examples in practice showing how their humanistic approaches, such as open-ended interviewing, T-groups, experiential workshops, team building etc. honour the primacy, uniqueness and creativity of the individual and group in organisational dynamics.
Any personal therapy or personal development work should be included, showing how it has influenced their awareness and practice.

2. Training

This may be by apprenticeship within a consultancy organisation in this field: in this case it has to be demonstrated that organisational development projects have been carried out. OR it may be through a diploma, an MA or MSc or PhD, preferably in a suitable management field. The description of training or apprenticeship should demonstrate how humanistic awareness was transmitted, or if that was not the case, how the applicants humanistic awareness emerged and integrated with the training culture they experienced, and how their subsequent learning compensated.
Evidence of the training organisation(s), its/their orientation(s) and the curricula experienced must be documented. Any supervisors’ reports from that period should be included.

3. Experience

If a suitable degree or diploma has been obtained, 5 years’ experience in the organisational development field is sufficient before applying for accreditation and this need not have been continuous though it would be preferred. If there are breaks in experience it should be shown how proficiency and understanding have been maintained. If no such degree
or diploma has been obtained, 10 years’ experience must be demonstrated, with evidence of humanistic learning undertaken, which need not have been continuous, with the above proviso.

4. Supervision

If a degree has been obtained, it will be assumed that the work has been done under supervision. If no degree has been obtained, supervision within apprenticeship or experience must be demonstrated. Where humanistic styles of work have been undertaken, it must be demonstrated that some form of humanistically informed supervision or support group has been set up. The point is that humanistic consultancy is more emotionally rigorous than other kinds, and that this has to be supported and supervised within this context. Supervisor’s report (s) must be included.

5. Confirmation

There must be some evidence that the applicant is at present acting as an Organisational Development Consultant working humanistically, or with humanistic awareness. Written references from 2 colleagues are required. These can be supervisors, members of support groups, co-consultants or other people involved in some way. They should not be people in the pay of the applicant or subordinate to the applicant, or students of the applicant.

6. General

All statements in every section should be supported by some form of evidence. These need not always be formal certificates or diplomas, but should always be checkable.

7. Professional Executor

It is a requirement that accredited Full members have an ongoing Professional Executor arrangement, for which guidelines are available from the Admin office and in the members’ area of the website.

8. Interview

If all the above criteria have been met successfully then the application will be followed by an interview with the Membership and Accreditation Committee.

Application for OD Consultant accreditation is by means of an application form which is available on the Members’ Area of the website.

In order to apply for accreditation an applicant must be or (first become) an Associate working towards accreditation so that detailed advice and ongoing support can be provided, and to have access to the forms and guidance in the Members’ Area of the UKAHPP website.