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Relational Organisational Gestalt (ROG) Programme

A Certificate/Diploma programme leading to a European Accreditation as GPO (Gestalt Practitioner in Organisations).

What is ROG?

Relational Organisational Gestalt (ROG) is a holistic and practical approach to facilitating organisational and individual change. It is informed by Gestalt psychotherapy, and the latest thinking in systems theory and complexity, as well as by other complementary theoretical concepts. The programme is structured around our SOS (SELF, OTHER, SITUATION) framework which holds at its centre the importance of developing and nurturing ethical presence. For more information on the ROG programme, please download our Learning Outcomes flyer and watch our ROG videos on the Resources Page.

Self-Other-Situation ROG

Who is it for?

The ROG programme of workshops we offer provides skill enhancing training for coaches, consultants, leaders/managers, OD or HR professionals, facilitators and change agents working in any field. This training is also ideal for therapists and counsellors aiming to move into coaching or organisational work.

The Structure

Phase One: ROG Certificate/Diploma Programme

The Certificate/Diploma programme comprises six 2 day workshops, which focus on developing awareness and skills in three interrelated areas: self, other, and situation. Together, they offer powerful frameworks to understand, lead and facilitate change in challenging times. The six modules are:

  • FOUNDATION module
  • SELF module
  • OTHER module
  • PROCESS module
  • SITUATION module
  • ADVANCED module

Completion of all six modules can lead to a certificate/diploma being awarded. Each module does stand alone and depending on participants can be taken independently. However, it is recommended that participants attend the ROG Foundation workshop before any of the others. This provides an introduction to the theory and practice of Relational Gestalt as applied to organisations, and is an excellent taster for those considering the full course.

Phase Two: Peer learning and Applications Group (PAG) - leading to EAGT GPO Accreditation

This advanced PAG training is a consolidation of learning gained in phase one of the training through peer support and a focus on more in-depth application in organisations. This phase will support people to prepare their portfolio/dossier of evidence and reflection as required for submission when applying for the award of GPO; (Gestalt Practitioner in Organisations - awarded by European Association for Gestalt Therapy - EAGT).

Phase two comprises 7 days with an optional GPO accreditation day for those wishing to proceed for this award.

Newsletter Features

For further information, please see the following Relational Change newsletters articles on the ROG programme:

YouTube Resources

The "ROG Out In The Wild" Series

We are delighted to bring you nine illustrations of how the ROG approach has made a difference to individuals and organisations. These articles, vlogs and personal reflections come from a diverse mix of practitioners, some of whom are experienced leaders but new to ROG, while some are seasoned OD professionals. What the contributions all point to however, is the potency and importance of a relational and emergent approach in organisational work.


  1. Justin Denholm:The SOS model and tuberculosis programmatic change in the COVID pandemic.

  2. Jessica Löwenhielm and Niklas Lindhardt:Applying Relational Organisational Gestalt using a 5D Appreciative Inquiry process for team and organisational development.

  3. Maggie Marriott:The relief of the ecological turn.

  4. Cathie O’Brien:How do I use ROG in educational settings/children’s services?

  5. Lazaro Wolf:ROG and the change in my Self.

  6. Steven Goldstein:How a ROG approach helps me, my coaching and my clients.

  7. Eva Deligiannis:The Wave model and the Victorian Judicial System.

  8. James Woodeson:How ROG has impacted my work.

  9. Toni Clarkson:ROG – a homecoming.


Please download the following flyers for costs and dates of upcoming and ongoing workshops and programmes:

Upcoming 2024-2025 Course Dates, Times and Costs

Ongoing 2023-2024 Course Dates and Times

Email for booking.



MARIE-ANNE CHIDIAC DPsych, Ashridge/EMCC Accredited Coach, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist and Supervisor, GPO-EAGT. Co-Founder and Director of Relational Change.

Marie-Anne is an experienced OD practitioner, coach, psychotherapist, trainer and supervisor. She has a background in consulting having worked with board level and senior executives in the public and private sectors and has led major change management programmes internationally. An engineer by training, Marie-Anne enjoys the complexity of working with individuals and teams. Gestalt theory, praxis and research are her passion, challenge and support. She is the author of "Relational Organisational Gestalt: An Emergent Approach to Organisational Development".

Sally Denham-Vaughan

SALLY DENHAM-VAUGHAN DPsych, Chartered Coaching Psychologist, BPS, Supervisor, GPO-EAGT. Co-Founder and Director of Relational Change.

Sally works as an Organisational Consultant, Accredited Coach/Coach Supervisor, Trainer and Facilitator with Public, Private, Academic and not-for-profit organisations in the UK and Internationally. She has a background in Clinical Psychology and Gestalt Psychotherapy with over 25 years’ experience in senior leadership positions in the NHS in the UK. She is an Associate with the Taos Institute and was chair of the committee for Gestalt Practitioners in Organisations, (GPO), within the European Association for Gestalt Therapy. Sally's work is grounded in a passion for ecology and co-emergence.


Aline Giordano

ALINE GIORDANO MSc(Dist), MPhil, MA, PGDip(Dist), BA, EAGT., Member of the Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance.

Aline is a Gestalt coach, organisational consultant and trainer. Her background is in large systems such as the music industry, the National Health Service (NHS) and Higher Education. Aline is interested in how individuals and organisations are impacted by culture and how culture enables creativity – or stifles it. Why is this important? Because creativity is one of the most in-demand organisational soft skills. Creativity leverages the systemic challenges around wellbeing and exclusionary culture in the workplace, and society at large. It takes creativity to fully show up, manage and lead, as well as navigating the implicit workings of all forms of power. It takes creativity to create culture that can challenge and change culture. As a ROG (Relational Organisational Gestalt) practitioner, Aline works with a broad range of clients exploring new ways to tap into their creativity. She combines Gestalt and Creative Writing as a method.

What I love about the ROG approach is that it is experimental and experiential; I can support my clients to fully experience what is going on for them on the inside, in the moment, in relation to others and the given situation. The co-emergent and customised process of ROG lends itself very well to the non-verbal, intuitive and creative.

John Hovell

JOHN HOVELL, MSc. European Accredited Gestalt Therapist EAGT., PMP, CKM, ODCP, Managing Director & Co-Founder, STRATactical International

John is a practitioner, speaker, and author in OD/KM strategies and their application to current organizational challenges. He identifies as loving awareness and is particularly passionate in an emerging field called Conversational Leadership. Conversational Leadership is a blend of Organization Development, Diversity & Inclusion, Knowledge Management and Project Management.

John led a team to win a Chairman's Award at BAE Systems in 2014. Previously, John was part of a team to win the prestigious NOVA award, Lockheed Martin's top recognition award. Additionally, he has been instrumental in the creation and execution of transformation change efforts in dozens of countries.

John volunteers as the corporate lead for the award-winning annual STEMmerday event where thousands of participants engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math related learning activities. John serves on several advisory boards including the International Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy, International Knowledge Management Institute, Training Industry Quarterly, and Synergy Development and Training.

John has led 5 different teams that have won awards from Chief Learning Officer magazine. In 2015, he was named the 8th most influential person in Knowledge Management. He published a chapter in a book titled "Making It Real: Sustaining Knowledge Management" and became a fellow with the Royal Society for Arts (RSA). In 2009, he was honoured by Training Magazine as one of the "Top Young Trainers" after being honoured in 2008 as one of the top "Young Trainers to Watch".

What if Relational Organisational Gestalt (ROG) is a core approach for all Organisation Development (OD) practitioners? What if there's an inclusive and practicing community for ROG practitioners? What if there's an opportunity to partner, learn, expand, and further the field of ROG? I'm passionate to explore these questions and collectively progress the possibilities for applying Gestalt in organisations.

James Woodeson

JAMES WOODESON, Gestalt Practitioner in Organisations (GPO), EAGT., Professional Certified Coach (PCC) ICF. and founder of the UK and Swiss based Organisational Coaching.

James is an organisational coach, working with 1:1 clients, teams and organisational systems predominantly with global clients HQ'd in Switzerland, Germany, UK and USA. He is director of Woodeson Executive Coaching Ltd, Woodeson Executive Coaching AG and a board member and director of Gestalt Publishing Ltd.

At 16, James' first job was in a chicken factory. This was followed by a pig farm. After leaving the Norfolk countryside, he graduated with a degree in Banking and Finance and joined the Global Markets business of HSBC. He developed into a leader and board director of subsidiaries over 15 years, working in five different countries in the process.

The journey included; managing risk, sales, relationship management, team leadership and complex sets of stakeholders. He also squeezed in a 02:59 marathon! Most enjoyable of all however, was starting a family and raising two daughters, who are a great source of fun, challenge and creativity.

James has recently relocated from Zürich, with his wife and daughters and now lives in Norfolk, England. He loves reading, cooking, wine and also enjoys running, swimming and hiking.

As Ruth Ozeki once wrote, 'Our lives and stories are intertwined with the lives and stories of others.' I want to get (even more) involved with Relational Change and ROG because we share a belief that creating positive change in the world requires building strong, meaningful connections with our situation, others and ourselves. My experience of being a part of ROG has been about placing relationships and human connection at the heart of our work, recognizing that individual, organisational and societal change are interdependent. By working together, we can amplify our voices, share our experiences, and create a collective vision for a better future for our intertwined lives and stories.

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