Joseph Melnick Ph.D., lives in Portland, Maine where he works as a Clinical and Organizational Psychologist. He is co-chair of the Cape Cod Training Program, and Board Member of the Gestalt International Study Center. The founding editor of the Gestalt Review, he is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on intimate systems, group dynamics and organizational and social change. He trains and teaches world-wide.
This highly effective micro-intervention technique produces rapid and enduring growth and change. Based on the individual or group understanding their competence through a series of observations and reinforcements from the facilitator, growth is accomplished by expanding their behavior range and building on those competencies. The Model is based on the ability of the intervener to develop trust through intimate interactions, and facilitate change through strategic interactions.
The Cape Cod Model teaches tools that enable individuals to be more effective in working one-on-one, in groups, and in organizational settings. Participants will learn to increase their impact and create positive change in all areas of life by applying basic principles and practices that reflect a powerful core methodology:
• Through an optimistic approach, people can be taught to develop and apply skills that enable them to work together to achieve productive and satisfying outcomes.
• The focus is on learning to recognize what happens among groups of people, not on understanding or labeling individuals. The goal is to perceive the system created when two or more people are interacting.
• The assumption that both individuals and groups are doing the best they can at any given time makes it possible to appreciate and articulate their strengths and what they are doing well. This supportive approach enables people to then discover impediments to their productivity and satisfaction.
• Influence is best directed toward enhancing awareness of how people relate to each other. To be influential requires developing awareness of our own patterns of relating; with this self-knowledge individuals can then use themselves authentically as instruments of change.
• By valuing multiple perspectives – or “multiple realities” – people can be taught how to minimize conflict by inviting differences and using them creatively.
• Behavior can be strategic, meant to achieve a goal, or intimate, intended to enhance connection among people. These ways of relating must be balanced differently in accordance with the nature and function of each relationship.
These skills are developed through detailed observation, ongoing practice, and feedback from a supportive learning community, which the Cape Cod Training Program provides.