2019 Certification Registration Closed

Registration for the next Certification will open May, 2020.

STAGES Certification for Coaching, Counseling & Psychotherapy

Master the application of the STAGES model of human development for your practice

Taught by Terri O’Fallon Ph.D., the originator of the STAGES model, and Kim Barta MA, a psychotherapist who has pioneered applications of the model in psychotherapy.

This is an 18-month course in three parts: theory, application, and supervision. It culminates in certification as a STAGES Certified Therapist, a STAGES Certified Counselor, or a STAGES Certified Coach.

Level 1A

STAGES Diagnostics:
Understanding the Model
September 11, 2019 — March 11, 2020

Live classes are held at two times:
  7am & 3 pm US Pacific, on the 2nd Wednesday

Level 1B

STAGES Intervention:
Applying the Model
April 8, 2020 – September 9, 2020

Live classes are held at two times:
  7am & 3 pm US Pacific, on the 2nd Wednesday

Level 1C

STAGES Supervision:
Working with Clients
Nov 11, 2020 – May 12, 2021

Live classes held at two times:
7 am & 3 pm US Pacific, on the 2nd Wednesday
PLUS one-on-one supervision sessions

About this Course:

We know our clients don’t always make meaning the same way that we do. In fact, that very idea is built into the coaching and therapy models we use. Yet these models often presume an individualistic point of view, when in fact many of our clients may not be there yet or be well beyond it. This can have profound implications for how we engage with our practice and how effective we are with our clients.   

In the Diagnostics portion of this certification (September 11, 2019 – March 11, 2020), you will gain a cognitive understanding of the STAGES developmental model. The Intervention portion (April 8, 2020 – September 9, 2020) you will apply this model inside of your own practice and modality.  

Post-Course Supervision and Certification

Along with the Diagnostics and Intervention courses, participants will also have 6 months of individual and group Supervision in applying STAGES in their professional practice. Supervision is expected to begin in November 2020, after the completion of the course work.

Course Structure:

The Diagnostics course (September 11 – March 11) will help you to understand the different levels of development, or Tiers: the Concrete, the Subtle, and the Meta Aware, all from Individual and Collective perspectives.

The Diagnostics section of the course consists of six monthly cycles of study, practice, and evaluation focused on video teachings, homework, adaptive games and learning exercises, and group work. You will also apply this model with other students in online practice groups, which will be recorded and critiqued to help refine the model’s application. There is ample room for Q&A, and everything is recorded and can be accessed throughout the course.

Diagnostics consists of:
Month 1: Confidentiality, rapport, fashioning tier questions and fashioning Individual/Collective questions
Month 2: Fashioning Receptive, Active, Reciprocal, Interpenetrative questions
Month 3: Determining an initial diagnosis
Month 4: Testing the diagnosis
Month 5: Does the diagnosis indicate an intervention related to shadow, skills, or transformation?
Month 6: Your recording a sample coaching or therapy session to be evaluated

Beyond understanding the STAGES model there will be discussions about what this means in practical application for coaching, counseling, psychotherapy and spiritual mentoring.

The Intervention section of the course (April 8, 2020 – September 9, 2020) will have you apply this model  with a willing volunteer from your private practice and record confidential therapy or coaching sessions. These will then be evaluated by qualified STAGES Faculty.

Please contact us if you have questions about the program.

What’s Included in this Certification Course:

18+ hours of video teachings recorded specifically for each module

Two-time zones to choose from for the live classes, so you can take these at convenient times anywhere in the world

A dedicated website to host everything in a single place

Homework and weekly accountabilities to ensure you’re learning the model and applying it to get results

Discussion forums where you can connect with other students and with faculty and Terri and Kim

The ability to download the audio recordings of the talks, to use in the future

In-depth Q&A’s with Terri and Kim to address specific questions as they arise in your understanding of the model and in applying it to your practice

Extensive, hands-on application, with supervision, of the model with each other and with willing clients

Partner exercises between sessions to allow for connection, support, accountability, and learning

Six months of supervision where you’ll meet in groups and with faculty to discuss how the implementation of the model is working with your clients

STAGES Certification for Coaching, Counseling & Psychotherapy – Live Q&A Session

Please contact us if you have questions about the program

What You’ll Learn and Practice:

  • How the model can work seamlessly with your current training
  • How STAGES can support human transformation
  • Why this model can work so seamlessly with your own training as a coach or therapist
  • Understanding the process of applying STAGES in real-world situations
  • How this model relates to psychological and collective shadows
  • Ways to determine your clients level of perspective taking
  • Why it’s important to offer different kinds of support and challenge to different levels (and especially to those who may be transiting from one level to another)
  • Understanding how your clients’ ongoing development can be encouraged and supported
  • How your own developmental perspective influences your work and your interactions
  • Working with traumas inside of the STAGES model
  • How a community of like-minded practitioners can offer a far more powerful and effective learning environment
  • The latest edges of human development and what we know about them
  • Ways to continue your own path of continuous evolution and growth


You will be assessed throughout the Diagnostics section (how to understand development) and the Intervention section (how to apply the model inside your own practice), along with the concurrent supervision that will be occurring with faculty.


Live sessions are held at two times on the second Wednesday of the month to accommodate as many as possible. You need only attend one of the sessions.

Level 1A: STAGES Diagnostics

Sep 11, 2019 — Mar 11, 2020
2nd Wednesday
@ 7 am or 3 pm US Pacific

September  11
October 2*
November 13
December 11
February 12**
March 11

* First Wednesday of month
** No sessions in January, 2020

Level 1B: STAGES Intervention

Apr 8, 2019 — Sep 9, 2020
2nd Wednesday
@ 7 am or 3 pm US Pacific

April 8
May 13
June 10
July 8
August 12
September 9

Level 1C: STAGES Supervision

Nov 11, 2020 — May 12, 2021

2nd Wednesday Group Session
PLUS Monthly Individual Sessions

November 11
December 9
February 10
March 10
April 14
May 12 


Successful completion of a STAGES Essentials 8-week online course or participation in any STAGES in-person workshop of three or more days, within the last three years, or;

The Fast Track Essentials course and exam for those who feel they have a deep enough understanding of STAGES and would like to apply the certification program this year. Get more information on this.

In addition to one of the above, you must also have completed a STAGES Assessment with debrief within the last 3 years, or a new one if you sense your old inventory no longer represents your current stage. The assessment must be completed before the start of the course. (You can register without taking it as long as you complete it before the first course begins.)


Therapists: License required
Coaches: Certification preferred but not required
Other: The certification program is open to counselors who give guidance to others in a professional context; including mentors, facilitators, mediators, spiritual guides, religious counselors, etc. Certification in your particular field is preferred but not required.

You must be actively working in your profession seeing clients because skills can be lost if not used.

Please contact us if you have questions about the program

About Terri & Kim

Terri O’Fallon, PhD is an Integral scholar whose research spans 40 years, including eleven research studies conducted in various colleges, public schools, and private research venues. Her most recent theory, and the culmination of a lifetime of work, is the STAGES model of human development. STAGES integrates several developmental models and is informed by Ken Wilber’s Integral Theory and Terri’s own research, to form a robust and predictive map that is being used by numerous scholars, practitioners, and leaders throughout the world.

Terri’s theory and research interests are founded in a passionate practice of auspicious curiosity, learning, and marinating in life. Teaching has been a theme throughout Terri’s life. Beginning as a preschool and first-grade teacher, she has taught every grade, including special education and the gifted. She has held the role of elementary school principal and public school-district superintendent and taught in seven colleges and universities, with over fifty years experience in teaching from pre-kindergarten through post-doctorate studies.

Her interest in life span development naturally arose from her experience in the field of education. She has a PhD in Integral Studies with a concentration in Learning and Change in Human Systems, and masters degrees in Spiritual Direction and Special Education. These embodied experiences inform her primary theory, research, and teaching theme: growing up is waking up throughout the lifespan.

Ordinariness has been the trajectory of Terri’s life. She is the eldest of seven siblings, parent of two adult children, and grandparent of two granddaughters. Steeped in philosophy, research, teaching, and a myriad of spiritual practices, her path continues to bring her solidly home to the practical living, breathing appreciation of the simple things in life.

We wake up every morning. We grow up, quite naturally. We live through joys and sorrows, and face our family, friends, and neighbors every day. We grow old and watch our life approach its end as we apprehend the birth of our grandchildren. With the gifts of so many experiences, the highs and lows of being, what seems to always remain, is what we were advised to value from birth: listening, gratitude, compassion, love, forgiveness, generosity, light-heartedness—lifelong lessons that never seem to end.

Kim Barta, MA is an internationally-recognized licensed psychotherapist, coach, spiritual guide, and speaker. His work is founded in an experiential practice that works with many different kinds of cultures and challenges, from severe mental illness and trauma to supporting the fullest expression of one’s humanity. Kim’s expertise now includes integrating developmental theory with the day-to-day work of being an active therapist and healer.

Kim graduated with a BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Montana in 1984. He pursued a masters in an interdisciplinary program that combined psychology, social work, counseling, and sociology for a broad perspective for healing. He lived with a Native American shaman and did his masters thesis in shamanism and modern psychotherapy.

After developing and implementing a successful training program in the construction industry for people suffering from severe mental illness such as bipolar, schizophrenia, and Axis 2 Disorders, Kim pursued outdoor leadership, becoming an instructor with the international Outward Bound schools. Kim went on to develop a mental health treatment program for children and youth that was adopted by three hospitals in Montana. In 1992, Kim and his wife, Dr. Katie Carter ND, co-founded and continue managing a mind/body healing arts clinic in Polson, Montana, nestled beneath the high Mission Mountains on the shore of Flathead Lake, in the Flathead Indian nation.

Ever seeking better ways of healing in the life of self, other, families and children, Kim has developed several successful new forms of therapy that lead to deep and rapid healing. These therapies have proven themselves effective with a wide range of issues, including: depression, anxiety, PTSD, anger, addiction, chronic pain, physical illnesses and weight loss and personal growth. People utilize his psychology/coaching/spiritual guidance practice, on a global level.

Currently, Kim has joined his sister, Dr. Terri O’Fallon, to present workshops and trainings on STAGES, a new model of human development developed by Dr. O’Fallon. Kim’s long history of working with such a wide variety of clients has made his expertise invaluable. He brings nuance and direct application into the STAGES model, allowing it to be integrated into the dynamic and fluid world of psychotherapy and coaching.