STAGES Certification in Debriefing

An Invitation from Terri O’Fallon PhD

Become a Certified STAGES Assessment Debriefer and Earn Additional Income

Dear friend:

During the last couple of years, demand for STAGES Assessments and Debriefing sessions has grown as people around the world learn about the STAGES model and begin integrating it into their professional practice and personal lives. I expect this growth trend to continue, as more and more coaches and therapists engage in our other courses and offer STAGES Assessments to their clients.

To meet this increasing demand, I have just finished a one-year training to certify new Assessment scorers. Several of our newly trained scorers are already certified debriefers, so there are a few spaces left in the debriefing training, which begins on Mar 7, 2020. This is an opportunity to become a Certified STAGES Assessment Debriefer and earn additional income. You do not have to be certified as a scorer to take the debriefing training.

There are several benefits to you from learning to be a debriefer. The training is an investment for you since once you are certified you will be paid for the debriefs you conduct (currently $200-$250/debrief). If you are a professional (coach, counselor, or therapist) you can also create your own following and develop a robust debriefing practice, which pays quite well, so you will be able to recoup your investment as well as create an income for yourself thereafter.

In addition, you will become a part of the STAGES community that we are building amongst debriefers, scorers, and STAGES consultants, coaches and therapists that have taken the Diagnostics and Interventions courses.

The training is rigorous and will take 6 months to complete with meetings each month.

The ideal participant in this debriefing training is someone with a serious passion for and commitment to STAGES, who would like to be part of the team of Certified Debriefers as well as part of the growing community around STAGES, and who would like to earn some additional income.


The training requires that you have a solid background in STAGES based on the following;

You must have taken a STAGES Assessment with Debrief within the last two years AND you must have completed one of the following STAGES trainings:

STAGES Theory: The Matrix Revealed + STAGES Essentials for Psychotherapists & Coaches

STAGES Theory: The Matrix Revealed + Shadow into Soul

You have completed, or are currently participating in the STAGES Certification for Diagnostics & Intervention


The price of the training is $600 per month, and runs from Mar – Aug 2020. Some of the newly trained scorers have already taken the debriefing training, so there are a few spaces left for the 2020 session and if paid in one payment a 15% discount is applied.

One Payment of:

Six Payments of:

Debriefing Background

Debriefing is a critical element of the STAGES Assessment process, providing clients with an opportunity to explore the depths of their profile and examine how they might wish to move forward with their own development. The STAGES Assessment provides detailed information on the client’s center of gravity, leading and trailing edges, areas of shadow and developmental recommendations. The primary task of the Debriefer is to support the client in making sense of their report by triangulating three sources of information:

  • the client’s sense of their developmental journey
  • the Debriefer’s sense of the client in the debriefing session
  • the score generated through the written assessment

As well it is the task of the debriefer to use the debrief as added evidence of the clients developmental level by
listening carefully to the client as they present in the moment tracking their life’s developmental trajectory through their stages and asking questions to pin point those transformations where possible

Proficient STAGES Debriefers require a good understanding of each of the developmental stages and strong interpersonal skills to support their client through the debrief process. One of the critical aspects of debriefing is to be able to adapt the way the session is held in line with the client’s own stage of development. Learning how to become a debriefer is an intense process that involves understanding the detail of the Assessment report, how this can be offered to clients in useful ways and how to attune the debriefing delivery in ways that match the client.

Thanks so much for considering this possibility for yourself and for us.


Terri O’Fallon

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What is Scoring and Debriefing of a STAGES Assessment?

The STAGES Inventory is a sentence completion test from which is derived the individual test taker’s developmental level. The inventory has 36 sentence starters. The test taker completes each sentence. For example, a sentence starter might be: “Raising a family…” and the respondent might write “is a formidable process filled with Love.” A specific STAGES scoring approach is used for assessing the completion of the test-taker’s response along with detailed comments provided by the scorer for the debriefing process.

A general understanding of development is required to debrief with the STAGES model:

  • repeating patterns of growth
  • developmental grammar
  • time and space relationships
  • other important factors that determine how people grow and develop

More specifically, scorers learn to assess using three different STAGES parameters which determine a developmental level. The accurate parameters can be discovered by responding to three questions:

  • Is the object of concern a Concrete object, a Subtle object or a MetAware object?
  • Does the test taker prefer an Individual orientation or a Collective orientation?
  • What is the learning process this person prefers: Receptive, Active, Reciprocal, or Interpenetrative?

While these are three simple questions, there are very sophisticated ways to respond to them as a scorer. One must be able to analyze the response and score with one’s whole body as well. Mature and sophisticated scoring does not come only from analytical capacities, and a debriefing session requires not only knowledge of the STAGES Model, but also of effective debriefing techniques.

The debriefing course will take six months to complete. Debriefing is the process of reviewing with clients the results of their assessment in the form of a report with the written comments of the scorer. The report identifies the client’s developmental level, their leading and trailing developmental edges, and offers a few practices to foster further development. The debrief helps the client to understand the results and how to act on them.