The SPIRAL DYNAMICS® Practicum is open to those who successfully complete the NVCC SDL1 and SDL2 courses. It is meant to support you as a one year follow-on to the classroom experience to help you to consolidate what you learned and to uncover what you don’t yet understand so as to close those gaps.
The SD Practicum is built to enhance your analytical skills while you build ‘spiral muscle’ to get a firm grip on the systems. It is intended for both personal and professional development, and relies on a combination of methodologies built around our ISDO online learning management system (LMS) which gives students flexibility in a peer community where they can do lessons, participate in ongoing discussions, blog, and even conduct research in a secure environment.
Those who prefer to remain cerebral and keep emotional distance from the work should stick with books and lectures. The SD Practicum demands personal engagement and forces some instrospection to explore how the systems express within us and in others personally. Participants must be open to feedback from both the instructors and their colleagues, and be willing to follow through on their commitment to learning in an Action Learning Team environment. Not everyone is up to it.
The SD Practicum is built around a sequence of video-based lessons and related follow-on activities. These lessons reinforce and expand on materials covered in the SDL1 and SDL2 seminars, particularly those things most students find troublesome. The SD Practicum gives you a chance to further “clean your lenses” to see the Gravesian levels more clearly by consciously working through some of the filters and blind spots we all have as baggage. You will review common pitfalls encountered when trying to apply the work and develop your own customized ways to avoid them. The SD Practicum is not just content; it is like the lab class where hands-on work allows you to test your understanding. It requires further involvement with live volunteers to refine skills in assessment, analysis, and facilitation, and to do real-world projects which build your competence, confidence, and ‘spiral muscle’ to use the material more effectively in your field.