Harvard Educational Review
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    Psychological Approaches for Overturning an Immunity to Change

    In this article, Deborah Helsing shows how practitioners in the helping professions—whether they be coaches, facilitators, educators, or counselors—can increase their own capacity to be effective by employing the Immunity to Change (ITC) process, a methodology for growth and change that allows practitioners to incorporate insights from a variety of psychological theories into one instrument and process. Helsing highlights the theory that underpins ITC, illustrating how it operates as a meta-theory that draws from different psychological traditions. She then goes on to show how even a rudimentary knowledge of these traditions provides possibilities for exploring what might be at the heart of a psychological immune system, thus increasing the chances that users will arrive at an accurate and perceptive diagnosis that leads to a transformational result. In her essay she argues that ITC practitioners who can integrate multiple theoretical approaches can more flexibly and powerfully address the learning needs of those they seek to help. 

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    Deborah Helsing is co-director of Minds at Work, where she coaches, consults, and provides training on the Immunity to Change (ITC) approach. She also teaches courses on adult development, the ITC process, and personal mastery in the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she provides individualized executive coaching to high-potential educational leaders as part of the Doctor of Educational Leadership program. Helsing’s most recent publications include coauthoring (with Robert Kegan, Lisa Lahey, Matthew Miller, and Andy Fleming) An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization (Harvard Business Press, 2016), winner of a 800-CEO-Read Business Book Award, and (with Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey) Right Weight, Right Mind: The ITC Approach to Permanent Weight Loss (Minds at Work, 2016).
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    Summer 2018 Issue


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    Teaching Controversial Issues
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    Learning as Development
    Daniel A. Wagner