RC Certification for Training

If you have designed a training program that prepares participants to use relational coordination for their leadership, their work, or for organizational change, we invite you to submit your program to be considered for RC Certification. The certification process certifies that the content and pedagogy of the training program is consistent with the principles of relational coordination. 

RC Certification is governed by the RCRC Board and its Training and Certification Committee, staffed by Marjorie Godfrey (Dartmouth Institute, Microsystem Academy), Nancy Whitelaw (Salus Global), Tony Suchman (University of Rochester School of Medicine, Relationship Centered Health Care), Diane Rawlins (InsideOut Consulting, LLC), Ken Milne (KENEIR Corporation, Western University, Salus Global), Laura Montville (Montville & Associates, LLC) and Claus Jebsen (Institute for Co-Creative Leadership Norway).

Training Certification Criteria

1.  The lead instructor must be an RC Certified Professional, to ensure the training program will be implemented in alignment with the principles of relational coordination 

2.  The training program must be designed to do the following:

  • Engage participants in co-creating their own learning experience
  • Be based on experiential learning with reflective debriefing
  • Recognize and support the emergent nature of change
  • Promote an understanding of RC as culture change
  • Prepare participants to use RC principles for their leadership, for their work, or for carrying out organizational change
  • Address how leaders individually and collectively can promote through their actions, behaviors and communication a meaningful vision that includes engaging people and staff at all organizational levels to explore and test relevant changes
  • If RC survey data are used, ensure they are used as a starting point for reflective conversation, not as a summative evaluation or judgment
  • If RC survey data are used, ensure understanding of how to interpret them and share them back
  • If RC survey data are not used, ensure understanding of how conversations can be structured around these dimensions without data sharing

Steps in the Process

  1. Ensure that all criteria have been met.
  2. Contact Tanya Allain at info@relationalcoordination.org requesting to have your training program reviewed for RC certification. Include as attachments your curriculum and any other relevant supporting materials that describe your training program. Your program will be screened based on the above criteria.
  3. Programs that appear to meet all the criteria will be referred for review. Tanya will schedule the review process.  
  4. Engage in oral review process with feedback from two colleagues with RC Certification, who will review your training program based on the certification criteria. The dialog will be followed up with written feedback.
  5. If RC certification is awarded, you will receive the RC Certified Training trademarked logo to use on your materials, and your training program will be posted on the RC Certified Training page of the RCRC website with a link to your training program. 
  6. Seek Re-Certification within 5 years to maintain standing.

Benefits of Training Certification

  1. Use of RC Certified Training trademarked logo.
  2. Inclusion of your training program on RC Certified Training referral list.   
  3. All RC Certified Professionals are eligible to act as faculty reviewers. For information about faculty stipends, contact info@relationalcoordination.org.

Fees

To participate in certification program: $1500
Recertification (after 5 years): $600

Please contact Tanya Allain at info@relationalcoordination.org to discuss Certification or Recertification.

Certified Workshops 

The RCRC training certification process certifies that the content and pedagogy of the training program is consistent with the principles of relational coordination. Learn about having your training certified here.

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Improving Work Processes with Relational Coordination: Integrating the RC Survey into Interventions

This advanced workshop will help you learn how to use the Relational Coordination (RC) Survey in interventions to improve work processes and collaboration across the continuum from small co-located work groups to virtual teams to whole organizations and inter-organizational consortia. If you have experience in group facilitation or process consulting and want to take your understanding of RC to a higher level, we invite you to join us. This program will also help you prepare for the RC Certification. 

Effective teamwork takes more than a group of individuals skillfully carrying out their specialized tasks. It requires interdependence: the ability of the team members to understand how their work processes intersect and to respond to each other’s changing needs and circumstances. What’s more, they need to be able to do this on their own in real time, under conditions of performance pressure and uncertainty, and without waiting for direction from a supervisor. This is the relational core of teamwork and, at a higher level of scale, of successful system function.

Brandeis University professor Jody Hoffer Gittell named this quality of high-performing teams “Relational Coordination” and developed a theory to explain how it impacts performance and how organizations support or undermine its development. She also developed a survey instrument to measure it. Her groundbreaking research has demonstrated that teams with high scores on the Relational Coordination Survey achieve higher quality, work more efficiently, better satisfy their customers or patients, and enjoy more worker satisfaction and resilience. 

Since 2009, physician-consultant-researcher Tony Suchman has been working with Jody to develop practical work applications of RC theory and the RC Survey, creating a powerful interventional approach for improving work processes, fostering positive work environments and improving performance. To share what they’ve been learning, they have developed this program for organizational leaders and both internal and external consultants.

Program Description

The program is in three parts. It begins with some brief independent study that presents foundational knowledge about the Relational Coordination model and its research base. Part 2 consists of a 1.5 day workshop that provides instruction and practice in defining work processes to be studied, setting up the survey, interpreting it, sharing back the survey results and planning follow up activities that both foster RC and embody its principles of partnership and engagement. The third part is a personal one-hour consultation within 18 months of the workshop to help you as you plan or conduct an actual intervention using the RC Survey.

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Faculty

Jody Hoffer Gittell is a professor of management at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management, and director of the Relational Coordination Research Collaborative. She has written dozens of articles, as well as books The Southwest Airlines Way: Using the Power of Relationships to Achieve High Performance; Up In the Air: How the Airlines Can Improve Performance by Engaging Their Employees; and Sociology of Organizations: Structures and Relationships. In High Performance Healthcare: Using the Power of Relationships to Achieve Quality, Efficiency and Resilience, she presents her findings from ten years of research in the healthcare industry. In her newest book Transforming Relationships for High Performance: The Power of Relational Coordination, she explores the multi-interventional process that enables sustainable scalable change. Before joining the faculty at Brandeis University, Dr. Gittell received her PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management and taught at the Harvard Business School.

Anthony L. Suchman is a practicing physician, Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Rochester, and senior consultant and founder of Relationship Centered Health Care. Drawing upon diverse interests and experiences, his work focuses on improving human interaction and collaborative decision-making across all levels of healthcare – from the front lines of patient care to the executive suite and boardroom. His most recent book, Leading Change in Healthcare: Transforming Organizations Using Complexity, Positive Psychology and Relationship-Centered Care, has recently been published by Radcliffe Publishing. Dr. Suchman received his MD degree from Cornell University and an MA in Organizational Change from the University of Hertfordshire.

Group rates are also available for customized on-site training workshops - please contact us at info@relationalcoordination.org for further information.

RC Certification

Participation in this workshop is not required for RC Certification.  However, this workshop is designed to cover the same topics that are the focus of RC Certification and helps individuals design the RC interventions that are required for RC Certification.

To Lead This Workshop

The workshop was designed by Tony Suchman of Relationship Centered Health Care. People who are RC certified may contact Tony at asuchman@rchc.com for permission to lead this workshop. To have your course RC certified, contact Tanya Allain at tallain@brandeis.edu.

Advanced Methods for Improving Relational Coordination: A Toolkit for Leaders and Facilitators

Systemness is the new frontier in improving organizational performance. There’s little additional gain to be made (and, in fact, there’s probably harm) from pushing individuals to work even harder, faster or more efficiently. They’re already maxed out. The focus of leading-edge work is shifting from individuals to systems: how can individuals and/or work groups collaborate more effectively? How can they better coordinate their interdependent tasks, respectfully share observations from their unique lines of sight, respond quickly and in tandem to rapidly changing circumstances, and find greater meaning and motivation in their common purpose?

Brandeis University researcher Jody Hoffer Gittell has developed a theory, Relational Coordination, that identifies 7 dimensions of communication and relationship that support effective collaboration. Extensive research in multiple industries shows that higher levels of Relational Coordination are associated with higher levels of quality; efficiency; customer/client/patient satisfaction; workforce satisfaction, well-being and resilience; and organizational learning and innovation.

Program Description

In this 1.5-day workshop, you will learn through your own first-hand experience a variety of interventions to improve relational coordination, with the goal of enhancing systemness and improving performance for collaborations at any level of scale. You will learn methods for:

  • making interdependence visible and manageable,

  • establishing trust and shared purpose between individuals and/or workgroups,

  • creating a systems view by facilitating constructive conversations to explore differences in perspective,

  • managing interdependence by means of feedback and aligned work processes,

  • exploring and aligning divergent stakeholder goals.

We will also discuss how to integrate relational, structural and work process interventions. You will leave with a personal implementation plan for applying these methods to a work process back home.

Please note that the original workshop in this series (Integrating the RC Survey into Interventions) focuses on how to use the Relational Coordination Survey as an intervention — how to set it up, interpret it, share back results and use it to guide the choice of interventions. This new workshop picks up right where the original workshop leaves off, with a deep dive into interventions. You can take just one workshop or you can take them both, and in either order. Neither is a prerequisite for the other. However, people who have not taken the RC Survey workshop will be asked to complete a 1-hour self-study module in advance. Both workshops can help you prepare for RC Certification (though they are not required, and certification is not awarded based on attendance).

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Faculty

Diane B. Rawlins, principal at InsideOut Consulting LLC, has been working with health care leaders and clinicians for 30 years as a consultant, coach, facilitator and teacher. Her work is anchored in helping health care professionals learn how to lead, adapt and thrive in a world of high volume and high velocity that calls for everything we’ve got to give. An early participant in the formation of the positive psychology movement, Diane was a founding partner of Appreciative Inquiry Consulting, LLC, a global consultancy committed to creating positive transformation in organizations and communities. In 2001, she co-founded Leading Organizations to Health, a nationally acclaimed institute on leading change in healthcare, where she continues to serve as senior faculty. Diane is also a facilitator with The Center for Courage & Renewal, an affiliate at Cambridge Leadership Associates, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Relational Coordination Research Collaborative at Brandeis University. 

Anthony L Suchman is a primary care physician, Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Rochester, and senior consultant and founder of Relationship Centered Health Care, LLC. Drawing upon diverse interests and experiences, Tony’s work focuses on improving human interaction and collaborative decision-making across all levels of healthcare — from the front lines of patient care to the executive suite and boardroom. His most recent book, Leading Change in Healthcare: Transforming Organizations Using Complexity, Positive Psychology and Relationship-Centered Care, has recently been published by Radcliffe Publishing. Dr. Suchman received his MD degree from Cornell University and an MA in Organizational Change from the University of Hertfordshire.

Group rates are also available for customized on-site training workshops - please contact us at info@relationalcoordination.org for further information.

RC Certification

Participation in this workshop is not required for RC Certification.  However, this workshop is designed to cover the same topics that are the focus of RC Certification and helps individuals design the RC interventions that are required for RC Certification.

To Lead This Workshop

The workshop was designed by Tony Suchman of Relationship Centered Health Care. People who are RC certified may contact Tony at asuchman@rchc.com for permission to lead this workshop. To have your course RC certified, contact Tanya Allain at tallain@brandeis.edu.

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