Citizen-Centered Leadership Community of Practice

This is a state-of-the art intensive course of study that requires participants to work with a minimum of two local learning partners to apply the theory that is presented in a multi-media distance learning platform.

Citizen-Centered Leadership Community of Practice

Offered in the Spring and Fall semesters each year, this intensive 15 week course combines theory-based approaches with applied practice to supporting people with disabilities to lead lives of contribution and distinction as citizens within ordinary communities. People who choose to join this Community of Practice willingly commit to making substantial investments. To view a syllabus, please visit the syllabus page

Course Investments

The Citizen-Centered Leadership Development Community of Practice series is a unique combination of self-paced distance learning study, robust field work, interactive class assignments and live webcast instruction designed to advance theoretic and skill-based learning leading to quality outcomes in the lives of people with disabilities.

Investment in Energy

This course is not designed to be a training program.

It is an invitation for members to engage the material at a deeply personal level through reflective and intentional action. Participants must be prepared to actively participate in all of the module assignments, including personal journey reflections through journaling, field-based applied learning and in weekly 90 minute interactive web-based community council sessions.

A requisite component of the course work is that members invite and work with a minimum of two learning partners who agree to engage in field assignment place-based learning throughout the course. Learning partners are people with whom to share and bring to life the learning through practical experience. Learning partners are people who experience the service world first-hand and/or are allies to them. It is absolutely acceptable for whole teams to become the learning partners of one Council member as a way to expand the influence and impact of the course material.

Participants must have access to the internet for this course. A headset with microphone capabilities is preferred during live web-based sessions. See the system requirements page.

Investment in Time

The average investment of seat time (time at the computer reviewing written material and video) is approximately 2- 3 hours per module. Completing the field works requires an additional 1- 2 hours per assignment. Assignments are spread across the semester.

Investment in Money

The total cost for the series is $1500.00 U.S. dollars for the semester. This includes unlimited access to the course material and resources for the duration of the course; live consultation with the course facilitator during weekly class meetings; access to weekly study halls with community members; a copy of the Conversations on Citizenship and Person-Centered Work edited by John O'Brien and Carol Blessing and unlimited membership in the CCLD social network.

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Course Syllabus


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Current Course

  • Can't attend a live session? No problem! All of the live sessions will be audio taped and archived for member use during the series.


What Participants have to say:

"The course was much more than I had imagined. The information and insight I gained are priceless."


"The course was fantastic and far passed my expectations"


"The course met all my expectations and much more. The learning from our written material was fantastic but the real learning for me happened with the weekly on line meetings and the sharing of knowledge."


"I am spreading the word in Australia that it is an invaluable course to participate in."


"When you are given an opportunity to gather your thoughts and share them with a group, you are forced to think through your opinions and articulate them so others can understand. As a result, there are items that have been weaving about in my mind that I didn't have to spend much time on that this course required I focus on. I often times recognize there will be more time tomorrow to get to that subject yet tomorrow either never comes or is also too busy to think through information. Starting with the concept of Citizenship, I had not taken the time to really examine what that means and therefore didn't integrate it into my daily work. Now that I have been through the class, there were many topics I didn't take time to explore that were important in my personal learning journey."


"This course I hope will be the spring board to greater things in the future."


"This was a true learning experience and I am grateful for the opportunity to have participated. Carol is remarkable facilitator and provided a safe place for folks to come together and learn."