Practitioner Training | The Human Element®

The Licensed Human Element Practitioner™ (LHEP) program prepares you to use The Human Element methodology as the foundation of your consulting, training, and coaching practice. This accelerated program grounds you in the entire Human Element methodology and FIRO-based instruments.

Learning The Human Element methodology will enable you to address and resolve human issues in the workplace. It provides efficient and transformative change for organizations by using an integrated methodology and a single, overarching model of interpersonal relations — FIRO theory. This theory facilitates understanding of all human dynamics—individual, team, and organization.

This approach is based on the notion that organizational change begins with the individual. By addressing root causes rather than surface behaviors, The Human Element helps people eliminate the distortions that sabotage them, undermine their relationships, and lower their motivation. The result is profound and lasting change.

Two steps to becoming a practitioner

Attend The Human Element® Program

The process of becoming a Licensed Human Element Practitioner (LHEP™) begins with experiencing The Human Element® methodology. This is a program designed to understand the logic of human behavior and interactions and includes a set of practical tools for navigating the human side of organizational life. This program focuses on increasing awareness of your own behavior and motivations because, oddly enough, in learning how to deal with others effectively, it is most useful to begin with yourself.

Practitioner Program

The LHEP™ Program uses a blend of experiential learning, scientifically-validated instruments, and practice teaching others to provide you with an understanding and the experience necessary to be successful as a professional.

 No process so eloquently addresses the human perspective to leading change as The Human Element. Putting the fundamentals of The Human Element model to use allowed me to drastically redirect my personal and professional life and yielded greater results with much less effort and strife. 

Conrad L. Smith Plant Manager, James River Corporation
Upon successful completion of the program, Licensed Human Element Practitioners are licensed to use the full range of Human Element content. They may:
  • Deliver The Human Element Course (Parts 1 and 2)
  • Purchase and use Human Element program workbooks and materials for use in consulting, training, and coaching
  • Purchase and use FIRO®-based Elements of Awareness instruments:
  • Use Human Element teambuilding and leadership processes including:
    • Atmosphere and Role Compatibility
    • Team Compatibility Index
    • Concordance Decision Making process

Group cohort building takes place throughout the program. Participants learn The Human Element style of group work and:
  • Enhance their facilitation skills
  • Deepen their ability to be accountable, open, and honest while facilitating the work
  • Refine group leadership and process skills
  • Increase their self-awareness and gain a greater ability to identify individual behavioral preferences
  • Deepen their understanding of FIRO®Theory and how to apply it in their areas of practice
  • Practice training participants in the methods for applying these concepts in real learning, coaching, and process improvement activities

Who Should Attend

The LHEP™ program offers a range of benefits for both internal and external practitioners, and for leaders:

Consultants/OD Practitioners

  • A range of tools and modules applicable in all kinds of consulting situations 
  • A methodology that is specifically created for dynamic human systems change 
  • An organizational survey (Element O) as well as means for comprehensive change interventions 


  • Substantial practice/training in a unique way of facilitating groups 
  • An effective model for addressing adult learning needs and overcoming common barriers to learning 
  • Transformative training experience supported by integrated psychometric instruments 


  • A methodology that can be used for team as well as individual coaching
  • A way to clarify the coaching procedure and end goals
  • A structured approach that is consistent with larger organizational development interventions


  • Tools for addressing human issues directly, leading to lasting results
  • Increased leadership skills and confidence through enhancing social intelligence
  • A means to maximize individual, team, and organizational potential

Program Information


Activities for the program are scheduled to maximize participant learning through active engagement, hands-on facilitation practice, and feedback.

Each day, one Human Element module is used for the day’s practice and instruction. The program leader provides information about the module, its history, purpose, and design. Small groups spend time to plan presentations for the module, which are delivered in the afternoon to the other members of the group. Following delivery, workshop participants and the program leader provide feedback. Each day ends with advanced sessions or further personal work.

The program has two tracks, which are addressed simultaneously:

  1. Learning the content of The Human Element methodology
  2. Experiencing the process and benefits of the methodology by building the cohort group.


Schedule | 9:00am to 7:00pm each day. Most evenings there are sessions from 8:30pm until approximately 10:00pm.

Tuition | US $9,950, including all materials. Lodging and transportation are separate.

Duration | Twelve consecutive days, with one day off in the middle

Size | from 8 to 24 people

Locations | New York City area, New York. See our calendar. Additional programs are offered in Europe. We can also provide in-house programs for nine or more participants. Please contact us for more information.