STAGES Assessment

The STAGES Assessment identifies your core stage of perspective development within the STAGES model, a new theory and assessment methodology for human development. This is the level from which you consistently make meaning of your life’s experiences. The profile indicates a variety of common themes, including strengths and challenges. These themes include your interior thinking and emotions, your actions and collective experiences, and ways you approach balance between these aspects of your life. The assessment also provides a practical recommendations for further development and learning. Your stage is a coherent and internally consistent belief system that describes how you are likely to think, feel, and behave in various life situations. Each stage also has its own strength and vulnerabilities. STAGES makes the most subtle and explicit distinctions at the high-end of the personal developmental spiral and includes ego-transcendent perspectives.


  • Obtain a deep understanding of how you make meaning and what influences your daily strategies and actions.
  • Gain a greater understanding of your relationships, and strategies for communication with others.
  • Learn your stage, or world-view, and level of perspective development.
  • Receive personalized comments on your assessment that highlight your particular strengths, vulnerabilities and learning strategies.
  • Gain a picture of where you are in your developmental path and what is next for you.
  • With optional coaching, gain a deep understanding of the personal implications of your STAGES Assessment, as well as personalized developmental and learning practices you can put to use immediately.

What to Expect

  • After completing your purchase, you will receive an email inviting you to complete the assessment.
  • The assessment takes approximately 45-60 minutes to complete. Begin only when you have made space in your day to engage with it without interruption or distraction.
  • After the assessment is complete, it will be scored by a certified analyst. This process can take up to 1-3 weeks to complete.
  • Once complete, you will receive a link to your comprehensive personal assessment profile with your results.
  • If you have requested a debrief and coaching session, your coach will contact you to arrange an appointment to review your results and their implications for your development and learning strategies.

STAGES Assessment with Personal Debrief & Coaching Session




Personal Profile

Personal Debrief

Coaching Session

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Certified STAGES Practitioners

Are you looking for a professional who can help you in your development using a STAGES Assessment? We maintain a network of coaches, mentors, consultants and therapists who use STAGES in their work with clients. All practitioners in this network are Certified Debriefers and we have formal agreements to insure their use of STAGES conforms to high professional and ethical standards. We nourish this network with ongoing training, and we encourage practitioners to share their experience so that we can continually refine STAGES and its applications.

Click here for a list of our certified practicitioners.

What People are Saying

There are many wonderful approaches to understanding human development and the evolution of meaning-making. But forced to choose one, I would give my recommendation to the STAGES assessment and the team at Pacific Integral. Their grasp of identity growth over the lifespan is unmatched in both the psychological and spiritual dimensions. Further, their model is deeply grounded in the work of Ken Wilber and Integral Theory, while extending and sharpening those insights in novel and impressive ways. Whether you are seeking a professional-level understanding of how people change over time, or a personal assessment to guide your own growth-process, the STAGES approach will serve you deeply.
Mark Forman PhD

Author, A Guide to Integral Psychotherapy and Lead Instructor, the Certified Integral Psychotherapist (CIT) Professional Training Program

As a founding member of the Integral Institute, a founding teacher at the Integral Spiritual Center and as a part of the STAGES research team it is clear to me that in unparalleled ways STAGES honors, weaves together, and builds on Ken Wilber’s integral theory and the work of Jane Loevinger and Susanne Cook-Greuter on stages of human development. Through STAGES, Dr. Terri O’Fallon has developed the cutting edge theoretical and practical approach to provide the world the best means yet to understand, measures and pursue the interrelated quest of growing up and waking up into the highest reaches of human potential.

John Kesler

I have been working with the MAP/STAGES model for many years and find the assessments and underlying theory to be invaluable in working with leaders to better understand themselves and improve their effectiveness. When leaders understand their center of gravity and can assess others, they are able to modulate their leadership approach and communication style to resonate with those being led. This understanding and ability to adjust can significantly improve the leader’s ability to deliver against the organization’s mission.
Maureen Metcalf

CEO, Metcalf & Associates, Inc.

When looking at what you see, and seeing what you are looking at becomes an important part of who you are, few have been able to include language as an important clue for holding such an Inquiry. While holding this lightly, the tensegrity between resilience and robustness in Terri’ devotional work has contributed significantly to my own ongoing inquiry about trusting trustworthiness. Terri’ work makes such an endeavour potentially generative, allowing staying with not knowing, and enables all that accompanies the experience of that, and the nuances and distinctions we find there, increasingly closer to now.
Jean Trudel

Have a team you feel can develop greatly but don’t yet know the means to greatness? Need to strategically grow your own capability to meet the dynamics of the time? Have you seen your own perspective grow, or is limited, but don’t know why?

I’ve used the StAGES/MAP as a CEO, of a $750MM company, to grow my own capacity and our senior team to meet VUCA complexity as our Business expanded to achieve the complex adaptations we needed to grow personal and business vitality.

It works in ways unimaginable. Do it.

David Ford

Former CEO, CareOregon

Terri’s work brings the opportunity to appreciate the stages of ego development in a different register – beyond the usual cognitive way of knowing, Terri puts within our reach a heart and body sense, of our individual and universal becoming, in STAGES, a way to connect in which is at once accessible, and expansive.
Trish Nowland

I have been privileged to study closely with Terri as she has been developing her STAGES work and that process has been and continues to be like staring out through the diamond eyes of countless individuals. When we learn to look through the perspectives of others by this lens, the world that is revealed is one of harmony and majesty, replete with all of the suffering and sadness and joy and wisdom that it is to be human. I have found over the years that the leading benefit I derive from an enriched understanding of these stages of development is an increased capacity for compassion through insight into myself and into the others with whom I engage.
Kabir Kadre


How is STAGES different from other developmental models?
While the developmental research on which it is based grew out of the Loevinger/Cook-Greuter developmental lineage, the theory and scoring method are completely new. STAGES statistical research supports three new, later stages of development; it is an integrally based model, incorporating quadrants, levels and zones, assessing both context and whole person. Based on essential patterns of development, STAGES articulates both the wave-like patterns, as well as vertical stage aspects of development.
I am concerned about labeling people with a stage of development and placing some people higher than others. How do you address this?
Your stage of development is not you. By seeing yourself through this assessment, you are seeing into a certain aspect of yourself. Who you really are is much more than any theory anyone can ever have about you. This stage is a kind of center we balance ourselves around, while in different situations we may respond from earlier or later stages. We therefore have both a tendency towards a center of gravity and also a contextual response to the situation at hand. Development does not progress step-by-step, but in a much more complex pattern. In short, it is important to hold any model lightly and use it to support yourself in ways that are beneficial, and of course, not label yourself or anyone else with a developmental stage.
Are the higher stages better, more valuable, more important, etc?
The later stages are just that – later. We say this because people go through previous stages to get to the new ones, and this implies more experience. However you live the stage you are in, how happy, generous, compassionate, will determine more about whether the stage you are in is more valuable or more important. Later stages may have capacities that earlier stages don’t have, but they can have pathologies that limit those capacities. It’s all about what you do with where you are.
Why are the models so linear and concrete? Development seems like a much messier process and doesn’t seem to follow these linear, stair-step kind of models?
This model isn’t a stair-step model. It is vertical, horizontal and diagonal, and it includes states as a part of development. We see the stages developing in a wave like fashion. No two waves are exactly the same. Nonetheless if we use the human body as a metaphor, humans all have the same number of bones in their skeleton. On top of that are their organs, their muscles and circulatory and nervous system, skin, etc., as well as the human personality. This model works more on the level of the skeleton. It won’t tell you what someone’s personality is like, or if their face is “beautiful,” black or brown, male or female—it simply describes the skeleton. Everything else is unique.
How do I take the Assessment?
It is a web-based system. After purchasing your Assessment, you will receive an invitation with full instructions to take the inventory. You your responses to 36 sentence starters will be securely recorded online. After the scoring is complete, you will receive your report online. We have been working with web-based scoring and reporting for the past 5 years.
How are results collated?
We have implemented a statistical formula into the platform so that once the scoring has been completed, it will generate the “ogive” statistical score. But our analysts spend a lot of time looking at the strength of the responses in addition to that statistical score, and their input is a valuable part of the final scoring process.
Are results interpreted by the assessor initially or is it an automatically generated profile?
Although the statistics are automatically generated, the analyst scores each individual sentence, generates the comments by looking at the patterns in the writing of the participant, and generates recommendations that are specific to the particular responses of the participant.
What does the final report look like?
The final report is an electronic report and indexed so that you can go back and forth between the comments, the stages descriptions, your responses, and the statistical results, seamlessly. The online report will always be indefinitely accessible to you online. Any part of the report can be printed.
Is it only for individuals or can you stage assess teams or organizations?
We score individuals, but we can collate individual inventories for a team or an organization so that you can learn the center of gravity of your organization, and the range of levels the organization or team has within them, and compare to other samples.

Certified Analysts

Terri O’Fallon PhD, Founder of the STAGES Model & Research Director
Geoff Fitch, Certified Analyst & Coach
Venita Ramirez, Certified Analyst
John Kesler, Certified Analyst

If you have questions about the Assessment process or need help registering, please contact us.