STAGES International charts human development from the first-person perspective of an infant to the latest levels found in adulthood, and what those levels mean in our day-to-day lives.
Using the STAGES model allows us to determine our stage of perspective development, understand what it means, and develop it over time. We work with coaches, therapists, academics, business leaders and innovators, educators, and other thought leaders interested in charting the cutting edges of human possibility.
Transforming through Ego: Developmentally-Informed Meditation
With Kim Barta, MA
Wednesday, January 8
11:00 a.m. US Mountain Standard Time
Often we deal with psychological shadow by crashing down into it. We turn from a mature adult into a reactive teenager, for instance, when something comes at us in life. What happens when we use mediation to proactively address these shadow issues? What would it be like to reformulate our early years from a healthy perspective?
As we develop we gain wisdom, but often we leave behind vast amounts of unclaimed potential as we grow up and mature, which can both lead to “shadow crashes” and to unclaimed potential. Imagine capturing new wisdom and energy from our developmental past — by infusing it into our passionate now.
Join Kim Barta as he takes us on a journey of healing and vitalizing all of our stages of consciousness — from long forgotten but still present perspectives we once inhabited.
- Discover forgotten capabilities and unrealized passions.
- Re-invigorate your foundational consciousness.
- Experience the healing power of developmentally-informed meditations.
- Gain wisdom in understanding the difference between standard meditations and developmentally-informed meditations. (And the benefits and limitations of each.)
- Gain an understanding of how shadows develop at certain developmental stages.
- See how “going back down” into earlier stages can free up emotional and spiritual energy.
- Learn how this practice can deepen and strengthen your meditation practices
This offering is unlike anything available.
3 Kinds of Shadow and Their Resolution
With Kim Barta, MA
Wednesday, January 15
11:00 a.m. US Mountain Standard Time
You have heard of psychological shadow, but do you know the 3 kinds of shadow? And each one of these shadows can be seen and experienced from a developmental perspective. As we develop through the stages of ego growth, all of us can develop and then seal off shadow elements of our psyche. This can have profound implications for our relationships, vocation, creativity, and even our capacity for further growth.
Join Kim Barta as he walks us through the 3 kinds of shadows and their resolution dynamics throughout the developmental spectrum, plus:
- Learn about shadow and shadow origins.
- Discover how shadow issues of the past affect your here-and-now life.
- Understand the evolution of shadow.
- Uncover the principles behind how and why we keep returning to the same shadow issue we thought we previously resolved.
- Get a sneak peak into the evolution of shadow resolution.
- What are the steps to resolving shadow (not just identifying it).
- How to move beyond the issues that keep “triggering” you.
- Understanding what a “shadow” crash is and how to recognize and resolve it.
- Where are you along the journey to resolving shadow.
- Where are you on your personal and spiritual developmental path.
- How you can recognize your potentials and move into healthy levels of development.
Developmental Teaching for Educators
With Terri O’Fallon, Ph.D.
Wednesday, January 22
11:00 a.m. US Mountain Standard Time
Anyone who has children or has spent time with them knows that their capacity to take perspectives evolves over time — which has huge implications for how we teach and how they learn. We obviously don’t teach kindergartners the same way we teach kids in secondary school, nor teach them the way we do incoming university freshman.
While many educators — parents, homeschoolers, coaches — have an implicit understanding of development and what to do and not to do based on the ages of our students, most of us do not use an overtly developmental lens. Terri will explain how much more is possible in education and learning, when we do use such an overt lens.
Terri will discuss how we can:
- Learn the differences between major stages of development.
- See how these line up with the ages of the children, young adults, or adults we might be teaching.
- Even if we work with adults, we almost certainly have two or three major developmental levels in those we’re teaching, which has implications for how learning can happen.
- Use the model for all kinds of educators from coaches to parents (and not just those teaching at the primary, secondary, or university level).
- Notice that as a teacher, you also have a developmental level that may or may not match your students.
About Terri & Kim
Terri O’Fallon, Ph.D. is an Integral scholar whose research spans 40 years, including eleven research studies conducted in various colleges, public schools, and private research venues. Her most recent theory, and the culmination of a lifetime of work, is the STAGES model of human development. STAGES integrates several developmental models and is informed by Ken Wilber’s Integral Theory and Terri’s own research, to form a robust and predictive map that is being used by numerous scholars, practitioners, and leaders throughout the world.
Terri’s theory and research interests are founded in a passionate practice of auspicious curiosity, learning, and marinating in life. Teaching has been a theme throughout Terri’s life. Beginning as a preschool and first-grade teacher, she has taught every grade, including special education and the gifted. She has held the role of elementary school principal and public school-district superintendent and taught in seven colleges and universities, with over fifty years experience in teaching from pre-kindergarten through post-doctorate studies.
Her interest in life span development naturally arose from her experience in the field of education. She has a Ph.D. in Integral Studies with a concentration in Learning and Change in Human Systems, and masters degrees in Spiritual Direction and Special Education. These embodied experiences inform her primary theory, research, and teaching theme: growing up is waking up throughout the lifespan.
Ordinariness has been the trajectory of Terri’s life. She is the eldest of seven siblings, parent of two adult children, and grandparent of two granddaughters. Steeped in philosophy, research, teaching, and a myriad of spiritual practices, her path continues to bring her solidly home to the practical living, breathing appreciation of the simple things in life.
We wake up every morning. We grow up, quite naturally. We live through joys and sorrows, and face our family, friends, and neighbors every day. We grow old and watch our life approach its end as we apprehend the birth of our grandchildren. With the gifts of so many experiences, the highs and lows of being, what seems to always remain, is what we were advised to value from birth: listening, gratitude, compassion, love, forgiveness, generosity, light-heartedness—lifelong lessons that never seem to end.
Kim Barta, M.A. is an internationally-recognized licensed psychotherapist, coach, spiritual guide, and speaker. His work is founded in an experiential practice that works with many different kinds of cultures and challenges, from severe mental illness and trauma to supporting the fullest expression of one’s humanity. Kim’s expertise now includes integrating developmental theory with the day-to-day work of being an active therapist and healer.
Kim graduated with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Montana in 1984. He pursued a masters in an interdisciplinary program that combined psychology, social work, counseling, and sociology for a broad perspective for healing. He lived with a Native American shaman and did his masters thesis in shamanism and modern psychotherapy.
After developing and implementing a successful training program in the construction industry for people suffering from severe mental illness such as bipolar, schizophrenia, and Axis 2 Disorders, Kim pursued outdoor leadership, becoming an instructor with the international Outward Bound schools. Kim went on to develop a mental health treatment program for children and youth that was adopted by three hospitals in Montana. In 1992, Kim and his wife, Dr. Katie Carter N.D., co-founded and continue managing a mind/body healing arts clinic in Polson, Montana, nestled beneath the high Mission Mountains on the shore of Flathead Lake, in the Flathead Indian nation.
Ever seeking better ways of healing in the life of self, other, families and children, Kim has developed several successful new forms of therapy that lead to deep and rapid healing. These therapies have proven themselves effective with a wide range of issues, including: depression, anxiety, PTSD, anger, addiction, chronic pain, physical illnesses and weight loss and personal growth. People utilize his psychology/coaching/spiritual guidance practice, on a global level.
Currently, Kim has joined his sister, Dr. Terri O’Fallon, to present workshops and trainings on STAGES, a new model of human development developed by Dr. O’Fallon. Kim’s long history of working with such a wide variety of clients has made his expertise invaluable. He brings nuance and direct application into the STAGES model, allowing it to be integrated into the dynamic and fluid world of psychotherapy and coaching.