The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety Virtual Certification

Become certified to facilitate The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety training and 4 Stages Team Survey for your organization or clients.

Upcoming Certification Dates

*Space Limited to 15 Participants*

April 29th, 2021

2:00pm - 5:30pm EST

Australia Time-Zone Friendly


May 13th, 2021

12:00pm - 3:30pm EST

UK Time-zone Friendly


June 3rd, 2021

2:00pm - 5:30pm EST

Australia Time-Zone Friendly


$1,250 USD/Participant


This workshop is limited to 15 participants.


All decks and materials needed to run 4 Stages trainings.


Timothy R. Clark PhD is a leading authority on Psychological Safety.


Don't worry about furiously taking notes. A recording of the full session will be sent to you.


Additional functionality inside the 4 Stages Team Survey Platform.


Leave with a clear plan on how to improve workplace culture and innovate as a team.


Join the Community of 4 Stages Certified Trainers & Coaches

Get Full Access to 4 Stages Facilitator Materials

Including dedicated and ongoing support from the LeaderFactor team and community.

Facilitator Slide Deck

The facilitator slide deck provides you with a delivery-ready presentation of the principles in The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety, enhancing and accelerating your ability to provide high-value engagements to your clients or internal teams. The IP is royalty-free! Edit, customize, and split up based on your context. One size does not fit all, and you know your audience best!

Administrative Access to The 4 Stages Team Survey

Measure and improve Psychological Safety. In order to improve, we need to know where we are. The 4 Stages Team Survey will help you obtain a baseline measurement and then track and improve the levels of Psychological Safety on the teams with which you work. 

Facilitator Guide

You don't have to re-invent the wheel. Lean on the LeaderFactor facilitator guide to aid in your delivery of a live-virtual 90-minute 4 Stages session, complete with a slide-by-slide view of Dr. Clark's personal speaker notes.

25 Page Behavioral Guide

The 4 Stages Behavioral Guide is packed with 120+ essential behaviors for improving psychological safety in individuals and teams. There are behaviors for each of the four stages. This behavioral guide serves as the basis for LeaderFactor's"behavioral approach."

5P Action Planner

The 5P Action Planner is a 5-step action planning process that will help you take the teams you work with through a simple, linear, step-by-step framework to interpret their 4 Stages Team Survey results and translate them into actionable behaviors to improve psychological safety over time.

All Certified Trainers & Coaches Will Recieve

Ongoing & Dedicated Support From the LeaderFactor Team & Community

Based on the Book

“As a person responsible for the development of employees in 65 countries, I can tell you that this book outlines a must-have culture. A safe space is table stakes for any organization looking to attract and retain talent and innovate from every chair. A powerful call to action.”
—Simone Ciafardini, Vice President, Clinique Global Education

“This is not just a book; it’s an urgent invitation to the kind of rigorous self-examination that will lead to breakthroughs in every relationship of your life. Clark offers us a case for and path to creating the healthy social systems we crave and modern corporate flourishing demands.”
—Joseph Grenny, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Crucial Conversations

“The 4 stages framework is exceptionally insightful and perfectly logical. With the ongoing diversification of the workplace, Clark’s defined path to inclusion and innovation can’t be ignored. This book showed me how to improve my performance as both a team member and leader. The analysis and recommendations are insightful and inspiring."
—Martin Shell, Vice president and chief external relations officer, Stanford University


Timothy R. Clark

Timothy R. Clark is founder and CEO of LeaderFactor, a global consulting, coaching, and training organization. Dr. Clark is an international authority in the fields of psychological safety & innovation, large-scale change & transformation, and senior leadership development. He is the author of four previous books: Epic Change: How to Lead Change in the Global Age (John Wiley/Jossey-Bass), Leadership Bones (Bradmore Road Press), The Employee Engagement Mindset (McGraw-Hill), Leading with Character and Competence: Moving Beyond Title, Position, And Authority (Berrett-Koehler). He is also the developer of the EQometer emotional intelligence assessment.

Dr. Clark is a highly sought-after advisor, coach, and facilitator to CEOs and senior leadership teams. He has personally coached over 100 CEOs and executives and trained many senior teams around the world. Dr. Clark earned a PhD in social science from Oxford University, and was both a British Research Scholar and a Fulbright Scholar at Seoul National University in Korea. He also earned a master’s degree in Government and economics from the University of Utah. As an undergraduate at Brigham Young University, he was named a first-team Academic All-American football player where he completed a triple degree cum laude.


Certification Agenda

Module 1 Psychological Safety: The Foundation of Team Performance

45 Minutes

  • The Job to Be Done: Inclusion & Innovation

  • The History of a Concept: 1965-2020

  • The Anatomy of Culture

  • The Levers of Leadership

Module 2 The 4 Stages Framework

45 Minutes

  • Stage 1: Inclusion Safety

  • Stage 2: Learner Safety

  • Stage 3: Contributor Safety

  • Stage 4: Challenger Safety

Module 3 Certification: The 4 Stages Team Survey Platform and Training Others 

90 Minutes

  • Teach-backs

  • User Experience

  • Survey Instrument

  • Interpretation & Action Planning

Join the Community of 4 Stages Certified Consultants

The 4 stages of the Psychological Safety program was a great learning experience, the approach chosen by Timothy Clark was simple, straight forward and very effective. A good mix of content, theory and examples/cases. I would also highlight the dynamic  and open atmosphere of the session, leaving space for interactions, questions and testimonies, making the session a real living one! Understanding each stage in depth, exploring the different behaviors and leader´s role in creating a psychologically safe environment was very powerful and I feel comfortable and confident in applying what I have learned with my clients.

Alessandra Cavalcante - Partner & Co-Founder GoHuman Consultoria, Brazil

I am very grateful to have ‘found’ Timothy Clark’s book, The 4 Stages of Psychological safety – Defining the path from inclusion to innovation. Timothy’s work resonated on a deeply personal level for me– defining and giving me language for behaviors I have experienced and witnessed over the years. It also provided clarity for me on why, despite policies, training, and extensive investment in leadership development programs intended to increase equity and inclusion and improve workplace culture, organizations I have worked in and with haven’t been able to achieve the desired outcomes in a sustainable or consistent way. Timothy’s book held such deep resonance for me that I was compelled to pursue certification as a Certified Coach in The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety as a means of supporting organizations to measure and improve the level of psychological safety within their teams. I have no hesitation in recommending and endorsing Timothy’s work on The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety – the book and the certification workshop.

Suzie Paceskoska - Executive Leadership and Organisational Coach

As a person responsible in part for implementing leadership development within my organization, I am thoughtful with both my time and the time of teams to which I bring outside counsel and knowledge. It's not really about training, it's about creating a culture rich in aligned values yet differing in perspectives and opinions. The psychological safety certification offered by LeaderFactor was not only insightful and well worth the time, more importantly it was actionable and had an immediate positive impact. We now use a common framework rooted in trust of one another and we challenge when someone is not living into our aligned values. Simple recommendations made through the certification are a part of our culture, including getting to know everyone's names and how to pronounce them correctly. Low hanging fruit that had not been on our radar prior. We know it's working too - as new employees onboard, they recount actions of our current employees that left an impression and many of those are from the teachings in this certification. I think the knowledge we gained has been invaluable and I am thankful for the time I devoted to obtaining my certification.

Bret Giles - Audacious Studios

I whole heartedly recommend the certification in Leader Factor’s 4 Stages of Psychological Safety. It is a perfect tool for our particular time because it enables a team, or a department to identify and address the obstacles to helping employees feel included at work. It is straightforward and easy to understand. Leaders, managers and employees can grasp the insights right away. You can actually do something about helping feel included, not just know more about it. I recommend the certification process. It’s one of the most pragmatic and value added opportunities you’ll find to invest in creating a workplace where innovation can become more of the norm and not just an occasional breakthrough.

Brent Chesney - Sr. Organizational Development Consultant 

The 4 stage of psychological safety online certification course is a wonderful way for people to get a change to get a better understanding of the book written by Dr. Timothy Clark. Since Dr. Clark is part of the certification it give participates a chance to learn more of what when into the theories found in his book. It also gives participates a change to ask question and get answer from Dr. Clark. The course also give you a chance to speak with other people who are interested in this topic. If you are interested in bring a new level of safety into your company this is an excellent resource.

Tammy Spruill - Lab and Safety Manager Barauch Blumber Institute

I have been following Dr Timothy Clarks work for some time and love the structure of the model which makes psychological safety so easy to explain and help people understand. Last year I took the next step and did the certification which is quick and extremely helpful. I am in the throws of setting up a new business which focuses heavily on human organisational performance and the 4-stages of psychological safety will play a major role. Lets’ step over the threshold of inclusion and becoming innovative together.  Thank you for the great work and I do recommend this body of work regularly, in fact, I recently have seen names of people I have introduced the model too engaging with you all.

Karin Ovari - Safety Collaborator Facilitated Collaborations

Hi I’m Paul Phelan, Head of Leadership Development at Jardine Motors Group – UK. About a year ago I was looking into which skills are key in Leadership, with an aim to bring something new, yet still relevant into the group. Through my research I realized that ‘Psychological Safety’ was making headlines, with both Google and Gallup recognising this as a key skill in the current times. This got me curious, and it wasn’t long before I came across LeaderFactor, and the 4 Stages of Psychological Safety. I soon bought the book, and this grabbed my attention into wanting to know more about the work of Timothy R Clark and the team. I then attended some of the free virtual sessions, and was hooked even more, I could tell this was something I needed to bring into JMG. After making a business case to my HRD, I quickly became certified in the 4 Stages of Psychological Safety, which deepened my passion and knowledge even more. We are now ready to roll out a year long programme with all our Senior Leadership teams to weave this deeper into our people culture. The great thing is through my 121 Coaching sessions where I have already started to use the 4 stages, its already growing momentum across the group, which is exciting for us.

Paul Phelan - Head of Leadership Development at Jardine Motors Group – UK.

We're honored to offer the 4-Stages of Psychological Safety survey as certified trainers. An excellent methodology. The survey helps us focus on the core areas holding teams back. We use our evidence-based learning model, Social Fitness Training (TM) to give teams the understanding, skills and practice to be courageous leaders in all areas of their work and support the best in others.

Brooke Deterline - Partner & CEO Courageous Leadership, LLC

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