Become a 4 Stages of Psychological Safety Certified Trainer & Coach. Make a Lasting Impact.

The 4 Stages is the roadmap for individuals and organizations to achieve and maintain high levels of psychological safety. All certified trainers receive access to LeaderFactor technology, facilitator materials, and the certified trainer community.

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Upcoming Certification Dates

space limited to 18 participants

2 SeatS Remaining

August 11, 2022

12:00pm - 4:00pm

Eastern Standard Time


August 25, 2022

2:00pm - 6:00pm

Eastern Standard Time


$2,499 USD // Participant

Independent Consultants

If you are an independent consultant who would like to be considered for certification you may apply here [Consultant Application].

The Certification Value.

Team Survey Platform

Administrative access to our proprietary team survey and fulfillment platform. *Survey licenses sold separately.

Digital Copy of The 4 Stages

Right from the source, receive a digital copy of The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety!

Semi-Annual Conference

Free invites and access to semiannual virtual trainings for the entire certified trainer and coach community.

Facilitation Materials

All decks and materials needed to run The 4 Stages Workshop. Best practices for facilitating live-virtual or in-person sessions. *Workshop licenses sold separately.

Membership in the Certified Community

Join a global community of like-minded professionals engaged in creating inclusive cultures and high-performing teams.

The 4 Stages Online Course

Get personal access to The 4 Stages Online Training Course and Team Transformation Course.

The Certification Process.

Register for a Certification Session

Session Confirmation & Invitation

​​Receive Access to the Online Course & Pre-Work

Confirm Registration and Access to LeaderFactor Platform

Complete Pre-Work & Course

Host Certification

Access to 4 Stages Technology and Session Recording

Implement 4 Stages Solutions

Assign Account Manager & Provide Ongoing Support

The Certification Agenda.

Module 1 Psychological Safety: The Foundation of Team Performance

- What is Psychological Safety?
- Threat Detection & Vulnerability
- The Exploding Interest in Psychological Safety
- The History of a Concept: 1965 - 2020

Module 2 The 4 Stages Framework

- Stage 1: Inclusion Safety
- Stage 2: Learner Safety
- Stage 3: Contributor Safety
- Stage 4: Challenger Safety

Module 3 The 4 Stages Team Survey & Training Others

- The Process
- The Survey
- The Results
- Action Planning

Module 4 Technology - The 4 Stages Platform

- Delivered On-demand Post Certification
- The 4 Stages Team Survey - Set-up & Administration
- The 4 Stages Team Survey - Results Interpretation & Action Planning
- The 4 Stages Online Course- Setup & Administration

Join the Community of 4 Stages Certified Trainers & Coaches!

Mavis Ureke - Emotions 4 Success

I realized what was coming out a lot in conversations and in the work I was doing is that as organizations work to transform their own cultures they get stuck or stalled by the lack of Psychological Safety in their own organizations. Psychological Safety is is the missing piece.

Paul Phelan - Head of Leadership Development Jardine Motors Group

"To get the certification was brilliant because it gave me a deeper understanding of The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety. Now we are taking our entire leadership team through a 4 Stages Training."

Susan Franzen - Managing Partner Pattern Shifts

Dr. Timothy R. Clark and team don't just talk about The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety, they model it in everything that they do.

Attend Exclusive Semi-Annual Virtual Conferences.

Twice a year LeaderFactor hosts a virtual conference for all trainers and coaches. These conferences are exclusively for our global community of certified trainers and coaches.

Attend Exclusive Semi-Annual Virtual Conferences.

We’ve built the LeaderFactor platform from the ground-up to enable you to deliver the best experience for every participant. The 4 Stages products allow you to bring psychological safety to your organization in a customized and scaleable way. Utilize any product alone or in combination. We're here to help you succeed and guide you along the way.

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The 4 Stages Team Survey

The 4 Stages Team Survey will help you effectively measure the level of psychological safety on the teams you are working with. Get clear guidance on areas that need to be addressed. Available in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese.

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The 4 Stages Online Course

The 4 Stages Online Course provides the foundational learning elements anyone in any role. After taking the course they will better understand psychological safety and their role as a cultural architect. Available in English and Spanish.


The 4 Stages Workshop

The 4 Stages Workshop provides a deep learning experience for managers and employees. Not only will they better understand psychological safety and their role as cultural architects but, they will have a clear plan of action. The workshop facilitation and action plan are aided by the LeaderFactor Platform. Deliverable virtually or in person.


Get Access to 4 Stages Facilitator Materials.

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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. This deck is used in conjunction with The 4 Stages Workshop which will you be certified to deliver. *Workshop licenses sold separately.

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Facilitator Guide

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

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Downloadable Reports

We’ve made client reports easy. Download and share team survey results and reports with your clients. View and man-age aggregate reporting across multiple teams inside each organization.

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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."

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From the LeaderFactor Team & Community.

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Meet Your Instructor

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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.

Join The Community of 4 Stages Certified Consultants

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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 gives participants 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 recognizing 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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