becoming a facilitative leader

In the summer of 2019 the International Center for Studies in Creativity (ICSC) is offering a great opportunity in Europe to strengthen your skills in facilitating the Creative Problem Solving (CPS) process.

You can now pursue two courses of ICSC’s graduate program as a self-contained program: the CPS facilitation strand in becoming a facilitative leader. The first course is CRS 559 Principles in Creative Problem Solving. The second course is CRS 610 Facilitation of Group Problem Solving.

CRS 559 Principles in Creative Problem Solving

This course overviews research and development in the study of Creative Problem Solving (CPS) and includes practical application that is appropriate for students in a variety of contexts and disciplines. The course focuses on developing creative potential and on learning to use CPS individually and with groups. It emphasizes the application of the CPS framework and tools on challenges, goals, and opportunities that people face in their personal and professional lives.

CRS 610 Facilitation of Group Problem Solving

This course is an exploration of elements in cultivating creative behavior. It provides supervised practice in the use of effective methods and techniques for facilitating creative problem solving. The course also addresses challenges encountered by facilitators in a variety of group settings. The objective of this course is to develop creative leaders who have mastery of facilitation techniques and skills.

During both courses students work, alone and in subgroups, intensively on tasks of direct concern to their educational or professional efforts. Students receive expert feedback on their facilitation skills as they apply creative strategies to real issues. Students will develop a deeper understanding of and practice in facilitating CPS in small groups. They will explore connections between the art of facilitation and the concept of leadership.


Ismet Mamnoon

Ismet Mamnoon


Ismet will be your instructor in the course
‘Principles in Creative Problem Solving’.
This is the first course in this strand.

More about Ismet

Branko Broekman

Branko Broekman


Branko will be your instructor in the course
‘Facilitation of Group Problem Solving’.
This is the second course in this strand.

More about Branko

where and when

The two courses of this CPS facilitation strand will be offered as seated courses of 5 days each in a Summer School. Classes will be combined with classes of ICSC’s graduate certificate program.

The first week of the 2019 Summer School will run from Monday June 24 through Friday June 28. The second week will run from Monday July 1 through Friday July 5.
Class hours are regularly from 9.00 am till 5.00 pm.
On Sunday June 23 there will be an orientation in the afternoon. 

Summer School 2019 will be conducted at the ‘School voor de Toekomst’, part of the Koning Willem I College in Den Bosch, the Netherlands.

Here you can read all about the 2019 Summer School in Den Bosch.

time and money investment

The courses of the Summer School come with preparatory assignments in the weeks before the two courses start, two intensive weeks of learning and assignments that are to be completed some weeks after. In the weekend between the two courses and after each class day you will need your time for preparation and assignments. 

Tuition for CPS facilitation strand    €  4200
Early bird price until March 17, 2019    €  3750

After completing these two highly intensive and practical courses successfully you will receive a certificate of the International Center for Studies in Creativity (ICSC).

application and admission

To be considered for this CPS facilitation strand in becoming a facilitative leader the following provides a summary of the requirements for admission:

  • Motivation to pursue this special program
  • Sufficient proficiency of the English language
  • Experience in applied creativity or similar

Admission to the program is dependent upon application review by the Admissions Committee of ICSC. An interview will be part of the application process.

If you have decided to apply, you’ll need to complete an application packet and email it to the program office in Amsterdam.
A completed application packet consists of:

  • A letter of intent
  • A brief biographical sketch
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Application form
  • Proof of proficiency of the English language

To keep the admissions process as simple as possible, we have created a so-called application kit.

Application for the facilitation strand in the summer of 2019 is closed.

After we have received your completed application packet, we will contact you to schedule a date for an interview with one of the adjunct faculty members. Shortly after the interview the Admissions Committee of ICSC will decide on your application.