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The Professional Codevelopment Group was developed by Adrien Payette, then professor at the National School of Public Administration, and Claude Champagne, industrial psychologist and specialist in organizational development, in Quebec, Canada, in the 1980s.


Two general objectives:

  1. Understand and act better to improve one's professional practice and/or one's mastery of a profession or an art;

  2. Understand and act better in order to learn how to better solve complex problems.


The dimensions of co-construction, collaboration, sharing, individual and collective reflection of co-development are at the center of this approach, based on the idea that one can "learn on one's own practice, by listening and helping colleagues. to progress in understanding [individual and collective reflection] and the effective improvement of their [professional] practice" (Payette & Champagne, 1997, p. 8), always based on real-life situations.


  • Each professional codevelopment group is composed of five to eight participants and an external animator / facilitator. At each session, the participants play the role of client (who presents the topic of consultation to the group) or consultant. The animator / facilitator is the guarantor of the process and leads the sessions.

  • One consultation topic is presented by meeting (the 3Ps: a Problem, a Concern or a Project). The subject is concrete, current and true, and belongs to the person who plays the role of client.

  • Each consultation cycle lasts between 1h30 and 3h (the duration is also dependent on the size of the group). As a rule, meetings take place once a month.

  • Each session is composed of six specific steps

  1.  Presentation

  2.  Clarification

  3.  Contract

  4.  Consultation

  5.  Summing up and action plan

  6.  Evaluation and integration of learning

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