General Contact Information

Institute for Creative Development
4324 Meridian Ave N.
Seattle, WA 98103

Phone: 206-526-8562

Other Resources

The Cultural Maturity Blog is an interactive site edited and moderated by Dr. Charles Johnston.

Books and other primary resources by Dr. Charles Johnston are available at ICD Press Publications.

The general Institute for Creative Development Web site with links to all ICD resources:

The Creative Systems Theory Web site focuses on in-depth learning about the theory and continued theory development.

The Creative Systems Personality Typology Web site exists to teach about the typology and as a home base for the community of people learning about and making us of it.

The Evolutionary History of Music Web site examines music across cultures and through historical time using CST as a conceptual lens.

Learning Opportunities

The Institute provides learning opportunities with regard to all aspects of its work. Most often these are customized to the particular groups engaged. Generally they combine on-line learning with face-to-face interaction and independent inquiry. They can range from workshops of a day to year-long, in-depth learning and think tank experiences. They can take place anywhere in the world.

Learning opportunities are led by Charles Johnston or other Institute faculty depending on the focus of the offering and faculty availability. Those with interest in such opportunities should contact the Institute by

e-mail at or by phone at 206-526-8562 .

About Dr. Charles Johnston:

Charles Johnston splits his time between his Seattle-based private psychiatric practice and his continuing leadership with regard to broader cultural concerns. In his role as “cultural psychiatrist” he consults, writes, speaks, and teaches about the cultural tasks ahead. He also collaborates with others in the continued development and articulation of Creative Systems Theory and contributes occasional commentary through various of the ICD Blogs. As he wraps up work on his current book, he will be devoting more of his time to teaching and more public engagement with critical cultural issues.

Dr Johnston’s private practice work is with both individuals and couples. Its focus ranges from work with fairly traditional therapeutic issues to mentoring of people attempting to provide cultural leadership. He is particularly recognized for his work with people of creative temperament. His appreciation for today’s changing cultural realities and differences in how they affect us brings an important subtlety to his work. His private practice web page can be found at