AN INTRODUCTION TO GESTALT THERAPY THEORY

AN OPTIMISTIC, STRENGTH-BASED, RELATIONAL APPROACH

OVERVIEW:
How does one remain hopeful when the news seems so hopeless?

In the ongoing difficulties of the past two years, as individual and national suffering increases, we have all had experiences where clients have presented with increased anxiety and depression. As therapists, we deeply experience our own concerns as well. Gestalt Therapy Theory offers us a way to work productively, despite this divisive culture. We strive to use the theory as a way to disrupt relational reenactments of oppression.

The late Sonia Nevis, founder of the Gestalt International Study Center in Welfleet, MA, used to talk about the human need for "relentless hope.” Gestalt Therapy is a positive, strength-based approach that is especially effective in responding to despair. How does one sit in a chair across from our clients and still do the phenomenological work of staying in the moment? The workshop will demonstrate interventions that support people in developing skills that nurture hope.

THE WORKSHOP WILL PROVIDE PARTICIPANTS THE OPPORTUNITY TO:

~Witness and discuss Gestalt Therapy sessions with workshop leaders and volunteers.
~Learn how Gestalt Therapy supports clients in developing practical optimism and strength-based hopefulness.
~Observe Gestalt Therapy Theory in practice and learn specific concepts that are the basis for the practitioner's choices.
~View different styles used by Gestalt therapists and discuss how to adapt those styles to one's own professional work.
~Learn how to integrate affective, sensory, cognitive, interpersonal, and behavioral awareness into powerful and effective therapeutic interactions with your clients.
~Obtain a taste of what occurs in our Three-Year Training Program. The next class begins in September 2019.

CEUs: 12
DATE: Saturday & Sunday, April 13 & 14, 2019
HOURS: Registration-Sat. only: 9:00 to 9:30 am;
Morning sessions: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Lunch (on your own);
Afternoon sessions: 2:00 to 5:00 pm
FEES: $99.00 Tuition | $20.00 CEU preparation
LOCATION: Bryn Mawr College English House | 815 New Gulph Road | Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

MEET THE TRAINERS:

Kellom
VALERIE KELLOM, LCSW, BCD
is co-executive director of GTIP. With others, she has been working to change the culture of this predominantly white organization. GTIP is moving towards a mission of racial equity. She recently completed Widener's Advanced Training in Transgender Mental Health. She has maintained a psychotherapy practice since 1978 and works with individuals, couples, and provides clinical supervision.

 

GaryGARY GRAY, MAT is on the faculty of the Gestalt Therapy Institute of Philadelphia and completed his post-graduate training in psychotherapy. He is a certified Gestalt Coach (Gestalt International Study Center) and is currently a therapist and therapeutic coach in private practice in Narberth, PA. He works with individuals and couples privately and in group settings. Gary has conducted continuing professional education workshops at the Gestalt Therapy Institute of Philadelphia, the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy, and the Appalachian Gestalt Institute. He was co-designer and co-conductor of 4 continuing education summer retreats in Crestone Colorado.

Ginny2017flyGINNY MCINTOSH, LCSW is a GTIP Faculty and Board member and has a private practice in Narberth, PA. She is a former adjunct faculty member of Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. She loves teaching Gestalt Therapy and has led many workshops on it, as well as other clinical topics such as Treating Depression and Anxiety. She has provided consultation and supervision in clinical social work and was a past president of the PA Society for Clinical Social Work.

 

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