Training Program

The Gestalt Therapy Institute's Training Program is designed for novice and seasoned therapists, and other professionals in the service industry; law, medicine, clergy, etc. who seek to know a profound and powerful approach to working with people.

The training program is a carefully planned balance of theory and experience. It combines rigorous intellectual instruction about the principles and philosophy of Gestalt Therapy with practical skill development. A significant feature of the program is the regular opportunity for trainees to practice and observe therapy with experienced therapists, thus strengthening their therapeutic capabilities and developing their own individual style.

The program runs one weekend a month, September through May, for three years. The weekends are intensive and personal. Trainees are assigned readings each month related to the theme that will be emphasized in the didactic and practicum portions of the weekend. This process builds a strong foundation in the many aspects of Gestalt theory, with its emphasis on empowerment and social justice.

Those considering the program can anticipate three important experiences: they will be well supported; they will be introduced to exciting and challenging ideas; and they will have tremendous opportunities to observe therapy being done, practice skills, and develop their own individual style in their own particular setting.

All three classes do their training work during the weekend, and there are, on average, 12 trainees per class. This structure creates a highly supportive atmosphere, another hallmark of the program. The training groups become individual communities, committed to every member's growth and development. Trainees frequently describe this as one of the most valuable — and most unexpected — benefits of the program. And the groups often meet for years after graduation, continuing to deepen their bond and extend their education.

GTIP is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Psychology to offer continuing education for psychologists. GTIP maintains responsibility for the program.

This training is approved through the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. Bryn Mawr GSSWSR, as a CSWE accredited school of Social Work, is a pre-approved provider of continuing education credits for Social Workers in Pennsylvania and many other states.