Curriculum

The training sessions are held once a month on Saturday and Sunday, from September through May. There is an opening Friday evening session in September.

Trainees are assigned readings in preparation for the focus of the weekend. Each weekend is divided into the following separate blocks:
Lectures, discussions, and demonstrations of theory.
Practicum. Doing and observing others doing individual psychotherapy, under faculty supervision.
Experiential group therapy sessions with members of the faculty and adjunct faculty.

The specific curriculum may vary from year to year, but below is a sample of topics offered in one course of study.

Year One

  • Orientation: Awareness, Contact & Withdrawal
  • Intellectual History
  • Phenomenological Inquiry and Therapeutic Presence
  • Field Theory
  • Introjection
  • Confluence
  • Retroflection
  • Projection
  • Relational Embodied Gestalt Therapy

Year Two

  • Review of 1st Year Theory
  • Dialogic Relational Gestalt Therapy
  • Interactive Gestalt Group Theory
  • Experimentation
  • Aggression & Self Conquest
  • Retroflection and Vulnerability in the Development of Shame
  • Encountering Bigotry: Socially Constructed Identities in the Field
  • Trauma
  • Embodied Healing

Year Three

  • Identification with the Aggressor and the Primed Vulnerable Other
  • Values and Principes of Gestalt Therapy: Ethics of Experimentation and Use of Self
  • Gestalt Diagnosis and Assessment
  • Moments of Mutuality
  • Sexuality
  • Gestalt Group Theory
  • Applicaton of Gestalt Therapy Theory in Case Presentation
  • Change and Growth Through the 3-Year Program: A Personal Review by Each Student
  • Ending in the Here and Now