This seminar is a survey of the foundational principles of gestalt therapy as they apply to clinical practice. It will develop the participant’s understanding of the underpinnings of gestalt therapy theory. In accordance with Kurt Lewin’s maxim, “there is nothing so practical as a good theory,” we will divide our time equally between theory presentation and clinical supervision.
- Understanding the foundational principles of gestalt.
- Applying gestalt therapy principles to current caseloads and social situations.
- Presenting clinical cases from a gestalt foundational perspective.
- Comprehending the sociopolitical roots of gestalt therapy in psychotherapy.
Schedule and Topics for 2018
January 19 A Revision of Psychoanalysis
February 16 The Phenomenological Backbone of Gestalt Therapy
March 16 Gestalt Psychology
April 20 Holism & Field Theory
May 18 The Role of Support
June 15 The Sequence of Contact & Cycle of Experience
July 20 Sensation & Somatics
Aug 24 The Advent of Relational Gestalt Therapy
September 21 Aesthetic Criteria & Gestalt Diagnosis
October 19 Gestalt Group Work
November 16 Gestalt Therapy as a Foundation for Social Justice
December 21 Wrapping It All Up
Each session meets for 2 hours. There are 12 sessions beginning January 19, 2018. We meet online utilizing the Zoom platform from 2:30pm–4:30pm EST. The seminar is open to intermediate and advanced clinicians and students currently enrolled in gestalt training programs. The tuition is $30 per session and all reading materials will be provided.
Charlie Bowman, MS, LCSW, LMFT, LCAC is Past President of the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy, Senior Faculty at the Indianapolis Gestalt Institute and a Member of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy. He has trained extensively in Gestalt therapy and has published numerous book chapters and articles. Most recently he co-authored (with Lynn Jacobs and Gary Yontef) the gestalt therapy chapter for Corsini & Weddings, Current Psychotherapies, 10th Edition.
Continuing Education: 24 CE Units Awarded
“The Indiana Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist and Mental Health Counselor Board has approved this organization to provide Category I continuing education for L.S.W., L.C.S.W., L.M.F.T., L.M.H.C., and L.C.A.C., however licensees must judge the program’s relevance to their professional practice. The Indianapolis Gestalt Institute is responsible for maintaining the program.”