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 & Intellectual History
  • Awareness, Contact & Withdrawal
  • I/Thou – Dialogue in the Field
  • Embodiment/Sensory Motor Functions
  • Retroflection
  • Introjection
  • Projection
  • Confluence
  • Self, Id, Ego & Personality Functions

Year Two

  • Review of 1st Year Theory/Intellectual History
  • Group Therapy Theory
  • Trauma
  • Phenomenological Inquiry/Therapeutic Presence
  • Diagnosis
  • Aggression & Self Conquest/Anger, Inclusive & Exclusive Aggression & Rage
  • Development
  • Four Corners/Distinct I & Distinct You
  • Attachment from a Gestalt Therapy Perspective

Year Three

  • Ethics/Values & Principles of Gestalt Therapy Including Use of Self
  • Interruptions of Contact in the Relational Field
  • Seminar: Attachment from a Gestalt Perspective
  • Seminar: Core Methods in Treating Post Traumatic Stress: Gestalt, Holistic & Experientially Based Approaches
  • Interruptions of Contact in the Context of Community & Confluence
  • Shame & Vulnerability/Retroflection & Support in the Field
  • Seminar: Achieving Confluence as the Basis of Attachment & Secure Personhood: Moments of Mutuality Revisited
  • Developing Therapeutic Presence Through Embodiment & Phenomenological Inquiry
  • Ending