Advanced Module

3rd Year Aims:

  • Students are expected to have the level of knowledge, understanding and ability to apply the following.
  • Experiencing the role of therapist and starting to recognize the personal style of the role within the context of theory and methodology of Gestalt Psychotherapy.
  • Theoretical and Methodological concepts of Gestalt Psychotherapy.
  • Psychological diagnosis and assessment.
  • Application of Gestalt Theory and methodology on different client groups with the understanding of differential diagnosis and necessity of co-operation with the network in the field.
  • Meeting of the past-present-future of the therapist and the client in the interactive field of therapeutic relationship.
  • General knowledge of psychology in relation to Gestalt Psychotherapy.
  • Knowledge of different Psychotherapeutic approaches.


4th Year Aims:

  • Students are expected to have the level of knowledge, understanding and ability to apply the following
  • Continuation of therapeutic work in the training group setting
  • Continuation of experiencing the role of therapist in a clinical setting
  • Capacity to discuss and write about chosen methods of working with the clients with reference to the theory and general knowledge of psychotherapy
  • Understanding principles and applications of professional ethics

Gestalt Psychotherapy Advanced Module

Practical experience in various settings

The Gestalt Psychotherapy course is above all experiential.  Experience ranges from the student’s awareness of self leading to persnal therpay, to the student’s learning how to be aware of others, making them aware of themselves and practicing therapy under supervision.

As partof its European Accredited course the Gestalt Psychotherapy Institute Malta (GPTIM) requires practical hands on supervised sessions in order that its students obtain a fuller and more integrative experience of the various client groups that they will face later on when they become therapists.  The experience is carried out with the intent of diversifying the experience and at the same time giving the student therapist a more intense practical experience.

1.   Clinical experience

This is essential in the field as it makes the difference between realising if the client requires personal develoment or intense psychotherapeutic interventions aimed at the restructuring of the personality structure and the redefinition of the self.  Thus during the clinical experience the student will be exposed to mild, moderate and severe personality disorders as well as affecive, eating, dependency and sexual disorders.  In addition there will also be exposure to psychosis and other mental illnesses in appropriate settings.  This will also expose the student to working in a mental health team in a hospital setting.

2.  Child and Adolescence setting

a.  educational setting: will provide the student with exposure to psychometrics with children, working with child disorders e.g. dyslexia, aculculia and behavioural problems as well as the workof the psychotherapist in a secondary and tertiary educational setting e.g. school psychotherapy and working with parents of students having integrational difficulties in the school.  This would include such probems as bullying and social isolation.

b.developmental setting.  In this setting the psychotherapist will be provided with exposure to child developmental problems e.g. not reaching the milestones in time, low IQ, and ADHD/ADD as well as such disorders as were seen in the clinical setting except that they will be seen as experienced by the child. In this setting work will also be carried out with the carers of the children.

3.  Organisational setting

Last but not least the student psychotherapistwill also be required to cary out practical sessions in an organisational setting.  This will entail expoure to such problems as burnout, turnouver of employees, sabotage, teaching such skills as anger and time management, manegerial skills, assessing problems at the placeof work and the ability togive workers a sense of humanity, and ownership of their place of work etc.

Structure of the practical sessions

400 hours of practical sessions will be required in years 3 and 4 of the Gestalt Psychotherapy course.  These hours consist of client contact hours.

It is suggested that the hours be divided as follows:

Clinical setting                           75hours

Child and Adolescence setting    75hours

Organisational setting               75hours

175 hours will be left so that the student may choose a setting of his/her choice to be able to further his/her experience in his/her field of choice.

Naturally all the exposure and possible interventions need to be carried out under supervision.  Hours of supervision are not included in the above hour structure but will be carried out as follows over and above the hours spent in the practical setting:

Group supervision consisting of 225 hours spread as follows:

64 hours with a visiting supervisor;

98 hours with school supervisor;

33 hours with an accredited supervisor in small groups or individual for clinical populations and

30 hours with an accredited supervisor of EAPTI-GPTIM (list available on (Resources))

Attendance for supervision needs to be cerified signed by the supervisor.


Contract regarding the placement of students


We the hereunder signatories agree that:

Students will be carrying out their supervised psychotherapy placements at your agency……………………….


as part of their third and fourth year of their Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy course.

Clinical placement                                          75hours  [ ]

Child and adolescence placement                   75hours  [ ]

Organisational placement                                75hours [ ]

Whilst it is understood that the agency will suprvise the activity of the student at the place of work, and that subsequently the trainees will be required to abide by your agency rules, GPTIM will be supervising the psychotherapeutic interventions.  The trainees are also bound by the Code of Ethics adhered to by the GPTIM and the Malta Association of Psychotherapists.

It is also understood that both GPTIM as well as the agency above mentioned retain the prerogative of bringing the placement to an end should the necessity arise.

The co-ordinators for psychotherapy placements are:

Clinical placement Dott. Joan Camilleri tel. 21421642

Child and adolescent placement Fr. Paul Formosa tel. 21331447 & Elaine Micallef Tel. 79427822 & Giselle Consiglio Tel. 79223444

Organisational placement Ms. Niki Critien Tel. 79040506 and Ms. Audra Micallef Te.l 99880644

These co-ordinators will liaise between the agency above mentioned and GPTIM on a regular basis and will be available for any queries or communications which need to take place regarding this placement.

Lidija Pecotic Ph.D                                                              Director of Agency
Gestalt Psychotherpay Training Inst. Malta                            Name of Agency