Forms of Working

The course has been designed to provide Gestalt Psychotherapy Training and consists of several ways of working: peer groups, individual therapy, supervision, workshops, seminars, mini lectures.

PEER GROUPS

Occasionally, students form small groups focused on special themes that are brought up in the meetings, workshops or seminars. Groups are independent. Throughout the year, students meet without teacher presence and according to the level of their training, they practise: Gestalt Experiments, Therapeutic Skills, Preparation for the examination etc.

INDIVUDAL THERAPY

During the four-year year program, the students are required to undergo individual therapy in order to work through personal problems, experience Gestalt Psychotherapy from the perspective of client and see one or more therapists as a role model.

Students are required to take psychotherapy from an accredited therapist of GPTIM or other acknowledged psychotherapists in the field. GPTIM requires that the following dual relationships are not allowed: therapist / trainer; therapist / supervisor; therapist / assessor.

Students are presented with a list of therapists that they can approach for personal therapy so that this requirement can be met. The reasons for separating psychotherapeutic relationships and other relationships which are primarily oriented towards therapy, training, supervision and assessments are: protecting students of potential power misuse of the therapist; providing safe conditions for working; protecting therapeutic relationships from unnecessary pressure; protecting discreetness etc.

SUPERVISION

Students are required to attend supervision in the 3rd and 4th year of training. Students will be presenting questions that arise in the practice as a Gestalt Trainee therapist. The goals of supervision work are to meet societal and agency needs, the growth of the students and protection and growth of patience. The work is done through administrative, educative and consultative components. The administrative component is oriented to the needs of the context in which trainees are operating. The educative component is centred on imparting knowledge, and consultation is oriented to trainees’ specific problems, issues and concerns usually about clients and often about trainee therapist themselves.

WORKSHOPS, SEMINARS AND ‘MINI LECTURES’

Specific topics are presented to the students through mini lectures in weekly meetings, workshops, seminars and students presentation by different faculty members.