The Studyplan for the 2-year Gestalt Practitioner education is identical to the first 2 years of the Studyplan for the 4-year education for Clinical Psychotherapist:
First Year, Clinical Psychotherapist
Purpose and Goal
To provide the students with basic knowledge about Gestalt principles, -methodology and therapeutic practice. To provide knowledge about the roots of Gestalt – the philosophical, theoretical and therapeutic directions that has influenced Gestalt. To put emphasis on the student’s personal development and emerging integration.
Establishing the group. Introduction to Gestalt psychotherapy: Awareness, Here-and-now, Responsibility, Contact, Resistances. The roots of Gestalt – a historic overview
Body work in Gestalt. The hidden resources of the body. Retroflection, body awareness, figure-ground, unfinished business. Focus on developmental psychology. November
The roots of Gestalt: Existentialism and Zen. Choice and responsibility. Awareness processes and the connection to Existentialism and Zen.
February and dependency. Basic field theory and attachment theory. Group dynamics and process work, encounter.
Examination and evaluation. Gestalt theory related to own development and personality.
The roots of Gestalt: Psychodrama and creativity. Gestalt work with autobiography.
During the first year of training the student integrates the basic theory of Gestalt. In the written autobiography the student integrates her Gestalt perspective documenting her deep understanding and integration of own process.
Second Year, Clinical Psychotherapist
Purpose and goal
That the student continues her personal development with increasing integration. That she deepens her knowledge about the fundamental psychological and therapeutic theories and methods of Gestalt. Integrate ethics in the work with Gestalt methods, principles and techniques. Understand how the emotional Gestalt approach connects to the existential Doing and Being.
Seminar 6 Psychodrama and creativity in Gestalt, continued. Confluence, dependency and co-dependency in couples and families. Dialogical work. Relational work, encounter, conflict resolution in systems and in organizations. Field theory and practice.
Bodywork in Gestalt. Gestalt and Bioenergetics. Creative work with dreams and fantasy. Deep integration Gestalt work individually and in the group with body awareness as a key issue. Developmental psychology in connection to the body.
Seminar 8 Gestalt methods and techniques – in clinical work and in development work.
Psychopathology in theory and practice. Boundaries and contact. Ethics.
Gender issues: Sexuality and sensuality related to own personality. Ethics and boundaries. Couple therapy, Gestalt work with families and systems.
Examination, evaluation and Gestalt work with the roots. Transition to the 3rd and 4th year. Supervision and action plans.
Supervision Supervision on client work. 60 hours. Voluntary work with clients 1.
Transition to becoming a therapist. The student organizes therapeutic practicum/work under supervision in an organization in cooperation with GIS-International.
Through last part of the training year
During the last part of the second year the student writes an essay describing one of “the Roots of Gestalt” and how that root has influenced Gestalt therapy and terminology. At the end of the year there is an oral examination in the roots/the basic theories of Gestalt.