Studyplan overview

First Year, Organizational Consultant and Counsellor
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.

Seminar 1

Establishing the group. Introduction to Gestalt psychotherapy: Awareness, Here-and-now, Responsibility, Contact, Resistances. The roots of Gestalt – a historic overview
September

Seminar 2
Body work in Gestalt. The hidden resources of the body. Retroflection, body awareness, figure-ground, unfinished business. Focus on developmental psychology. November

Seminar 3
The roots of Gestalt: Existentialism and Zen. Choice and responsibility. Awareness processes and the connection to Existentialism and Zen.
February

Seminar 4
Confluence and dependency. Basic field theory and attachment theory. Group dynamics and process work, encounter.
April

Seminar 5
Examination and evaluation. Gestalt theory related to own development and personality. The roots of Gestalt: Psychodrama and creativity. Gestalt work with autobiography.
June

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, Organizational Consultant and Counsellor
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.
September

Seminar 7
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.
November

Seminar 8
Gestalt methods and techniques – in clinical work and in development work.Psychopathology in theory and practice. Boundaries and contact. Ethics.
February

Seminar 9
Gender issues: Sexuality and sensuality related to own personality.Ethics and boundaries. Couple therapy, Gestalt work with families and systems.
April

Seminar 10
Examination, evaluation and Gestalt work with the roots. Transition to the 3rd and 4th year. Supervision and action plans.
June

Voluntary Work
Client 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.
Individually planned.
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.

Third Year, Organizational Consultant and Counsellor
Purpose and goal: That the student gets maximum focus on the role as a consultant and counselor with the emphasis on the field and the relational area. Training of personal leadership and style. Training of own role as counselor or coach in individual settings under direct and indirect supervision. Starting training of own role as a leader in group settings. Acquiring theoretical and practical knowledge, and personal integration. Deep understanding and integration of own parallel process, transference, counter transference, ethics and boundaries.

Seminar 11
Knowing the ethical and practical boundaries in theory and practice between coaching and counseling and clinical psychotherapy. Knowing the conditions and limitations in the coaching. Confluence, dependency and co-dependency. The role as a coach and counselor. Deepening the issues of transference, counter transference and ethics.
September

Seminar 12
Client group Supervision 60 hours. Supervision seminar. 60 hours. Assisting consultant.Focus on the role as a group consultant. Focus on transference and counter transference. Individual coaching in group setting. The students organize clients in cooperation with GIS-International. Parallel client group.
November

Seminar 13
Gestalt methodology and techniques in clinical work – and in development work. Field theory in practice. Assisting in working in a cross-cultural setting with 4 nationalities. The emotional pedagogy. Leadership and personal style. How to teach and how to lead. Direct and indirect feed-back processes. Nowness and presence. Dialogical approach in a group setting.
April

Seminar 14
Examination and evaluation. Preparation of subject for next year’s thesis. Theory of science and writing of thesis.
June

Client Supervision Individual 120 hours
Supervision on Individual development. Focus on the role as a consultant, coach and counselor. Focus on relational issues, dialogical approach, transference and counter transference. Starting practicing individual coaching and counseling with clients under direct supervision. The students organize clients in cooperation with GIS-International through whole training year

Client Supervision Group 60 hours
Supervision seminars. Assisting consultant. Focus on the role as a group leader. The students organize clients in cooperation with GIS-International. Individually planned. Focus on continuity, ethics and boundaries. Continued training on balanced empathy and confrontation. Direct and indirect supervision. Through whole training year.

During the last part of the third year the student writes about and discusses a chosen theoretical aspect in Gestalt theory and methodology. At the end of third year the oral exam is on Gestalt Theory.

Fourth year, Organizational Consultant and Counsellor

Purpose and goal:
That the student gets professional skills through personal, professional supervision and integration of theory, practice and ethics. Specialization and preparation of thesis that is presented and published at the end of the training. Final examination. Finishing-up evaluation where strengths, weaknesses, continued personal and professional areas of development and boundaries are defined and integrated. Continued focus on deep understanding and integration of own parallel process, transference, counter transference, ethics and boundaries.

Seminar 15
Dialogical work – I and Thou. How the leader and consultant use herself. Boundaries and ethics. Confluence, norms in organizations, dependency and codependency
Theory of science and writing the thesis on a chosen subject under supervision.
September

Seminar 16
The consultant as a leader and a role model. Deepening the issues of transference, counter transference and ethics.
Feed back and evaluation processes.
November

Seminar 17
Teaching, leading groups, co-work with seniors. Presentation and discussion of thesis. Assisting consultant in the international training program. Consultant in an international client group. All under direct and indirect supervision.
April

Seminar 18
Presentation and discussion of thesis. Examination with an external examiner. Evaluation and certification.
Feedback on personal leadership and coach style, boundaries and ethics.
June

Client Supervision Individual 80 hours
Supervision on Individual coaching and counseling. Focus on the role as a leader and consultant. Focus on relational issues, dialogical approach, transference and counter transference. Starting practicing individual coaching with clients under direct supervision. The students organize clients in cooperation with GIS-International.
Through whole training year

Client Supervision 60 hours
Group supervision. The student organizes a group of 4 – 6 clients for continuous work over a period of 4 – 5 months.
Part of final examination and final evaluation process.
Through whole training year

Thesis
The student ends his/her 4-year study by writing a thesis, in which the coming Gestalt practitioner proves personal and professional integration of theory and practice. At the end of fourth year there is an oral examination, in which the student accounts for and demonstrates and practices Gestalt methodology and principles.

Please note: All students have a minimum of 300 hours of group supervision seminars with clients (= 5 seminars of 60 hours or equivalent experience with clients): 60 hours on second year, 120 hours on third year and 120 hours on fourth year.

In third year and fourth year each student gives 5o hours of individual counseling and receives 30 hours of supervision. The total is 160 hours.