Studyplan Gestalt 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.

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 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, 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.
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, Clinical Psychotherapist
Purpose and goal
That the student gets maximum focus on the role as a therapist and emphasis on the relational area. Training of personal leadership. Training of own therapist role in clinical individual therapy under direct and indirect supervision. Starting training of own therapist role in group therapy. Acquiring theoretical and practical knowledge, and personal integration. Deep understanding and integration of own parallel process, transference, counter transference, ethics and boundaries.

Seminar 11
Psychopathology in theory and practice.
Conditions and limitations in the clinical psychotherapy and in the psychiatric treatment. Confluence, dependency and co-dependency. The role as a therapist. Deepening the issues of transference, counter transference and ethics.
September

Seminar 12
Client group Supervision 60 hours Field Theory in Practice. Focus on the role as a group therapist. Nowness and presence.Confluence, dependency and co-dependency. Focus on transference and counter transference (Projections, i.e.) Dialogical approach in a group setting. Thematic intervention in the field.
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

Voluntary Work
Client Supervision 120 hours.
Supervision on client work. 120 hours. Voluntary work with clients. Transition to becoming a therapist. The student organizes therapeutic work in an organization in cooperation with GIS-International.
Individually planned.
Focus on transference and counter transference. Individual psychotherapy in group setting. 90 hours
Focus on continuity, ethics and boundaries. Continued training on balanced empathy and confrontation. Direct and indirect supervision. Through whole training year

Client Supervision Individual 60 hours
Given Individual Psychotherapy and Supervision. Focus on the role as an individual therapist. Focus on relational issues, dialogical approach, transference and counter transference. Starting practicing individual psychotherapy with clients under direct supervision. The students organize clients in cooperation with GIS-International. 50 hours given. 30 hours supervision.

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, Clinical Psychotherapist
Purpose and goal
That the student gets psychotherapeutic skills through personal, professional supervision and integration of theory, practice and psychotherapeutic 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 therapist use herself. Relations, encounter, conflict resolution in systems and organizations.Boundaries and ethics. Theory of scientific research and writing the thesis on a chosen subject under supervision.
September

Seminar 16
The therapist as a leader and a role model. Deepening Field Theory in Practice. 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 therapist in the international training program. Therapist in an international client and student group. All under direct and indirect supervision by senior leaders.
April

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

Client Supervision Individual 80 hours
Given Individual Psychotherapy and Supervision. Focus on the role as an individual therapist. Focus on relational issues, dialogical approach, and transference and counter transference. Starting practicing individual psychotherapy with clients under direct supervision. The students organize clients in cooperation with GIS-International. 50 hours given + 30 hours supervision.
Through whole training year

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

Thesis – The student ends his/her 4-year study by writing a thesis, in which the coming Gestalt therapist 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 must 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.