Neither Idealizing nor Pathologizing: An Invitation to a Dynamic Gestalt Diagnostic Tool in the Field Model and Navigation Tool in the Field

 Judith Beermann Zeligson


What do you do when clients seem to have limited or no capacity to explore with awareness or change figure/ground? This seminar presents an organic way to think about diagnosis and about how to engage and intervene with clients, using a three-step body, relational and field-oriented model.  This model is based on:

Awareness of the constant organizing and reorganizing of the field in chaotic, polarized, flexible or integrating ways.
Willingness to modify your usual way of working and even include asymmetric responsibility, especially in a polarized or chaotic field.
The preciousness of the present moment. 


Day 1 Participants will:
 

  • Learn the basic dynamism of the model.
  • Explore personal responses to ‘We are each other’s background’.
  • Learn the characteristics of each field – challenges, pitfalls, and the vital focus on establishing contact.
  • Learn to recognize signs and influence of polarization in yourself and others.
  • Learn to discriminate between symmetric and asymmetric responsibility.


Day 2 Participants will: 


  • Practice the ‘diagnostic’ aspects of the model and how to use it as a navigation tool.
  • Learn about the deep impact of the nervous system in our organization and everyday interaction.
  • Learn how to detect whether polarized expression is due to crisis or to fixed, frozen gestalts.
  • Learn to respond to polarization, and stay alive.
  • Learn how to apply the three-step model in therapy, supervision and training.


Day 1: Saturday, April 6, 2019

10 am - 5 pm with a 60-minute break


Day 2: Sunday, April 7, 2019
10 am - 5 pm with a 60-minute break


Continuing Education Hours (for LMSW's, LCSW's, LMHC's, LP's and LCAT's): 6 per day


$175 for one day; $300 for both days.


​Day 1 is a pre-requisite for Day 2, but can be taken independently



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Appreciating & Integrating CBT & Gestalt for Anxiety Management


This workshop has been cancelled.


Iris Fodor, Ph.D


Gestalt therapy emphasizes teaching clients about their emotional processes and highlights interpersonal experiencing. Cognitive therapy highlights cognitions and beliefs, which influence behavior and the construction of self-narratives. The integration of these two modalities can be construed as an ongoing series of assessment “experiments” to enhance clients' awareness of their meaning-making process. The method features a mindfulness approach to therapy that enables clients to become aware of how they process affects and cognitions and how these in turn influence interpersonal relating, behavior, and feelings. We will focus on the understanding and treatment of anxiety, panic and phobias from this integrated perspective.


Saturday, December 1, 2018
9 am - 5 pm with a 60-minute break
Continuing Education Hours (for LMSW's, LCSW's, LMHC's, LP's and LCAT's): 7


$125


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An Introduction to The Daring Way and Rising Strong for Therapists

Kathryn Grooms, LCSW-R


This workshop will introduce mental health practitioners to The Daring Way™, a highly experiential methodology based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. This workshop will highlight the aspects of Gestalt therapy that are paralleled in The Daring Way™ and will teach the core concepts of vulnerability, trust, empathy, shame, courage, compassion and connection. Attendees will be introduced to concepts of The Daring Way™ that can encourage a deeper self-awareness and empower authenticity and change  Attendees will also study some of the practices included in Rising Strong™, a method about learning how to write our own new endings so that we may get up after we fall. Please note that this is not a training in The Daring Way™ and participants cannot promote themselves as Certified in the Daring Way.          

Participants will learn to:
 

  • Define Vulnerability as emotional exposure, uncertainty and risk, and recognize vulnerability as a requirement for change and connection.
  • Differentiate shame from guilt, humiliation and embarrassment.
  • Understand the components of shame resilience.
  • Normalize and help clients identify where they are ‘living in story’ while also assisting them to challenge these stories to encourage greater authenticity.

 
Saturday, February 9, 2019
10 am - 5 pm with a 60-minute break

Continuing Education Hours (for LMSW's, LCSW's, LMHC's, LP's and LCAT's): 6


$150






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OCD, CBT & Gestalt Therapy

Rosary Immordino, LP


You may know that the most effective treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), often used in conjunction with medication.  In this course you’ll learn to use the process developed by noted OCD expert, Fred Penzel, to diagnose and treat OCD, using CBT.  You’ll also learn how gestalt therapy’s attention to process and the gestalt skills of awareness, present-centeredness, exaggeration, and attention to body can be used to increase the effectiveness of CBT for the treatment of OCD.  Real case histories will be presented in detail.

Participants will: 

  • Learn how to diagnose OCD.
  • Learn how to develop treatment plan for OCD.
  • Learn the basics of CBT therapy.
  • Learn to use Gestalt skills to enhance CBT.

 
Sunday, March 10, 2019
10 am-5 pm with a 60-minute break

Continuing Education Hours (for LMSW's, LCSW's, LMHC's, LP's and LCAT's): 6


$150




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Gestalt Therapy with Couples - Hands-on Practice: A Workshop for Therapists

Marla Silverman, Ph.D.

This 6-week course is for therapists with experience working with individuals.  It is hands-on, practicum style. You practice on couples role-played by the other therapists in the group. We try different interventions and get feedback on what did and did not work. Each 3-hour session includes didactic presentation of principles and strategies of couples work, hands-on practicum and a Q & A about your cases and the didactic material presented.  The atmosphere will be collegial, safe and fun. The goal is to hone your understanding of and skills with couples, whether you are working with both members of the couple, or doing the relational work that is so much a part of individual therapy.

Participants will learn to: 


  • See the couple as a system and identify their dynamic patterns.
  • Help couples recognize their patterns that cause distress. 
  • Help each partner connect to the beliefs, fears, and protective mechanisms that fuel their reactive responses. 
  • Personally experience via hands-on practice, the client’s protective mechanisms and fears, different character structures’ internal life, and the impact of the therapist’s stance, openness and interventions.            

Six Saturdays:

January 12, 2019

February 2, 2019

February 9, 2019

February 23, 2019

March 16, 2019

March 30, 2019


Location: 185 West End Avenue, #1C, New York, NY (at 69th Street)
9 am - 12 pm
Continuing Education Hours (for LMSW's, LCSW's, LMHC's, LP's and LCAT's): 18
​$600​



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Working with Internal Polarities

Silvio Oliva 

Imagine that our internal world has a population, a population that co-exists in a limited space, and has to face all the problems that living together entails, such as how to organize itself.  As a result, this population has to deal with differences that may cause its members to feel lost and to experience internal conflict.  They might even feel stuck in an impasse that does not allow them to move forward.  The aim of working with internal polarities is to make it possible for our internal government to take on a democratic form that guarantees free expression and a tendency toward creativity. Thanks to the technique of family constellations, the work with internal polarities takes on a fluidity and power so as to let the participants fully experience their own personal plurality.

Participants will be able to: 

  • Identify different polarities within ourselves and work with them as we might our clients.
  • How to create a synthesis from divergent polarities.
  • Learn to work with polarities as a therapist and within daily life.​


Saturday, November 10, 2018

10am-5pm with a 60-minute break

Continuing Education Hours (for LMSW's, LCSW's, LMHC's, LP's and LCAT's): 6


$175





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We offer Continuing Education hours to Licensed Social Workers , Licensed Mental Health Practitioners, Licensed Psychoanalysts and Licensed Creative Arts Therapists for our workshops.

New York State requires that we post the following statement:

The Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers, (#SW-0201), and by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Psychoanalysts, (#PSYAN-0001), licensed mental health counselors (#MHC-0079), and Licensed Creative Arts Therapists (#CAT-0073).

How to Register

You can pay via PayPal, Credit Card or check using the Buy Now buttons or Pay by Check link below each workshop.

A minimum 50% deposit is required at the time of registration.

Refund Policy:

75% refund if cancelled more than 7 days in advance.  
50% if cancelled less than 7 days in advance.

Cancellation Policy: 

Occasionally, the Gestalt Center needs to cancel a workshop due to unforeseen circumstances.  In such cases, we will inform you the Monday prior and provide you with a full refund.

For Information:
Call (212) 387-9429 or  email gestalt@gestaltnyc.org.



Introduction to Gestalt Theory & Practice

Presented by various faculty


This introductory class will provide a beginning understanding of Gestalt Therapy and practice. You will learn about Gestalt theory, methods and techniques, and about what is at the heart of our creative, experiential therapy.

In addition, we'll answer your questions about  our training programs in Gestalt therapy. This workshop is particularly useful for those considering entering our training programs.

In this class you will:


  • Obtain a beginning understanding of Gestalt theory and practice.
  • See a video of a gestalt therapy session.
  • Witness a live demonstration of a Gestalt therapy session, followed by discussion.
  • Learn about our post-graduate training programs.
  • Meet one or more members of our faculty and students/alums of our training programs.    


Friday, Friday, November 9, 2018, 6:30 - 9:30 pm

The class is free, but reservations are required. 


Email gestalt@gestaltnyc.org or call (212) 387-9429.


Facilitating Gestalt Group: A Journey to Authenticity and Connectedness

Rachel Ravin, LCSW


As Gestalt therapists, our goal is supporting our clients in restoring the free flow of self. Gestalt group provides the ideal vehicle for the journey. When people gather in group, a microcosm of the social environment is present in the here-and-now. As we witness ourselves and our clients as part of this field, each person’s authentic self is able to be explored, experienced, and shared. Come learn how tuning in to your embodied truth will enable you to be an effective group leader and how the journey to aliveness, vulnerability, and connectedness will bring your clients safely home to themselves.

Participants will: 

  • Learn the basic skills and techniques needed to run a gestalt group.
  • Help clients to identify the basic skills of group participation.
  • Learn how to help group members to recognize three styles of interrupting contact with each other, and identify which one they are using
  • Learn an effective tool that helps group members feel understood and express empathy for one another.


Saturday, November 17, 2018

10 am - 3 pm with 60-minute break

Continuing Education Hours (for LMSW's, LCSW's, LMHC's, LP's and LCAT's): 4


$120




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THE GESTALT CENTER

Experimenting With (Family) Constellation Work:  A Workshop for Gestalt Therapists

 Sara Hendrick

Constellation work uses figures and floor markers to represent the situation of the client, and to attend to themes such as relationship dynamics, psychological development, loyalties, grief, and other inter- and intra-psychic issues.  Though constellation work typically happens in a group setting, an understanding of the principles and techniques of this practice can provide the basis for new and interesting experiments in the context of individual gestalt therapy.  This two-day workshop will provide participants with both an experience of constellation work, as well as the basic tools necessary to experiment with this approach from a Gestalt Therapy perspective.


Day 1:  Experimenting with (Family) Constellation Work using figures & symbols.

Participants will:


  • Learn a basic theoretical framework for understanding constellation work.
  • Learn how constellation work can be used as a gestalt therapy experiment in using figures and symbols.
  • Learn to experiment with figure and symbol techniques as part of their therapy practice.


Day 2:  Experimenting with (Family) Constellation Work using floor markers.

Participants will: 


  • Further learning of basic theoretical framework for understanding constellation work.
  • Learn how constellation work can be used as a gestalt therapy experiment in using floor markers.
  • Learn to experiment with floor marker techniques as part of their therapy practice.


Day 1: Saturday, May 18, 2019
10 am - 5 pm with a 60-minute break

Day 2: Sunday, May 19, 2019
10 am - 5 pm with a 60-minute break
Continuing Education Hours (for LMSW's, LCSW's, LMHC's, LP's and LCAT's): 6 per day

$175 for one day; $300 for both days.  


Day 1 is a pre-requisite for Day 2, (unless Day 1 was taken last year), but Day 1 can be taken independently.​​


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The Whole Child:  Gestalt Principles for Special Education 


Rick Manista, Ph.D.

Children with language and developmental disorders face unique challenges in their environment. In the past, behaviorist approaches have been used for social skills training. Gestalt techniques can be used to help engage these children in learning pragmatic social skills and developing confidence. This workshop will help therapists, teachers and parents identify children’s language, sensory and emotional needs and utilize Gestalt techniques to support them. 

Participants will be able to: 

  1. identify contact interruptions in children
  2. use Gestalt techniques in response to contact interruptions
  3. identify whether a behavior is based on pragmatic, sensory, motivational or emotional needs


Saturday, March 2, 2019
10 am-3 pm with a 60-minute break

Continuing Education Hours (for LMSW's, LCSW's, LMHC's, LP's and LCAT's): 4


$100





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Introduction to Couples Work

Marla Silverman, Ph.D.

This workshop is for the therapist who wants a way to understand how to work with couples. We will cover principles and methods of working with couples, how to structure a session, what to look for and how to intervene. This workshop is both didactic and experiential. Through role play we will demonstrate and practice interventions, and discuss therapeutic choices.  Bring a sense of wonder and fun. 

Participants will be able to: 

  • understand the couple as a system
  • understand balanced interventions
  • understand how to structure a first session

            
Sunday, November 11, 2018
11 am-2 pm

Continuing Education Hours (for LMSW's, LCSW's, LMHC's, LP's and LCAT's): 3

​$100





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Understanding and Working with Concussion

Naaz Hosseini, LP 

We are more aware of concussions today, yet there is little understanding of the needs and experience of those individuals with concussion, whether ourselves, our relatives, or our children. Using a Gestalt approach, this workshop will help you understand: (1) what concussion is; (2) how concussion is experienced; (3) how to work with concussion; (4) how to balance your interventions so that post-concussion symptoms are eased, not aggravated; and (5) where to refer clients for basic, appropriate concussion care. This is both a didactic and experiential workshop. Exercises will guide understanding of concussion and how to work with it.

Participants will gain an understanding of:

  • What concussion is.
  • The experience of concussion.
  • How to work with concussion within a Gestalt framework.


Sunday, December 2, 2018
11 am - 2 pm

Continuing Education Hours (for LMSW's, LCSW's, LMHC's, LP's and LCAT's): 3


$100





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Experiential Writing for Coping with Trauma and Loss


Iris Fodor, Ph.D.


As people experiencing trauma and loss are enrolling in memoir workshops and writing about their painful experiences, there appears to be evidence of healing in the writing and telling of their stories. There is also a tradition for a narrative approach in Gestalt therapy (E. Polster). Drawing on my own experience in clinical work with trauma and loss, I will present some of the techniques honed from memoir writing workshops to use experiential writing to address and cope with trauma and loss. Using our experience in the workshop, I will discuss how to integrate experiential writing into ongoing therapeutic work with clients.

Participants will:


  • Learn about narrative theory and memoir.
  • Identify the relationship between narrative therapy and gestalt work.
  • Learn to use experiential writing as a tool for trauma and grief work.


Saturday, June 8, 2019

9 am - 5 pm with a 60-minute break

Continuing Education Hours (for LMSW's, LCSW's, LMHC's, LP's and LCAT's): 7


​$125




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CONTINUING EDUCATION WORKSHOPS 2018-19

Voice Attunement for Therapists

 Naaz Hosseini, LP


Voice is an integral part of the therapeutic process. When therapists are not aware of their own voices, they can undermine their intention. When they are not aware of their clients’ voices, they can miss important cues. Through lecture and practicum, this training will attune therapists to ways in which voice reveals, informs, and helps guide effective practice.  We will (1) learn to build awareness of voice as communication; (2) learn to use voice intentionally and effectively; (3) use vocal cues to hear clients with greater attunement; (4) enhance capacity to join, support, and, when appropriate, interrupt clients; and (5) expand facility to design and fine-tune therapeutic interventions.

Participants will:


  • Understand implications of voice in establishing rapport.
  • Learn to use voice to enhance communication and trust with clients.
  • Learn to employ elements of voice (pitch, volume, quality, etc) in practice to enhance awareness, communication, and healing.
  • Use voice as a diagnostic to guide the use of interventions.
  • Work with voice as an intervention.


Sunday, March 24, 2019
10 am - 4 pm with a 60-minute break

Continuing Education Hours (for LMSW's, LCSW's, LMHC's, LP's and LCAT's): 5


$125





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FOR PSYCHOTHERAPY AND TRAINING

A Phenomenological Field Approach to Developing Private Practice

Lee Zevy, LCSW, CIC


Too often clinicians who establish a private practice focus on the specifics of a limited environment, their office and a specific network. However, for a private practice to be successful the practitioner needs to view its location within a larger field that is social, relational, experiential, environmental and responsive to emerging figures as they present themselves in an ever changing world.  In this workshop we will discuss the meaning of a phenomenological field approach and then, using case examples from the presenter and the participants, show how clinicians at any level can expand their consciousness of themselves within the wider field of Psychotherapy. This workshop is open to anyone who envisions setting up a private practice currently or in the future.                                                                             

Participants will:


  • Learn how an understanding of phenomenology can be useful in psychotherapy.
  • Learn to create a sufficient supportive ground for Gestalt therapy for both client and therapist.
  • Learn how Gestalt therapy’s concept of field within private practice can expand the therapist’s awareness of the contact boundary as it shifts between the needs of clients and the needs of the therapist.


Saturday, May 4, 2019

11 am-6 pm with a 60-minute break

There are no Continuing Education hours available for this workshop.


$125   A 40% discount is available for current GCPT students.




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Relational Gestalt Therapy: From Theory to Practice


Ken Meyer,  Ph.D.


This workshop is for Gestalt therapists who wish to become more familiar with the development of the relational perspective in therapy.   We will introduce the ways in which this contemporary view changes -- and enriches -- the experiential techniques that have been the hallmark of Gestalt therapy.  While well-grounded in intersubjective field-theory, we will examine very practical changes in method that develop mutuality in the working relationship.  We will cover topics such as setting the tone in the initial session, introducing experiments and body-work, responding to personal questions, accepting gifts and the value and pitfalls of self-revelation.


Participants will:

  • Learn historical development and path from an intra-psychic to inter-personal perspective, within both psychoanalysis and Gestalt therapy.
  • Learn when to focus on the client’s manner of relating rather than the intra-psychic material being explored.
  • Learn guidelines for responding to clients regarding personal questions, gifts, requests for changing time frame of sessions.


Sunday, November 4, 2018

10 am - 4 pm with a 60-minute break

Continuing Education Hours (LMSW's, LCSW's, LMHC's, LP's and LCAT's): 5


$150.  A 50% discount is available for current GCPT students and a 25% discount is available for GCPT alumni



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