FOR PSYCHOTHERAPY AND TRAINING

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 learning opportunity is comprised of two one-day workshops that 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.  


This is a two-day workshop.  Day 1 is a pre-requisite for Day 2, but Day 1 can be taken on its own.​

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

Learning objectives:

  1. Give participants a basic theoretical framework for understanding constellation work
  2. Give participants an understanding of how constellation work can be used as gestalt therapy experiment in using figures and symbols
  3. Increase participants’ capacity to experiment with figures, symbols, and techniques as part of their therapy practice


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

Learning objectives:

  1. Give participants a theoretical framework for understanding constellation work
  2. Give participants an understanding of how constellation work can be used as gestalt therapy experiment in using floor markers
  3. Increase participants’ capacity to experiment with the floor markers technique as part of their therapy practice


Day 1:  Foundations/Theory

Saturday, April 14, 2018

10 am-5 pm (60 minute break)

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


$125





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Day 2:  Practice/Application (Day 1 is a pre-requisite for this class.)

Sunday, April 15, 2018

10 am-5 pm (60 minute break)

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


$125





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Queer Perspectives on Sexuality and Social Identity

 Robert Mauksch, LCSW

LGBTQ clients and practitioners bring outsider experience and important insights to the practice of psychotherapy.  How can psychotherapy respond to these insights, and support the developmental concerns of LGBTQ individuals and their cultures, as they navigate historical and collective trauma, create relationships, and build other meaningful structures in a hetero-normative and gender-binary world?  Join us as we explore the give and take of normativity, and consider the challenges and possibilities of queer liberation (to our practices, and to our culture as a whole).  This workshop is open to people of all sexual and gender experiences. 

Participants will be able to: 

  1. learn theoretical frameworks for better understanding LGBTQ culture and cultural processes, as well as particular challenges facing LGBTQ individuals
  2. learn a language for discussing LGBTQ related social, political, and cultural concerns with clients and others
  3. increase ability to intervene around LGBTQ related trauma, bias and micro/macro- aggressions
  4. increase ability to support LGBTQ identity and community development


Saturday, May 5, 2018

11 am-6 pm (60 minute break)

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


$125





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An Overview of Gestalt Group Therapy.  From Fritz and Laura to Now

Bud Feder, Ph.D.


This workshop will explicate and then demonstrate the evolution of gestalt group therapy from its beginnings (individual or ‘hot seat’ work in front of a group/audience) to the present with its emphasis on interactive and relational models.  The level of presentation will be geared to clinicians, including gestalt therapy trainees.  Experiential work will be followed by a discussion of the work, including the application of Gestalt Therapy and practices.

Participants will be able to:

  1. learn about and understand how gestalt group therapy evolved
  2. become conversant with the social and cultural factors which influenced the changes in how gestalt group therapy is practiced
  3. understand the difference between early and later gestalt group therapy practices, and the advantages and disadvantages of each
  4. develop a rudimentary idea of how to practice interactive gestalt group therapy 

            
Saturday, October 7, 2017
11:30 am - 5 pm (90 minute break)

Continuing Education Hours (LMSW's, LCSW's, LMHC's, LP's): 4
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​$125





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Effectively Work with Borderline & Other Personality Disorders

 Michael Cotayo, LCSW

Most therapists find it uncomfortable working with clients who present with Axis II Disorders.  This workshop will help to demystify this diagnosis, help therapists to normalize their concerns, and to engage the client effectively with the tools that they already have in their toolboxes.  Participants will also be able to identify the wound of the client and work from that place.  Particular attention will be paid to how grounding can help to center, and chairwork can help to externalize the traumas.  A mixture of didactic and experiential work will help to ground the participants in this method of effectively working with Borderline and other personality disorders.  

Participants will be able to: 

  1. indentify the wound of the client, and learn the best way to help heal that wound
  2. create a dialogue that will support the client to indentify black and white thinking patterns
  3. learn techniques that will help to have the difficult conversation to address “problematic behavior” of the client 


Saturday, April 21, 2018
12 -6 pm (60 minute break)

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


$125





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‘Dance Steps’ Between Therapist & Client

 Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb, Ph.D.

This seminar presents a phenomenological, aesthetic & field-oriented tool for Gestalt therapists which proposes a more relational description of therapist/client interactions and contact-making.  Going beyond the individualistic language of ‘loss of ego functions’, and instead using the idea of dance, which includes the feelings and movements of both therapist and client, a new practice tool is presented.  The concept of ‘dance steps’ is in line with contemporary studies of neuroscience and inter-subjectivity, and with phenomenological, aesthetic and field-oriented language.  This learning opportunity is comprised of two one-day workshops that will provide participants with both an experience of this new framework, as well as the basic tools necessary to experiment with this approach from a Gestalt Therapy perspective.  


This is a two-day workshop.  Day 1 is a pre-requisite for Day 2, but Day 1 can be taken on its own.​


Day 1 

Participants will learn:

  1. a new tool to look at the clinical relationship in a phenomenological, aesthetic and field-oriented way
  2. to connect the contemporary field-oriented approach with basic principles of GT and relational developments
  3. to stay with the spontaneity of the co-creation of the therapeutic contact (the dance steps)


Saturday, August 11, 2018
10 am-5 pm  (60 minute break)

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


$175





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Day 2  (Day 1 is a pre-requisite for this class)

Participants will learn:

  1. to include developmental and psychopathological aspects of experience the polyphonic development of domains)in their work with clients
  2. to diagnose and support the client by working with the ‘steps’ that the client takes in the therapeutic session.
  3. to use the "dance steps" tool for aesthetic supervision


Sunday, August 12, 2018
10 am-5 pm  (60 minute break)
​Continuing Education Hours (for LMSW's, LCSW's, LMHC's and LP's): 6


$175





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A Conversation about Culture, Power and Authority


Robert Mauksch, LCSW

Although Gestalt Therapy has always asked us to consider a co-created self/other world, most of us struggle to deconstruct the role of power and authority in the treatment room, and as they impact our clients’ broader sense of self and social life. How can we address the impact of cultural mindsets on our clients’ lives, and what does an understanding of culture and cultural change have to offer our work?  Join us as we discuss key concepts from our theory and practice, and explore what it might mean to be present to the current socio-cultural field. 

Participants will be able to: 

  1. learn theoretical frameworks for understanding culture and cultural processes
  2. learn language for discussing social, political, and cultural concerns with clients & others
  3. increase ability to  intervene around issues of power and authority, including around issues related to social difference(race, gender, sexuality)
  4. increase awareness of transferential biases


Saturday, February 10, 2018
11am-6pm, 60 min break

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


$125





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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 3, 2018
10 am-3 pm (60 minute break)

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


$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: 

  1. understand the couple as a system
  2. understand balanced interventions
  3. understand how to structure a first session

            
Sunday, October 8, 2017
11 am-2 pm

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

​$100





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Integrating Gestalt and Cognitive Therapy:  Making Meaning of Experience

 Iris Fodor, Ph.D.

Gestalt therapy emphasizes teaching clients about their emotional processes and highlights interpersonal experiencing.  Cognitive therapy highlights cognition 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.  This 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 of well-being.  This workshop will also cover the conceptual and therapeutic differences between gestalt and cognitive therapy that must be addressed when integrating the two therapies. 

Participants will be able to: 

  1. understand the main differences and similarities between CBT and Gestalt Therapy
  2. understand the concept  of schema as central to an understanding of clinical issues
  3. understand the concept of constructivism – how we construct and make meaning of experience – and its applications in clinical practice.
  4. develop some skill in bringing a cognitive perspective to Gestalt Therapy process


Saturday, February 24, 2018
10 am-5 pm (60 minute break)

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


$125





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Voice Attunement for Therapists 

Naaz Hossesini, 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. 

Participants will be able to: 

  1. understand the implications of voice in establishing rapport  with clients.
  2. learn to use voice to enhance communication and trust with clients.
  3. learn to employ elements of voice (pitch, volume, quality, etc.) in practice to enhance awareness, communication, and healing.
  4. use clients’ voice as a diagnostic to guide the use of interventions.
  5. as therapist, work with own voice as an intervention.


Saturday, November 11, 2017
10am-4pm (60 min break)

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


$125





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WORKSHOPS / CONTINUING EDUCATION 2017-18

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, our children, or our clients.  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 be able to: 

  1. understand what concussion is
  2. understand the experience of concussion
  3. understand how to work with concussion         


Sunday, April 29, 2018
11 am - 2 pm

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


$100





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Working with Internal Polarities:  Fostering an Internal Democratic Process

Silvio Oliva 

Imagine that our internal world has 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 cause us to feel lost and to experience internal conflict.  We might even feel stuck in an impasse that does not allow us 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. 

Participants will be able to: 

  1. identify different polarities within ourselves and work with them
  2. identify how to make a creative synthesis from different polarities
  3. learn how to work with polarities as a therapist, as well as in day to day life


Saturday, March 24, 2018
10am-5pm (60 minute break)

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


$175





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We offer Continuing Education hours to Licensed Social Workers , Licensed Mental Health Practitioners and Licensed Psychoanalysts for our workshops. See individual listings below for details.  

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) and licensed mental health counselors (#MHC-0079).​

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.

Discounts:

You may choose one discount, if it applies:

  • 25% discount for Graduate Students in the mental health field
  • 50% discount for current GCPT Students

Discounts are not available for the weekend intensives

If one of these discounts applies, send the discounted amount by check; or click the appropriate PayPal button.

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.    


Sunday, September 10, 1-4 pm

The class is free, but reservations are required. 


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


Working with Addiction 

Robert Mauksch, LCSW


Addiction, as a response to stress and a coping mechanism, complicates many lives and relationships.  It can be a source of shame and isolation, and leave clients vulnerable to chaotic situations and moods.  How can clients manage choices around compulsive abuse of substances (whether alcohol, drugs, food, or sex), and mitigate potentially harmful outcomes of these behaviors?  This workshop will depart from the stigma around substance use to offer a deeper look at relational issues underlying addiction as a style of self-other contact management/modification.  Our conversation will be open to both harm reduction and abstinence approach perspectives. 

Participants will be able to: 

  1. learn theoretical frameworks for better understanding the meaning of addiction
  2. learn language for discussing addiction issues with clients and others
  3. increase ability to intervene around addiction psychodynamically, whether from a harm reduction or abstinence oriented approach here.


Saturday, November 4, 2017

11 am - 6 pm (60 minute break)

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


$125






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How To Work With Couples: A Six-Session Experiential Course


Marla Silverman, Ph.D.


In this 6-session, 18-hour course we will learn and practice the skills necessary to help couples create authentic, respectful and compassionate connection with themselves and their partner.


In a safe, supportive and fun practicum environment you will get to practice doing couples therapy with role-played couples, and get to embody clients in role play to deepen your knowledge and felt sense of different personalities.  As therapist and as a group we will practice interventions and get immediate feedback on the effectiveness of our interventions.


You will learn to:

  1. see the couple as a system
  2. make interventions that support both partners
  3. create a safe environment
  4. identify couples' dynamic patterns
  5. help couples recognize their patterns that cause distress
  6. help each partner recognize their part of the dance
  7. help each partner connect to the beliefs, fears, protective mechanisms that fuel their reactive responses
  8. help partners see and listen to themselves and each other with curiosity and compassion


6 Saturdays

9 am - 12 pm

Nov, 4, Nov. 18, Dec. 2, Dec. 16, 2017, Jan. 6,  Jan. 20, 2018

Continuing Education Hours (LMSW's, LCSW's, LMHC's, LP's): 18


Off-site Location: 185 West End Avenue, #1C (at 69th Street), NY, NY


This course is limited to 8 participants.​  If interested in attending, before registering, please contact Marla Silverman at MarlaSilv@aol.com to set up a brief interview.


$600​   (This multi-week course is not eligible for our GCPT student discount)






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Coming to Terms with Suffering:  A Relational Gestalt Approach 

Gail Feinstein, LCSW, LMT


Buddha taught that we cannot always control life’s first arrows such as physical, emotional and spiritual pain.  However, when we are unable to be with this pain we react -- often without awareness -- by striking ourselves with a second arrow of judgment, criticism, blame and shame, causing interminable suffering.  We will work with breath, movement and relational mindfulness to explore intercepting the second arrow.  Through slowing down, pausing and embodied listening, we create the possibility of staying present with the first arrow with curiosity and compassion instead of fear, transforming our relationship with suffering…deepening our ability to help clients with their arrows and creating choice-full and intentional living. 

Participants will be able to: 

  1. create practices to pause and slow down in order to be present in the moment
  2. gain insight into our reactive states
  3. identify and describe our first arrows
  4. cultivate a patient, non-reactive, and curious attitude towards our first arrows

 
Saturday, February 17, 2018
10 am-5 pm (60 minute break)

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


$175





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The Creative Therapist:  The Role of Play in Gestalt Therapy

Daniel Tisman, LCSW


Prevalent in Gestalt therapy is the notion of the ‘experiment’ to challenge fixed roles and stuck places in the client, encouraging more vibrant awareness and greater potential for change.  This workshop will give the therapist usable techniques as well as direct experience in the transformational power of Play in the ‘potential space’ co-created by therapist and client.  This is designed for clinicians, yet knowledge of Gestalt is not necessary. 

Participants will be able to: 

  1. understand how the use of play facilitates flexibility and creativity in our clients
  2. understand experientially the ways that play opens more creative channels in the therapist
  3. learn to hold  a more playful space for the client that creates aliveness and greater potential for change and discovery

 
Saturday, December 2, 2017
10am-3pm (60 min break)

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


$120





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Aging Gracefully….or Not!  A Relational Gestalt Perspective 

Gail Feinstein, LCSW, LMT


Aging has the potential to bring incredible freedom and vibrancy into our maturing lives.  Yet our ageist culture largely affects this experience for women with outdated stereotypes.  Instead of believing in our capacity to remain strong, attractive and vital, we expect our bodies and minds to decline with age.  Thus, we as a society, create a pattern of thoughts, behaviors and fears that often manifest in the worst realities.  Using a relational gestalt approach, breath and sensory awareness work, mindfulness and movement, we will explore our relationship with our bodies and what aging means to us, including our grief, shame and depression that may be present.  The workshop is open to women. 

Participants will be able to: 

  1. articulate how cultural beliefs affect a women’s behavior
  2. describe how we can transform beliefs about aging
  3. gain a new, joyful and enthusiastic approach to aging
  4. understand how introjects are embodied
  5. create practices for how to talk with clients about the aging process


Saturday, December 9, 2017
10am-5pm (60 minute break)

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


$175





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