2-day introductions to Gestalt Therapy
A weekend introduction to the lively and engaging theory and practice of Gestalt Therapy. Lots of experiential opportunities to learn about yourself in relation to others and the world around you.
What is the workshop about?
We will journey through the various maps used in gestalt to explain how each of us block, inhibit or restrict our contact with the world, and how these ways of being develop and are maintained. Exploration of the methodology of the gestalt approach will be through dialogue, experiential exercises, and experimentation.
Specific areas that will be covered will include:
- Ways in which experience is conceptualised in gestalt therapy
- Application of the gestalt cycle to our everyday relating and how we moderate our contact with our environment and others
- Exploring how each of us reach out to make sense of our world (phenomenology)
- How our situation affects us moment by moment in a process of ‘selfing’
- The art of dialogue
- The gestalt experiment – exploding the myths.
- Unfinished business
- The paradoxical theory of change
What will the workshop involve?
The workshop will involve experiential learning – it is not for those who want distance learning! All experiential work will be underpinned by gestalt theory and the belief that we learn best in a fully embodied, holistic way. Elements of bodywork, demonstration pieces, use of creative media and the possibility of dream work will run alongside traditional teaching methods. We believe that it is important to strike a balance between structure and sufficient flexibility to allow for emerging needs from the group. Active participation will be encouraged whilst respecting each individual’s flow between contact and withdrawal. As the prime aim of gestalt is awareness, awareness will be the prime aim of this workshop.
Who might be interested?
Counsellors and psychotherapists of all modalities as well as those wishing to embark upon further training in gestalt therapy. It may act as a refresher for those with previous training in the approach. Anyone working in the 'helping professions' is likely to gain from attending this experiential training event – social workers, psychiatric nurses, occupational therapists to name a few. Essentially if you have an interest in human relating then these courses will have something for you.
CPD certificates will be available.
Gestalt Birmingham are UKCP Registered Gestalt Psychotherapists with wide ranging experience: Dave Mann - international trainer & author of "Gestalt Therapy: 100 Key Points & Techniques" (2010). Chris O'Malley - international trainer & writer with NHS & HE experience Rod London - trainer with extensive experience in the NHS, HE & voluntary sector.