Introduction to Gestalt


Presented by various Gestalt Center faculty

If you're interested in learning more about gestalt therapy, or in finding out about our training programs, workshops and intensives for mental health professionals, this introductory class is for you.  We'll answer all your questions about Gestalt therapy, our training program and how to find a gestalt therapist. In this class you will:

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


Saturday, September 17, 2011
, 6-8 pm
(come to Open House first, from 5-6, and meet most of the faculty.)

Free, but reservations are required.

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

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WORKSHOPS / CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR SOCIAL WORKERS

WORKSHOPS/CONTINUING EDUCATION 2016-17

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

New York State requires that we post the following statements:

"Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training, SW CPE 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 #0201."

"Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts.  #Psyan-0001"



How to Register

You can pay via PayPal or Credit Card, using the Buy Now buttons below each workshop, or,

Mail a 
check, along with your registration form to: Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training, 37 East 28th Street, Suite 408, NY, NY 10016 

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 fielld
  • 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.    

    Friday, September 9th, 6:30 - 9:30 pm.

    The class is free, but reservations are required. 

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


    Gestalt Therapy with Couples


    Marla Silverman, Ph.D.


    Using a Gestalt approach, this workshop will help you understand: 1) your role as a couples therapist; 2) how to view the system each couple creates; 3) how to work with the couple as a system rather than individually focused therapy; 4) how to balance your interventions so that each person feels seen, heard and respected; and 5) how to enjoy the richness of couples work.  This is both a didactic and experiential workshop.  We will experience couples work through role-play and practice interventions.  Bring a sense of curiosity and play.
              

    Saturday, October 15, 2016
    11 am-2 pm
    Cost: $60

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

    $60


    25% Discount (Mental Health Graduate Students) = $45


    50% Discount (GCPT Students) = $30


    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.  This workshop will help you to 1) 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.

                
    Saturday, November 5, 2016
    10 am-4 pm
    $125

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

     $125
     

    25% Discount (Mental Health Graduate Students) = $93.75


    50% Discount (GCPT Students) = $62.50



    Addiction & Recovery: A Relational Gestalt Perspective


    Gail Feinstein, LCSW

    From a somatic perspective, addiction can be anything our bodies do habitually.  Addiction dwells in and is expressed through our body, and thus, recovery must occur within it as well.  We explore how we desensitize, disconnect and abandon ourselves with habitual distractions that take us out of the present moment automatically and unthinkingly.  Very slowly, step by breath, we interrupt the chain reaction and stay with the uncomfortable sensations moment-by-moment.  We learn to not ‘scratch the itch’.  Through sensory awareness, movement and breathwork, we cultivate a relational sensibility recovering what’s gotten lost, hidden and forgotten  - waking up our sensuous aliveness.  As we embody this work, we bring recovery into  our lives and into our practices teaching our clients to honor themselves in this way.

               
    Saturday, November 12, 2016
    10 am-5 pm
    $125

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

     $125


    25% Discount (Mental Health Graduate Students) = $93.75

    50% Discount (GCPT Students) = $62.50


    Practice Development: Facing our Fears and Dreams


    Hiro Yasuda, LCSW-R, CGP

    Jennifer Kaiser, LMHC, Ed.M.

    Ever wonder what else you could be doing to further develop your private practice? Being a business owner can bring up a lot of feelings. You may experience excitement to build something of your own, fear of rejection, or guilt about making a living from therapy. These feelings are common yet we rarely have a place to process them.  This workshop is an opportunity to share with and learn from other practitioners, to further develop your identity as a therapist, understand how to market your authentic self, and explore your relationship with money and how it relates to your practice

                
    Saturday, December 3, 2016
    11 am-2 pm
    $150

     $150


    25% Discount (Mental Health Graduate Students) = $112.50

    50% Discount (GCPT Students) = $75


    The Organic and Acquired Ground that Supports Gestalt Therapy


    Alan Schwartz, Ph.D., LCSW


    Hawking writes that we create history by observing it rather than by history creating us.  We give sense to that which makes sense to us, the “illusions” formed by the sum total of what we have acquired throughout life and what we bring to human contact.  Every possible version of our histories lies within Gestalt boundaries.  We will work experientially and didactically with organic and acquired fields, i.e.: the physical organism and the conditioning processes` growing out of these combined fields.  Attention will be paid to formation of identity and personality, the contact boundary, and the goal of presence (the here and now).
               

    Saturday, December 10, 2016
    9 am-3 pm
    Cost: $100

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

    $100


    25% Discount (Mental Health Graduate Students) = $75


    50% Discount (GCPT Students) = $50



    How Gestalt Principles Affect the Whole Child in the Special Education System


    Rick Manista, Ph.D.


    Children with language and developmental disorders face unique challenges in their environment. Neurological difficulties make it challenging for children to express themselves and engage with 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 social situations and heal any wounds. This workshop will help therapists identify learning disabilities, how they affect children and practice Gestalt centered play therapy techniques for social skills training.  
               

    Saturday, March 4, 2017
    10 am-3 pm
    Cost: $100

    Continuing Education Hours (for LMSW's and LCSW's and Licensed Psychoanalysts): 4

    $100


    25% Discount (Mental Health Graduate Students) = $75


    50% Discount (GCPT Students) = $50



    Using Gestalt Techniques to Effectively Work with Borderline and other Personality Disorders


    Michael Brennan-Cotayo, LCSW-R

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

    Saturday, March 18, 2017
    12 pm-5 pm 
    $100


    Continuing Education Hours (for LMSW's and LCSW's and Licensed Psychoanalysts): 5


    $100


    25% Discount (Mental Health Graduate Students) = $75



    50% Discount (GCPT Students) = $50


        

    Refining Chairwork: What it is and What it Isn't

    Kenneth Meyer, Ph.D.

    Chairwork” is the technique most identified with Gestalt Therapy, but also the one most difficult to engage clients in.  It is also the method most often misused and misapplied.  This workshop will include how to engage clients who are reluctant or self-conscious about entering roles, how to develop the work in a powerful way and a thorough explanation of how chairwork fits in with other techniques we use.  We will concentrate on renewing and refining our skills in developing chairwork through demonstration and exercises.  By also thoroughly grounding it in Gestalt theory you will find it much easier to use this powerful method.  $125 (Continuing Education Hours for LMSW's, LCSW's and Licensed Psychoanalysts: 5)


    Saturday, March 25, 2017
    11 am - 5 pm
    $125

    Continuing Education Hours (for LMSW's, LCSW's and Licensed Psychoanalysts): 5

    $125


    25% Discount (Mental Health Graduate Students) = $93.75


    50% Discount (GCPT Students) = $62.50


    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 concussion and how to work with it.

                
    Saturday, April 8, 2017
    11 am-2 pm
    $65

    Continuing Education Hours (for LMSW's, LCSW's and Licensed Psychoanalysts): 3

     $65


    25% Discount (Mental Health Graduate Students) = $48.75

    50% Discount (GCPT Students) = $32.50


    Authenticity & Empowerment: A Woman's Way


    Gail Feinstein, LCSW

    Women are ready to step into their power, live intentionally and lead from their own values, voices and visions.  With discussion and engaged inquiry, we investigate how our cultural inheritance has influenced and shaped our beliefs and feelings about what is female, beautiful and correct.  We create group generated experiments to heighten awareness of the projections and introjections of how a woman “should be”, act and look.  Using a relational gestalt approach, breath and sensory work, qi gong, movement and more, we explore how our experiences of “dimming down”, staying hidden and trapped live in our bodies and how we disconnect and loathe them.  Through co-creative, collaborative process, we re-define what is beautiful, admired and respected about being a woman, bring courage and value to our aging process, reclaim the power and sacredness of menstruating and menopausing, transform hating our bodies to loving them and shame into creative possibility and empowerment.  We will attend to how womanhood is relevant to our work as clinicians, what women have to offer the wider community and influence of the feminine on the greater field.

                
    Saturday, April 15, 2017
    10 am-5 pm
    $125

    Continuing Education Hours (for LMSW's, LCSW's and Licensed Psychoanalysts): 6

     $125


    25% Discount (Mental Health Graduate Students) = $93.75

    50% Discount (GCPT Students) = $62.50


    Shame, Desire & Compassion


    Hiro Yasuda, LCSW-R, CGP

    Despite the fact that we all recognize the experience of shame, we feel ashamed for feeling shame. A few of us are courageous enough to share our experience of shame with others. As for the rest of us, we hide. In cultures where feeling shame is considered shameful, how do we as therapists work with clients who struggle with this universal, yet often stigmatized human experience? This didactic-experiential workshop will help you gain theoretical and cross-cultural understandings of the origins, forms, and functions of shame through the lenses of Gestalt theory, sociology, and neuroscience.

                
    Saturday, May 20, 2017
    10 am-4 pm
    $120

    Continuing Education Hours (for LMSW's, LCSW's and Licensed Psychoanalysts): 5


     $120


    25% Discount (Mental Health Graduate Students) = $90

    50% Discount (GCPT Students) = $60


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