Gestalt psychotherapy training program

 

Gestalt psychotherapy training program

Version August 2019

 

Introduction

The Gestalt psychotherapy training program is a long lasting and deep training programs that consists of about 5 academic years of each about 150-200 hours. In total around 750-1000 hours will be covered.

The training program is developed in close cooperation with our Nepalese colleagues. It has a very special balance of elements of the Western Gestalt theory and practice and the Nepalese culture and experience.

The goal is to support Nepalese psychologists and psycho-social counsellors to develop their knowledge, attitude and skills in becoming a professional Gestalt psychotherapist.

 

Focus

Each academic year has a specific focus.

 

First year

During the first year the main focus is on getting in touch with the basic Gestalt principles in relation to the Nepalese situation and culture by personal process work in smaller groups.

 

Second year

During the second year the main focus is on developing the ability to relate as a professional within the Nepalese context and culture by developing knowledge, skills and attitude.

 

Third year

During the third year the main focus is on becoming a Gestalt psychotherapist within the Nepalese society by developing therapeutic skills and knowledge and gaining practical experience. The students will be supported and supervised in starting his own practice and/or integrating the learning in his present work situation.

 

Fourth year

During the fourth year the main focus is on developing one’s own style as a Gestalt psychotherapist by integrating theory and practice and supervision.

 

Fifth year:

During the fifth year the main focus is on developing the student’s professional maturity as a Gestalt psychotherapist by supervision.

 

Program per year

First year

During the first year the main focus is on getting in touch with the basic Gestalt principles in relation to the Nepalese situation and culture by personal process work in smaller groups.

As a Gestalt psychotherapist we use our self as an instrument in the relation. To be able to do so, we need to know our own qualities and difficulties.

Next to this personal work some basic aspects of the Gestalt approach will be addressed, like

  • Awareness
  • Figure /  ground
  • Polarities
  • Contact and contact mechanisms
  • Group dynamic
  • Dialogue

Second year

During the second year the main focus is on developing the ability to relate as a professional within the Nepalese context and culture. In other words: on becoming a future psychotherapist. We will address Gestalt theoretical topics like

  • Field theory
  • Context and culture
  • Creative adjustment
  • Life stages
  • Ethics
  • Intimacy and sexuality
  • Creativity

 

Third year

During the third year the main focus is on becoming a Gestalt psychotherapist within the Nepalese society by developing therapeutic skills and knowledge and gaining practical experience.

Therefore, the topics will be very much related to starting or having a Gestalt psychotherapy practice within the Nepalese culture.

We will address topics like:

  • Intake and contract
  • Psychopathology from a Gestalt point of view
  • Transference and counter-transference
  • Trauma
  • Grief
  • Shame and guilt.

During the meetings we will also spend much time on supervising our students in their work with clients.

 

Fourth year

During the fourth year the main focus is on developing one’s own style as a Gestalt psychotherapist by integrating theory and practice and supervision.

After learning the basic principles of becoming a psychotherapist in the third year, in this year we will focus more on developing own one’s style as a Gestalt psychotherapist.

Therefore, next to theoretical topics we will spend more time on supervision.

Theoretical topics during this year are:

  • Body work
  • Working with existential issues
  • Couple and family therapy
  • Gestalt psychotherapy and social change

 

Fifth year:

During the fifth year we will support the student in developing his/her own professional style as a Gestalt psychotherapist and becoming a colleague instead of a student. In other words: developing maturity as a professional.

Therefore this year is mainly focusing on supervision on the practical experiences.