Students at a workshop

Students at a workshop

Clinical Training Programs

Using a unique combination of lectures, live demonstrations, group seminar discussions, and a clinical internship, the Clinical Fellowship Program provides a theoretical framework which facilitates the integration and understanding of gestalt theory and experiential work.

All courses are required, as specified by level.

Clinical Fellowship Program

Our 4-year program consists of a combination of lecture, demonstration, practicum work and a clinical internship. Our extensive faculty is devoted to teaching the fundamentals of Gestalt therapy theory with an emphasis on hands-on experiential learning. Training candidates treat clients in our low-fee clinic and develop the beginning of a private practice while training with us and attending weekly supervision with a faculty member. In addition, our clinic is authorized by NYS to provide supervised experience hours to fulfill LCSW, LMSW, LMHC, LCAT, LMFT, PhD, & LP license requirements. (Click here for further information.) Upon graduation, trainees licensed to do so may take their clinic clients into private practice. Classes take place on 20 Friday evenings from 6-9 p.m. from October through May, and include a few additional weekend seminars and workshops throughout the year.

* LMSWs and LCSWs earn 30 CEU contact hours per semester, approved by NYS*

The “Core” Curriculum

Experiential work—including practicum, faculty demonstrations, intensive weekend workshops, and personal therapy–forms the core of our training curriculum.

Practicum:  Practicum sessions provide trainees with the opportunity to work as patient or therapist, under the moment-to-moment supervision of a faculty member. During this 2-hour class, students are broken up into small groups and work with each other in patient/therapist dyads, under the observation of a supervisor. The supervisor will intervene as needed, to offer suggestions or to respond to a question posed by the student who is working as therapist. After the completion of each session, issues of transference/countertransference, resistance, diagnosis, and developmental and other psychodynamic issues are analyzed and related to Gestalt theory and to the preceding lecture class. Faculty members for practicum vary from week to week.

Demonstrations by Faculty:   Every 4th practicum class, a Faculty member will do a live therapy demonstration with a trainee, in front of small group, providing the opportunity to observe and discuss the application of Gestalt theory to Gestalt therapy practice.   Faculty members for demonstration vary from week to week.  .

Clinical Experience:  Beginning in Level II,  trainees will work with clients in our onsite clinic, providing the opportunity for hands-on learning.

Weekend Workshops:   Workshops led by Faculty are offered once each year, and provide an intensive training experience in which advanced concepts in Gestalt therapy are explored. 

Intensive Training Retreat:  In this 4-day intensive workshop, trainees work in practicum/therapists dyads, in both small and large groups, under the observation of a supervisor.  As trainees observe each other’s work, in a collegial and supportive atmosphere, the unique individual style of each training therapist is defined and supported.

Individual and Group Therapy:  Each trainee’s personal therapy experience provides a first-hand experience of Gestalt therapy and a forum for working through issues that may emerge in the therapist/client relationship.

Level I Coursework

Seminar 101: Elements of Therapeutic Communication and Process

This course explores the basic structures of interpersonal communication, with an emphasis on the role of how body and language cues, and intuitive information, may alter and/or enhance overt communication and reveal unaware messages and processes.

 Seminar 102: Introduction to Intake Assessment, Psychopathology and Diagnosis

This course provides an overview of the intake process and utilizes the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual as a guide for appropriate diagnosis. With the instructor’s supervision, participants conduct actual clinic intake interviews, and submit written case presentations.

Seminar 103: Developmental Theory & Basic Intervention Strategies

This seminar focuses on developmental theory and its practical application to Gestalt Therapy. We will explore techniques, approaches, and interventions designed to engage and systematically develop a client’s presenting issues with the goal of revealing underlying emotional concepts.

Core Curriculum

Weekend Intensive Therapy Workshop, Weeklong Intensive Practicum Workshop, and Weekly Individual and/or Group Therapy (Click here for more information).

Level II Coursework

Seminar 201: Issues in Treatment

Videotapes are reviewed to demonstrate issues that form the conceptual framework of Gestalt Therapy, how they are operationalized, and the integrative experience of the process.

Seminar 202: Psychopathology I

This seminar consists of lectures discussing the contributions of different psychoanalytic and existential theories to develop an understanding of character.

Core Curriculum

Weekend Intensive Therapy Workshop, Weeklong Intensive Practicum Workshop, and Weekly Individual and/or Group Therapy (Click here for more information).

Level III Coursework

Seminar 301: Psychopathology II

Using the different theories of personality discussed in Seminar 202, treatment of several basic personality styles–narcissistic, masochistic, and rigid– will be explored through the use of videotape and lectures.

Seminar 302: Advanced Seminar in Gestalt Approach to Psychotherapy

Using video tapes, lectures, and a study-group structure, this seminar offers a comprehensive overview of the major basic issues in Gestalt Therapy, such as field theory, the different levels of the personality, the definition and integration of polarities, and the etiology and function of defenses.

Core Curriculum

Weekend Intensive Therapy Workshop, Weeklong Intensive Practicum Workshop, and Weekly Individual and/or Group Therapy (Click here for more information).

Level IV Coursework

Seminar 401: Case Presentation Seminar

Each candidate is required to present a case formulation in Gestalt terms, utilizing a client that has been seen in his/her ongoing supervised caseload for at least one year. A comprehensive research paper summarizing this presentation will be submitted and discussed with other seminar participants.

Seminar 402: Advanced Gestalt Seminar (Transference/Countertransference)

This course will focus on countertransference/transference and resistance issues, as seen from an intersubjective and existential perspective.

Core Curriculum

Weekend Intensive Therapy Workshop, Weeklong Intensive Practicum Workshop, and Weekly Individual and/or Group Therapy (Click here for more information).

Admission Requirements

Admission to all programs is based on review your application and personal interview. For further information, contact us at 212-689-7740 or gestaltassoc@aol.com.

Clinical Fellowship Program: Open to those licensed to practice psychotherapy: Social Workers, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Mental Health Counselors, Creative Arts Therapists, Marriage and Family Therapists, Psychoanalysts, Nurses’ and Physician’s Assistants. Some unlicensed applicants may be also be accepted into the non-clinical track of our program and attend coursework, but do not see clients in our clinic. To apply, complete an application form, and send additional requested materials. Once received, we will contact you to arrange a personal interview.

Practitioner Program: Anyone with an interest in Gestalt therapy may apply to our 1-year program. Those clinicians who already have an active practice but want to add to their knowledge and skills will find our program challenging and exciting. Also, people from allied fields such as business consulting, coaching, public relations, body work and others can add to their professional skill set in our Practitioner Program. To apply, complete an application form and send additional requested materials. Once received, we will contact you to arrange a personal interview.

Tuition for the 2017-2018 Academic Year

Clinical Fellowship Program

Tuition for all Coursework: $3,400 per year / no materials fee

Weekly Supervision: $40 per group session or $80 per 1-hour individual session.

Weekly Psychotherapy: At least 2 years of individual therapy, and at least 1 year of group therapy, plus one year of either group therapy or individual therapy.

Fees arranged individually with therapists.

Practitioner Program

$3250 per year / no materials fee

Psychoanalytic Program

Additional Coursework for Psychoanalytic Courses: $300 for each 10-hour course; $450 for each 15-hour course