Introductory Events & Continuing Education

Open Houses – Spring & Summer 2019

open houses 2019

Join us in an informal colloquium to meet our faculty and learn about our training programs.

Location:  36 West 25th Street, 10th floor New York, NY 10010

Dates:  Wednesday, April 10 / Thursday, June 13 / Thursday, July 11 / Wednesday, August 7 @ 8:00 PM

Introductory Events 2019

Unless otherwise indicated, All Introductory Events are eligible for 2 Continuing Education Hours for Social Work, Licensed Mental Health Counseling, Psychoanalysis, and Creative Arts Therapy.

Introductory Gestalt Experience

This is a one-time experiential workshop for individuals interested in Gestalt Therapy. The evening will include a brief explanation of some of the main concepts in Gestalt Therapy and an experiential portion using guided imagery and body awareness.

Fee:  $10

  Wednesday, April 24 / Thursday, June 20 / Wednesday, August 14 @ 8:00pm

Gestalt Group Therapy

This workshop offers an opportunity to experience yourself within an interactive group environment. You will be guided to explore your own experience in the moment, respond to others, and give and receive feedback as we discuss some of the basics of Gestalt Therapy.


Dates:  Thursday, June 27 @ 8:00pm

Introduction to Gestalt Dreamwork

The evening will include a brief explanation of the Gestalt approach to dreamwork, and an opportunity to explore actual dream material in a group process format. Bring a dream of your own, or simply come to be part of a supportive and powerful group experience as others encounter dream images and discover the “existential message” of their dreams.

Fee:  $10

Dates:  Tuesday, April 30 / Tuesday, August 20 @ 7:30pm

Target Series Lectures Fall 2018 & Spring 2019

This Friday evening lecture series brings presenters from a wide range of expertise and areas of specialty. They help us focus on treatment issues, new ideas, and alternative ways of working, and offer us a network we can reach out to for information, insight, and support.

Location: 36 West 25th Street 10th floor between Broadway & 6th Avenue

Time: 6:15-8:15 p.m.

A $25 fee helps fund our low-fee community Mental Health Clinic.

Please RSVP at 212-689-7740 or email

Unless otherwise indicated, All Workshops and Courses are eligible for Social Work CEs. If indicated, Courses are also eligible for Licensed Mental Health Counseling, Psychoanalysis, and Creative Arts Therapy Continuing Education.

Target 109: Contemporary Relationships: Meeting the Other

Date: Friday, October, 19, 2018

Instructor: Justin Laird, PhD

Target 110: How NeurOptimal Neurofeedback Training Compliments Gestalt Therapy

Date: Friday, December 7, 2018

Instructor: Emily S. Rosen, LCSW

Target 111: How Field Events Impact Us and Our Clients

Date: Friday, January 25, 2019

Instructor: Greg Alsip,MD, PhD

Target 112: Racial Issues in our Larger Culture, in our Institute and in our Experience as Psychotherapists

Date: Friday, March 29, 2019

Instructor: Mica McGriggs, PhD

Target 113: Interruptions At Work: Using Gestalt & Adult Development Theory to Understand the Workplace

Date: Friday, May 3, 2019

Instructor: Yael Sivi, LCSW

Workshops and Short Courses 2019

Location: 36 West 25th Street@Broadway & 6th Avenue, 10th floor,

For registration and information, call 212-689-7740 or email

All Workshops and Courses are eligible for Social Work CEs. If indicated, Courses are also eligible for Licensed Mental Health Counseling, Psychoanalysis, and Creative Arts Therapy Continuing Education.

Addressing Suicidality: Navigating Suicide Risk in Practice

This day-long workshop will address working clinically with suicidality by introducing the core components that combine to form an integrated approach to competently manage suicide risk throughout the life-cycle of treatment. This workshop is appropriate for licensed mental health and substance use treatment providers and draws from both National and New York State driven initiatives for best practices in the prevention of suicide and suicidal behavior.

7 CEs (Eligible for Continuing Education for SW, LP, MHC & CAT)

Fee:  $210

Dates: April 7, 2019 from 9am-5pm

Instructor: Michael Mitchell, LCSW

Gestalt Therapy: Basic Concepts and interventions

In this introductory class, we will experience and discuss the major concepts and interventions of Gestalt therapy, hightlighting the importance of the dialogic therapist/client relationship, awareness, body cues an breathing, imagery, paradox, polarities, and the use of chairwork, dreamwork and group work.

10 CEs (Eligible for Continuing Education for SW, LP, MHC & CAT)

Fee:  $250 for each part

Dates: Part I: 6-week series, begins May 7, 2019

Part II: 6 week series, begins August 27, 2019

Tuesdays, from 7:00pm-8:40pm

Instructor: Susan Jurkowski, LCSW, LP, CGP

Burnout: A Radical Field Perspective

When you look at a lot that’s written about burnout, it seems you have to choose either to fight it or to embrace it as a valued lesson that helps you turn your life around and find the new and improved you. From the radical field perspective in Gestalt, we can look at burnout as a phenomenon at play at the contact boundary. This implies that — in addition to making some safe ground – the therapist’s job is not to distance himself from this, but to investigate in what way he is part of the field in which this burnout manifests itself. In addition, there is also the more global aspect of how burnout is at work in our society as a whole. In this workshop we will practice with this approach and take our time to process this work.

This workshop is primarily intended for therapists and therapists-in-training.

6 or 12 CEs (Eligible for Continuing Education for SW, LP, MHC & CAT)

Fee:  $170 for one day or $300 for both days

Dates: May 11 and 12, 2019 from 10am-5pm

Instructor: Sara Hendrick


This course will address couples and family psychotherapy from a Gestalt/Systems perspective. We will look at different schools of family work and their varying theoretical underpinnings. The focus will be a toolbox of effective ways of working with couples and families using an experiential approch. We will study tapes, use role play, demonstrate various techniques and offer supervision of cases.

15 CEs (Eligible for Continuing Education for SW, LP, MHC & CAT)*

Fee:  $450

Dates: May 18, 25 and June 1, 2019 from 10am-3pm

Instructor: Susan Friedberg, LCSW, LP

**Location: 213 West 70th Street Apt 1

Sleep Coaching: Part I and Part II

Fritz Perls said behind trouble in sleeping is a problem that wants to be resolved.  That statement is far from what sleep research as it is today. Sleep medicine offers mostly device and medication for better sleep. Yet, there is so much one can do before submitting to sleeping pills. But it seems the story goes much further.  Therefore, we have developed a more integrative approach and called it Sleep Coaching. This approach is developed, based on Gestalt Therapy theory, integrating it with CBT, including sleep training, sleep education, relaxation techniques including hypnosis and dream work.

7 CEs/day (Eligible for Continuing Education for SW, LP, MHC & CAT)

Fee: $280/day

Dates: June 1 and 2, 2019 from 10am-6pm

Instructor: Brigitte Holzinger, PhD


Fritz Pearls saw the images in a dream as potential projected parts of the dreamer, and the dreams as an “existential message” about the dreamer’s current way of living in the world. Jungian analyst Robert Bosnak sees dream images as “other,” and works to embody them in sensory experiences with can lead o profound transformations for both dreamer and group members. In these seminars, we will explore both approaches, working with participants’ dreams and learning from a discussion of the work.

5 CEs/day (Eligible for Continuing Education for SW, LP, MHC & CAT)

Fee: $150/day

Dates: June 8, 2019 from 1pm-6:15pm -OR/AND-

December 7, 2019 from 1pm-6:15pm

Instructor: Susan Jurkowski, LCSW, LP, CGP


Drawing from the writings of Martin Buber, we will explore the path toward the I-Thou meeting within the couple’s relationship and its potential for the facilitation of “true love”. Using case examples and structured Imago Relationship dialogues, we will discuss how to move from a protective style rooted in unhealed childhood trauma toward a mutual experience of curiosity, empathy, and respectful and ultimatley healing dialogue. This workshop is also open to siblings, parents and chilren, and other dyadic relationships.

6 CEs (Eligible for Continuing Education for SW, LP, MHC & CAT)

Fee: $250 for both days

Dates: 2 Fridays, July 12 and 26, 2019 from 6pm-9pm

Instructor: Arleen Maiorano, LCSW, LP


a gestalt approach to treating panic disorder

Anxiety and panic disorders are on the rise. This workshop outlines a Gestalt Therapy approach to the treatment of panic disorder based on the work of Gianni Francesetti, Gestalt therapist and Psychiatrist from Italy. Attention will be given to figure/ground formation, field theory, dialogic process and gestalt contact functions. Participants will come away with the skills to effectively recognize and treat panic disorder from a Gestalt Therapy perspective. The workshop will comprise of lecture, dialogue and experiential work.

6 CEs (Eligible for Continuing Education for SW, LP, MHC & CAT)

Fee: $180

Date: Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 10am-5pm

Instructor: Jeff Allison, LCSW


Do you want to learn more about how your identities and those of your clients impact your work together? Through the lens of cultural humility and Gestalt therapy, this course will examen identities and their intersections, including race, ethnicity, gender, orientation, economics, ability, and others. The lived experience of this course will challenge students to reflect their own privilege, beliefs, and assumptions through sharing personal and professional experiences, completing short online assessments, and reflecting on current events and research. Participants will develope tools to strengthen their clinical practice.

8 CEs (Eligible for Continuing Education for SW, LP, MHC & CAT)

Fee: $210 for both days

Date: Sundays, October 20 and 27, 2019 from 10am-2pm

Instructor: Justin Laird, PhD, LP

Psychoanalytic Courses Eligible for Social Work and Psychoanalysis CEs

Developmental Theory, Bowlby, Mahler & Stern (PD1)

This seminar focuses on the developmental theories of Bowlby, Mahler and Stern, and their practical application to Gestalt Therapy. The course includes both lecture and demonstration/participation. Various techniques and strategies are explored for integrating developmental insights into the ongoing process of a Gestalt session.

15 CEUs for each 15-hour seminar (Eligible for Continuing Education for SW, LP)

Fee:  $450

Dates: Fridays, Jan 25, Feb 15, April 19, & May 24 from 6:00pm-9:45pm

Instructor:  Arleen Maiorano, LCSW, LP

History of Psychoanalytic Thought (P3)

This course delineates the last 100 years of psychoanalysis and its evolution into its many theoretical perspectives, with the goal of providing the student with a deeper historical and conceptual foundation for practice. We will trace this evolutionary tree from Sigmund Freud and Anna Freud, Heinz Hartmann and the beginning of ego psychology, object relations (Spitz, Mahler) through the Sullivanians, Melanie Klein, the British object relational school with Fairbairn and Winnicott, Erickson and Kohut and their contributions to Identity and the Self, through to contemporary Freudian theorists i.e. Kernberg, Lacan, Schafer, Loewald and finally to the relational school of psychoanalytic thought. We will also discuss how the “humanistic” schools of psychotherapy fit into this history i.e. Rogerian, Jungian, Gestalt, Bio-Energetics etc, which although distinguished by their theories and techniques, are still historically grounded in psychoanalytic theory.

15 CEUs for each 15-hour seminar (Eligible for Continuing Education for SW, LP)

Fee:  $450

Dates: Tuesdays, April 30, May 7, May 14, May 21 & May 28, 5:00pm-8:00pm

Instructor:  Johanna Barrett, LCSW

Psychoanalytic Research, The Case Study in Context (ER2)

Through class discussion of course reading assignments and project preparation students will achieve a comprehensive understanding of the contextual field in which the case study prevails as the research model utilized by psychotherapists across a range of theoretical approaches.   Please Note: This summer class meets in-person for the start and closure of the course. All other discussions are facilitated through Google Groups.

15 CEUs for each 15-hour seminar (Eligible for Continuing Education for SW, LP)

Fee:  $450

Dates:  Friday June 28 from 6:00pm-7:30pm and 6 weeks of additional discussion online

Instructor:  Todd Senzon, MA, LP

Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy is approved by the NYS Board for Social Work as a provider of Continuing Education, #SW-0041, and by the NYS Board for Mental Health Practitioners as a provider of Continuing Education for Mental Health Counseling, #MHC-0018, Psychoanalyis, #P-0020, and Creative Arts Therapy, #CAT-0007.

*Note: The scope of practice of LMHC, LP and LCAT does not allow these professions to hold out as marriage and family therapists, family therapists or couples therapists.

Please RSVP to all events by email to or by phone to 212-689-7740

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