Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy

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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 futher 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 Sessions provide trainees with the opportunity to work as patient or therapist, under the moment-to-moment supervision of a faculty member.
Clinical Experience in our onsite clinic, beginning in Level II, provides hands-on learning.
Demonstrations by Faculty provide the opportunity to observe and discuss the application of Gestalt theory to Gestalt therapy practice, after a live therapy demonstration.
Weekend and Weeklong Workshops provide an intensive training experience in a collegial and supportive atmosphere, in which advanced concepts in Gestalt therapy are explored and the unique individual style of each training therapist is defined and supported.
Individual and Group Therapy provide a first-hand experience of Gestalt therapy and a forum for working through issues that may emerge in the therapist/client relationship.

Level I
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 unconscious messages and processes. Through demonstration and discussion, participants will gain experience in how to observe, organize, and utilize information to assess a patient’s level of functioning and direct and enhance therapeutic communication and intervention. 
Seminar 102: Introduction to Intake Assessment, Psychopathology and Diagnosis:
This course outlines the intake process & 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. Emphasis is placed on the psychosocial case history, diagnostic assessment, and mental status exam.  
Seminar 103: Structure of Therapeutic Interventions:
This course explores techniques, approaches, and interventions designed to engage and systematically develop a client's presenting issues with the goal of revealing underlying themes and emotional concepts.  The last three lectures focus on the clinical use of dreams.
Weekend IntensiveTherapy Workshop
Weeklong Intensive Practicum Workshop
Weekly Individual and/or Group Therapy

Level II
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. Topics will include: non-verbal observation, defenses/process of interference, support and frustration, layers of the personality/impasse, and therapeutic relationship. Participants will be required to prepare a research paper discussing one of the class videotapes from the point of view of topics presented.
Seminar 202: Psychopathology I:
This seminar consists of lectures discussing the contributions of different psychoanalytic and existential theories to develop an understanding of character.  We will look at the etiology and treatment of schizoid, oral, and symbiotic character styles, and provide a framework for understanding and treatment of a client's presenting issues.                           
Weekend Intensive Therapy Workshop
Weeklong Intensive Practicum Workshop
Weekly Individual and/or Group Therapy

Level III
Seminar 301: Psychopathology II: Understanding and Working With Personality Disorders:
Seminar will focus on the difficult treatment cases that Personality Disorders present. The seminar will include: an overview of the different theories and ways of looking at Personality Disorders, the characteristics of Personality Disorders, the different diagnostic categories, how to diagnose Personality Disorders and different principles of intervention along with treatment approaches, with an accent on the Gestalt approach to treatment of the Personality Disorder. Participants are invited to present cases from their practice in this seminar.
Seminar 302: Advanced Seminar in Gestalt Approach to Psychotherapy:
Using lectures, experiential exercises, and a study-group structure, this seminar offers a comprehensive overview of historical and emerging concepts in Gestalt therapy, such as field theory, polarities,I/It andI/Thou modes of relating/experiencing, the understanding and use of “right brain” processes, and the experience and therapeutic use and implications of presence. Participants will write a 10-page paper utilizing these concepts, describing their own experience of change in their personal therapy.  
Weekend Intensive Therapy Workshop
Weekend Intensive Practicum Workshop
Weekly Individual and/or Group Therapy

Level IV

Seminar 401: Advanced Gestalt Seminar (Transference/Countertransference):
This course will focus on countertransference/transference/resistance issues, as seen from an intersubjective and existential perspective. Candidates are taught how to enter and understand the world view of the client from the perspective of Gestalt, existential, and communication theory.  Emphasis will be placed on the contributions of Martin Buber to the development of a relational theory of psychoanalysis.  Case vignettes will be used to identify moments in the therapist/client relationship that clarify or move past resistance and interruptions in contact.
Seminar 402: 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.  The paper will include a psychosocial history, mental status exam, and an analysis of treatment focusing on the patient/therapist relationship and ethical and psychodynamic issues that have emerged in the course of treatment.
Weekend Intensive Therapy Workshop
Weekend Intensive Practicum Workshop
Weekly Individual and/or Group Therapy

Practitioner Program: Our 1-year program offers participants an introduction to Gestalt Therapy theory and practice and provides the opportunity to explore the application of Gestalt principles to allied fields. The program meets every other Friday evening from 6-9 p.m. from October through May.
Coursework: Trainees in the Practitioner Program take all coursework required in Level I of the Clinical Fellowship Program (see above) except the DSMIV-R course and weekend personal growth workshops.

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
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 2016-2017 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 indiviudal therapy.
Fees arranged individually with therapists.
Practicitioner 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

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