Gestalt therapy was developed from the 1930s, and was very popular in the 60s and 70s. as part of the Humanistic Psychology movement and the growth of Personal Development groups. It is now enjoying a renaissance as new research begins to show the effectiveness of many of Gestalt Therapy's core concepts. Some of its strengths are the focusing on awareness in the present moment (the here-and- now), the use of 'experiments' such as the Empty Chair/Hot Seat, and the integration of different and often disowned (the Shadow) parts of oneself. In a similar vein, the therapy session is more often 'here-and-now' with the therapist striving to 'meet' the client in an accepting and authentic manner. Gestalt Therapy practice stands alone or is easily integrated into many other therapeutic approaches.
In this one day training event, Ari will spend some time on explaining an overview of the theory that guides the therapy process and interaction; however, the main aspect of this day is learning Gestalt Therapy skills and techniques that you can directly apply to your current therapy practice. These will include the use of Experimentation (The Empty Chair, Dream work, Working with objects etc.), Constellations, and the Dialogic Relationship between therapist and client. You will develop the skills and confidence to use all of these techniques and processes.
Each aspect of the training will be emonstrated in role-plays, followed by discussion of your comments and questions.
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Ari Badaines, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who trained in the United States. In 1980 he obtained a post-doctoral fellowship with the National Institute of Mental Health in Washington, DC where he studied Group Therapy, Family and Couple Therapy. Later, he undertook further training at the Institute for Family Therapy in London. Ari has been a consultant to numerous organisations including Relate in the UK, Richmond Fellowship and Youth-in-Search in Australia. He has taught at various universities in the USA, UK, and Australia. He was twice a keynote speaker for the annual conference of Marriage Guidance Counsellors (now Relationships) in the UK. In 2015, Ari led a two-day workshop for the Psychological Society of Ireland on ‘Action Techniques with Individuals and Couples’ which was so positively received that he has been invited back each year since to present on couples and family therapy. He is renowned as an engaging and popular presenter for PDP and for several European organisations. He has been in private practice for over 45 years, and has led workshops in over twenty countries on group therapy, couple and family therapy, and a variety of trainings on individual therapy including Gestalt therapy, Psychodrama, Solution-focused brief therapy, and Action-Methods.
1. Introduction to the Theory of Gestalt Therapy.
2. Become familiar with the application of specific Gestalt Therapy techniques.
3. Develop sufficient skill and confidence to apply these methods into your own practice.
This workshop will be beneficial for mental health professionals who wish to expand their knowledge of Gestalt Therapy theory and practice and apply it to their current practice. It is especially useful for those who want to introduce or build on different, active dimensions to their practice.
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