Five Year Training Program

Year Three
Applied Gestalt Leadership

This year is where students begin to learn to lead from process and to create experiential learning for one another, for students in other years, and for the general public. Students’ roles change from peer/student to leader/therapist, as they now work with faculty in Year One and Two classes. Students learn to apply professional ethics and boundaries to their relations with students in earlier training years and peers in their own year. Practice throughout the year with supervised Gestalt Therapy sessions gives increased confidence with the method and with use of self.
Key Competencies

  • Integration of awareness of self in relation to beginning of professional role
  • Adaption of the therapist’s approach within a culturally diverse group
  • Use of effective listening skills
  • Address conflict in a constructive manner
  • Employ empathy, respect, and authenticity
  • Maintain self-care and level of health necessary for responsible therapy and group membership
  • Learn to bracket assumptions
  • Demonstrate awareness of the impact of context and the presence of the therapist and the co-leader on the process
  • Demonstrate clear boundaries
  • Develop effective skills in observation of self, the client and process
  • Develop safe and effective use of self in the therapeutic relationship

Students are expected to complete

  • Oral and written assignments
  • 100 hours of direct supervision and co-leadership within The Training Program
  • Brief live therapy examinations
  • 20 hours of personal therapy with a Gestalt psychotherapist during this year for a total of 50 hours by the end of Year Three

Individuals who have completed the requirements for Year Three will receive the Certificate of Applied Gestalt Leadership (as well as the much coveted Gestalt T-shirt!). Application from Year Three to Year Four is by group interview held in June.