Five Year Training Program

Year Four
Training and Supervision in Gestalt Therapy

Students in Year Four are trained academically and experientially in the fundamentals of therapy practice and a range of diverse clinical applications of the work. Gestalt applied theory is more deeply explored including safe and effective use of self and principles of self disclosure and embodied relationality. Students are supported in the principles and practice of therapy under supervision, and receive practical training on how to setup and maintain a practice, as well as the rights and responsibilities of future membership in the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. Students are approved to see clients in January of Year Four and obtain liability insurance as well as a supervisor. Membership in the Student Clinic provides clients for new therapists, and students obtain their own client base as well. The fourth year program also includes clinical group supervision.

  • Explore the impact of personal bias and experience to the therapy relationship
  • Gain a broader awareness of issues of multiculturalism, diversity and power dynamics in the meeting of therapist and client
  • Develop experience in case presentation and review, clinical note-taking, documentation and legal concerns
  • Apply risk assessment tools to the client and the situation
  • Develop competency in understanding and application of ethics and regulatory requirements
  • Develop an individual therapeutic style that integrates the Gestalt approach
  • Learn to develop a professional practice including how to speak about themselves as therapists, and build client base
  • Work collegially with other professionals and use community resources
  • 176 hours of experiential and didactic learning developing proficiency in professional standards and competencies
  • 20 hours of clinical group supervision

Students are expected to complete

  • Oral and written assignments
  • Oral theory and practical examination
  • Written submissions by course
  • Professional Practicum