Five Year Training Program

Year One
Gestalt Approach to Personal Growth

Year One is a year unlike any other where a return to creativity and spontaneity are encouraged through experiential learning within a supportive, diverse and dynamic group. It is called the year to express. The emphasis is on working within the established framework of Gestalt theory as it is applied to one’s personal growth and life goals within and outside of the group. The group is a living laboratory in which to explore present-based awareness of one’s self in relation to others. Students can expect to connect with others at the deepest level. Learning acquired in Year One forms the foundation of Gestalt Therapy practice as developed across the five years.
Learning Outcomes

  • Reclaim spontaneity—learn the difference between risk-taking and recklessness
  • Find language to identify and express your own process in relation to others
  • Awaken body awareness as a first step to embodied relationality
  • Discover the “how” of who you are — your phenomenology
  • Explore who you are at the boundary of experience
  • Identify difficult behaviour as a function of your creative adjustment
  • Recognize the importance of the group and its context in your own evolution
  • Confront fear of intimacy and gain confidence in interpersonal skills

Students are expected to complete

  • Oral and written assignments
  • Reflective journal as an ongoing personal exploration of theory as learned in the classroom
  • It is recommended that students begin personal therapy in Year One in order to meet the requirement of 30 hours by the end of Year Two