Gestalt is a German word. The closest translations are ‘whole’, ‘pattern’ or ‘form’. Gestalt is working with the whole person. It regards the individual as a
Gestalt is a German word. The closest translations are ‘whole’, ‘pattern’ or ‘form’.
Gestalt is working with the whole person. It regards the individual as a totality of mind, body, emotions and spirit who experiences reality in a way unique to themselves.
Rather like coaching, Gestalt is not all about a bag of tools and techniques, you work with the client to develop their own unique strategies. The Gestalt coach believes that the client knows their situation better than the coach or therapist ever can, and by increasing awareness can find the best solutions.
The sole aim of Gestalt is awareness.
By increasing awareness within our clients, we can work with them to creatively adjust to different situations they move in and out of, and enable them to change the way in which they make contact with their world. In doing this, they can increase the quality of contact in their relationships and facilitate lasting change.
If you are interested in working with a client in a holistic way then this course is for you!
Join Dave Mann, highly-experienced therapist, trainer, supervisor and author of Gestalt Therapy (100 Key Points) as he explores Gestalt theory and practice on this unique two-day course.
Dave will teach in the spirit of Gestalt which encourages group participation and experience. You will be invited to engage in experiential exercises, discussions and peer-led practice in order to explore the main principles.
Gestalt therapy is a process-focused approach (rather than solution-focused) that stands upon the foundations of three interrelated philosophies:
- Phenomenology – The search for understanding through what is obvious and/or revealed about how the person makes sense of their world and what she/he reaches out to, rather than what is interpreted.
- Field Theory – The client’s experience is explored in the context of their whole situation and how that affects them in the here and now.
- Dialogue – A specific way of contacting (more than just talking) that is concerned with what happens in the between of relationships and what emerges in that between through inclusion, presence and confirmation.
The course has been recognised by the International Coach Federation as providing 12 hours of Continuing Coach Education (CCE) and so can be used for coaches renewing their ICF credentials.
Through a rich mix of trainer-led sessions, peer practice and experiential exercises, you’ll learn:
- The three interrelated philosophies of Gestalt – Phenomenology, Field Theory and Dialogue
- How to utilise the coaching space as the client’s present situation – Viewing the present meeting as a microcosm of the presenting issue
- The Gestalt Cycle – How to map your client’s cycle of experience and highlight where they are potentially getting stuck
- Gestalt Theory on how to raise awareness within the client using techniques such as Dimensions of Contact and The Contact Boundary
- Techniques on how to engage with your client creatively to identify how their background may be showing up in the present and future self
- Ways to apply Gestalt in your coaching practice
- How clients may be blocking or inhibiting themselves unconsciously and how they can interrupt this contact process
- How to integrate bodywork into your own practice
Dave Mann is a highly-experienced therapist, trainer, supervisor and author of Gestalt Therapy (100 Key Points). He is currently a tutor at The Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute he has delivered Psychotherapy and Counselling training up to Masters level at several training Institutes across the UK and internationally. He is a former assistant editor of the British Gestalt Journal, and also authored chapters on Gestalt Therapy and Suicidality in The Handbook of Individual Therapy and Gestalt Therapy in Clinical Practice.
Accredited as 12 hours of CCE through the International Coaching Federation.