Introduction to Relational Gestalt – PSY 504

Introduction to Relational Gestalt – PSY 504

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Fritz Perls and Paul Goodman, the founders of Gestalt theory and practice, were focused on the idea that therapy has moved us away from our bodies, our senses and our feelings. The mind has become too dominant and has removed us from our human experience. Dr. Perls once said, “Lose your mind and come to your senses.” The form of therapy that developed out of this concept focused on the individual’s sensory experience of the “here and now,” and the phenomenological method was evolved to allow each person to find the language to communicate his/her moment-to-moment experience. The course will explore the other pillars of Gestalt theory and practice; Perls and Goodman’s concepts of awareness, figure/ground, the between, I-Thou; Lewin’s Field Theory; Beisser’s Paradoxical

Fritz Perls and Paul Goodman, the founders of Gestalt theory and practice, were focused on the idea that therapy has moved us away from our bodies, our senses and our feelings. The mind has become too dominant and has removed us from our human experience. Dr. Perls once said, “Lose your mind and come to your senses.” The form of therapy that developed out of this concept focused on the individual’s sensory experience of the “here and now,” and the phenomenological method was evolved to allow each person to find the language to communicate his/her moment-to-moment experience. The course will explore the other pillars of Gestalt theory and practice; Perls and Goodman’s concepts of awareness, figure/ground, the between, I-Thou; Lewin’s Field Theory; Beisser’s Paradoxical

 

COURSE SESSIONS AND TOPICS

Session 1 | History of Gestalt Therapy and Practice

Session 2 | The cutting edge in Gestalt Therapy and Practice: Introduction to Relational Gestalt

Session 3 | The principles of awareness, phenomenology and dialogue in relational therapeutic practice

Session 4 | The shift from “My Reality” to co-creation in the experiential world

Session 5 | The role of past and future in present experience

Session 6 | Field Theory – The wider field and the role of consciousness in psychotherapeutic work

Session 7 | Dialogue in relational group work

Session 8 | The concept of “Self” in Relational Gestalt

Session 9 | The relational work of repair

Session 10 | Overview and Review

COURSE OBJECTIVES

1. To understand and to discuss in writing the fundamental theories of: a. Classical Gestalt b. Relational Gestalt and the similarities and differences between them i.e. presence; dialogue; phenomenology; field theory; awareness; self; process.

2. To discuss in writing the meaning of: “All experience is co-created.”

3. To understand and discuss in writing the meaning of: “Willingness to be present.”

4. To understand and discuss in writing the process of repair in relational psychotherapy.

PROFESSOR

Janice Gerard Ph.D. | is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and trainer in private practice in West Los Angeles, CA and is the Past-President of The Gestalt Therapy Institute of Los Angeles (1998-2000).  She received her Doctorate in Psychology in 1986 from the California School of Professional Psychology-Los Angeles and became a Certified Gestalt Therapist in 1994.  From 1979 until 2009 she was the Vice-President of The International Foundation for Integral Psychology, founded by her late husband Dr. Robert Gerard.  This organization’s purpose was to further the theory and practice of Transpersonal Psychology.   For many years she has led workshops and training groups and has presented in many international conferences in Relational Gestalt Therapy, Gestalt Dreamwork and Transpersonal Psychology.   Her most recent presentations were held in Australia and Japan.  She has ongoing groups in Relational Gestalt and Dreamwork and is currently writing a book about her experiences with Gestalt dream groups.

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