A Relational Approach to Gestalt Group Therapy

Presenters: Peter Cole & Daisy Reese

A rich and satisfying life requires that we develop strong capacities for both self-activation and forming authentic, lasting and intimate relationships. Join us on this online journey in experiencing and learning the power of Gestalt Group Therapy to catalyse personal and relational growth. We will work in various group configurations (“fishbowl”, dyads, large group) to demonstrate the theory and practice of utilising the power of the group process in the service of each group member’s growth and development.

Workshop attendees will learn important new concepts and skills in Gestalt group facilitation:

  • Group-as-a-Whole interventions and reflections that address important dimensions of the group experience
  • The Emotional Leader, The Defiant Leader & the Scapegoat Leader: how to recognise and work effectively with roles that are commonly assumed by group members
  • The Affective Current and Affective Processing: Dimensions of Awareness that promote growth
  • Rupture and Repair as an ongoing process in Gestalt Group Therapy: promoting attachment, empathy and empowerment
  • The Shadow of the Leader: working with speaking truth to power in group life and in the world
  • Creating a safe container for the work
  • Upholding Gestalt Values of an egalitarianism and mutual respect in our Groups

Peter Cole and Daisy Reese are long-time Gestalt Therapy trainers and practitioners located in Berkeley California. They are the co-authors of the recently published book New Directions in Gestalt Group Therapy: Relational Ground, Authentic Self. Peter is a graduate of the Pacific Gestalt Institute. Daisy and Peter have trained in Gestalt Therapy with the Polsters, Joseph Zinker, Cyndy Sheldon and many others. Daisy and Peter are both graduates of the Washington DC School of Psychiatry’s Group Psychotherapy Training Program. Peter serves on the editorial advisory committee of Gestalt Review. He is a past board member of the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy. Peter is also an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry (Emeritus) with the University of California Davis School of Psychiatry. Peter and Daisy are in private practice and are the co-directors of the Sierra Institute for Contemporary Gestalt Therapy.
Peter and Daisy are married, with five children and five grandchildren. Their passion is the environment, and they are currently writing a new book concerning Gestalt therapy and the psychology of the climate crisis.

Our intention is to offer beginning and experienced Gestalt Group Leaders the concepts, methodology and tools that will enable them to effectively establish safe, yet stimulating groups in which members can truly risk and grow. Peter and Daisy have been leading Gestalt groups for clients and professionals for over 25 years. We hope that participants will leave the workshop with not only new tools and theory, but also with the personal growth experience of being part of a relational gestalt group.

Who is the workshop for?

This workshop is appropriate for both students and professionals in the mental health fields. Because the presenters will be presenting new theory and methodology, advanced practitioners will also benefit from the workshop. Because the training is experientially based, participants at all levels of experience will have many opportunities for personal and professional growth.

This event counts as 13 hours of category A CPD for PACFA’s membership renewal requirements

For full details regarding the event please go to the website.

23/08/2020 - 24/08/2020
8:30 am - 3:30 pm

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