European accreditations confirm the high level of our work fully corresponds to European standards. We are a group of experienced Gestalt therapists and trainers. We have gained experience in the Gestalt Therapy Institute of Cracow and for many years we have developed our professional skills there. We have established the Gestalt Institute to continue and promote the ideas of Gestalt philosophy and psychotherapy on the one hand, and on the other, to develop and create new undertakings.
The Gestalt Psychoterapists School is and was our priority. The Gestalt Psychotherapists School was initiated many years ago by already deceased Jacek Pierzchała – a wonderful therapist and a unique man.
All of our trainers were once students of this School, therefore we have made so much effort to sustain the values we have already developed and to comply with currently changing needs of people who are asking us for help and support. We are committed to continuously improving our trainers’ competencies and we are constantly adjusting the training program to the evolving EAGT standards, to ensure that our graduates are appropriately prepared to work with another human being – in his/her suffering and life stuck.
Long-term cooperation with foreign trainers broadens our perspective of contemporary social changes and enriches the professional skills of our trainers and therapists. Simultaneously being the only school in Poland with such a numerous foreign staff, we offer our students the opportunity of tasting Gestalt in different cultural scenes.
We are committed to the multidimensional development and taking advantage of the Gestalt therapeutic potential not only in the therapeutic area, but also in working with organizations, in body work, in group work or in developing supervisory skills. We aspire to bring the Gestalt to people interested in personal development and in improvement of interpersonal skills, to present the ideas and appear in our city and country for the various social initiatives.
The competence of our staff is confirmed not only by many years of experience, but also by certificates of EAGT supervisors, EAGT, ECP and ITG psychotherapists. We are also the only psychotherapy school in Poland, where foreign coaches are not only occasional guests but are a regular part of the curriculum.
The Gestalt School of Psychotherapists program consists of two phases: the annual Gestalt Internship Program and a 3-year training program preparing for the proffesion of a psychotherapist. Such a training structure provides participants with the flexibility to choose between completing an internship for personal gain and continuing education in order to develop a psychotherapeutic career.
Our training practice is based on dialogue and exchange. We learn from each other here and together we set the direction of the Institute’s development.
The training is designed for people interested in pursuing the profession of a psychotherapist in the Gestalt modality and gaining entitlements in this direction. This is an offer for people with a higher psychological education as well as for those who hold a master’s degree in another field. Graduates of faculties other than psychology will be required to take additional classes and supplement basic psychological knowledge (details in PDF attachment).
The four year training program provides participants with a comprehensive preparation for practicing in a proffesion of a psychotherapist based on Gestalt theory and methodology. In addition to workshops and lectures, students complete a clinical practice, a supervision and experience their own psychotherapy. The Certificate of a Psychotherapist is issued by the Gestalt Institute after completion of th
The School of Gestalt Psychotherapists Program was the first in Poland to be verified and accredited by EAP (European Association for Psychotherapy) and EAGT (European Association for Gestalt Therapy). This means that we train psychotherapists in accordance with European standards and our graduates can apply for an European Certificate of Psychotherapy. ECP allows practicing psychotherapy in parts of the EU countries and is constantly increasing its reach.
The School of Gestalt Psychotherapists program consists of two stages. The first stage is the one-year Gestalt Internship – a program of psychological education and personal development which is introducing to the Gestalt theory and practice. The second stage is a three-year training program, which is preparing for the profession of psychotherapist. Such a training structure provides participants with the flexibility to choose between completing an internship for personal gain and continuing education in order to develop a psychotherapeutic career.
THE PROGRAM OF FOUR-YEAR SCHOOL OF GESTALT PSYCHOTHERAPISTS
The One-year Program of Personal Development – Gestalt Internship
The goal of this session is to prepare the participants for effective learning during the one year training, taking advantage of personal experiences
and assimilation of theory on the basis of a group process.
Introduction into Gestalt therapy theory – 75h – background, basic principles and concepts of Gestalt therapy
Gestalt therapy and bodywork – 19h
The participants of the workshop have the opportunity to broaden their phenomenological awareness based on the contact with another person – ‘I become myself in relationship with Thou”; the phenomenon of personal behavior, which changes depending on who we are in contact with, or it is based on creative adjustment, regardless of the recipient or the author. The framework for dialogue is Gestalt phenomenology. (Meeting the specific people in this specific group)
Psychotherapeutic work in the area of students’ own emotional problems
The participants of this Gestalt workshop conducted within the framework of existential-humanistic philosophy will have the opportunity to realize the family potential showing in the lore, messages and the meanings given to people and life phenomena. meanings to people and phenomena of life. The potential of the group will create support to become aware of the impact of a family system on personality.
Overview of the theory and experience gained so far – 19h
based on the three principles of Gestalt therapy (G.M.Yontef).
Three-year Gestalt School
The school trainer are:
Individual psychotherapy – 100h
Clinical practice – 240h
Clinical internship – 160h
Being an assistant teacher – 38h
Free choice of 50 hours
THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS
The people without a basic psychological background, if accepted for the School, take part in supplementary 40-hour training.
THE OVERVIEW AND ASSESSMENT OF THE FOUR-YEAR TRAINING PROGRAM
The final certification takes part in two stages:
If the graduate does not meet the conditions necessary to obtain the certificate, s/he takes part in the after-training process, a one-year group supervision (at least 50 h) or individual (15h). The supervision takes part every 4-6 weeks. The detailed information is mentioned in the regulations of obtaining the psychotherapist’s certificate.
1. Knowledge of and submitting oneself to the EAGT (European Association of Gestalt Therapy) Ethical Code.
2. Passing the clinical psychology exam (apart from the students who have a degree in psychology or medicine with specialization in psychiatry).
3. Passing an ICD – 10 exam.
4. Passing the practical exams and the external final exam.
5. Getting credits in each subject in the student’s grade book/ credits card
6. Having written the diploma paper monitored by the supervisor and getting a positive review
from an external reviewer. The paper should be about 20 – 30 printed pages.
7. Individual psychotherapy done during the Training (at least 100 hours) with one therapist. The therapist should meet the conditions of giving therapy during the training (having a Gestalt therapy certificate for at least 2 years, be professionally active and supervise his/her work). After each year of Training the participant is obliged to do individual therapy (after the first year – minimum 40 h, after the second year – minimum 30h, after the third year – minimum 30h).
8. Taking part in at least two personal development groups (therapeutic trainings), held at an EAGT accredited training institute. Instead of one training a student can take two personal development workshops (minimum 25 hours each), having consulted the coordinator.
9. Starting clinical practice is possible after the supervisor of the supervision group gives his/her approval.
10. Completing a clinical internship in a closed facility – 160 h, including at least
11. Having clinical experience of at least 240 hours of working sessions. The student reports the number of conducted sessions to the small group supervisor every month.
12. The description of one’s therapeutic work (showing both theoretical background and skill application) with three clients in the long term therapy – over 6 months long.
13. Taking part as an assistant teacher in groups run at the Institute (one training 40 – 50 hours, or two workshops – 25 hours each), and having the work credited by the group trainer.
14. Active participation in the supervision (small group).
15. The supervised session is credited, based on the supervisor’s decision.
16. Meeting the conditions resulting from the small group supervisor’s own program, with special emphasis on following his/her suggestions.
17. Working with one supervisor during the training can take one year only (it also applies to the after-training processes)
18. Getting recommendation of the Council of the Gestalt Institute
19. The abovementioned criteria can be changed in connection with changes in the EAP and EAGT training standards.
20. The student submits completed documents at the IG office, and that means:
21. The student should have no overdue tuition fees.
22. Practical classes get credited in the form of a therapeutic session done with the group present; credits are given by the examiner.
The trainee can appeal from the examiner’s decision to the School Director; when the Director is the examiner s/he appoints an independent committee.
23. The final exam is credited by the external Exam Committee (the exam is paid extra)
24. A student can appeal from the decision of the Exam Committee to the IG Director, within 14 days of date when the examination session was completed.