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 promote and develop Gestalt philosophy and psychotherapy in Poland. European accreditations confirm the high level of our work which fully corresponds to European standards.
The Gestalt Psychoterapists School has always been our priority. It was initiated many years ago by 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 meet the 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 people in need.
Long-term cooperation with foreign trainers broadens our perspective of contemporary social changes and enriches the professional skills of our trainers and therapists. We are the only school in Poland with such a numerous foreign staff, we offer our students the opportunity of tasting Gestalt in different cultural settings.
We are committed to the multidimensional development and we work on using the Gestalt therapeutic potential not only in the therapeutic area, but also in organization management, body work, group work or in developing supervisory skills. We aspire to bring the Gestalt perspective to people interested in personal development and improvement of their interpersonal skills. We are known for being the representatives of the Gestalt essence.
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 stages: the 1-Year Educational Program in Gestalt Psychotherapy (development program) and a 3-year School of Gestalt Psychotherapists which prepares the trainees for the profession of a psychotherapist. Such a training structure provides participants with the flexibility to choose between terminating their path after 1-year developmental program or 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. 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.
The four year training program provides participants with a comprehensive preparation for a profession of a psychotherapist based on Gestalt theory and methodology. In addition to workshops and lectures, students complete a clinical practice and a supervision. They also experience their own psychotherapy. The graduate of the School is entitled to the Certificate of a Gestalt Psychotherapist.
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 entitles you to practice 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 1-year Educational Program in Gestalt Psychotherapy – a program of psychological education and personal development which is introduces the participants to the Gestalt theory and practice. The second stage is a three-year training program in a profession of psychotherapist. Such a training structure provides participants with the flexibility to choose between terminating their path after 1-year developmental program or continuing education in order to develop a psychotherapeutic career.
THE PROGRAM OF FOUR-YEAR SCHOOL OF GESTALT PSYCHOTHERAPISTS
The training in a profession of a Gestalt Psychotherapist is divided in two stages:
Apart from the opportunity for personal development, the 1-Year Educational Program in Gestalt Psychotherapy gives the participants the opportunity to learn about the Gestalt way of working and the fundamentals of the theory. It enables them to make a decision about whether or not to apply for admission to the second stage of the training. For trainers, this program gives the opportunity to get to know potential candidates for the second stage and evaluate their development during the year.
1ST STAGE – The One-year Program of Personal Development in Gestalt Psychotherapy
The purpose of this session is to prepare participants for effective learning during the one-year training by using personal experience and assimilating theoretical content through a group process.
2. Introduction to Gestalt therapy theory – background, basic principles and concepts of Gestalt therapy
3. Creative adaptation
The „family psychological heritage” that each person receives is closely linked to the life stories of subsequent generations. Participants of this workshop work on becoming aware of the family potential manifested in messages and meanings present in their families. The participants are asked to bring family photos. The group’s potential facilitates one’s work in realizing the impact of the family system on one’s personality.
4. Experience cycle
The workshop is aimed at raising the awareness of important aspects of the self through the process of discovering one’s style of contact. Meetings in the group and with the trainer facilitate creative possibilities for introducing change. The awareness of one’s personal style of contact lets one be more flexible with other people.
5. Body process
The workshop aims to introduce participants to theoretical framework of body work and movement, as well as to create space for experiencing the body process. Participants learn the concept of a holistic approach to human as a psycho-physical unity: feeling, thinking, bodily presence, existing in relationships and in the environment.
The workshop is focused on sensations flowing from the body – experiencing tension and loosening, gravity and lightness, warmth and coldness, pleasure and pain. In-depth sensitization to the body process helps to identify one’s chronic areas of tension.
Throughout the workshop participants work on awareness of creating and supporting an embodied field, working with breath, movement and dance. They also build a system of internal support in the body and seek individual bodily regulation in the process of contacting the world.
6. The phenomenon of the meeting
Psychotherapeutic work in the area of own emotional problems – Gestalt group therapy experience.
7. Summary of the experience and knowledge and the closure of the group process
Based on the three principles of Gestalt therapy (H.M.Yontef):
Total: 232 hours
The participants who have completed the 1-year Program in Gestalt Psychotherapy (or any equivalent program at other Gestalt institution) can apply for admission to the second stage of the training program – the School of Therapists.
2nd STAGE – Three-year School of Gestalt Psychotherapists
Total: 208 h.
Total: 244 – 252 h.
Total: 192 hours
Total (3 years): 644 – 652 hours
At the end of the 1st and 2nd Year of the School of Gestalt Psychotherapists trainees take an exam carried out by our trainers. During the exams the trainee also learns how to integrate theory with practice.
The following skills are verified at the exams:
Exam criteria – Year 1:
Exam criteria – Year II:
Also, at the end of each year trainees undergo 360-degree feedback which is the evaluation based on the information gathered from other students, supervisors and themselves.
Finally, at the end of each year the coordinator of the year must give a pass in the Student’s Record Book. It is based on the records collected in the Book, which shows whether the trainee has meet the requirements.
At the end of the 3rd Year the trainee takes a final exam with external examiners. This exam can only be taken after meeting all certification requirements.
Trainees take a final external exam only after they meet all the certification requirements (listed below). This means passsing the final exam entitles trainees to obtain the Certificate of Gestalt Psychotherapist.
Theory and Methodology
Patient selection must be based on the following criterion:
Written reports from meetings in the form of computer printouts should be submitted to the Senior trainer, providing the date and duration of the meeting, while maintaining the patient’s anonymity. The report should focus on the description of interpersonal contact as well as one’s own personal experience and reflections.
Clinical placement is supervised during the duration of the Training.
The conditions and requirements described in this document fully comply with the current standards of EAGT Training Programme and are subject to change if any modifications of EAGT standards occur.
Who can apply to the School of Gestalt Psychotherapists?
Admission requirements for the 2nd stage:
Recruitment Committee interviews the candidates during individual meetings that take 20 minutes each. The candidate’s motivation for the training, her/his own assessment of self-development during the 1-Year Program and the ability to take financial and time obligation of the training program are discussed.