Online Seminar

PHG: A Theory of Reference for Gestalt Therapy from a Field-Emergent Perspective

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The original 1951 theory in Gestalt Therapy, Excitement and Growth by Perls, Hefferline, and Goodman has served us well. It has been central to gestalt therapy. It is showing its age. Is it still useful?

This 8-session 90 minute bi-weekly webinar critically examines this original theory and argues for its place as a theory of reference for contemporary gestalt therapy. Webinar members can expect to learn this original theory as we challenge its orthodoxy.

Special focus is on the theory of self, sequence of contacting, the contact-boundary and the organism/environment field.

The PHG model is compared and contrasted with various contemporary approaches. We consider developments such as the intentionality of contacting, the aesthetic criterion, the qualities of contacting, relationality, and various understandings or epistemologies of the field. We see these as arising from a critical and dialogical engagement with the original theory over time.

Application of these perspectives to our actual clinical work is an essential part of this online seminar. Members are encouraged to bring clinical examples into the discussion.

The webinar is both didactic and interactive.

A section of my website is dedicated to the webinar. I encourage people to post questions and to engage in discussions on its message board. Readings are posted on a document page and are downloadable. Each meeting is recorded for future viewing.

The fee is $600 USD. Contact me at dan.bloom@me.com if you are interested.

Online Seminar

Introduction to Phenomenology for Gestalt Therapists

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This 8-session, 90-minute webinar introduces major phenomenologists who are directly relevant to our contemporary practice— Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Levinas and Waldenfels.

I stress their significance to contemporary gestalt therapy  — and how each is reflected in the historical developments of gestalt therapy’s approaches from the one-person to the field-emergent models.

How phenomenology applies to our actual clinical work is an essential part of this webinar. Members are encouraged to bring clinical examples into the discussion. The online seminar is both didactic and interactive.

I dedicate a section of my website for the webinar. I encourage people to post questions and to engage in discussions on its message board.

Readings are posted on a dedicated document page and are downloadable. Each meeting is recorded for future viewing.

The fee is $600 USD.

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New Aspects of Contemporary Gestalt Therapy from a Relational Perspective

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The seminar covers the major phenomenologists who I think are directly relevant to gestalt therapy — Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Gadamer, Levinas, and Waldenfels. I’ve left out a lot of others. We’ll also discuss many contemporary gestalt therapists in terms of clinical phenomenology.
The seminar meetings are 90 minutes. We will meet ever 3rd week so people will have enough time to read the material. I maintain a discussion dedicated to the seminar. I encourage people to post questions and to engage in discussions.

Meetings are recorded for members to review each meeting.

The fee is $540 for the 8 sessions.

Know more

Video recording of my lecture “When Parallel Lines Collide: Gestalt therapy and phenomenology” at the Gestalt Associates for Gestalt Therapy (GATLA)’s summer residential training program in Serock, Poland. July 2018.

Supervision

I supervise psychotherapists either face-to-face or by online video sessions

Future Offerings

For many years, I have taught a model of gestalt therapy based upon Gestalt Therapy, by Perls Hefferline and Goodman as it is relevant to today’s practice. Building from within and beyond the original model, I’ve expanded our clinical perspective to include phenomenology, pragmatism, existentialism, hermeneutics, as well as relational psychotherapeutic approaches.This is reflected in content of this website, my writings, workshops, presentations and trainings.

The seminars and seminars I offer are on various themes related to contemporary gestalt therapy from a relational perspective.

I am eager to respond to people’s interest in particular themes. I am glad to organize study groups or seminars to address them.

Please contact me to suggest topics for seminars or study groups and to be on my mailing list..

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