This is the second course on our Psychotherapy Programme and the first of three years of study towards an MA in Gestalt Therapy. It offers students an in-depth assimilation of Gestalt therapy – both the theory and practice.

Who takes this course?

Most students come to this course direct from the Year 1 of the Psychotherapy Programme (Gestalt Foundation Year). Others join from our Gestalt Counselling Programme. It’s possible to enter the programme at this point with a degree (or equivalent experience) plus prior understanding of the Gestalt approach.

What the course offers

This course will further develop your understanding of Gestalt, both experientially in individual therapy and group work, as well as through studying key texts and by preparing essays and presentations.

There is a focus on:

  • Developing awareness of individual contact styles and how this affects dialogue
  • Deepening understanding of the actuality of group phenomenology (the whole is different from the sum of the parts)
  • Understanding the above in gestalt theoretical terms

There are 2 modules for this year:

  1. Module PYP103GS provides theoretical development with a focus on core Gestalt therapy principles and concepts.
  2. Module PYP090GS focuses on personal and practical development. In the second half of the year, students begin skills practice and consider issues in relation to working with clients.
  • Course structure

    Weekly term-time meetings: Tuesdays 5.30pm – 9.00pm, starting in September.

    Plus

    • 28 tutor-led evenings
    • 3 self-resourced evenings
    • 2 apprentice-led evenings
    • 34 peer study sessions
    • 5 weekends
    • 4-day large group event
    • 3 half-hour tutorials per year
    • 1 skills practice day
    • Weekly personal therapy
    • Personal study time
  • Assessments

    You need to complete:

    • 1 essay of 3000 words
    • 1 essay of 4500 words
    • 2 presentation reports of 1500 words each
    • 1 x 15-minute recorded session with a peer
    • One self-reflective essay of 1500 words
    • Participation in shared-learning study groups and presentations

    CAT POINTS:

    • Intermediate Gestalt Therapy Theory 15
    • Foundations of Gestalt Therapy Practice 20
  • Entry requirements

    EITHER

    Successful completion of our Diploma in Professional Development (Year 1 of the Psychotherapy Programme) OR of our three-year Counselling Programme.

    OR

    A degree (or equivalent professional experience) plus:

    • A high level of communication both oral and written
    • Professional experience in mental health; social work; counselling; health; education or a similar field
    • Previous individual and group therapy
    • At least 150 hours’ experience of Gestalt group work and an understanding of Gestalt theory
    • Emotional maturity and life experience with a capacity and openness for personal exploration and ability to respond appropriately to feedback

Leads to

Completion of this year gives you a Postgraduate Certificate from London Metropolitan University and is a requirement for entry to the third stage of the Psychotherapy Programme, the Postgraduate Diploma, where you’ll continue to work towards your MA.

 

 

 

“I enjoyed the groupwork as a constant element, central in the course.”

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