This is the third course on our Psychotherapy Programme and the second of three years studying towards the MA in Gestalt Therapy. During this year, students begin to develop their facilitation skills by practising Gestalt therapy in individual settings.

Who takes this course?

This course follows on directly from the Postgraduate Certificate In Gestalt Therapy (the second course on the Psychotherapy Programme. It’s also an entry point for people who’ve successfully completed the Gestalt Counselling Programme. Occasionally, students enter the programme at this point with a degree (or equivalent experience) plus an understanding of the Gestalt approach and experience as a practitioner.

What the course offers

The emphasis is on developing facilitation skills, increasing understanding of the application of theory to practice and, conversely, the reflection of practice in theory. The training group (from Year 2) stays together, both as a learning laboratory and as a support for personal reflection; skills development is supported by peer and tutor feedback. There are 2 modules for this year:

Module PYP091GS is the theory module. It centres on a critical study of Gestalt theory, particularly exploring contemporary theoretical developments in Gestalt and considering the relationship of Gestalt theory to other significant models of psychotherapy. We introduce and consider the humanistic, cognitive behavioural and psychoanalytic group therapy theories.

Module PYP092GS is the Gestalt Therapy Practice module. Students develop practice skills both in an appropriate placement (if not already working with clients) and with their peers. We give attention to the development of self in the therapeutic role and the evaluation of interventions, both with individuals and in groups. We consider the issues of difference and diversity in the context of the practice of the psychotherapy. Students also learn how to write individual and group case studies.

 

  • Course structure

    Weekly term-time meetings: Tuesdays 5.30pm–9pm, starting in September.

    PLUS

    • 5 peer-led evenings
    • 5 weekends
    • 4-day large group event
    • fortnightly seminars
    • 3 tutorials
    • personal study time
    • weekly personal therapy
    • placement and supervision

    CAT POINTS

    • Contemporary Gestalt Therapy Theory a Comparative Course 15
    • Gestalt Therapy Practice I: Practical Project 20
  • Assessments

    You need to complete:

    • 1 essay (4000 words)
    • group case study
    • individual case study with audio recording of session
    • theoretical presentation

    CAT POINTS:

    • Contemporary Gestalt Therapy Theory a Comparative Course 15
    • Gestalt Therapy Practice I: Practical Project 20
  • Entry requirements

    EITHER

    Successful completion of our Post-graduate Certificate (Year 2 of the Psychotherapy Programme) OR of our three-year Counselling Programme.

    OR

    • High level communication skills, both oral and written
    • A first degree, relevant professional qualification or equivalent
    • Work experience in one of: mental health; social work; counselling; health; education
    • Extensive experience of Gestalt groupwork and individual Gestalt psychotherapy
    • Emotional maturity and life experience; a capacity and openness for personal exploration and the ability to respond appropriately to feedback.

Leads to

On successful completion, students are eligible to join the final year of the MA. Students who leave at this stage receive a Postgraduate Diploma.

“Really good year in terms of learning theory and expanding knowledge on groupwork.”

CM

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