Welcome

Dear Candidate,

Thank you for your interest in working with the Gestalt Centre.   There are a number of ways to get involved.

At the Gestalt Centre we exist to promote the mental and psychological well-being of individuals, groups and organisations through Gestalt education, training and practice.

We are a dynamic registered charity and UKs focal point for the study and practice of Gestalt that supports people and organisations to live fulfilling lives with awareness, meaningful relationships and able to manage change as it happens. 

We run and support several accredited counselling and psychotherapy courses, personal and professional development programmes for practitioners and organisations. We also offer affordable therapy and counselling and are a hub for a range of health and wellbeing practices for people in the community.

We value awareness and change, collaborative working, diversity and the view that we are all connected and therefore together responsible for our communities.

As the world around us continues to shift and change we continue to work with the opportunities and challenges it presents us.

I feel honoured and excited to be working with colleagues at the Gestalt Centre. We continue to evolve as an organisation, building on our strengths informed by our awareness, creativity and experience over the years.

Our colleagues and people we support are, as ever, at the heart of who we are and our work.

We are in no doubt commencing another challenging year as people, communities and society. As an organisation, it is with our values, the quality of our work and the extraordinary commitment of colleagues, that we continue our journey with awareness, resourcefulness and creativity, integrity and care. 

The Counselling Diploma tutor role is most important in this. We work collaboratively across all teams. As member of the faculty you’ll be  involved in key decisions about the training and the organisation, as we evolve and grow.

I look forward to welcoming you to our team!

Elina Stamou

Gestalt Centre CEO

EQUALITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

At the Gestalt Centre we value equity and inclusion and welcome diversity and difference in backgrounds, identities, cultures and voices. It is integral to who we are and how we work.

We recognise the existence and impact of racism, discrimination and oppressions in our society. Living and working within it, we continuously pay attention to our practice for self-awareness, awareness of intersectionality and strive for anti-discriminatory action, as people and as an organisation.

For us, equity and diversity go beyond inclusion. We know the more diverse we are, the better we can be as an organisation – better decisions, training and work grounded in collective experience and insight.

We strive to create a working and learning environment reflecting the diversity of our society, where colleagues, students and practitioners feel they belong, can be themselves and do their best work.

We strongly encourage suitably qualified and /or experienced applicants from a range of backgrounds, experiences and skills to apply and join us. We work hard to accommodate any particular needs of colleagues, students and practitioners working with us.

Our accessibility provisions include:

  • Step-free access to the building, all key meeting rooms and bathrooms.
  • Provision of hearing loops
  • Accessibility dogs are welcome
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats
  • Accessibility support across recruitment, training and working with us


If you would like to attend a course with us or therapy at the centre and would like to discuss accessibility, please get in touch for a confidential chat on how we can best fulfil your needs.

Current vacancies

SHORT COURSE facilitators

After an extraordinary few years, with the pandemic giving rise to a growing need for emotional and psychological support across the world. At the Gestalt Centre, we are expanding our professional development programme of short courses, for practitioners working in the field of emotional and psychological health, to further support them and their clients.

If you are Gestalt trained and are interested in delivering a short course or workshop on any of the themes below:

Working with:

  • children
  • adolescents
  • experiences of domestic violence and related power/abuse issues, heightened anxiety, fear and distress.

or any other subject that could be equally helpful for practitioners, please do get in touch by contacting Clare Murphy, our Executive Centre Manager via email to assistant.admin@gestaltcentre.org.uk. Application details are listed below.  

Location: The Gestalt Centre 15-23 St Pancras Way, London NW1 0PT

 

ABOUT THE GESTALT CENTRE

The Gestalt Centre is an established organisation in delivering, professional training in counselling, psychotherapy, and organisational development programmes.

The centre is also a vibrant hub for a range of therapeutic practices that enhance mental and psychological wellbeing and a welcoming space for professionals and organisations to meet, learn and work.

Our purpose is to promote the mental and psychological well-being of individuals, groups and organisations through Gestalt education, training, and practice.

Our vision is a world where meaningful and fulfilling relationships lead to wellbeing and positive change in people’s lives.

We draw inspiration and energy from Gestalt practice and our valuing awareness of ourselves and other, collaborative working and openness to diversity of voices, and the view that we are all connected and therefore together responsible for our communities and organisation.

Gestalt Therapy Theory is a field theory, proposing process and events, instead of fixed things or properties. It argues for emergence rather than proclamation. It places contact, relationship, as prior to content. There is an inescapable and challenging tension between key tenets of Gestalt Therapy Theory and predetermined external requirements as well as the need for structure, often inherently hierarchical, in organisations.

As an organisation, we work with this challenging tension, within the context of externally determined conditions including UKCP, University and BACP requirements for training and legal requirements as determined by the Charity Commission, HMRC and employment law. As the ‘whole’, the Gestalt Centre determines the intrinsic nature and relationships of the ‘parts’: each one of us in our roles, the teams, faculties, and Executive – with each other.

At the Gestalt Centre, we see our structure as an organisational shape that we use to organise ourselves. What matters for us is how we work together. We prioritise collaboration and ‘horizontal’ consultative decision making with individual and collective responsibility and accountability.

Join our team!

  • Join the Gestalt Centre, a beacon of excellence in Gestalt training and practice
  • Be a facilitator for one of our renowned short course programs
  • Work with experienced and supportive colleagues and grow professionally
  • Join a friendly collaborative team in a dynamic participatory organisation that is growing and changing in innovative ways
  • Work with us to promote the mental and psychological well-being of individuals, groups and organisations and create a world where meaningful relationships lead to wellbeing and positive change

Education, experience and qualities

  • Post holders must be  Gestalt trained and have the right to work in the UK.

To apply, please forward your CV,  along with a cover letter outlining a brief synopsis of the course or workshop your would like to offer,  for the attention of Clare Murphy, to assistant.admin@gestaltcentre.org.uk

Tutor, Diploma in Gestalt Counselling

Location: The Gestalt Centre 15-23 St Pancras Way, London NW1 0PT

Course: Diploma in Gestalt Counselling Year 1 Thursday Format

Reports to/supported by: Director of Counselling

Contract: Part-time permanent. Weekly, Thursday evenings during term time and some weekends. Payment is around £17,000 based on 15 students, which is the norm. Please see below for more information.

ABOUT THE GESTALT CENTRE

The Gestalt Centre is an established organisation in delivering, professional training in counselling, psychotherapy, and organisational development programmes.

The centre is also a vibrant hub for a range of therapeutic practices that enhance mental and psychological wellbeing and a welcoming space for professionals and organisations to meet, learn and work.

Our purpose is to promote the mental and psychological well-being of individuals, groups and organisations through Gestalt education, training, and practice.

Our vision is a world where meaningful and fulfilling relationships lead to wellbeing and positive change in people’s lives.

We draw inspiration and energy from Gestalt practice and our valuing awareness of ourselves and other, collaborative working and openness to diversity of voices, and the view that we are all connected and therefore together responsible for our communities and organisation.

 

Gestalt Therapy Theory is a field theory, proposing process and events, instead of fixed things or properties. It argues for emergence rather than proclamation. It places contact, relationship, as prior to content. There is an inescapable and challenging tension between key tenets of Gestalt Therapy Theory and predetermined external requirements as well as the need for structure, often inherently hierarchical, in organisations.

 

As an organisation, we work with this challenging tension, within the context of externally determined conditions including UKCP, University and BACP requirements for training and legal requirements as determined by the Charity Commission, HMRC and employment law. As the ‘whole’, the Gestalt Centre determines the intrinsic nature and relationships of the ‘parts’: each one of us in our roles, the teams, faculties, and Executive – with each other.

 

At the Gestalt Centre, we see our structure as an organisational shape that we use to organise ourselves. What matters for us is how we work together. We prioritise collaboration and ‘horizontal’ consultative decision making with individual and collective responsibility and accountability.

 

 

Join our team!

 

✔  Join the Gestalt Centre, a beacon of excellence in Gestalt training and practice

✔  Be the lead tutor for one of our core training courses

✔  Be part of the Gestalt Centre Large Group event that offers a unique opportunity for counselling and psychotherapy tutors to come together with their students over 4 days, engaging in advanced and in-depth learning on individual and group dynamics, enhancing awareness and effectiveness in personal and professional roles.

✔  Work with experienced and supportive colleagues and grow professionally

✔  Access tutor discount on Gestalt Centre Courses on range of themes and subjects

✔ Join a friendly collaborative team in a dynamic participatory organisation that is growing and changing in innovative ways

✔ Work with us to promote the mental and psychological well-being of individuals, groups and organisations and create a world where meaningful relationships lead to wellbeing and positive change

 

The Counselling training programme includes a one-year Certificate in Humanistic Counselling and a BACP accredited two-year Diploma in Gestalt Counselling.

The two-year Diploma in Gestalt Counselling is a professional BACP accredited programme in Gestalt counselling theory and core skills.

It offers intensive, practical professional training. On completion of the course and the required personal therapy, client, and supervision hours, you become a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and fully equipped to work competently with a range of clients.

There are four components to this part of the programme:

  • teaching, practice, and evaluation of skills involved in creating and developing a counselling relationship.
  • developing awareness of self and self in relation to others both personally and professionally
  • presenting sound theoretical concepts from relevant established disciplines
  • group supervision to discuss and evaluate counselling practice.

The course is part-time over two-years on specific dates that will be discussed with you during the recruitment process.

The time commitment is 210 hours of teaching, 20 hours for faculty meetings and student group interviews, and 4 days for the Large Group Event. This is known as the Core Commitment.  There is also a further variable commitment of 100 hours for individual student interviews, tutorials and marking.  This is based on the course having 15 students, which is the norm. If student numbers vary, then the time commitment will change.

The salary is around £16,000 based on 15 students, which is the norm. The vast majority of it is the core guaranteed monthly payment which does not vary with student numbers as well as the holiday pay. The remainder is the likely payment based on 15 students.   

You will be one of two core tutors for Diploma in Gestalt Counselling and will deliver core curriculum level 4-5 (indicative) to a cohort of 15 students.

As the Course Tutor you will be responsible for preparing, facilitating, and delivering the BACP Accredited Diploma in Gestalt Counselling. You will be responsible for the course training group      of up to a maximum of 16 students, the delivery of the curriculum and the smooth running of all aspects of the course.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Plan and prepare all training sessions.
  • Teach a seminar programme using didactic and experiential methods.
  • Teach Gestalt counselling skills and to observe, assess and provide feedback.
  • Facilitate the training group in ways that support learning about differences between group processes and content.
  • Assess trainees’ readiness to begin client work and to support them in organising and applying for their placement.
  • Monitor trainees’ development and provide them with feedback in tutorials or when appropriate.
  • Mark and assess trainees’ assignments providing written feedback both as first and second marker.
  • Facilitate weekly personal development group.
  • Maintain and up-date the course syllabus including handbook and additional material.
  • Liaise with colleagues and the office team with regards to students’ recruitment and support, including to arrange the selection and interviewing of prospective students.
  • Interview prospective students (subject to number of applications)
  • Attend counselling faculty, external moderator and key organisational meetings and intake interviews (approximately 35 hours over the academic year).
  • Ensure that all relevant course material is stored on the Gestalt Centre SharePoint for ease of access.
  • Maintain compliance with all Gestalt Centre policies and procedures.

The above is not an exhaustive list of duties.

Education, Experience and Qualities

Our educational programme includes, gestalt therapy theory and practice, developmental theory, ethical and professional standards, research, and other psychotherapeutic models with reference to working with difference and diversity.

  • Accredited BACP member with minimum 3 years post accreditation experience or an accredited UKCP member with a minimum 3-year post registration.
  • Direct experience in delivering adult educational programmes.
  • Educated to a degree level or above or equivalent life and/or teaching experience.
  • Experience of facilitating training and personal development groups
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to work collaboratively and on own initiative.
  • Able to work under pressure and meet course deadlines,
  • Commitment to the Gestalt Centre values, work and direction.
  • Passion and commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, EDI
  • Good computer skills (MS Office – Word, Excel and Outlook and SharePoint, Zoom and MS Teams)
  • Able to teach gestalt therapy theory and practice maintaining a positive attitude and therapeutic boundaries.
  • Understanding and knowledge of ethics, confidentiality, GDPR and Safeguarding practices.
  • Able to receive and provide feedback, learn, and grow as a professional.

Desirable

  • Teaching qualification/adult education (Cert Ed/PGCE – desirable)
  • CPD in Group Theory (desirable)
  • Qualification in supervision (desirable)
  • CPD in Difference and Diversity (desirable)
  • CPD in Psychodynamic and Developmental Psychology (desirable).

Post holders must have the right to work in the UK.

For more information or to apply please contact:

📧 assistant.admin@gestaltcentre.org.uk

📳 0207 383 5610

To apply, please forward your CV and a cover letter outlining how you meet the requirements for the role and the added value you’ll bring to it to assistant.admin@gestaltcentre.org.uk

We look forward to receiving your application!

Tutor, Certificate in Humanistic Counselling

Course: Tutor for Certificate in Humanistic Counselling – Wednesday format

Reports to/supported by: Director of Counselling

Contract: Part-time permanent. Weekly, Wednesday evenings during term time and some weekends. Payment is around £10,000 based on 15 students, which is the norm. Please see below for more information.

About The Gestalt Centre and the Humanistic Counselling Certificate

The Gestalt Centre is an established organisation in delivering, professional training in counselling, psychotherapy, and organisational development programmes.          

The centre is also a vibrant hub for a range of therapeutic practices that enhance mental and psychological wellbeing and a welcoming space for professionals and organisations to meet, learn and work. 

Our purpose is to promote the mental and psychological well-being of individuals, groups and organisations through Gestalt education, training, and practice.

Our vision is a world where meaningful and fulfilling relationships lead to wellbeing and positive change in people’s lives.

We draw inspiration and energy from Gestalt practice and our valuing awareness of ourselves and other, collaborative working and openness to diversity of voices, and the view that we are all connected and therefore together responsible for our communities and organisation.

Gestalt Therapy Theory is a field theory, proposing process and events, instead of fixed things or properties. It argues for emergence rather than proclamation. It places contact, relationship, as prior to content. There is an inescapable and challenging tension between key tenets of Gestalt Therapy Theory and predetermined external requirements as well as the need for structure, often inherently hierarchical, in organisations.

As an organisation, we work with this challenging tension, within the context of externally determined conditions including UKCP, University and BACP requirements for training and legal requirements as determined by the Charity Commission, HMRC and employment law. As the ‘whole’, the Gestalt Centre determines the intrinsic nature and relationships of the ‘parts’: each one of us in our roles, the teams, faculties, and Executive – with each other.

At the Gestalt Centre, we see our structure as an organisational shape that we use to organise ourselves. What matters for us is how we work together. We prioritise collaboration and ‘horizontal’ consultative decision making with individual and collective responsibility and accountability.

Join our team!

✔  Join the Gestalt Centre, a beacon of excellence in Gestalt training and practice

✔  Be the lead tutor for one of our core training courses

✔  Be part of the Gestalt Centre Large Group event that offers a unique opportunity for counselling and psychotherapy tutors to come together with their students over 4 days, engaging in advanced and in-depth learning on individual and group dynamics, enhancing awareness and effectiveness in personal and professional roles.                       

✔  Work with experienced and supportive colleagues and grow professionally

✔  Access tutor discount on Gestalt Centre Courses on range of themes and subjects

✔ Join a friendly collaborative team in a dynamic participatory organisation that is growing and changing in innovative ways

✔ Work with us to promote the mental and psychological well-being of individuals, groups and organisations and create a world where meaningful relationships lead to wellbeing and positive change

Certificate in Humanistic Counselling Skills

The Counselling training programme includes a one-year Certificate in Humanistic Counselling and a BACP accredited two-year Diploma in Gestalt Counselling.

The Certificate in Humanistic Counselling is a stand-alone course and foundation for the BACP accredited diploma. Its aim is to develop a foundation in key counselling skills and awareness through direct experience, building self-confidence, learning creatively to navigate change and developing the necessary resources, skills and strengths for counselling.

There are three components to the course:

Foundation

This component provides will be an introduction to person-centred counselling and to Gestalt theory and practice and how it supports the use of counselling skills. Students learn about the various counselling skills and techniques needed to support people in personal exploration and during times of difficulty. Students are expected to look closely at themselves and relationships with others.  They are invited to consider their attitudes to race, gender, sexuality and other differences.

Gestalt In Action

This component enables students to deepen their understanding of Gestalt theory and practice using words, art, writing, sound, movement and other creative means. They explore how we make and interrupt contact with ourselves in order to meet our needs, others and the environment and how this affects our life. As a central theme in Gestalt therapy theory, they’ll also look at the issue of responsibility and at the consequences of disowning it.

Endings (Including Loss)

In this last part of the training, students learn about loss theory and how to work with endings, including the end of the client/counsellor relationship as well as the end of the group they have studied with and the course.

Course Format:

The course is part-time and it is delivered on dates that will be confirmed in your offer letter, and would be discussed at interview.

The time commitment is 114 hours of teaching, and 15 hours for faculty meetings. This is known as the Core Commitment.  There is also a further variable commitment of 69.5 hours for individual student interviews and a group interview, tutorials and marking.  This is based on the course having 15 students, which is the norm. If student numbers vary then the time commitment will change.

The salary is based on 15 students and is around £10,000. The vast majority of the salary it is the core guaranteed monthly payment. The rest is the variable payment that depends on student numbers, resubmission, number of interviews etc. 

You will be one of four core tutors that deliver four Certificates in Humanistic Counselling, curriculum level 3-4 (indicative) to a cohort of up to 15 students each.

As the Course Tutor you will be responsible for preparing, facilitating and delivering the Certificate in Humanistic Counselling Skills. You will be responsible for the smooth running of all aspects of the course.

In particular, you will:

  • Teach a seminar programme covering humanistic counselling using didactic and experiential methods.
  • Plan and prepare all training sessions, based on the course framework/curriculum.
  • Teach relevant counselling skills and observe, assess and provide feedback.
  • Monitor trainees’ development and provide them with feedback in tutorials or when appropriate.
  • Mark trainees’ assignments, providing written feedback both as first and second marker.
  • Facilitate personal development group.
  • Attend Counselling faculty, joint faculty and other key organisational meetings.
  • Maintain and up-date the syllabus including handbook and additional material.
  • Liaise with the admin team to arrange interviews and interview candidates soon after application.
  • Prepare and update course material (as appropriate), including session plans and handouts.
  • Ensure that all course material and session plans are stored on the Gestalt Centre harePoint for ease of access.
  • Maintain compliance with all Gestalt Centre policies and procedures.

The above is not an exhaustive list of duties. You may be expected to perform different tasks as necessitated by Gestalt Centre to accommodate potential changes to the overall educational objectives.

Education, Experience and Qualities

Essential Education and Experience

The programme includes gestalt theory and practice, developmental theory, ethical and professional standards, research and other psychotherapeutic models with reference to working with difference and diversity.

  • Be an accredited BACP member with minimum 3 year post-accredited experience or UKCP accredited member with minimum 3 years post-registration.
  • Have 2 years’ minimum teaching experience in delivering adult educational programmes.
  • Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills including ability to effectively communicate gestalt therapy theory and key principles.
  • Be able to work well under pressure and meet course deadlines, maintaining a positive attitude and therapeutic boundaries.
  • Must have direct experience of facilitating groups.
  • Educated to a degree level or above would be preferred.
  • A minimum qualification requirement would be Diploma in Gestalt Counselling with the relevant teaching experience.
  • Computer skills (MS Office – Word, Excel and Outlook and SharePoint)
  • Be confident with delivering online and distance learning (including Zoom and MS Teams).
  • Have ability to work collaboratively and on their own initiative.

Desirable qualities

  • Teaching qualification/adult education (Cert Ed/PGCE)
  • Qualification in supervision
  • CPD in Group Theory
  • CPD in Difference and Diversity

For more information or to apply please contact:

📧 assistant.admin@gestaltcentre.org.uk

📳 0207 383 5610

To apply, please forward your CV and a cover letter outlining how you meet the requirements for the role and the added value you’ll bring to it to assistant.admin@gestaltcentre.org.uk

We look forward to receiving your application!

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