Become a Volunteer Supervisor

We are seeking passionate, highly motivated and skilled practitioners of Gestalt Therapy Theory to challenge and shape the next generation of practitioners by volunteering to supervise in the GTIP training program. 

Time Commitment: 

Volunteer supervisors are asked to volunteer a minimum of three training weekends out of the nine-month training year. Practicums are held on Saturdays from 2 pm to 5 pm. Volunteer supervisors are asked to be available on those Saturdays that they are supervising from 12:45 pm to 5:30 pm. See Meeting Requirements below.

Compensation: 

There is no monetary compensation for this position. However, volunteer supervisors are eligible to attend all GTIP-sponsored workshops for the cost of the CEU’s and have the opportunity, after supervising for a year, to apply for a paid adjunct teaching position, when there are openings.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide practicum supervision for 2-4 trainees as assigned during the training weekend;
  • Attend all required meetings — See meeting requirements below;
  • Communicate clear, respectful Gestalt Therapy Theory-driven feedback to trainees about their work as therapist;
  • Provide a balance of challenge and support so that the trainees feel encouraged to grow;
  • Speak to aspects of social location as they present themselves in the therapy work and among the practicum participants;
  • Model for and support trainees in providing one another respectful, clear, theory-driven feedback;
  • Communicate at the end of each supervisory shift with teaching faculty and other supervisors about the progress of the trainees during the practicum; and
  • Co-create a training environment with faculty, group facilitators, and trainees that supports personal and professional growth through a willingness to be self-reflective and self-responsible while being supportive of others in their own process.

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrates and practices therapeutic presence and Gestalt Therapy principles when giving feedback to trainees during the practicum experience;
  • Examines and discusses one’s own social location, privilege, fragility, white supremacy, and anti-blackness, as well as any guilt, shame, or resentment tied to these issues; and
  • Thoughtfulness about any dual relationships they have with trainees, faculty, or supervisors and be willing to explore, with themselves and the other person, the possible ramifications of taking on a supervisor role.

Meeting Requirements:

  • Attend an orientation and training before supervising;
  • Join faculty and facilitators on Friday evenings for a two-hour preparatory session before the training weekends to share information about trainees’ needs;
  • Attend bimonthly, two-hour faculty/supervisor/facilitator meetings on Saturday mornings; and 
  • Attend any additional meetings called by GTIP leadership. 

Work Environment:

  • In-person training weekends are historically held on Bryn Mawr College’s campus; currently, meetings are held online via Zoom.
  • Practicum takes place in breakout rooms with trainees assigned to work with you.

To Apply:

Please send the following to Laura Henrich, laurah@gtip.org:

  • Letter of interest
  • CV
  • Copy of professional license
  • Proof of liability insurance