GTIP offers training to therapists, nurses, bodyworkers, lawyers, coaches, yoga teachers, educators, doctors, organizational consultants, entrepreneurs, and individuals working in business-related fields, as well as anyone interested in personal and professional growth.
Gestalt Therapy Theory is a pioneering approach to human wellness and potential, with roots in Eastern philosophy, existentialism, field theory, and phenomenology. It is an embodied, experiential, and relational theory and practice that current research identifies as pivotal for creating lasting emotional and behavioral change.
With its emphasis on awareness and present-moment experience, Gestalt Therapy Theory promotes lively, intimate and vivid dialogue that allows us to connect through our differences and similarities.
Well beyond the teaching of theory, techniques and methods, the three-year GTIP training program develops growth and change in trainees, cultivating an embodied, relational and holistic way of being with others.
Gestalt Therapy Theory extends beyond the realm of interpersonal relationships and includes participation in the social, political and economic forces in our world, along with the promotion of racial justice. Gestalt practice heightens awareness of social location in order to deconstruct that which is fixed and habitual, including the forces of White dominant culture.
Historically housed at Bryn Mawr College, cohorts are kept small, allowing for individualized instruction. Meeting one weekend per month from September through May, our faculty emphasize experiential learning and the use of experimentation. By observing and experiencing faculty at work, students deepen their understanding of theoretical concepts and learn how to apply these ideas to their lives and work. In small groups, trainees integrate their learning in practice sessions with guidance and supervision.
Our curriculum builds from basic theoretical concepts to more specific applications. Both are interwoven through each aspect of our program. Completion of the three-year training is contingent on trainees demonstrating an ability to both understand and apply basic Gestalt Therapy principles in their lives. Trainees are expected to engage in a significant course of individual psychotherapy or personal growth work before and during the completion of the program.