Being Present to Our Inner Desires

Navigating Ethics & Boundaries in the Clinical Relationship

This workshop is full.

Saturday, February 6, 2021 | 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Awareness, for Gestalt practitioners, is a key component in our clinical life.
Increasing our awareness of our strengths, our inner struggles and our desires are particularly beneficial when approaching ethical considerations. A lack of awareness of our darker side impacts our approach to these very human, inner struggles.

Throughout our lives and our careers we are guided by an inner voice that offers us guidance for navigating many of the thorny questions we face in our clinical relationships. This inner guidance can lead us right to where we need to be…or can lead us to peril.

The field of psychotherapy has a complex relationship to ethics: one fraught with confusion, uncertainty, boundary crossings and suspended licenses.

This workshop will offer an opportunity for attendees to tune into one’s inner desires, as well as provide a space to listen to others share their experiences around ethical successes and failures.

Learning Objectives

In this presentation, you will:

  • Increase their self awareness and develop an awareness of the interplay between personal values, our social identities and professional behavior through small group exercises and discussion;
  • Increase their ability to recognize ethical issues and to apply ethical decision-making frameworks and protocols through enhanced use of critical thinking using a social justice lens; and
  • Develop skills in applying relevant ethical concepts and theories of ethics to their clinical practice, including examining the ethical implications of working across differences.

Program Leaders

Doug Gravier, LCSW (he/him/his) is a GTIP adjunct faculty member and an NASW approved Clinical Supervisor with over 30 years experience providing mental health and substance abuse treatment in inpatient, outpatient, and school settings. In addition, Doug has been providing clinical supervision and consultation to clinicians of varied disciplines. He has advanced training in Family Therapy, Addictions Treatment, and Gestalt Therapy and a private counseling practice in Lambertville, NJ. 

Jennifer C. Jones, PhD, LCSW (she/her/hers) is a cisgender, queer-identified, fairly able-bodied, multiracial Blackwoman who holds the role of GTIP’s Executive Director, is a faculty member and an alum of the training program. She currently provides supervision, consultation and psychotherapy in her private practice in Philadelphia. For the past 20+ years, Jennifer has worked predominantly with individuals who identify as: lesbian, gay, queer, or bisexual;transgender or gender non-binary. She works with people of color struggling with class oppression; individuals with positive HIV status, and/or healing from childhood pain and trauma. She has conducted and co-facilitated numerousworkshops and trainings on topics such as: embodied Gestalt Therapy with individuals identifying as transgender,trauma-informed care in medical settings, sex work affirmative care, working with people living in poverty from aneconomic human rights perspective, and using Gestalt Therapy principles to attend to the ways race shows up intherapy. Jennifer is currently learning all she can about the use of psychedelic and plant-based medicine-assisted psychotherapy to support the healing of trauma, anxiety and depression.


Tuition (includes the cost of CEUs): $100, $80 for GTIP Associates, $75 for GTIP Trainees; Students

GTIP offers Continuing Education credits to: LSW, LCSW, LPC, LMFT, PSY, GENERIC. Should you be requesting CEUs, please indicate what license you hold and your license number on the registration form.

You may pay for the workshop via PayPal below or mail your check to:
PO Box 961
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

This session is co-sponsored by Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research for a maximum of 3 credit hours. Bryn Mawr College GSSWSR, as a CSWE accredited School of Social Work, is a pre-approved provider of continuing education for Social Workers in PA and many other states.

GTIP is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Psychology to offer 3 hours of continuing education for psychologists. GTIP maintains responsibility for the program. The Pennsylvania State Board of Psychology requires Psychology workshop participants to furnish their license number to receive a certificate of attendance.