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Advanced Diploma Gestalt Therapy Theory Studies

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  • Objectives
    This one-year course offers an excellent introduction to the experience and concepts of Gestalt Therapy. It will be of interest to those who want to gain in-depth experience of individual and group practice and theory for their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits and their personal development. For example, it would be suitable for those who work in primary care, in management and organisational consulting, in counselling or therapy, or those who want to join the MA course but do not have enough knowledge or experience of the Gestalt method or who do not have a relevant first degree or equivalent. Introducing you to Gestalt Therapy theory and practice, practical and personal learning takes place in the training groups and in individual therapy. You will be studying Gestalt texts and writing essays in order to gain a thorough understanding of the theory and philosophy, from the ability to analyse and discuss group processes to learning about self and self in relation to others.
  • Entry requirements
    Applicants must have a level of maturity and should have: a professional qualification in the fields of mental health, social work, counselling, health or education; experience of work in the above fields; a high level of communication skills both oral and written; a capacity and openness for personal exploration and ability to respond appropriately to feedback.

    For applicants to the MA Programme who do not fulfil the entry requirements of a relevant first degree or equivalent and/or previous Gestalt therapy experience, this year provides access to the MA.

    The Gestalt Centre is committed to broadening access to the profession of psychotherapy, and welcomes applications from people who do not meet the above criteria. Where this is the case, entry will be considered following the principles of Approval of Prior Experience and Learning, (APEL).
  • Academic Title
    Advanced Diploma Gestalt Therapy Theory Studies
  • Course description
    Course structure

    The course comprises three modules:

    -Introduction to Gestalt Therapy Theory: key concepts and relating theory to everyday life
    -Gestalt Therapy Method: direct experience of Gestalt method, and development of personal awareness.
    -Applications of Gestalt Therapy Theory: An Introduction: use of Gestalt Therapy Theory to analyse and consider possible interventions in particular spheres of health, mental health or social provision, for example, dealing with anxiety, issues in relation to race and diversity, and phobias.

    Assessment
    Assessment is by a range of methods including essays, self and peer written assessments, as well as group study presentations.

    Career opportunities
    This course acts as a pre-masters for the MA in Gestalt Psychotherapy for those who do not fulfil the formal entry requirements. Additionally, this qualification will provide enhanced career prospects for those already employed in relevant areas.

    Attendance & duration
    Part-time (day & eve): one year, Wednesday evenings, 5.30pm-9.00pm plus 5 tutor-led weekends.

    There is also a five-day residential. You will also need to undertake one hour a week of individual therapy.

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