Social Justice From a Gestalt Perspective (Stefanie Funke, LMFT)
March 15 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Social Justice is a hot topic these days. As therapists, we are seeing a wide variety of clients who are harmed by issues of oppression and prejudice. I will lead a discussion of how gestalt therapy fits with a social justice perspective. I will talk about aspects of gestalt therapy such as phenomenology and field theory to make a connection between gestalt therapy and social justice.
Stefanie Funke has a private practice in West Los Angeles and has worked at EXIS Recovery, an outpatient dual-diagnosis treatment center in Los Angeles, where she saw individual clients and facilitated groups. Stefanie has been training in Gestalt therapy with the Pacific Gestalt Institute (PGI) in Los Angeles for over 9 years and is president of the board of the GTILA.
The purpose of GTILA includes:
- Promoting the application of gestalt therapy principles;
- Promoting a dialogue on gestalt therapy theory within the gestalt therapy community;
- Promoting a dialogue between gestalt therapy and other theories;
- Functioning as a catalyst for community building and as a support network for its members;
- Promoting quality of standards concerning the clinical application of gestalt therapy.
GTILA presents a series of salons which provide an opportunity to learn about some aspect of Gestalt Therapy in a relaxed, informal setting. Salons are free and participants may receive CEUs for a minimal fee. All people interested in Gestalt Therapy are welcome to attend Salons. GTILA does not discriminate in its education or membership activities based on race, national or ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.
GTILA maintains the Arnold R. Beisser, M.D. Scholarship Fund, a philanthropic program to support trainees who have enrolled for gestalt therapy training and can demonstrate financial need. In addition, GTILA hosts a variety of social events for the Gestalt community and publishes a yearly directory of its members.
Benefits of Membership
I use the Find a Therapist information for nearly every referral I make these days. I know from experience that the therapists are top-notch, and I like the ease of using the insurance, location and specialty information.
In a profession that can be isolating, I find having a sense of community with other professionals of the same perspective, is affirming and supportive. The directory allows me to refer a part of a couple to a like-minded therapist. Also, the referrals I have received over the years have more than paid for the cost of my membership.
GTILA has been a great way for me to stay connected to the gestalt community, participate in opportunities to learn, deepen relationships with colleagues, and meet new ones, as well. From the salons to membership directory, which is a wonderful source for referrals, groups or consultation, GTILA provides a valuable service in supporting the work of gestalt therapists.
I find it exciting and refreshing being a part of our organization of like-minded therapists who value the vitality of the holistic and present centered approach of gestalt therapy.
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