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September 2016

Clinical Supervision: Conversations Between a Psychoanalyst and a Gestalt Therapist

11 September, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis (ICP), 10780 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 350
Los Angeles, CA 90025 United States
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$80 - $160

This didactic and experiential workshop will present some ideas that Donna and Lynne each hold regarding the practice of supervision. The format will include brief lectures on various topics they find important in their supervision and consulting work. Also included will be live supervision followed by discussion of supervisory themes that can be derived from the live demonstration. Finally, there will also be some small “break-out” group experiences.

Led by Donna Orange, Ph.D and Lynne Jacobs, Ph.D.

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October 2016

Clinical Applications of Relational Gestalt Therapy Theory

16 October, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Southern California Counseling Center, 5615 W. Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019 United States
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Free

In this salon, we will look at a few specific clinical situations and how the fundamental principles of relational gestalt therapy, such as dialogue, field theory, phenomenology, and the paradoxical theory of change might influence what we do as therapists. I’m hoping that participants will bring brief case examples (sufficiently altered for confidentiality), so that we can explore what some of this theory might look like in action. Those new to gestalt therapy might want to do a little reading in advance (http://www.gestalttherapy.org/publications-resources/ is a good source), but all that is required is curiosity.

Led by Mark Winitsky, LMFT

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November 2016

More Clinical Applications of Relational Gestalt Therapy Theory

20 November, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Southern California Counseling Center, 5615 W. Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019 United States
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Free

Our last salon went so well that we’re bringing it back again - In this salon, we will look at a few specific clinical situations and how the fundamental principles of relational gestalt therapy, such as dialogue, field theory, phenomenology, and the paradoxical theory of change might influence what we do as therapists. I’m hoping that participants will bring brief case examples (sufficiently altered for confidentiality), so that we can explore what some of this theory might look like in action. Those new to gestalt therapy might want to do a little reading in advance (http://www.gestalttherapy.org/publications-resources/ is a good source), but all that is required is curiosity.

Led by Mark Winitsky, LMFT

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January 2017

Grief Counseling and Therapy from a Gestalt Perspective

January 22 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Southern California Counseling Center, 5615 W. Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019 United States
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Free

The challenges of coping with grief and loss confront each of us from early childhood. Yet, many experience significant loss of all types during their adult years for which they find themselves unprepared and overwhelmed. Grief, when left unresolved, can lead to more serious problems that can impact our future and our relationships. Therapists deal with grief each day in their practices.In this interactive salon, we will explore a strategy for having a conversation about grief and loss, highlight a framework for understanding the grief process, and emphasize specific gestalt principles utilized in grief counseling.

Led by Jerry Wilson, LMFT, and Jen Leong, MFTI

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March 2017

Gestalt Therapy and Treating Crisis and Trauma

March 5 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Southern California Counseling Center, 5615 W. Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019 United States
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Free

In this salon Nickie Godfrey will briefly delineate the various kinds of crisis and traumatic events and define the appropriate kinds of counseling and psychotherapy for each. Her main focus will be on defining the “developmental or Big T trauma” usually caused by physical and sexual abuse. Because there is always betrayal and somatic involvement that remain present emotionally and physically for people experiencing this kind of abuse, the holistic and present-centered approach of gestalt therapy can be especially useful. Lore Perls’ quote that “The resistance is the energy, not the enemy”, and that “denial” as a protective factor (ala Beisser’s “paradox of change”) will be guiding gestalt concepts. Lastly, Nickie will also comment on the costs to those providing therapy such as “secondary trauma”.

Led by Nickie Godfrey, LMFT

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April 2017

The Art of Awareness: Art Therapy in the Context of a Relational Gestalt Approach

April 30 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Southern California Counseling Center, 5615 W. Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019 United States
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Free

This salon will explore the ways in which the utilization of an art-making process can support exploration and awareness for both the client and therapist. A mindful awareness will be encouraged as the possibilities of how, when and why to use a creative process is experimented with and investigated. No art making experience or skills are necessary to participate.

Led by Michele Conklin Montrone, LMFT

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May 2017

Addiction, Recovery and Gestalt Therapy

May 21 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Southern California Counseling Center, 5615 W. Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019 United States
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Free

The use and abuse of alcohol, drugs and other behaviors (gambling, eating, sex) are issues that show up for us and for our clients in every therapy practice setting. Each of us brings personal experience and therapy training to the encounter with these behaviors when they become problematic, and yet at times we may feel uncertain about what will best support our client’s efforts. Please come and participate in a candid dialogue about relational Gestalt therapy and other approaches to addressing addiction and recovery.

Led by Armin Baier, LCSW

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August 2017

Integrating Gestalt Therapy into the Treatment of Eating Disorders

August 6 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Southern California Counseling Center, 5615 W. Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019 United States
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Led by Mary Ortenburger, LMFT and Stephanie Goldsmith, Ph.D. In this salon, we will examine how to incorporate gestalt therapy when working with clients suffering from eating disorders. Clients diagnosed with eating disorders present with unique needs that are often complex in nature (due to medical complications that may be associated with their symptomatology). We will open a discussion about incorporating gestalt therapy with this population, which is effective and also challenging, using: the paradoxical theory of change, phenomenology, and…

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