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(2-day, on-site)

Have you been working with children and adolescents and wanted to deepen your work with them? This workshop designed to build theoretical understanding and clinical skills from the perspective of contemporary Gestalt psychotherapy. As this workshop is Part 2 of the 4-day Basic Training in Gestalt Play Therapy, participants need to complete Part 1 (2-day Fundamentals in Gestalt Play Therapy) before registrating for this workshop.

About the Workshop

This workshop continues to build on theoretical understanding and clinical skills of Gestalt Play Therapy with special focus on the Oaklander Approach. The Approach is represented in the works of Violet Oaklander, Ph.D., author of Windows to Our Children: A Gestalt Approach to Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy (1989) and Hidden Treasure: A Map to the Child’s Inner Self (2007). The workshop will examine closely factors that bring about change and growth for a child or adolescent through the therapeutic process of Gestalt Therapy. Participants will learn a range of play modalities and media such as clay, puppets, art and sand to provide them with a wide repertoire to meet the wide and complex needs of children and adolescents. Working in pairs or small groups, participants will have opportunities for group consultation and practice.
Workshop Objectives

At the end of the workshop, participants will:

  • Understand Gestalt relational perspective on child development and the nature of the self

  • Learn Gestalt play therapy process of working with projections through creative arts

  • Learn how to build therapeutic relationship with children and adolescents and facilitate emotional expression and deeper self awareness



Completion of 2-Day Fundamentals of Gestalt Play Therapy



This workshop is accredited with:

Who can benefit


​Practitioners working with children and adolescents in the field of mental health and helping professions (such as social work, counselling, psychology) and related fields (such childcare/student care setting, physical therapy, art therapy, or other related fields).

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