FUNDAMENTALS OF
GESTALT PLAY THERAPY 

2-day Workshop

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. This is the first part of the 4-day Basic Training in Gestalt Play Therapy. Participants are encouraged to continue on to Part 2 (Oaklander Approach).

About the Workshop

​This workshop is designed to build theoretical understanding and clinical skills in play therapy from the perspective of contemporary Gestalt psychotherapy. Balancing didactic discussion, experiential practicum with feedback, and case presentations, the emphasis will be on individual psychotherapy and the application of Gestalt therapy principles 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). Participants will learn the underlying principles of play and integrate using various creative modalities. 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 the power of play and its underlying principles

  • Overview of major play therapy models using Yasenik & Gardner’s Play Therapy Dimensions Model

  • Explore key neuroscience findings supporting Play Therapy

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

  • Brief overview of the therapeutic process developed by Violet Oaklander.

Accreditation 

 

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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).