Advanced Clinical Training

in Relational Gestalt Psychotherapy


The Advanced Clinical Training in Relational Gestalt Psychotherapy program is a two year course (Years 3 & 4) that expands on the relational gestalt psychotherapy practice of the previous two years (the Foundation Studies In Relational Gestalt Counselling is a pre-requisite for entry). The core training component of the course is taught over 4 terms (one night per week plus 5 weekends) and is divided into 4 key modules that are interwoven within the curriculum.  The final two Specialist Modules are delivered in a block teaching structure. The modules are:

Module 1/
Gestalt Personal Abilities 3


This module focuses on the personal development of the psychotherapist. The module includes students being engaged in experiences that develop essential capacities for dialogic relation as well as understanding and integrating their self-experience  with relation to their core organising themes. The module is based on relational principles, illustrates Gestalt ideas and demonstrates Gestalt methods thus providing students with a “lived-experience” of the relational Gestalt approach. Core learning opportunities will be provided through exploration of the students experience on a personal, relationship and group level. 

Module 2/
Relational Gestalt Theory 3


This module focuses on the foundation principles of relational Gestalt theory. The module explores relational principles as the foundation from which Gestalt theory emerges, as well as all core Gestalt theory and related concepts. The breadth of relational philosophy is condensed into a range of practice principles that encompass the core elements of the Gestalt approach. Emphasis is given to the theory that informs both the core ideas and the methods of the relational Gestalt approach to psychotherapy.

Module 3/
Relational Gestalt Methods 3


This module provides the methodological framework of relational Gestalt therapy. The module integrates relational principles, Gestalt theory and methods, common factors evidence based practice and mental health practitioner competencies and provides an opportunity for students to deepen their investigation into psychotherapy processes and ethical considerations.  Students inquire into how each psychotherapy process is influenced by their core organising themes. This integrative approach helps students to better understand how their personal experience organises their professional practice. 

Module 4/
Skill Development Practice 3


This module focuses on practicing relational Gestalt ideas and methods.
The module provides opportunities for advanced skill development in small practice and supervision groups. Specific micro-skills are reinforced but with a new focus on identifying and working with emerging themes and psychotherapy processes. Relational practice principles and gestalt methodology are highlighted and practiced in small groups with coaching and live supervision.

Module 5/
Specialist Gestalt Practice 3


This module focuses on specialist Gestalt practice of ‘Trauma’ and ‘Mental Health’. Being offered over alternate years to a combined third and fourth year, this module will orientate students to the specific and specialist’s application with reference to working with trauma and mental health complexities.


Module 6/
Specialist Gestalt Application3


This module focuses on specialist Gestalt application and is offered each year for all students in the Advanced Certificate and Advanced Clinical Training Courses (i.e. year 1 - 4). The module is facilitated by a member of the International GTA Faculty or a guest trainer with expertise in a specialist area of counselling and psychotherapy practice (e.g. an application of relational Gestalt, a theoretical perspective or an area of personal development). 

Practical Application

ConnectGround Clinic Student Internship

GTA students may apply to undertake an internship in the clinic where they will experience working in a supportive, reflective learning environment designed to foster the development of the skills and knowledge required to provide a quality counselling service to the community.