Individuals eligible for training towards the Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy will normally be professionals in counselling, psychotherapy or one of the other helping professions, or the equivalent, who have substantial clinical experience and have experienced personal psychotherapy. In line with UKCP guidelines for post-graduate entry, they will normally have a degree and/or equivalent qualification in the helping professions or a Diploma in Counselling (minimum 2 years).
Download the GPTI Handbook 2011 here.
Training can be undertaken with any of the Training Centres
Current Training Centres are:
Training Requirements of GPTI (4 Year Course)
Training hours - 500 hours (normally students achieve at least 600 hours) - of Accredited Training. Of these 500 hours, 360 hours are the minimum of the Core Curriculum provided by the Training Centres in years 1-3. 140 hours are the minimum for further years e.g. year 4 of a Training Centre or a self agreed programme
Supervision 200 hours
With a GPTI supervisor - Of these 200 hours at least 60 hours must be with a Training Consultant and a maximum of 50 hours may be with a qualified non-GPTI accredited supervisor.
The individual is required to be in personal (weekly) therapy throughout the period of training.
Hours practising with clients (does not count as training hours) - min. 600 hours
Psychiatric placement - approx.120 hours (Minimum 20 days)
Successful completion of:
Written Case Study Examination (13,000-15,000 words)
G.P.T.I. is committed to owning its diversity of approaches to Gestalt psychotherapy as a strength. The following thirteen 'clusters' will probably be covered in different ways by different trainers. G.P.T.I. requires that the areas of the clusters are all adequately covered in training programmes.
All aspects of the "Core Curriculum" are to be taught with an awareness of multi-cultural, race, gender and sexuality issues.
1. The field of psychotherapy
2. Gestalt psychology and field theory
3. Existentialism and phenomenology
5. Self Theories
6. The Therapeutic Relationship
7. Body Process
8. Creative and Experimental Approaches
9. Psychotherapeutic Practice
11. Practice Management
12. Gestalt as a lived experience
13. Groups, Systems and Organisational Issues
Full details can be found in the GPTI Training Handbook (available to members)
GPTI Training Consultant
GPTI is a diverse organisation, both theoretically and geographically. Trainees need to be able to have a ‘home base’ where they can discuss their development; their achievements; their growing edges and their problems.
This role is provided by the Training Consultant, a GPTI Teaching and Supervising Member or Associate Teaching and Supervising Member.