Couples Therapy Training Program for Therapists Seattle


Gestalt Therapy Training Program Seattle

Seattle Ongoing Psychotherapy Training Program
A Couple of Individuals

for Therapists with Rita Resnick, Ph.D. & Robert W. Resnick, Ph.D.

Internationally Renowned Gestalt Therapy & Couple Therapy Trainers
Feb. 6–7, June 4-5, Sept. 10-11, Dec. 3–4, 2016


An integrative training workshop series approaching both Individual and Couples Therapy from a Gestalt Therapy perspective. This is a field theoretical, phenomenological, dialogic and process model.

The workshop will include didactic theory presentations, discussions, observing the trainers work live (a rare training opportunity) followed by discussions of the work plus optional “hands on” practice with live supervision of volunteer participants. The balance of how much Individual therapy and how much Couples therapy will be by consensus of the actual group members.

As individual therapy is usually about different relationships in clients’ lives, combining these two modalities of practice sheds important light on how to negotiate both domains — being an individual and being part of a couple. Although not the same, individual and couples functioning both effect and are affected by the other – they are both limited and enriched by the other.

From a Gestalt perspective, both individual and couples therapy are exquisitely process-oriented and profoundly dialogic therapies. In individual therapy the relationship between the client and the therapist is crucial. The engagement (differences) of these two phenomonologies (client and therapist) is what allows awareness, choicefulness and the possibility for change. In couple’s therapy, tracking the couple’s actual engagement within the session is what leads to increased awareness, choicefulness and the possibility for change.

Contemporary Gestalt Therapy continues to stay vital, relevant and at the cutting edge of psychotherapy by constantly integrating (with discrimination), both theoretical and research findings from the fields of psychotherapy, neuroscience, cognitive psychology history, anthropology and more. For individual therapy, the heart of the work is in a fully engaged relationship with the client whereby the relationship becomes the window (“fresh fish”) to identify process.

The Resnick Couples Therapy model explicitly deals with the basic human dilemma that all of us deal with from birth to death: How to be with an other and maintain a self…? as well as the fundamental source of all couples issues: Dealing with difference. With rare exceptions, how couples deal with differences is far more important than what the differences actually are.

This workshop will be taught by seasoned Couples Therapy and Gestalt clinicians and Trainers who are willing to allow their own live work as psychotherapists to be seen, questioned, and compared with both their own theoretical formulations as well as other theoretical models and their practitioners. Participants will have the option of working as therapist with others in the workshop with live supervision from the faculty. The work will be carefully discussed and supervised in a respectful, supportive and collegial manner – hopefully providing useful and assimilable consultation. These workshops will teach participants our integrated theory and how it relates to both individual and couples work. All clinical work will be related to theory, hopefully making both more relevant and meaningful.

Workshops will include:

  • Theory lectures on contemporary Gestalt and Couples Therapy encouraging questions, comments and comparisons (both within different Gestalt Therapy models as well as among Gestalt therapy, CBT, Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Emotion Focused, Systemic, Postmodern, etc.)
  • Live “hands on” clinical work by the faculty with workshop participants (individual therapy) as well as model couples (couples therapy) with real live couples. Supervised practice for all therapists will be available and all clinical work will be related to theory — to clarify and to make both more meaningful and practical.
  • Participants will see and discuss live work being done by the faculty rather than just “talking about what woulda, coulda, shoulda” happened — which unfortunately characterizes most clinical training and supervision today.
  • Voluntary opportunities for participants to work as therapist with individuals in the group and with role-play and perhaps model couples all with live, supportive and collaborative supervision.
  • Each piece of clinical work will be related to the theory. Discussion, comparisons, questions and comments are welcomed. Theory, methodology and technique will all be addressed. Bring your biases (you do have them), your open-mindedness to perceptually reorganize (hopefully) and your sense of humor (please).

48 CE Credits available for therapists attending this series GATLA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GATLA maintains responsibility for these programs and their content.  GATLA is approved by the BBS for continuing education credit for MFT’s and LCSWs as required by the Calif. Bd. of Behavioral Sciences, BBSE approval no. PCE 841.

We are planning for both the Resnicks to do this training. However, if the registration does not warrant both, only Bob Resnick will do the training.

We will have an optional theory review (no additional cost) on Friday evening, February 7 at 7:30PM at the same location. This is to bring any new people up to speed on the basic theory and for a review for those who have been with us previously and would like a refresher.

Friday Evening, 7:30PM – 9:00PM (Feb 6 only – optional and encouraged.)

Saturdays: 9:00AM – 12:30PM | 2:00PM – 6:00PM
(Please arrive around 8:30AM for Coffee and snacks)

Sundays: 9:00 AM – 12:00PM | 1:00PM – 3:00PM
(Please arrive around 8:30AM for Coffee & snacks)


  • Early-bird Fee $1250. Save $150 before Nov. 30, 2015!
    $1400 After Nov. 30, 2015.
  • Early-bird Student Fee $1050. Save $150 before Nov. 30, 2015!
    $1200 After Nov. 30, 2015.