Training Groups

Introductory and Advanced Training Groups are limited in size to approximately 16 participants. Advanced Intensive, Clinical Practicum and Master Class are limited in size to approximately 12. Assignment to all groups is made on the basis of previous training in Gestalt Therapy rather than general clinical experience.

INTRODUCTORY GROUP: The Introductory Group is designed for applicants who are new to Gestalt Therapy or who have limited post-graduate training in Gestalt Therapy. Many Basic Group members come to our training with years of other advanced and useful and relevant experience, however they are not familiar with Gestalt theory or therapy.

  • Excellent starting place for becoming familiar with the European Summer Residential workshop and the Experiential/Gestalt model.
  • Experiential and didactic components within the group setting,
  • Small breakout group work for practice in applying the theoretical principles being presented,
  • An option to have a daily 40-minute session (as registration permits) of individual psychotherapy from a member of the Clinical Practicum or the Master Class with live supervision.

Training Goals: Development of personal support that enables participants to work as client and therapist in large and small group formats and to interact in the group setting with a minimum of defensiveness. Development of a good basic theoretical background in Gestalt Therapy theory as well as the technical skills required in Experiential/Gestalt psychotherapies.

ADVANCED GROUP: Designed for clinicians who have a minimum of 2 years of Gestalt Therapy training.

  • Participants work as client and interact in the group with a minimum of defensiveness.
  • In addition to observing the Trainer and Trainer Assistant working live, participants are also expected to work as therapist in the group,
  • Be able to take criticism and supervision of their work as therapist, be experienced in doing psychotherapy, and have a good basic theoretical background in Gestalt Therapy theory.
  • An option to receive individual therapy (as registration permits) from a member of the Clinical Practicum or MasterClass with a supervisor sitting in on the therapy.

Training Goals: Develop greater observational and focusing ability in order to increase skills as a Gestalt psychotherapist. Build a model that helps to integrate the knowledge and techniques from other sources. Develop a personal style of doing psychotherapy.


  • Each member of this group is assigned a client from within the group to work with in front of the large group.
  • Participants provide supervision for their colleagues after each piece of work to sharpen their theoreticalunderstanding and integrate theory with clinical practice.
  • What is limited in this group is time to focus on group process and to view the Trainer and Group Leaders’ work.
  • What is expanded is the opportunity to work with the same client
  • Participants have an option to have an individual therapist from either the Clinical Practicum or the MasterClass.

CLINICAL PRACTICUM GROUP: The Clinical Practicum group focuses intensely on improving participants’ clinical skills and emphasizes the integration of clinical work and Gestalt theory. Preference is given to those persons who have had extensive training in Gestalt Therapy.

  • Individual client assigned to each participant with daily live supervision.
  • Provide supervision for Basic/Advanced participants in small groups.
  • Participants are responsible for the theoretical discussion of each piece of work.
  • Participants new to the CP group present some aspect of Gestalt theory and are responsible for the discussion following the presentation. The topic will be approved in advance.
  • Participants have some opportunity to work on personal issues with other Clinical Practicum membersand/or with the Trainer or Trainer Assistant.

MASTERCLASS: Designed to meet the needs of very experienced Gestalt therapists who have completed training with GATLA or other Institutes. They will work directly with core faculty (Rita Resnick, and Bob Resnick) with one additional faculty member, followed by in depth discussion of therapeutic and theoretical issues, enhance therapeutic and supervisory skills as well as an opportunity to get sophisticated feedback on personal research, clinical, and teaching or service projects.

  • Guarantee of working with both GATLA Core Trainers: Rita Resnick, Ph.D. and Robert W. Resnick, Ph.D. and one additional very experienced trainer.
  • Opportunity to do personal work with both of the GATLA core trainers.
  • Participants work as therapist with each other and present theoretical discussion of work with consultation and supervision from Core GATLA Trainers.
  • Provide daily therapy for participants from other groups
  • Provide supervision for Introductory/Advanced/Adv. Intensive participants in trios and quartets as well as providing daily live supervision to other MasterClass participants.
  • The opportunity to present and discuss current research, theoretical work or population specific treatment concepts in the spirit of collegial seminar.