Learning Goals – Residential Program
Residential 2023: Dialogue in Gestalt Therapy
Based on the content of this program I am able to:
- Describe a field theory perspective for understanding race, culture and class influence on therapists and patients.
- Explain how past events influence the current field, and why this is important clinically.
- Analyze and assess a patient’s experience and behavior in terms of an organism/environment field.
- Observe clinical work in which observations take into account the inseparability of person and environment.
- Practice using a field theory perspective for understanding race, culture and class influence on therapists and patients.
- Describe 2 ways in which a field theoretical perspective might inform an ethical stance in clinical practice.
- Describe how enduring relational themes also represent socio-cultural themes.
- Compare and contrast “a hermeneutics of suspicion” with “a hermeneutics of trust.
- Work dialogically with therapeutic disruptions in practice sessions.
- Describe at least one example of presence in the clinical demonstrations provided.
- Describe “presence as an ethical aspect of dialogic therapy.
- Apply a relational gestalt therapy perspective in clinical work.
- Describe instances in which a dialogic/relational perspective enhances my capacity to explore cultural themes.
- Describe examples from my own life of cultural elements of my enduring relational themes.
- Analyze how those preconditions (in the above statement) create and/or limit possibilities for you.
- Utilize and critique the dialogic approach in my clinical practice.
- Explain the term, “relationality,” and describe what it means to work from a relational perspective.
- Critique clinical episodes according to relational theory.
- Observe similarities between contemporary psychoanalytic and gestalt therapy theory.
- Describe clinical similarities between contemporary psychoanalytic and gestalt therapy theory.
- Describe what is meant by clinical generosity/hospitality.
- Observe what is meant by clinical generosity/ hospitality.
- Practice what is meant by clinical generosity/ hospitality.
- Offer an example of how social position affects therapeutic dialogue.
- Discuss how Levinas’ “after you,” effects clinical dialogue.
- Discuss how Levinas’ “I am here” (me voici) effects clinical dialogue.
- Critique an event in which I discussed my social position with my client.
- Critique an event in which my patient confronted me with limits of awareness based on my social position.
- Explain what is meant by working with a dialogic attitude.
- Critique my difficulties in working with a dialogic attitude.
- List my strengths in working with a dialogic attitude.
- Describe the Paradoxical Theory of Change as it relates to gestalt therapy. Describe the gestalt therapy concept of awareness.
- Observe Intersubjective emergence of experience.
- Practice Intersubjective emergence of experience.
- Observe mutual, reciprocal, variable influence of therapist and patient on all experience in the therapeutic conversation.
- Practice mutual, reciprocal, variable influence of therapist and patient on all experience in the therapeutic conversation.
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