Learning Goals – Short Courses
Being With What Is: Living Gestalt’s Paradoxical Theory of Change
3-Part Online Class Series for Psychotherapists
- Discuss the relationship between awareness and change in gestalt therapy and Buddhist psychology
- Describe the relationship between the awareness process, the paradoxical theory of change, and the phenomenological method
- Discuss the relationship between the Buddhist concept of the 5 aggregates and the Gestalt concept of self as a system of contacts in a given moment.
- List some difficulties clinicians may encounter in applying the phenomenological method to psychotherapy practice and discuss what a clinician might do to address these difficulties.
- Explain perception as receptive versus constructive, and how these relate.
- Discuss how the “Basement Story” can serve as map toward increased complexity, acceptance, and change when navigating intense affect including trauma and shame
- Describe Organismic Self Regulation and its relationship to the Paradoxical Theory of Change and Enduring Relational Themes.
- Use the “Rule of Six” to support working with traumatized states of mind
- Explain how we can reconcile the practice of the Paradoxical Theory of Change with more directive interventions.
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