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Contemporary Relational Gestalt Therapy — Advanced training


In partnership with the Pierre Janet Centre of the University of Lorraine.

By proposing a model of change based on the use of the therapist’s resonances within the therapeutic relationship, contemporary Gestalt therapy opens up a new paradigm. It is at the forefront of putting the therapist’s person at the service of patients’ change processes. It is thus in line with the most recent results of psychotherapy research which show that the person of the therapist is the most relevant variable in the effectiveness of a therapy.

Alternating theory and practice, this training (from level 1) will introduce the trainee to the understanding of contemporary Gestalt therapy and begin to use elements of it in their clinic.
With level 2 she will be able to engage in the in-depth training offered by IDeT and its modules "At the heart of the clinic".

The level 1 module does not require any pre-requisites to be attended.
Entry to the level 2 module requires the completion of level 1.


  • To situate Gestalt therapy within the modalities of psychotherapy
  • To understand the specificities of Gestalt therapy
  • To understand the essential principles and concepts of Gestalt therapy
  • Understand and adopt the basics of the proposed posture
  • To develop one’s own emotional and bodily awareness

PROGRAM Level 1 - 3 Days Training


- An optimistic vision of Man and a brief history of Gestalt therapy within the humanist movement
- Its main intellectual roots: psychoanalysis, phenomenology, gestalt-psychology


- Principle of inseparable organism-environment unity opening to the contemporary field theory in Gestalt therapy
- Current lived experience and work in the here and now

Developing the therapist’s skills

- Focus on emotional experience
- Awareness, consciousness and the place of the unconscious
- Experimentation in Gestalt therapy

PROGRAM Level 2 - 3 Days Training

Change in Gestalt Therapy

- Purpose of therapy
- The paradoxical theory of change
- Change in the field perspective
- Non-normative view of health
- Focus on the present (and place of the past)

Developing the therapist’s skills

- The construction of the lived world
- The ’next’ and intentionality in therapy
- Contact and relational patterns
- Unfinished Gestalt

Keys for intervention

- Support: a key concept in Gestalt therapy
- The therapeutic relationship as a tool for change

In coherence with the objective of using the therapist’s resonances for the benefit of change processes for the patient, the training will make a large place for experimentation and small group practicums.


Professionals practising psychotherapy (psychologists, psychiatrists, psychotherapists, psychopractitioners, students in Master II of clinical psychology).
Other applications from the medico-social and educational fields may be considered.


Florence BELASCO
Vincent BEJA

Gestalt therapy trainers and supervisors approved by the EAGT (European Association for Gestalt Therapy)
Co-founders and directors of the IDeT (Institute for the Development of the Therapist).


updated 2024-03-05

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