Gestalt Therapy with Teens

Gestalt Therapy with Teens: The Inward Journey to the World Outside

  • Starts Oct 23
  • 480 US dollars
  • Solvang, CA

Available spots

Service Description

The period of development in human and other species is often called the time of STRUM UND DRANG—a time of great emotional dysregulation/distress and challenging of social norms. The Nobel nominated book, WILDHOOD (2019), suggests some of the same. The authors, Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers identify four core life skills that adolescents across species must master to confidently emerge into adulthood: How to stay safe; How to navigate social hierarchies; How to communicate sexually; and How to leave and care for one’s self. This workshop will explore this period of adolescence from the perspective of how we as Gestalt Therapists can work with our clients as they meet their many challenges to develop a strong sense of self and self-support. We will explore and work with those modalities that work best with adolescents and how can we use creative play in order to strengthen the organismic wholesomeness of each adolescent. We will learn from research and clinical experience how Gestalt Play Therapy can be effective accomplishing the tasks of adolescence. References from numerous Gestalt Therapists will be provided. Objectives: Participants in this workshop will be more able to: 1. Identify in therapeutic work with adolescents the core issues expressed by each client that characterize this stage of human development. 2. Explain the role of the therapist in supporting an adolescent client with family dynamics 3. Apply the neurobiology of adolescent development to the clinical process 4. Discuss the research on the effectiveness of expressive modalities, exercises and techniques from the culture of adolescence and Gestalt Play Therapy that support healthful expression of emotions and a development of a sense of self. 5. Select and apply modalities, exercises, and techniques from Gestalt Play Therapy that support an adolescent in mastering the core life skills needed for moving into adulthood. Recommended Reading: Natterson-Horowitz B &Bower, K. (2019) Wildhood: The epic journey from adolescence to adulthood in humans and other animals. Scribner: New York. McConville, M. (1995). Adolescence: Psychotherapy and the emergent self. Jossey-Bass: San Francisco.

Upcoming Sessions

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation notice must be received two weeks in advance of the program starting dates. The registration fee may not be refunded for a last minute notification. Notification must be in writing to WCI either through email or snail mail. With the notice, paid fees can be refunded or applied to a future program. If for any reason, WCI cancels a program, all fees will be refunded. WCI is not responsible for any travel or lodging costs due to cancellations. Any scholarship funds will be returned to the grantor or given to another participant.

Contact Details

(800) 550-0617 ex.2

Suite 120 723 E Locust Ave, Fresno, CA, USA