Origins: Celebrating our Ancestors


Celebrating our Ancestors who Developed Gestalt Therapy with Children

  • Starts Oct 27
  • 480 US dollars
  • Solvang

Available spots


Service Description

     While living in South Africa (1933-1947), Laura Perls, PhD  observed the child-rearing practices of the indigenous peoples.  Her chapter, “The Dummy Complex” in Ego, Hunger, and Aggression (1947) reflects her observations and thinking that contributed to the development of the theory of oral resistances.   Her contributions to the emerging Gestalt Therapy and the eventual Gestalt Therapy with Children are often overshadowed by the writings and teaching of Fritz Perls, MD.    Nevertheless, her work is significant to our work with children.       Even though it took another three decades before Windows to Our Children (1978) would be published, there were others who early on began to apply the organismic principles of Gestalt Therapy to the therapeutic and educational practice with children.  These clinicians and educators made significant contributions to our therapeutic perspective and practice.  The focus of this workshop will be to discover and celebrate those who have contributed greatly, Past and Present, in forming the branch of Gestalt Therapy that is concerned with the well-being of children.                Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop participants will be more able to:  - Write a paragraph outlining the development of Gestalt Therapy with Children from 1947 to 2022. - Discuss the contributions of clinicians and educators to the development of Gestalt Therapy with Children. - Identify contributions of the Oaklander Approach to the field of play therapy. - Utilize more effectively  the projective process with play therapy modalities and techniques.


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

  • Solvang, CA, USA

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