Reconnect-Review-Renew Contemporary issues in Gestalt Therapy
Join us as we spend the day learning together and the evening celebrating with members of the Gestalt Community, Program Graduates and the many friends of Gestalt Institute in Pittsburgh
Conference will include a variety of seminars Featuring Lee Geltman, Former President of the Gestalt Institute of New England and members the Gestalt Institute of Pittsburgh Faculty and staff
When: June 8, 2019, conference from 9AM – 5PM, anniversary celebration from 6PM – 9PM
Location: Carlow University’s AJ Palumbo Hall of Science and Technology – 5th Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Morning Session $50 includes continental breakfast
Afternoon Session $50 includes lunch
Anniversary Celebration $50 includes dinner
Attend all 3 for a discounted fee of $135
Earn 5 Continuing Education Credits (APA and NCC approved)
1. Taking Trauma Therapy into the Room: A Gestalt Therapy Approach to Sexual Assault Counseling
Presenters: Marisa Floro, LCSW and Erin Kelly, LCSW
The goal of this seminar is to enhance practice of trauma-focused care based on Gestalt therapy techniques. Practical therapeutic interventions will be presented that enhance trauma-informed practice in a variety of clinical settings. Case studies will be presented that will provide an opportunity to learn techniques that enhance clinical skills and provide further understanding of hidden presentations of trauma, as well as the impact of counter-transference in trauma work. Focus will include how to navigate the difficulties of client disclosures and conversations about traumatic experiences, and therapist’s levels of comfort and discomfort as they adhere to treatment protocols. Gestalt theory and methods that promote healing from trauma will be taught in a lecture/discussion format. Of primary importance will be a focus on supporting each clinician’s ability to sustain contact throughout the therapeutic encounter.
Marisa Floro, LCSW Marisa Floro is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and practicing trauma therapist in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is a recent graduate of the Gestalt Institute of Pittsburgh and is trained in EMDR and certified in Cognitive Processing Therapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Marisa began her social work career working in the Allegheny County Jail providing psycho-educational groups on change to adult men and women in 2015. While working in the criminal justice system, she developed and delivered trainings on cultural competence within the field of forensics. As a current practicing sexual assault counselor, Marisa uses a holistic and person-centered approach to help her clients gain insight and awareness to reach their desired goals. In her free time, Marisa enjoys writing and sharing her poetry, trying new restaurants in the city, hiking, and biking alongside Pittsburgh’s rivers.
Erin Kelly, LCSW Erin E. Kelly is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and practicing trauma therapist in Pittsburgh, PA. While Erin works with individual who experience depression, grief, bipolar disorder, psychosis and postpartum depression, she specializes in traumatic stress (particularly survivors of sexual assault and abuse), anxiety and panic, and other stress-related disorders. Regardless of circumstances, Erin believes that each and every human has the innate strength, capacity, and resiliency to recover from life’s experiences. Her clinical perspective is eclectic, with a focus on using evidence-based modalities and expressive arts techniques to empower her clients to discover their own healing paths. Erin is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Erin also has experience teaching yoga and meditation to individuals and groups; she completed her 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher training in 2019. Erin blends mindfulness techniques and therapeutic modalities with a holistic, individualized approach for each and every client. Her aim is to create a collaborative, person-centered therapeutic relationship where each person can explore and find their unique tools, techniques, and strengths to heal.
Learning objectives: Upon completion of this seminar, participants will be able to:
1. Demonstrate comprehensive understanding of trauma-informed care and its implementation in practice settings
2. Identify typical and atypical presentations of abuse and other traumas, particularly in children
3. Formulate Gestalt therapy techniques that therapists can use to teach clients how to cope with and heal from severe child abuse
4. Practice methods that support therapists presence in the encounter of distressing and intense traumatic memories revealed by clients
2. Discovering the Power of Names
The Therapeutic Use of Names in Gestalt Work with Individuals, Couples, Families and Groups
Presenter: Lee Geltman, Licensed Psychologist
President of the Gestalt Institute of New England and Faculty of the Gestalt Institute of New England – Pittsburgh Campus, from 1979 to 2009
Gestalt therapists use creative and experiential techniques to enhance client’s awareness of their chronic and habitual behaviors. These repetitive actions prevent real choice and creative innovation in their lives. This didactic and experiential seminar will provide participants knowledge of the therapeutic use of names in their clinical work.
Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this seminar participants will be able to:
Describe the practice and underlying theory of the use of names in Gestalt clinical practice
Identify the clinical implications related to how and when to utilize Gestalt techniques in creating awareness of the impact of names in client’s lives
Practice utilizing this methodology so it can be implemented in their work
3. A Gestalt Approach to Developing a Tool Box of Embodied Stress Management Skills
Presenter: Denise Tervo PhD
Denise is a Licensed Psychologist working with adults and adolescents in Wilmington, DE. and a faculty member of the Gestalt Institute of Pittsburgh. She uses Gestalt Therapy and the Integration of Energy and Physical Process. She works with individuals, groups, and conducts workshops.
Gestalt Theory and Embodied (providing tangible form) movements enhance greater self-support, self-awareness, and internal balance that supports a decrease in depressive and anxiety symptoms that thwart personal growth and development.
This Experiential and Didactic Workshop utilizes the Gestalt approach to self which acknowledges the whole person. In our lived experience, our emotions, history, culture and memories are both stored and revealed in our bodies through sensations, structure, posture, energy and vitality. Research in Neurobiology indicates that change and movement in the ways that we experience stress and trauma can shift neural pathways and free “fixed gestalts” resulting in reparative healing. The Gestalt based tools provided in this seminar can be applied in treatment with clients or practiced at home to support personal reparative healing.
Learning Objectives: After participating in this workshop participants will be able to:
Describe three reasons and benefits of embodied stress management tools to facilitate change related to anxiety or depressive symptoms for a client and/or clinicians.
Demonstrate understanding of the Gestalt Cycle of Awareness and ways anxiety or depressive symptoms create “Fixed Gestalts” that hinder inner balance, grounding, healing and personal growth in the present.
Identify at least three embodied stress management interventions and explore the ways that these skills can be applied to improve client/clinician grounding, self-support and increased self-awareness at home and in clinical settings.
Utilize Gestalt Theory and embodied stress management tools to describe ways that anxiety and depressive symptoms from the past can be diminished to enhance present experience.