Gestalt Training Program 2020 Spring Seminar Series

This Training Program Series is comprised of half-day (3.0 hours) modules focusing on intensive learning and practice in the application of Gestalt Therapy.    

As they explore the training module topics, trainees are encouraged to address specialty areas of theory application and treatment  Areas of interest include child and family therapy, addictions, abuse issues, women’s and men’s issues, LGBTQ concerns, body work, ethics, cross cultural issues, etc. These specialized areas of the training program are coordinated with the staff and include enhanced seminar lectures, special focus projects, supervision and enhanced Gestalt therapy practice.   

Admission Requirements:    

*All program registrations are reviewed on an individual basis by the GIP faculty.  

Each program is designed for participants who are:  

▪Mental health professionals holding a degree in their respective field at a Masters and/or Doctoral degree level.   

▪Licensed human services professionals including Psychologists, Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors and Marriage and Family therapists  

▪Teachers and school counselors in both educational and community  settings.  

▪Graduate students preparing for professional careers in mental health disciplines, behavioral sciences, or in the area of human services in which Gestalt methods would be a relevant extension of basic professional competence.   

▪Professionals who are practicing law and specializing in mediation services   

▪Two Year Program participants and graduates who are not practicing mental health professionals but who are interested in further skill development  

Registration Deadlines:  Registration is required 5 days prior to date of each Program  

Continuing Education:  

The Program offers 3.0 hours of Continuing Education Credit per seminar  

  • The Gestalt Institute of Pittsburgh is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Gestalt Institute of Pittsburgh maintains responsibility for this program and its content.”
  • The Gestalt Institute of Pittsburgh is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.” (NBCC Provider Number 5069)There is no provision for making up missed hours, CE credit will be awarded for hours attended only.  

Gestalt Training Program 2020 Spring Seminar Series

Seminar One: March 20, 2020 – Gestalt Approach to Clinical Supervision – Dr. Maura Krushinski  

Seminar Two:  April 17, 2020 – A Gestalt Approach to Working with Couples and Families – James Kelly  

Seminar Three:  May 15, 2020 – Treating Trauma: Advanced Theory and Technique – Kristy Carnahan   

Seminar Four: May 22, 2020 – Working with Survivors of Domestic Violence During the COVID-19 Pandemic – Kristy Carnahan

Seminar Five:  May 29, 2020 Working with Shame in Individual and Group Therapy – Dawn Covington and Tom Petrone  


Gestalt Training Program 2020 Summer Seminars

CANCELLED – Summer Series Master Classes – Two Seminars with Lee Geltman  

Exploring the depth and breadth of Counter-transference:  Clinical and diagnostic applications from a Gestalt perspective  


Program Faculty:  

This seminar training program is staffed by the current Faculty of the Gestalt Institute of Pittsburgh and Emeritus Faculty.  The members of the faculty of the Pittsburgh Gestalt Therapy Training Program for Professionals are practicing therapists with over 40 years of experience.  They have earned certificates for completing 2-year Gestalt Training programs and have participated in advanced Gestalt training for more than 30 years.  They are joined by Adjunct faculty who are practicing Gestalt therapist and vital members of the GIP community.   

  • Thomas Petrone, Ed.D.  Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Maura Krushinski, Ed.D.  Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Marcia Turbiner, Ph.D.  Licensed Psychologist, LPC, Certified Group Psychotherapist
  • Stephanie Helsel Ph.D. Licensed Professional Counselor, Approved Clinical Supervisor  
  • James M. Kelly, PhD. Licensed Social Worker
  • Lee Geltman Licensed Psychologist  GIP Emeritus Faculty
  • Kristy Carnahan, MA. Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Dawn Covington, MA  Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Connie Kramer, MA Licensed Professional Counselor

Mission Statement:  The mission of the Gestalt Institute of Pittsburgh is educate, enlighten an excite individuals and trainees about the theory, integration and application of Gestalt therapy.  Our Faculty and staff provide the highest quality programs to individuals seeking training, personal development and support for their professional and personal endeavors.  The Institute is guided by belief in the wholeness of human experience, adherence to the highest ethical standards and support of social justice values.  

Program Description:  This seminar program provides participants the time and opportunity to develop and practice foundational skills they acquired in their educational and in other professional endeavors.  It supports development from basic mental health practice to becoming a more skilled and more accomplished therapist with a Gestalt approach.  The program offers the opportunity for theoretical inquiry, skill development and personal growth experience necessary to integrate Gestalt theory and methodology into each therapist’s personal and professional therapeutic style.  

Statement on Multicultural Considerations and Equitability:  

The field-theoretical and the phenomenological tenets as well as the principles of holism take, per definition, cultural differences into consideration. Implicit in its field-theoretical understanding is the fact that human beings are not islands but impacted by social influences as well as impactful on others. With respect to the existential field, each person shares a world with others in a variety of ways contributing to meaning and value. (Kirchner, 2000). As such the Administrative staff and faculty of the Gestalt Institute of Pittsburgh are dedicated to conveying respect to all program participants without bias toward gender, physical disability, culture, ethnic origin, spiritual/religious orientation, sexual orientation or other personal differences.  It is the expectation of the Gestalt Institute of Pittsburgh that all program participants will exercise the same principles.  

Statement on Evaluation Process:  

The Institute faculty will consider the following key elements when determining each participant’s completion of individual seminars and awarding of Continuing Education credit:  

▪ Full attendance and participation
▪ Completion of seminar evaluation   

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