The goal of this training experience is to provide participants with the opportunity to learn the theory and practice of Gestalt Therapy. Participants explore new areas of professional development while gaining new tools and an expanded vision to explore the interpersonal relationship with greater effectiveness and depth.


We are currently accepting applications for our next Two-year Training Program.

The Theta Cohort is scheduled to begin in September 2021 and complete in April 2023.

The 2021-2023 Program will mark the beginning of the 42nd year of Gestalt training in Pittsburgh and it will be the twenty-fourth graduating class of Gestalt professionals.

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. We 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.


This program gives participants time and opportunity to acquire and practice the skills necessary to integrate Gestalt theory and methodology into their current professional and personal style.

This 200-hour training program is staffed by The Faculty of the Gestalt Institute of Pittsburgh.

The members of the faculty of the Pittsburgh Gestalt Therapy Training Program for Professionals are practicing therapists with over 35 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. There will also be a
designated Faculty Intern who is a graduate of both the Two Year Training and the Institutes’ Advanced Training Program.

  • Thomas Petrone, Ed.D. Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Maura Krushinski, Ed.D. Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Kristy Carnahan, LPC, NCC
  • Connie Kramer. LPC, NCC
  • Dawn Covington, LPC, NCC Adjunct Faculty

Program Overview
Training occurs in a group format that is educational, not therapeutic in nature. However, we expect each participant to develop their capacity for self-integration, as well as, their ability to work within and contribute to group learning.

There are 14 training weekends conducted over two academic years:

  • Year I: Introduction of the Gestalt Model including the contact boundary and its interruptions; practical problems of therapy with constructive solutions; awareness continuum, personal and professional growth; and therapeutic theory and implications.
  • Year II: Implementation of the Gestalt Therapy Model includes developing application and personal style into therapy practice, professional performance; confidence expansion; building a firm theoretical base to support and increase the repertoire of therapeutic response; increased personal and professional awareness of group dynamics, couple and family systems.

Program Goal
The overall goal of this training program is to provide participants with the opportunity to learn the theory and practice of Gestalt Therapy. Participants explore new areas of professional development while gaining new tools and an expanded vision to explore the interpersonal relationship with greater effectiveness and depth.

Who Should Apply
Individuals who are seeking to enhance their personal and professional skills. Those who have earned a Masters level degree or equivalent life experience. We welcome mental health and other healing professionals, members of the medical, legal and educational communities, artists, authors, participants in support programs and other professional growth training programs. We strive to build and extend the Gestalt community in Pittsburgh with a value of variety in life experience, as well as gender, age, race, religion, ideologies and socio-economic diversity.

We are pleases to announce that we will continue to offer this Training Program for $5,800. There are a limited number of work study/internship opportunities and a reasonable payment schedule.

How to Apply
The application process begins with attendance at one of our selection/information meetings. The meetings provide an opportunity to meet with members of the faculty, the faculty intern and other applicants. Program information is provided and applicants have an opportunity to both ask questions and to share their motivation and interest in the Training Program.

Selection Meeting Schedule:  TO BE ANNOUNCED


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 trainee’s eligibility for and/or graduation from the program:

  • Attendance and course participation
  • Satisfactory completion of assignments
  • Ongoing faculty assessment of work and presentations
  • Peer input and evaluation
  • Student self-evaluation

Statement on Privacy Policy
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We urge you to read the Privacy Policy carefully and to check back periodically as this Privacy Policy may change from time to time. Please note
that this Privacy Policy does not apply to the practices of companies or websites, which are not owned or controlled by the Gestalt Institute of Pittsburgh.

Schedule – Year One – (THETA Cohort)

September 2021 – April 2022


September **24-26

October 23-24

November 13-14                                                                          


January 8-9

February 4-5

March 4-5

April 1-2

All Two day weekends – schedule: Saturday 9 to 5 and Sunday 9 to 4

**Please note Friday, September 24, 2021- meeting time from 6:00 to 8:00

Please direct application inquiries to Dr. Thomas Petrone: or call 412-310-7180

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Scheduled to begin September 2021

The Advanced Training Program of the Gestalt Institute of Pittsburgh is a graduate level program that incorporates advanced theory, practical and experiential learning, case consultation and personal and professional development.  As they explore the Advanced 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.

For more information contact Dr. Petrone or call 412-310-7180

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Learning objectives:

  • Deepen understanding of Gestalt theoretical perspective (Theoretical Orientation)
  • Strengthen use of Gestalt techniques (Clinical Application)
  • Broaden therapeutic abilities (Personal Integration)
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