Two – Year Training Program

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.

Program Format

  • Training occurs in a group format that is educational, not therapeutic in nature. However, we expect each participant to develop his or her capacity for self-integration, as well as an ability to work within and contribute to group learning.
  • There are 14 training weekends conducted over two academic years.

Program Content

Year I: Introduction of the Gestalt Model, which includes these foci:

  • Contact boundary and its interruptions
  • Practical problems of therapy with constructive solutions
  • Awareness continuum
  • Personal and professional growth
  • Therapeutic theory and implications


Year II: Implementation of the Gestalt Therapy Model, which includes these foci:

  • Development of application and personal style into therapy practice
  • Professional performance
  • Confidence expansion
  • Building firm theoretical base
  • Increased repertoire of therapeutic response
  • Increased personal and professional awareness of group dynamics
  • Couple and family systems

Application Requirements

  • Masters Degree in behavioral science or related field, or comparable professional experience
  • Acceptance and approval by the Program Faculty and Program Administrator
  • Participation in a group or personal interview
  • Submission of autobiographical statement

Tuition and Fees

  • Tuition for the training and certificate of completion is $5,800 (or $2,900 per academic year)
  • A non-refundable application fee of $50.00
  • Payment schedules are available

Continuing Education Credit

The Gestalt Training program is approved for 200 continuing education credits through the American Psychological Association and the National Board for Certified Counselors.

Please direct application inquiries to Dr. Thomas Petrone: or call 412-421-2205