2022 Gestalt Institute of Pittsburgh Fall Seminar Series

Location:  All Seminars are virtual trainings via ZOOM

The Power of a Name

A multicultural perspective of the use of names in Gestalt Therapy


Presenter: Umaa Thampu, Gestalt Counselor MBACP (Accred)

Date:  Friday, November 4, 2022

Time: 1:00 to 4:15 p.m.

Fee: $120


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Psychopharmacotherapy Utilizing a Gestalt Framework 


As mental health clinicians we are faced with an increasing number of clients being prescribed a variety of medications. This workshop will provide an opportunity to understand medications within a Gestalt framework. 

Presenter: Holly Lassila, DrPH, MSEd, RPh, LPC

Date: Friday, November 11, 2022

Time: 1:00 – 4:15 p.m. 

Fee: $120


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Suicide Prevention Training for Mental Health Professionals

Licensing boards in Pennsylvania have passed House Bill 64 (Matt Adler Suicide Prevention Continuing Education Act). The Bill requires that all mental health licensees complete at least one hour of continuing education in the assessment, treatment and management of suicide risks as part of the total continuing education required for license renewal.

Presenter:  Dr. Maura Krushinski, Psychologist, LPC, ACS, NCC

Date: Friday, November 18, 2022

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Fee: $40


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A Gestalt Approach to Ethical Decision Making and Treatment 


A crucial element in the success of each mental health professional’s career is the ability to make sound and informed ethical decisions. This seminar will focus on gestalt theory and its application in aspirational ethical decision making as it applies to boundary crossings and boundary violations.

Presenter:  Dr. Maura Krushinski, Psychologist, LPC, ACS, NCC

Date: Friday, November 18, 2022

Time: 1:00 to 4:15 p.m.

Fee: $120


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Continuing Education:

The Program offers a specific number of Continuing Education Credit per seminar

The Gestalt Institute of Pittsburgh is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GIP maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The Gestalt Institute of Pittsburgh has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5069. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GIP is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

Program Participants:

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

Program Faculty:

This seminar training program is staffed by the current Faculty of the Gestalt Institute of Pittsburgh and Program Graduates. 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 Guest faculty who are practicing Gestalt therapists and vital members of the GIP community. This series also includes Umaa Thampu Faculty member Gestalt Centre of London.

  • Thomas Petrone, Ed.D. Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Maura Krushinski, Ed.D. Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Kristy Carnahan, MA. Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Connie Kramer, MA Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Holly Lassila, DrPH, MSEd, RPh, Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Umaa Thampu MBACP (Accred)

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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