Field Based Gestalt Practice with Malcolm Parlett & Anne Pettit

April 19th-24th 2018, 5 day residential (Malcolm 3 days)
Poulstone Court, Herefordshire

July 6th – 8th 2018
Gestalt Centre Wales

November 30th – 2nd Dec 2018
Gestalt Centre Wales

For full details, please see the flyer.

In this course of three modules, we shall explore the skilfulness and experience of the Gestalt approach – the heart, mind, body, and spirit of the discipline, and how we practise it. There are many different Gestalt applications: in particular, in psychotherapy, coaching, consultation, counselling, management, and education. Although each of these has specialised features, there are also fundamentals which apply across the whole range of Gestalt practice.

This course will give special attention to one of the fundamental perspectives, namely Gestalt ‘field theory’. We shall explore in depth what ‘the field’ (or ‘situation) refers to; and how important it is to come to know the ‘client’s life (or work) situation’ as the client experiences it themselves. The fact of a practitioner and a client meeting together in the same space means that a new ‘relational field’ comes into being. What are its qualities? What supports dialogue and inquiry, and what degrades them? As practitioners we discover qualities of the immediate field through becoming more fully embodied – attending to the wealth of sensory and feeling knowledge that’s available if we become more aware of it. In addition, both practitioner and client discover more about themselves (their ‘self’ or ‘selves’) through discovering what in the immediate field triggers them, or commands their interest or attention. And the practitioner also supports experiments – by changing the field deliberately to widen clients’ experiences.

The approach will involve discovery of the ideas and areas of competence that underlie skilfulness in ‘field-based practice’. We shall engage with practical examples and personal experiences. Moving beyond standard educational models that are mostly ‘book-led’ and pre- structured, the emphasis here will be on learning through ‘trying out’ ideas practically in a safe and informal forum, allowing for individual variation in participants’ learning needs. Intentionally, the ‘field of the course’ will be supportive, allowing, and flexible in its structure: it will also be constantly looked at in a holistic fashion, as a highly relevant, changing situation in which we can inquire, grow, and challenge ourselves continuously.