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Relational Development In Gestalt Group Therapy @ The Northstar Fund
Apr 28 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Presenter: Peter Cole

Date: Sunday, April, 28th 2019
Time: 4:00 – 7:00pm
Place: The Northstar Fund
520 8th Ave, Suite 1800
New York, NY

Peter Cole will present methodological and theoretical contributions he has been developing in his practice of gestalt therapy in an interactive group format. There will be lecture, demonstration work, and time for all attendees to discuss and process our experience together. Topics will include:

  • Relational Development in gestalt group therapy
  • The Self Activating Dimension & the Intimately Connected Dimensions of Relational Development
  • Working with Rupture and Repair in the gestalt group
  • Working with the “Affective Current” and “Affective Processing” in gestalt group therapy.
  • Embracing diversity and “all the voices of the field”
  • “The Shadow of the Leader” a model of working with “shadow” or “background” aspects gestalt group leadership that can be difficult to bring into dialogue and awareness.
  • Working with the group-as-a-whole and various group roles (Emotional Leader, Scapegoat Leader and Defiant Leader) in gestalt groups

Peter Cole, LCSW is a long-time Gestalt Therapy trainer in Berkeley California. Along with his wife Daisy Reese, he leads the Sierra Institute for Contemporary Gestalt Therapy. He is a certified gestalt therapist with the Pacific Gestalt Institute and a certified group therapist with American Group Psychotherapy Assoc. He serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry with the University of California Davis School of Medicine. He serves on the Editorial Board of Gestalt Review, and is Guest Editing an upcoming edition of Gestalt Review with a variety of articles on Group Therapy. Appearing in that issue of Gestalt Review will be an article, co-written with NYIGT members Bud Feder, Jack Aylward and Charlie Bowman titled “Four Reflections on a Gestalt Peer Consultation Group”, which may well be the last work Bud Feder wrote for publication. Peter has served on the board of AAGT in various roles including treasurer over the years.

Peter is the author, with his wife, Daisy Reese of New Directions in Gestalt Group Therapy: Relational Ground, Authentic Self, (NY: Routledge, 2018).

Polarities and Dualities @ NPAP
May 18 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Presenter: Joe Lay
May 18, 2019
Time: 2pm-5pm
Place: NPAP
40 West 13th St
New York, NY
Polarities, Dualities, and False Splits are through-out our culture and ever-present in our day to day lives. In this workshop a goal is to recognize and appreciate these ever-present ways of organizing our experience. Our further aim will be to recognize the limitations of polarities and dualities and how they become fixed in our experience. With some luck and vulnerability, we hope to make this process a present, vivid experience that supports excitement and growth.
Joe began his study of Gestalt psychotherapy in 1972 when he first moved to New York. The NYIGT community became his professional home (except for a few years away to complete a PhD in clinical psychology). In his chosen community, Joe was strongly influenced by the intellectual rigor, wit, sharp debate and warm support of Laura Perls, Isadore From, and primarily Richard Kitzler and the fellow members of the Wednesday Seminar. Joe has previously served as president of the NY Institute as well as president of the Manhattan Psychological Association. His continuing primary interests include community building, political activism, couples therapy, group therapy, psychotherapy theory, Daoist philosophy, and Buddhist philosophy. In 2010 Joe moved to Phoenix, Arizona with his partner where he continues to practice and teach Gestalt theory.
Dissociative Identity Disorder Through A Gestalt Lens
Jun 9 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Speaker: Jane Lipnitsky