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Little has been written about Gestalt group therapy and even less about how to create and intervene as a leader in a way that honors Gestalt theory and values.
We are left with important questions about group, such as:
- What makes a Gestalt therapy group a Gestalt group and not some other kind of group therapy?
- What are the goals of Gestalt therapy group?
- What are the necessary conditions to nurture in order to make a Gestalt therapy group function well?
- Is a group that is structured by the group leader antithetical to Gestalt theory in which attending to emerging process is prized highly?
- How can structure be imposed by a group leader without giving undue authority to together at how to best intervene as group leader in a way that honors the multi-layered month leader and creating a hierarchically-organized field?
- What is emergent process and which emergence is honored and valued?
- What about group-as-a whole phenomena?
In this presentation, Patricia will discuss the tension between the polarities of attending to structure and attending to emergent process in Gestalt group therapy as we look at some of these questions together. She will present a model that leans towards the need for a clear and stable structural form in order to create a group that works to deepen authentic communication as it also allows the structure itself to become a subject of attention and inquiry.
We will look atrix of influences we come to recognize as possible avenues for group exploration. A small group-within-a-group demonstration will elucidate structural and emergent elements and further our discussion.
Patricia J. Tucker, LSCW, holds a BA from Bard College (’78), an MSW from Columbia University (’81), and is a graduate of Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy (www.gestaltassociates.org) in New York City (’85). Patricia is the former Director of Training and a current faculty member at Gestalt Associates. She is also an Assistant Adjunct Professor at the NYU Silver School of Social Work. She has recently completed her term as President of the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy (www.aagt.org). Patricia is the Founder and Director of The Group Project: Training Weekends in Gestalt Group Therapy (www.thegroupproject.org). She has been running groups and teaching about group therapy since 2002.