Schedule

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ALL PRESENTATIONS ARE WITHOUT CHARGE.

Nov
17
Sat
A Gestalt Therapy Approach To Mortality @ NPAP
Nov 17 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

NOTE: We will be starting precisely at 2. 

Dec
16
Sun
The New York Institute At 65: Experiences Of Our Community @ The North Star Fund
Dec 16 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Speaker: Perry Klepner

Inspired by the 65th Birthday celebration this presentation will explore member’s community experience. The ties that bind and build community include common/different interests, values, shared personal/institute experience, mutual support, generosity, care, concern and love. Areas to be explored may include: how these are part of our NYIGT teaching-learning community; our expectations, and needs for community; the forces/constraints of the field involved in shaping member’s voices and participation; the How and What of our contact; and how our being in community relates to the theory/practice of GT which at its core was created to integrate what is desensitized and alienated, and excitement and growth in living.
 
Can a new figure/ground of community present opportunities for discovering something new is possible, i.e., growth? 
 
This presentation will be conducted with didactic and experiential segments using small and large group interactions. It will utilize participants emerging experience to explore, experiment, hypothesize members’ and dynamic processes of the NYIGT community, who we have been, are, intend to be here/ now.
Jan
26
Sat
Gloria And Fritz: After 54 Years What Can They Teach Us? @ The North Star Fund
Jan 26 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Speaker: James Battaglia

The movie, Three Approaches to Psychotherapy (TAP), widely known as The Gloria Films, was shot in 1964 and released in 1965. In each of the three sections of the movie, Gloria Szymanski, age 30, encounters one of the three eminent   psychotherapy theorists of the day: Albert Ellis, Carl Rogers and Fritz Perls. TAP was conceived as an educational tool and for over five decades has been the first (and sometimes only) introduction to gestalt therapy (GT) for generations of college students. 

During his encounter with Szymanski, Perls demonstrates an approach that is very different from the gestalt therapy practiced today. Over the years, Perls’s interaction with Szymanski has been met with mixed reviews.

During this presentation, attendees will view the Perls and Szymanski encounter in Three Approaches to Psychotherapy and have the opportunity to  participate in a discussion and share their responses. Questions which may be considered during the discussion include:  Did Perls’s work in the film accurately reflect GT as it was practiced in the mid-1960s?  Are GT’s strengths amply demonstrated?  Are there aspects of Perls’s interaction with Szymanski that he might have handled differently?  What perceptions of GT might the film support? How has GT evolved since the film was made?  What does the future hold for The Gloria Films

The presentation will include an experiential exercise. 

Feb
9
Sat
Phenomenology In The Art Experience From A Gestalt Therapy Perspective @ NPAP
Feb 9 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Speaker: Rebekah Windmiller

This presentation will explore a phenomenological approach to the process of creative experience and the creations that are formed out of this process. A primary concept is a movement away from interpretation of the creative image and a step toward bringing images to life as a rich presence through which a multiplicity of meanings can be brought forth. Further concepts include: phenomenology and what that means in a creative process; making contact with sensory experience; using what I call a “low skill/high sensitivity” attitude as it pertains to aesthetics; imagination as ground for image/figure formation; and play as a field experience supporting surprise and new growth. The discussion will be followed by an intermodal arts experience which may include movement, visual art and poetry allowing participants to embody these concepts. The presentation closes with time for the group to reflect, share experiences and discuss clinical applications.
Mar
23
Sat
“The Remembrance Of Things Present”
Mar 23 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Speaker: Sylvia Crocker

Apr
28
Sun
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).

May
18
Sat
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.
 
Bio
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.
Jun
23
Sun
End Of Year Business Meeting
Jun 23 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Sep
25
Wed
NYIGT Business Meeting @ To Be Announced
Sep 25 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Oct
20
Sun
World Café – Shaping the Future of NYIGT Through Conversations @ North Star Fund
Oct 20 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
World Café – Shaping the Future of NYIGT Through Conversations @ North Star Fund

Event Speaker: Diana Avendaño Morineau

Using the method of the World Café, as developed by Juanita Brown, we will explore questions that matter to NYIGT, and through the phenomenology of a collective dialogue expand in our understanding of each other as individuals and as a community.

Some potential topics: How can we continue to grow and stay connected as a Gestalt community? How can we learn from each other and develop a legacy? How can we be more inclusive of everyone who shows interest in our community? What do we want to create together?

 

Biography:

For more than 20 years, Diana Avendaño Morineau has worked as a Gestalt therapist, life coach, and organizational development consultant, supporting clients in Mexico City, Miami, and New York City.

As a human resources and organization development professional, Diana has worked for diverse industries (health care, health insurance, and hospitality), offering her extensive experience conducting team interventions for leadership teams and leading organizational change.

Diana has been a member of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy since 2017. She trained as a Gestalt therapist with Myriam Muñoz, José Merino, Anita Duckles, Guy Pierre, Tur, and other highly recognized Gestalt therapists from the Instituto Humanista de Psicoterapia Gestalt in Mexico City. Her specialties include group therapy, dreams, children, and adolescents.

Diana has lived in New York City since 2015.

Nov
17
Sun
Skulls and Skeletons: The Dead and the Living as Support for Contacting @ North Star Fund
Nov 17 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Skulls and Skeletons: The Dead and the Living as Support for Contacting @ North Star Fund

Presenter: Dan Bloom

Skulls and skeletons. We live in a graveyard. Our experiences die into the past underfoot. The ground covering our dead-past is the earth under our feet. This is the landscape of our experiential world. It is from these skulls and skeletons that the living-present emerges and the to-be-born future buds. We can reach back and draw life from the dead-past and celebrate it into the living-present. Or we can be frightened or be overtaken by its ghosts and goblins.

Contacting, the process of experience, is supported by this ground. Yet the aesthetic of contacting can have strained or darkened qualities when it is haunted by the past. But contacting is free and vivid when the dead-past is uncovered into the living-present. Each bright moment of unencumbered contacting reflects the living-past and to-be-born-future in its aesthetic.

With a mixture of didactics, experiential exercise, and group process, this workshop will explore these themes in terms of everyday living and clinical practice. It will consider the dead- and living-past as well as the to-be-born future – and also in the context of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy. The field, phenomenal, relational, and aesthetic dimensions of Gestalt therapy will be reflected throughout the workshop.

 

Biography:

Dan Bloom, JD, LCSW (www.danbloomnyc.com) is a psychotherapist and clinical trainer/supervisor with a private practice in New York City and online. He studied with Laura Perls, Isadore From, and Richard Kitzler at the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy, where Dan served as president for four years. He is a fellow of the Institute. He is also adjunct faculty at Gestalt Associates of New York, the Gestalt Center of New York, and the Center for Somatic Studies, international faculty at Instituto Humanista de Psicotherapia Gestalt, Mexico City, Mexico, faculty at the Gestalt Training Institute of Malta, and guest trainer at Istituto di Gestalt HCC, Syracuse, Italy. In addition, Dan presents workshops at international conferences and Gestalt therapy residentials. He leads online seminars in the theory/practice of contemporary Gestalt therapy and clinical phenomenology. He is a member of the European Association for Gestalt Therapy, a past president and member of the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy, and a member of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy. He is an associate editor of Gestalt Review, a book review editor of Quaderni di Gestalt, and a member of the Scientific Board of the Gestalt therapy book series published by FrancoAngeli. He co-edited Continuity and Change: Gestalt Therapy Now and New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy: Selected Essays from the 21st Century. Dan’s writings are widely published and have been translated into more than seven languages.

Dec
15
Sun
In Transition: Autism Through a Gestalt Therapy Lens @ North Star Fund
Dec 15 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
In Transition: Autism Through a Gestalt Therapy Lens @ North Star Fund

Presenter: Susan Gregory

Since being named by both Kanner and Asperger in the 1940s, the understanding and treatment of autism has expanded and changed several times. From a search for a cure, emphasizing brain science research, through a period of cognitive-behavioral training efforts, then to a movement toward practical assistance and appreciation undertaken by a cohort of adult autistic people and their allies, the transition in our understanding of autism continues ahead.

In this presentation, I will encourage us to look at Gestalt therapy principles and how they may ground our understanding of autistic complexity and of the newly recognized societal contributions now being made by some autistic people. This presentation will be a series of mini-lectures interspersed with Q&A sessions, and possibly with a brief experiment.

Biography:

Susan Gregory has been a Gestalt therapist and life coach in private practice for almost 30 years and has taught aspects of Gestalt therapy theory and practice throughout the world as both guest faculty and workshop presenter at conferences. In addition, she teaches singing and the Gindler approach to breath and body work. She has written four book chapters on the nexus of Gestalt therapy and breath and body work as well as more than 20 articles that treat various aspects of Gestalt therapy/voice/breath. Susan is a past president of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy.

Jan
12
Sun
Freeing the Fixed Gestalt That Trauma Is! @ To Be Announced
Jan 12 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Freeing the Fixed Gestalt That Trauma Is! @ To Be Announced

Presenter: Frank Bosco

Trauma is a multifaceted phenomenon. It occurs when some personal boundary of the body/mind is overwhelmed and impacted by some change in the field and then remains in some way — a fixed gestalt! When known and understandable methods of control are either not utilized or not available in the moment of this overwhelming circumstance/situation and we are unable to maintain a sense of comfort/safety, this loss of control alters one’s personal boundary. If this alteration remains fixed and is deemed to be a negative and somewhat persistent experience, we call it trauma.

With such traumatic events come the physiological “events” that are hard-wired into our genetic design so as to help us manage the experiences in the moment. From these experiences, we learn what to fear and how to react to things we encounter in the future so as to avoid and/or replicate the same kind of experiences. Avoidant behavior or replications of the same reactive behaviors, both without significant nuances to alter the experiences, leaves us stuck in a fixed gestalt loop.

Making sense of this traumatic process involves isolating and then appropriately reintegrating all of the given elements of the experiences. A Gestalt therapist is especially well positioned to work with these elements, as we can give voice to each of them as parts of the self that require support to be in healthy contact with each other part. The key here is to understand what needs to be addressed in these experiments and that is what this presentation will be about.

Biography:

Frank Bosco, MA, BC-MT, LCAT, LMT, RPP, SEP, is a body-oriented music psychotherapist and currently the president of NYIGT. He began working with Gestalt principles in music psychotherapy in the late 1970s in various hospital settings while studying at NYU. At the same time, he got a license in massage therapy and began exploring various approaches to body-oriented psychotherapy, such as the work of Wilhelm Reich and neo-Reichians like Alexander Lowen (Bioenergetics) and later Stanley Keleman. Throughout the 1980s, he worked in private practice, where he began incorporating and then later teaching East/West philosophies and practices along with Ericksonian hypnosis in an eclectic therapy approach called Polarity Therapy. In the mid-1990s, he began studying Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing approach to trauma in the first New York–based training and was impressed by how much this new approach employed theories and practices that were consistent with those of Gestalt therapy.

Frank has been teaching and leading music therapy groups at NYU since 1990 and elsewhere since 1981. He has had a mind/body and music therapy center (Sound Health Studio) in New York City since 1990. He has a handful of chapters related to pain, trauma, and Gestalt in music therapy, one of which has been republished in the book The New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy in the 21st Century.

Feb
9
Sun
Looking Up and Looking Down: Ranking and Privileging at the Contact Boundary @ North Star Fund
Feb 9 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Looking Up and Looking Down: Ranking and Privileging at the Contact Boundary @ North Star Fund

Presenter: Adam Weitz

This presentation arises from my awareness of both subtle and extreme “top dog/underdog” dynamics in our shared social and political field.

Ranking and privileging exist throughout the natural world, with many, maybe most, species ranking and privileging as part of their organizing norm. We humans manage an ongoing tension between stratifying and equalizing to better and worse results.

Participants will explore ranking and privileging through the lens of Gestalt therapy. Theoretically, we may take up the question, “How and when might ranking support or interrupt contact?” Historically, we’ll hold the background knowledge that Gestalt therapy emerged from the extreme top dog/underdog stratification of two world wars.

This presentation will include both didactic and experiential teaching and learning.

Biography:

Adam Weitz, LCSW, is a New York State–licensed psychotherapist and a graduate of the NYU Silver School of Social Work. He is a past president of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy.

Adam works in private practice in New York City. He previously served as a staff therapist at the Blanton-Peale Institute and Counseling Center. At Blanton-Peale, he had the opportunity to work with a broad spectrum of people and issues. He carries this experience into his ongoing work as a therapist.

Adam is a full member of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy (NYIGT); a member of the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy (AAGT); a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW); and a member of Identity House, a nonprofit peer counseling organization serving the needs of LGBTQ people.

Adam creates workshops that reflect the current social field. These have included You, Me and Our Cell Phones, Looming Figures on Shaky Ground: This Era’s Authoritarianism in Our Lives and Practice, and now Looking Up and Looking Down: Ranking and Privileging at the Contact Boundary. All aim to heighten awareness and support experimentation for ourselves as we live in the world.

Mar
8
Sun
“Gaystalt”: Working in the Fluidity of Gender and Sexuality @ To Be Announced
Mar 8 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Presenter: Lee Zevy

Apr
19
Sun
Sexuality and Aggression: The Figure/Background Relationship Between Pain and Pleasure @ To Be Announced
Apr 19 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Presenter: Mariano Pizzimenti (Italy)

May
16
Sat
The Loving Gaze – Novelty, Excitement, and Growth: A Relational and Existential Phenomenological Perspective @ To Be Announced
May 16 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Presenter: Yaqui Andrés Martínez (Mexico)*

*Yaqui Andrés Martínez will also be offering a special workshop on Sunday, May 17; details to follow.

May
17
Sun
Special Workshop @ To Be Announced
May 17 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Yaqui Andrés Martínez will be offering a special workshop on Sunday, May 17; details to follow.

Jun
14
Sun
NYIGT Business Meeting @ To Be Announced
Jun 14 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm