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ALL PRESENTATIONS ARE WITHOUT CHARGE.
This presentation is intended as an introduction to the diagnosis and treatment of what are commonly called Schizoid Personality Disorders. From a Gestalt therapy point of view, “Schizoid Personality Disorder” can be reconceptualized as a series of creative adjustments to an early traumatic childhood situation that created the deep-seated belief that true intimacy with other people is inherently unsafe.
Individuals who have made Schizoid adaptations can be difficult to recognize because they believe that it is dangerous to show other people their true Self. They fear that doing so will allow others to enslave them, appropriate what is theirs, or use them as tools. They use distancing defenses, fantasy, and dissociation to deal with their interpersonal fears and their porous interpersonal boundaries.
Because these clients rarely cause other people difficulties, their suffering often goes unnoticed and unaddressed. Because their basic defense pattern involves hiding whatever is truly meaningful to them, most therapists are ill-prepared to recognize that their client has Schizoid issues and needs a modification of their usual therapeutic approach.
In this presentation I will use my concept of the Interpersonal Gestalt to help participants understand what is figural for these clients during interpersonal relationship and how to recognize this in session. There will be experiential exercises that allow us to experiment with “Thinking Schizoid.” We will also look at subtle ways that Gestalt therapists can modify their usual way of working so as to be more effective with clients who have profound Schizoid issues.
Elinor Greenberg, PhD, is a psychologist and Gestalt therapy trainer who specializes in teaching the diagnosis and treatment of Borderline, Narcissistic, and Schizoid adaptations. She is on the faculty of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy and the Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training. Elinor is an Associate Editor of Gestalt Review. She is a former faculty member of The Masterson Institute, a post-graduate training institute for Personality Disorders. Dr. Greenberg writes an online blog for Psychology Today called “Understanding Narcissism” and is the author of the book: Borderline, Narcissistic, and Schizoid Adaptations: The Search for Love, Admiration, and Safety.
Our present experience is embedded in differing contexts, or embodied fields. We emerge and are drawn to creatively adjust our self in this relationship between our body as figure in the ground of the presence of others and the physical world. In this workshop, we will discuss and explore the relationship between our own sense of selves and the multiple dances we are engaged in, from in utero, to parents, families, culture and the actual land when stand upon.
My intention is to help us attend to our body/self in relation, sometimes pre-personal and often inarticulate. We will attempt to develop a somatic intelligence to describe this inter-relatedness between our self and other.
Please note the change in venue:
The LGBTQ Center
208 West 13th St. Room 302
Michael Clemmens, PhD is a licensed psychologist with a private practice in Pittsburgh, PA working with individuals and couples. He is a faculty member at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland and Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. He travels nationally and internationally teaching and offering experiential learning opportunities. He is the author of Getting Beyond Sobriety: Clinical Approaches to Long Term Recovery published by Gestalt Press and the article “Culture and Body”, “Gestalt therapy as an Embodied Relation Dialogue” and the editor of the soon to be published book Embodied Relational Gestalt, to be published by Gestalt Press.
Since its origins, Awareness has been intended as a knowledge of the field, more than of a single person. With the concept of AER, I’ve developed tools, which are clearly field oriented, for the Gestalt therapist to concentrate of this crucial competence. Participants will have the opportunity to experience these tools and dialogue at the end.
Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb, Director of the Istituto di Gestalt HCC Italy (Siracusa, Palermo, Milan), with English spoken programs for Gestalt therapists. Full Member of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy (NYIGT), Past-President of the European Association for Gestalt Therapy (EAGT) and of other Psychotherapy and GT Associations (SIPG; FIAP; FISIG). She is Editor in chief of the Journal Quaderni di Gestalt, and of the International Gestalt Therapy Book Series. Her most recent book The Now-for-Next in Psychotherapy. Gestalt Therapy Recounted in Post Modern Society (2013) is available in English and other 6 languages. More on www.gestaltitaly.com
Speakers: Susan Gregory And Adam Weitz
Gestalt therapy emerged in a socio-political field which, in many ways, reflects the one we are living in now.
Our society is hitting mark after mark on its apparent path toward authoritarianism. History has shown us that democracy is not a given for any society. We need only to study the past to see that this is true. We need to name present trends rather than shy away from them.
A decades long series of changes has culminated in figures forming of charismatic madmen, including Donald Trump, who, with associates, denigrate science, and try to reshape governments to undermine justice systems, educational institutions, immigration systems, journalism and media, and facts. As an institute, we need to pay attention to these developing phenomena.
Racism, xenophobia, homophobia, misogyny and anti-Semitism are shamelessly being expressed. For those of us who seek to diminish those things, it is very scary these days.
Our wishes for this afternoon are
-to make space for institute members and friends to be together with what is in these difficult times;
-to support one another in being with what is and not becoming frozen;
-to look at the ways Gestalt therapy, given its history, may be either unsuited or particularly suited to meet the challenges of the present moment;
-to examine the ways we as a society, and as individuals within it, are primed and vulnerable to becoming subjects rather than remaining citizens.
How do we strengthen ourselves?
Please come and participate in the conversation, October 28th 2-5pm.
@ The North Star Fund
520 8th Avenue, Suite 1800
NOTE: We will be starting precisely at 2.
Speaker: Perry Klepner
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.
Speaker: Rebekah Windmiller
Speaker: Sylvia Crocker
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).
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.