Schedule

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ALL PRESENTATIONS ARE WITHOUT CHARGE.

Mar
14
Wed
Carl Hodges – Topic: Metaphor/Field and Subgrouping @ TBA
Mar 14 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Apr
11
Wed
Richard Kitzler & Lee Zevy – Topic: Continuation of Self of Group @ TBA
Apr 11 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Jan
25
Fri
Philip Brownell – Topic: Let’s Get Serious about Research: Philosophy of Science, Research Methodology, and Evidence-Based Practice @ TBA
Jan 25 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Nov
24
Sun
Jack Aylward – Topic: Political and Social Implications of Gestalt Therapy, Theory and Practice @ TBA
Nov 24 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Dec
8
Sun
Joe James Lay – Topic: Polarities and Relationships @ TBA
Dec 8 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Mar
26
Wed
Mary Lou Schack – Topic: Retroflection revisited. Trauma anxiety, shame and what effects most of us @ TBA
Mar 26 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
May
18
Sun
Alan Schwartz – Topic: Humanity, Humility, Compassion, Contact: Teaching the Gestalt Approach for 40 Years at Esalen Institute – An Experiment @ TBA
May 18 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Oct
4
Sat
The Self and the Skin: The Application of Gestalt Self Therapy to Body Process and Eating Disorders @ TBA
Oct 4 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Nov
16
Sun
Tarot and Gestalt Therapy: Using the Archetypes as a Gestalt Mirror @ TBA
Nov 16 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Dec
6
Sat
Gestalt Therapy and Weight Loss Surgery Patients: A Confluence of Dental Aggression and the Relational Turn @ TBA
Dec 6 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Jan
28
Wed
Frank Bosco – Topic: Understanding Trauma as a Fixed Gestalt @ TBA
Jan 28 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Feb
16
Mon
Surveillance Threat: From a Gestalt Perspective @ TBA
Feb 16 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Mar
11
Wed
L. Vigotsky, Gestalt Therapy, Aesthetic Experience @ TBA
Mar 11 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Seeing in the Dark: The Contact Boundary – What, Where, How @ TBA
Mar 11 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Understanding Trauma as a Fixed Gestalt @ TBA
Mar 11 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
May
9
Sat
Mindful Awareness in Groups @ TBA
May 9 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
May
27
Wed
Field: Odds and Endings @ TBA
May 27 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Jun
29
Mon
A Relational Systems Approach to Intergenerational Trauma @ TBA
Jun 29 @ 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Jul
7
Tue
Susan Gregory – Topic: Gestalt Therapy’s Embodied Styles @ TBA
Jul 7 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Oct
24
Sat
Michael Vincent Miller – Topic: Fear of the Other @ TBA
Oct 24 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Michael Vincent Miller - Topic: Fear of the Other @ TBA

There is an existential unease, an anxiety closely related to doubt—doubt about our safety under the gaze or at the hands of another—in almost every encounter with someone else of our own species. It can range from meetings with strangers to relations with parents, from dealing with authority figures to lovers and spouses. This phenomenon often leads to defensive measures of psychological self-protection that can close off our capacities for curiosity and intimacy, for alliance and collaboration. In general, attempts to keep ourselves safe from the other can prevent us from being and expressing our full selves in relationships of all kinds.

Such issues seem endemic to the human condition and its developmental trajectory. True, fears appear and clashes occur between members of the same species among other animals. These tend to be rather well-defined so far as we can tell: territorial disputes, sexual rivalries, power and status struggles. But there is no evidence of anything so pervasive and far-reaching as the difficulties that arise between humans. Are they necessary and inevitable? Or have certain basic evolutionary survival instincts gone off the track in human societies? These are questions of importance to psychotherapy. To what extent can Gestalt therapy in particular, with its emphasis on the ratio between the security of self-support and the risk in contacting the next unknown, help people enter the world of relationships more fully?

My presentation involves revision, amplification, and a broadening of scope around themes I have been concerned with for a long time, although these had a more specialized focus in the past: namely, the difficulties in long-term intimate relationships as portrayed in my book of twenty years ago, Intimate Terrorism. Now I am taking up a wider focus that I hope will apply fruitfully to all our relationships, including that of therapist and patient.

Michael Vincent Miller, Ph.D. has practiced and taught Gestalt therapy for thirty-nine years, currently in New York City. His own training was chiefly with Fritz Perls, the Polsters, and for many years with Isadore From. After ten years of teaching at Stanford University and M.I.T., he co-founded the Boston Gestalt Institute, where he directed training. He has also trained psychotherapists in Gestalt therapy in a dozen countries. He was on the editorial board of the Gestalt Journal and was Consulting Editor to the International Gestalt Journal. Besides contributing numerous articles to many journals and magazines, he reviewed books on psychology and related areas for the New York Times Book Review from 1985 to 1994. He is the author of four books: Intimate Terrorism: The Crisis of love in an Age of Disillusion (Norton, 1996), which has been published in eight languages; La Poetique de la Gestalt-therapie (Exprimerie, 2002), which was published in France; Teaching a Paranoid to Flirt (Gestalt Journal Press, 2011), a collection of his writings over thirty years on Gestalt therapy; and A Gestalt Therapy Testament (Casaperlarte, Milan, 2014), published in English and Italian.