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GESTALT ASSOCIATES TRAINING LOS ANGELES 38th Annual European Summer Residential Training Programs for Therapists 2009 in Niagara Falls area, New York USA

Couples Therapy Training July 5 — 11, 2009

Gestalt Therapy Training July 12 — 24, 2009

Gestalt Elders joining our Program in ‘09 | Child & Adolescent Track continuing |

Couples Therapy Training July 5-11, 2009 & Workshop for Therapists

“A Bird May Love a Fish but Where Would They Live?” Faculty: Robert W. Resnick, Ph.D. & Rita F. Resnick, Ph.D.


MARRIAGE AND RELATIONSHIPS TODAY (straight and gay) are, to a large extent, based on the assumption that two individuals fuse into one. More than 50% of all first marriages end in divorce as do approximately 70% of second marriages. Add to this the remaining secretly “miserably married”– those living lives of quiet (or not so quiet) desperation based on fear of being alone, fear of damaging the children, financial insecurity, religious doctrine, social stigma, etc. – and we begin to see the magnitude of the problem. Simply put, we are either all seriously disturbed (pathologizing all of us) or there is something fundamentally flawed with our traditional model of relationships and marriage. Traditional models of marriage and coupling evolved within contexts that met the needs of the situation (environment and people) at the time – FORM following FUNCTION. Unfortunately, when FORM becomes rigid while FUNCTION changes, our models become outdated and obsolete – vestiges and remnants of another time wreaking havoc on today’s attempts for mutually nourishing, long term, primary relationships. Dealing with differences is the second fundamental dynamic that is at the root of almost all couples issues. Most people are acculturated to view difference as dangerous (as threats to their autonomy, criticisms, attacks, betrayals, etc.) and therefore try to eradicate difference by either becoming like the other (fusion) or trying to make the other like them (conflict). In reality all contact (and connection) can only happen through difference. Difference is connective tissue. The Resnicks, respectful and appreciative of difference, have evolved new ways to collaborate, engage, compromise, trade and even celebrate differences.

This model of coupling enthusiastically supports marriage and other committed long term relationships. Only with a long-term primary relationship, can couples build a shared ground of mutual support and understanding. The Resnicks are, however, fundamentally questioning how people historically and currently attempt to do this. Clearly, current models of marriage and other committed long-term relationships do not work very well for most people. Trying harder at that which doesn’t work simply leads to more frustration and blaming of self or other. These programs are aimed at helping people have more nourishing, enduring and successful marriages and other long-term primary relationships. Doing therapy with couples is more than embracing a theoretical orientation, a methodology or an eclectic bag of tricks and techniques. It is more than coming up with “deep understandings” from childhood, brokering behavioral “deals” that usually only postpone the explosion and subsequent withdrawal, or unhooking couples from their old narratives and trying to get them to buy the therapist’s new story. In order to do effective couples therapy, therapists need to look beyond trying to help “make the relationship work” within a coupling model that doesn’t work and to widen their perspective and the clinical work to a process approach. Relationships and marriage are difficult, rhythmical and not for the faint of heart. Most importantly, ongoing primary relationships are worth the effort.


•Moving from trying to fix an outmoded “content” model of relationships and couples therapy to an exciting “process” model of relationships and couples therapy — from fusion to connection.

•Love, Intimacy, Boundaries, Power. •The Resnicks’ “Circle of Relating.”

•The ultimate and complex human dilemma: How to be connected with another and maintain a self...(Modulating the life long rhythm of separation and connection. This is a process and not a problem to be solved.)

•Intrapsychic, interpersonal, gender/societal/cultural/ ethnic/ religious (larger field) issues.

•Individual and Societal Character Structures.

•Topics include but are not limited to: models of marriage, dealing with differences, communication, commitment, trust, contact, intimacy, love, power, assumptions, gender, differences and more.

•Dealing with differences versus differences in dealing. •The coupling/uncoupling process.


A FIVE DAY SIX NIGHT RESIDENTIAL COUPLES THERAPY TRAINING WORKSHOP (Basic and Advanced levels) for therapists and allied professionals who work with couples and those interested in learning to work with couples. You need not be part of a couple to attend. Each day, the Resnicks work live (and perhaps some video) with real Model Couples to illustrate their way of encouraging couples to authentically represent themselves – hopefully with grace and discrimination. By having each member of a couple fully and authentically engage with his/her partner, each can discover the degree of compatibility – by being who they are rather than who they and/or others believe they should be. Managed and postured relationships, while “working” temporarily, are fundamentally flawed and lead either to explosions and subsequent withdrawal, or they collapse into quiet desperation. Tragically, most relationships “fail” without the couple truly ever finding out whether or not they are compatible since they simply don’t fully “show up”, because of fears, rules, expectations, habits and “shoulds.” This will be a practical, “hands – on” workshop with daily supervised practice for all therapists. All clinical work will be related to theory – to clarify and to make both more meaningful and practical. The Resnicks are rea l therapists working with rea l couples on rea l issues. Daily small process groups are part of

•Phenomenology: Meaning, meaning making systems and how we construct meaning.

•A fresh look at society’s rules about, and models for, marriage - many of which are anachronistic. •Being respectful of the individuals, the couple, the family as well as the ecosystem.

the program. Therapists and Model Couples come together to explore personal reactions to the theory and the clinical work in a warm, international, professional community of therapists and couples. The Resnicks clearly and simply present their model of coupling and couples therapy and they compare their model to contemporary psychoanalytic, systemic, cognitive behavioral and postmodern approaches. They are interested in integrative similarities as well as differences that separate and define. MODEL COUPLES NEEDED The Resnicks are inviting 3 or 4 demonstration “Model Couples” to join this workshop. Model couples participate in all discussions of the clinical work. The workshop is inclusive and transparent. Please check our websites for additional information: and For information about location, costs and dates, please see the Gestalt workshop Components and the Information Pages in this brochure.

For information about location, costs and dates, please see the Gestalt workshop Compents and the Information Pages in this brochure.

38th Annual Gestalt Therapy Training Program

Program For 2009 July 12-24, 2009 | Niagara Falls area, New York USA 2009 MARKS THE 38TH YEAR of GATLA’s Summer Residential Gestalt Therapy Training Program. This is probably the oldest annual psychotherapy training program worldwide. The purpose of this program is to provide the highest quality training available for psychotherapists in Gestalt and Experiential psychotherapy while retaining the flexibility to be adaptable to practitioners of Cognitive Behavior Therapy and other relational models of therapy. All faculty will do clinical demonstrations and all work will be related to theory. Participants in the Clinical Practicum and MasterClass groups work with clients from lower groups in individual therapy under supervision of faculty, Gestalt Elders and/or Group Leaders. Our successful Master Class will continue in 2009 – a group for very experienced Gestalt Therapists. There are many aspects of GATLA’s Summer Residential Training Program that distinguish it from other training programs in Gestalt Therapy and make it a cutting edge training opportunitiy as well as a benchmark for Gestalt Therapy Training Programs worldwide: NEW IN 2009 GATLA IS DELIGHED TO HAVE SEVERAL “GESTALT ELDERS” AS OUR GUESTS during parts of our 12-day Gestalt Program. T hey are Gestalt teachers, most of whom were trained by Fritz, and/ or Lore Perls, Jim Simkin, and/ or Isadore From. T hey have all made important contributions to Gestalt T herapy. T he Elders will have the opportunity to supervise some trainees, sit in on groups and add their perspectives, give evening presentations and add an unparalleled richness to our community. T here will be opportunities to talk, eat, “schmooze” and laugh with these honored guests. In 2009 we will be hosting Edwin Nevis, Sonia Nevis, Gaie Houston, Frances B aker, Joseph Handlon, Isabel Fredericson and possibly Abe Levitsky. We are really excited about this cross-generational exchange. LIGHTENING THE LOAD In response to feedback from participants, we will be lightening the load in 2009 offering fewer trio times and more time to relax and enjoy the scenery, facilities and the community.

STRONG COMMUNITY – International in scope – participants from 20-25 different countries. Internationally trained faculty.

FIVE LEVELS OF TRAINING Basic – MasterClass. Interdependent groups, interweaving theory, supervision, group work and personal therapy. SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT – Therapists and consultants can do their own personal therapy and training away from their home community.

CLINICAL PRACTICUM – Participants have an individual therapy client whom they see daily with live supervision. This offers an ongoing experience both with therapy and intensive supervision over time. Additional information on page 4.

MASTERCLASS – a group for very experienced Gestalt Therapists – will again be offered in 2009. This group offers an opportunity for very experienced therapists who have completed their training (with GATLA or other institutes – Gestalt or not) to observe and do personal work with all three core faculty members: Todd Burley, Ph.D., Rita Resnick, Ph.D. and Bob Resnick, Ph.D. Additional information on page 4. PARTICIPANTS PRESENT THEIR WORK – Optional evening presentations.

TRIOS OR QUARTETS – Practice Gestalt methodology under the supervision of a Trainer, Group Leader or a member of the Clinical Practicum or MasterClass. FACULTY COMMITTED TO DIALOGUE – We are constantly evolving and changing our program based on feedback and proposals from participants, from advances in psychological science as well as Gestalt theory and practice. RETURN RATE OF OVER 80% – Attests to the relevance, flexibility and growth of this program.


Basic Advanced Advanced Intensive

Clinical Practicum MasterClass

BASIC AND ADVANCED TRAINING GROUPS are limited in size to approximately 16 participants. Advanced Intensive, Clinical Practicum and MasterClass are limited in size to approximately 12. Assignment to all groups is made on the basis of previous training in Gestalt Therapy rather than general clinical experience. BASIC GROUP: The Basic Group is designed for applicants who are new to Gestalt Therapy or who have limited post-graduate training in Gestalt Therapy. Many Basic Group members come to our training with years of useful and relevant experience, however they are not familiar with Gestalt theory or therapy. • Excellent starting place for becoming familiar with the European Summer Residential workshop and the Experiential/Gestalt model. • Experiential and didactic components within the group setting, • Small breakout group work for practice in applying the theoretical principles being presented, • An option to have a 40-minute session of individual psychotherapy from a member of the Clinical Practicum or the MasterClass with live supervision.

Training Goals: Development of personal support that enables participants to work as client and therapist in large and the small group formats and to interact in the group setting with a minimum of defensiveness. Development of a good basic theoretical background in Gestalt Therapy theory as well as the basic technical skills required in Experiential/Gestalt psychotherapies.

ADVANCED GROUP: Designed for clinicians who have a minimum of 2 years of Gestalt Therapy training. • Participants work as client and interact in the group with a minimum of defensiveness. • In addition to observing the Trainer and Trainer Assistant working live, participants are also expected to work as therapist in the group, • Be able to take criticism and supervision of their work as therapist, be experienced in doing psychotherapy, and have a good basic theoretical background in Gestalt Therapy theory. • An option to receive individual therapy from a member of the Clinical Practicum or MasterClass with a supervisor sitting in on the therapy.

Training Goals: Develop greater observational and focusing ability in order to increase skills as a Gestalt psychotherapist. Build a model that helps to integrate the knowledge and techniques from other sources. Develop a personal style of doing psychotherapy.

ADVANCED INTENSIVE GROUP: • Each member of this group is assigned a client from within the group to work with in front of the large group. • Participants provide supervision for their colleagues after each piece of work to sharpen their theoretical understanding and integrate theory with clinical work.

• What is limited in this group is time to focus on group process and to view the Trainer and Group Leaders’ work. • What is expanded is the opportunity to work with the same client. • Participants have an option to have an individual therapist from either the Clinical Practicum or the MasterClass. CLINICAL PRACTICUM GROUP: The Clinical Practicum group focuses intensely on improving participants’ clinical skills and emphasizes the integration of clinical work and Gestalt theory. Preference is given to those persons who have had extensive training in Gestalt Therapy. • Individual client assigned to each participant with daily live supervision. • Provide supervision for Basic/Advanced participants in trios and quartets. • Participants are responsible for the theoretical discussion of each piece of work. • Participants present some aspect of Gestalt theory and are responsible for the discussion following the presentation. The topic will be assigned in advance. • Participants have some opportunity to work on personal issues with other Clinical Practicum members and/or with the Trainer or Trainer Assistant. MASTERCLASS: Designed specifically for Gestalt therapists who have completed their Gestalt training with GATLA or other Institutes and for those who have gained extensive Gestalt training and experience by other means. • Guarantee of working with all three GATLA Core Trainers: Todd, Burley, Ph.D., Rita Resnick, Ph.D. and Robert W. Resnick, Ph.D. • Opportunity to do personal work with all three of the GATLA core trainers. • Participants work as therapist with each other and present theoretical discussion of work with consultation and supervision from Core GATLA Trainers. • Provide daily therapy for participants from other groups. • Provide supervision for Basic/Advanced participants in trios and quartets as well as providing daily live supervision to other MasterClass participants. • The opportunity to present and discuss current research, theoretical work or population specific treatment concepts in the spirit of collegial seminar.

Gestalt Therapy Workshop Components LOCATION: For the first time in 30 years GATLA’s Summer Residential Training Programs will be held on the East Coast of the United States. Our venue for 2009 is Beaver Hollow, a luxurious corporate Conference Center nestled in the hills of Upstate New York approximately 1-1/4 hours from Niagara Falls, a 1 hour flight from New York City and a 2 hour drive from Toronto, Canada. Beaver Hollow is set in 300 lush wooded acres with a private spring-fed lake for fishing, boating and swimming, miles of nature trails, a reflexology path, a lovely butterfly garden, and a swimming pool with both indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis. Onsite sports include tennis, beach volleyball, basketball, billiards and more. Dining is a special experience at Beaver Hollow with our private dining area, two lakeside pavilions, a fireside cocktail area, a poolside reception area, and elegant and healthy cuisine including BBQ’s. There are nightly outdoor bonfires and state of the art meeting rooms. There is complimentary digital TV and WiFi internet. Please check out their website: http:/ / FACULTY Each group will work with three of the following faculty: Core Faculty: Todd Burley, Ph.D., ABPP, Rita Resnick, Ph.D., Robert W. Resnick, Ph.D. Guest Faculty: Liv Estrup, M.A., Helen Kennedy, BA (Hons.), Jay Levin, M.A. (Clin. Psych.), Juraj Rektor, M.D., Claudia Rosenbach Ziembinski, Dip. Psych., Zish Ziembinski, M.Psych. See faculty biographies page 7. By invitation, Group Leaders from many different countries will be added to the staff. EVENING PROGRAMS Optional evening presentations have been traditionally scheduled wherein both faculty and participants present and discuss their current interests or expertise. The rich and bountiful backgrounds of therapists from 25 different countries and cultures provide an outstanding array of presentations. Other evening activities include singing around the piano, playing guitars, dancing to the music of many countries, arguing theory over a glass of wine, quietly sitting or walking under the stars, telling jokes, etc. In short, we are a wonderful, warm and ongoing community that welcomes new members.. In 2009 we have the added possibility of hearing stores about the founders of Gestalt T herapy from our Gestalt Elders.

38th Annual Workshop

THEORY TRACKS: Each participant will be asked to choose one of our optional theory tracks (Basic group members will be placed in the Introductory Gestalt Therapy Theory track). Theory tracks cover current clinical, theoretical and/or practical and professional issues and are organized so that various presenters are integrated into the overall track emphasis. Each track will have a faculty coordinator. Upon registration, each participant will be sent a list of the theory tracks available and asked for their preferences. CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS FROM A GESTALT PERSPECTIVE Led by LYNN STADLER, M.A. MFT — Founding Member of the Violet Oaklander Foundation, program endorsed by Violet Oaklander Open to those working with children and adolescents and/or those interested in learning to work with this population. In addition to a daily theory presentation, time for hands -on experience is allocated during one of the two hours of trios each afternoon as well as a process group that meets one evening of each three-day module. Participants will have the opportunity to personally explore the therapeutic use of expressive and projective techniques and media such as drawings, clay, sand play work, storytelling, music, puppets, imagery and fantasy, sensory and body work, creative dramatics and therapeutic metaphors. • The theoretical underpinnings of the Oaklander approach to working with children and adolescents are based on the theory, philosophy and practice of Gestalt Therapy, as well as pertinent aspects of child development. • This track will facilitate an exploration of the therapy process - beginning with establishing the relationship, and moving on to the issues of contact, strengthening the self, promoting emotional expression and helping children and adolescents to become self nurturing. • Issues related to therapy such as transference, resistance, assessment and treatment planning,, working with parents, groups and adolescents will be discussed throughout the program. O.D. THEORY TRACK Led by DOUG ABERLE, M.ENG.SC For those participants with a background in working in organizational settings, a separate Organizational Development theory track, from a Gestalt perspective, will be conducted throughout the workshop offering a theoretical perspective as well as consulting about specific case studies. Doug Aberle, the course instructor, is a Gestalt organizational consultant from Perth, Australia. Contact us for additional information.

Information: Gestalt & Couples Programs ELIGIBILITY: The training programs are open to psychotherapists and qualified counselors and to those in advanced levels of training to become therapists. Allied professionals (e.g. Clergy, Nurses, Educators, Physicians, Organizational Consultants, etc.) may apply. All qualified professionals are welcome without regard to race, sex, ethnic origin, religion, age, or sexual orientation. VIDEO: With prior consent, videotaping of groups with Robert W. Resnick, Ph.D. will be done with a view toward creating demonstration and training tapes. Evening presentations of Gestalt Elders may also be taped. TRANSPORTATION: There are two MAJOR cities to fly into for the closest proximity to Beaver Hollow: New York City (airports: JFK and LaGuardia) and Toronto, Canada (airport: Pearson International Airport). JFK is just outside New York City (a great place to get over jetlag if you come from outside the U.S.) To get to Beaver Hollow from NYC fly to Buffalo (1 hour - $250 return), train from Penn Station in NYC to Buffalo (7.5 hours) – a beautiful trip for the cost of $55.00 - $78.00 USD (one way) depending upon your time of departure. If you fly into Toronto, Canada the driving time to Beaver Hollow is approximately 2 hours. There is also train service from Toronto (2.5 hours – cost: $35.00). For a small fee, GATLA will arrange transportation from the airport and/or the train station in Buffalo to Beaver Hollow. To check for less expensive flights to New York City and Toronto (Air Canada) on both regular and “no frills” airlines go to:, and Aerosvit Airlines ( – offers very cheap fares from Moscow, Kiev and Almaty to JFK. There are cheap fares to NYC from London as well as other European cities. If your city doesn’t offer this, take a cheap flight to London and connect to NYC from there. COSTS: (inclusive of room, board & administrative costs) Couples Therapy Training Workshop: July 5 — 11, 2009 Basic Group: $1,995.00 Advanced Group: $2,195.00 Single room supplement: $400.00 Model Couples: $1,045.00 (per person) Gestalt Therapy Training Workshop: July 12 — 24, 2009 Basic or Advanced: $3,495.00 Adv. Intensive, Clinical Practicum, MasterClass: $3,795.00 Single room supplement: $800.00 All payments must be made in U.S. dollars by check, international money order, or direct deposit into GATLA’s Bank Account. If paying by check submit a cashiers check (not draft) from an international bank and drawn on a U.S. bank. Make Check payable to: GATLA. Alternatively, fees may be paid by credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express) by mail or securely online at:

CANCELATIONS: Requests must be made in writing. A $100.00 per person processing fee will deducted from the refund. A full refund will be made for requests received by May 1, 2009. A 50% refund (of the full fee) will be granted for requests received between May 1 and June 1, 2009. No refunds will be issued for requests received after June 1, 2009. Applications are not complete without a deposit prior to June 1 and applications after June 1 must be accompanied by the full fee. SCHOLARSHIPS: A limited number of partial tuition scholarships (based on need and in order of date of application) are available. Please request a scholarship application form or download one from the GATLA website. DEADLINE FOR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS: May 15, 2009. The earlier the request, the more likely scholarship assistance will be available. No registration or scholarship request will be considered without a completed scholarship application form and a deposit (minimum US$ 500.00). Please see our website: or contact us for additional scholarship information. DISCOUNTS & CONDITIONS: • 15% Discount if you attend Couples & Gestalt Programs. • Groups of five or more participants registering (including deposits) at the same time for either or both programs will each receive a 20% discount.* One person in the group must take responsibility for emailing the names the 5 or more names to Rita Resnick. He/she must make sure all registration forms and deposits (or full fees) are submitted and paid at the same time. Once the 5 registrations (including deposits) have been received, other participants MAY NOT join an existing group. If a participant drops out of a group making it less than 5, the 20% discount will be forfeited by all unless a substitute (a new participant – not yet registered) is provide in a timely manner. • Any returning participant who brings a full fee new participant to the program will receive a 20% discount, two full free new participants a 40% discount, three 60%, four 80% and five 100%. • For any registration after May 1, 2009, full payment must accompany registration unless other arrangements are requested and agreed upon. • Registration Deadlines: New participants: June 1, Returning participants June 30, 2009. *Discounts and scholarships of any kind may not be combined. In the event an applicant qualifies for more than one discount, he/she will receive the highest one only. CREDIT: GATLA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GATLA maintains responsibility for these programs and their content. These courses meet the qualifications for 30 and 63 hours of continuing education credit for Psychologists as well as MFTs and LCSWs as required by California Board of Behavioral Sciences. BBSE Approval No. PCE 841. GATLA is a continuing education provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider No. CEP 12365.

Core Faculty Todd Burley, Ph.D. ABPP, trains Gestalt Therapists in the U.S. as well as internationally and is on the Graduate Faculty in Psychology at Loma Linda University where he teaches courses in Gestalt Therapy, Neuropsychological Assessment, Treatment and Research in Schizophrenia, as well as team-teaches Cognitive Psychology and Cortical Functions. He currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Gestalt Review. His publications and presentations have included such issues as insight and awareness in Gestalt Therapy, clinical judgment in test interpretation, implications of current psychological research in psychology for the practice of Gestalt Therapy, contemporary Gestalt theory of personality, the development of character structure from a Gestalt cognitive perspective (with Kiti Freier), field theory, and the analysis of various personality disorders based upon the disruption of the gestalt formation/destruction process. His keen ability to observe, capacity for precise clinically sensitive intervention and dedication to keeping Gestalt therapy on the developing edge of psychological science characterize and inform his teaching and research consultation. Rita F. Resnick, Ph.D., has been Faculty Chair of GATLA’s European Summer Residential Training Program since 1991. In addition to her private practice, Rita is actively training psychotherapists in the United States, Australia and Europe in both Gestalt and Couples Therapy. Her professional interests include the exploration of innovative and supportive approaches to supervision (Rita has published an article with Liv Estrup, M.A. “Supervision: A Collaborative Endeavor” in the Summer 2000 issue of the Gestalt Review) and a devoted, passionate (and self serving) interest in the area of women growing older – menopause and mid-life vitality. An interview on Contemporary Gestalt Therapy with Rita and Robert Resnick has been published in the Tidskrift For Norsk Psykologforening – the Norwegian Journal for Psychologists. The Resnick’s are frequently happily married.

Robert W. Resnick, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, has been a Gestalt and Couples Therapist for almost 45 years and an international trainer for almost 40 years. Trained (19651970) and personally certified (1969) by Drs. Fritz Perls and James Simkin. He is probably the youngest of the “old timers”. Proudly, Dr. Resnick was chosen by Fritz Perls (and invited by Nels In de Vid from Holland) to be the first Gestalt Therapist to introduce Gestalt Therapy to Europe in the summer of 1969 where he presented both a lecture and a training workshop. He has been presenting Gestalt and Couples training workshops in Europe continually since that time. His interview “Gestalt Therapy: Principles Prisms and Perspectives” defining his views of Gestalt Therapy at that time, appears in the summer 1995 issue of the British Gestalt Journal. “The Recursive Loop of Shame” appears in the Gestalt Review 1997. “Chicken Soup Is Poison” (Perls Festschrift) circa 1967. He is currently developing a series of contemporary Couples Therapy and Gestalt Therapy video demonstration and training tapes. His first clinical practicum (while moonlighting as a Columbia University graduate student) was driving a New York taxicab. Bob’s style is warm and engaging and he speaks with clarity and humor. And yes, the Resnicks are frequently happily married.

For International Workshops and Presentations given by GATLA's Core Faculty, see page 11 and gatla’s website at — "International Training Workshop" — where you may download a PDF of these workshops.

International Guest Faculty Liv Estrup, M.A. is a Gestalt therapist in Santa Monica, CA and trains therapists internationally. She is an AAMFT approved supervisor and co-authored (with Rita Resnick, Ph.D.) “Supervision: A Collaborative Endeavor,” Gestalt Review (Vol. 4, No. 2). Liv’s interest in training, theory and photography led to producing What’s Behind the Empty Chair? She is currently completing a documentary about Arnold Beisser, Flying Without Wings – available Summer 2009. Helen Kennedy, BA (Hons.) has been in private practice in Edinburgh, Scotland since 1985. She is a founding partner of Teamwork Edinburgh Gestalt Institute where she works as a trainer, supervisor, consultant and psychotherapist. Helen is qualified as a psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer with GPTI (UK). She has a particular interest in creating community to enhance creative, spiritual and psychological growth. Claudia Rosenbach-Ziembinski Dipl. Psych trained as a Teacher, Clinical Psychologist and Gestalt therapist in Berlin. Since 1988, she has lived and worked as a Psychotherapist and Gestalt Trainer in Perth, Western Australia, where she is also the CoDirector of GTIWA. She has run Gestalt training workshops in Australia, New Zealand, USA & Europe.

Jay Levin, M.A. (Clin. Psych.), a clinical psychologist in South Africa, recently moved to the U.S. He completed training with the Polsters (1983) and GTILA. Publications include: the effects of detention and torture in South Africa and ethical issues confronting professionals in treating detainees. Jay was a community psychologist, in private practice, and has been training psychotherapists internationally for more than 10 years Juraj (George) Rektor, M.D., psychiatrist, founder and director of Psychosocial center in Prerov, Czech republic. Originally trained as psychoanalyst, later trained and certified as gestalt therapist by GPTI (UK) and GATLA. Co-founder and co-director of Czech Gestalt Therapy Training Institute “Dialogue“. Interested in personality process and structure and neuroscience. Zish Ziembinski, M.Psych. (Clinical) graduated from UWA in 1976 and completed his Gestalt training with the Perth Institute in 1984. He has a private practice in Clinical Psychology and is the Co-Director of Gestalt Training Institute West Australia. He was the Convener of the first Gestalt Australia & New Zealand International Conference in 1998.

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Couples Therapy Training Program for Therapists: July 5-11, 2009 Basic Group  deposit $1000.00  full fee $1995.00 Advanced  deposit $1100.00  full fee $2195.00 Model Couples  deposit $1045.00  full fee $2090.00 ($1045 per person) Single Room Supplement  $400.00 Gestalt Therapy Training Program for Therapists: July 12-24, 2009 Basic Group  deposit $1750.00  full fee $3495.00 Advanced  deposit $1750.00  full fee $3495.00 Advanced Intensive  deposit $1900.00  full fee $3795.00 Clinical Practicum  deposit $1900.00  full fee $3795.00 MasterClass  deposit $1900.00  full fee $3795.00 Single Room Supplement  $800.00     

15% Discount if you attend Couples Program & Gestalt Program 20% Discount if 5 or more participants register together (including deposits) for either or both programs. Any returning participant who brings a full fee new participant will receive a 20% discount 2 new full fee participants 40% discount; 3 new full fee participants 60%; 4 - 80% & 5 -100% Discounts may not be combined.

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Core Faculty: International Workshops 2009

Todd Burley, Ph.D. ABPP, Rita F. Resnick, Ph.D. Robert W. Resnick, Ph.D. KILLARNEY, IRELAND 8th Annual 3 Day Couples Therapy Training Workshop Being An Individual Within a Couple Faculty: Robert W. Resnick, Ph.D. & Rita F. Resnick, Ph.D. Dates: March 6 - 8, 2009 Contact: Geraldine Sheedy:

OSLO, NORWAY Institute of Active Psychotherapy Introduction to Gestalt Therapy Faculty: Robert W. Resnick, Ph.D. & Rita F. Resnick, Ph.D. Dates: March 11 — 12, 2009 Contact: Guro Oiestad:

BERGEN, NORWAY Gestalt Therapy Workshop Use of the Relationship in Gestalt Therapy Faculty: Robert W. Resnick, Ph.D. Dates: March 13 — 14, 2009 Contact: Peter Rongved/Elin Wormnes

OSLO, NORWAY Gestalt Therapy: Personal Growth/Supervision Workshop Faculty: Rita F. Resnick, Ph.D. Dates: March 13 — 15, 2009 Contact: Guro Oiestad or Unni Tveita guro.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA Gestalt Therapy Training Workshop Faculty: Todd Burley, Ph.D. Dates: March 17-19, 2009 Contact: Nadia Lubyanitskaya:

MOSCOW, RUSSIA Gestalt Therapy Training Workshop Faculty: Todd Burley, Ph.D. Dates: March 20-22, 2009 Contact: Nadia Lubyanitskaya:

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND Edinburgh Gestalt Institute — Closed Training Workshop Faculty: Todd Burley, Ph.D. ABPP Dates: March 27-29, 2009 Contact: Helen Kennedy: EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND Advanced Workshop in Gestalt therapy Faculty: Todd Burley, Ph.D. ABPP Dates: April 3-5, 2009 Contact: Louise Tait:

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON USA A Couple of Individuals Couples and Individual Gestalt Therapy Training - 3 Wkends Faculty: Todd Burley, Ph.D. ABPP, Rita Resnick. Ph.D. Robert W. Resnick, Ph.D. Dates: April 25-26, 2009, Sept. 26-27, 2009, Nov. 14-15, 2009 Contact: Rita Resnick

MALMO, SWEDEN Advanced Gestalt Workshop Faculty: Todd Burley, Ph.D. ABPP Dates: October 22-25, 2009 Contact: Charlie Yeh:

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK Advanced Workshop for Experienced Gestalt Therapists - By invitation only. Faculty: Todd Burley, Ph.D., ABPP Dates: October 28 - November 1, 2009 Contact: or COPENHAGEN, DENMARK Ongoing Advanced International Gestalt Training Program Three, 4-day Gestalt Workshops in 2009 - 2010 Faculty: Robert W. Resnick, Ph.D. & Rita F. Resnick, Ph. D. Dates: October 29 — Nov 1, 2009, March 4 - 7, 2010, October 28 — 31, 2010. Contact: Robert Petersen: +45 2016 2808

Request for Scholarship help for 3rd World Gestalt Therapists and Students Although GATLA has no grants or foundation support, we have for decades financially subsidized approximately 25% of our summer participants. GATLA does this by shifting funds from those who pay full fee to those in need and by our faculty working for less than their usual fees. Some faculty members even donate their fees for scholarships as a way of giving back. Please note: some of our participants make less than $400 per month. We are asking you for help to support the higher airfare and New York expenses for third world Gestalt Therapists from Eastern Europe, Central Asia, South America, etc. as well as students from all over the world. We need money for transportation and workshop expenses, for NYC housing for a few days (terrible to come to the US though NYC and not be able to visit) and for necessities while in the U.S. We are a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization so your contribution is tax deductable. You may specify what persons, country or area of the world you would like to support. Please contact Rita Resnick at call 1-310-395-6844 or mail contributions to GATLA. LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA Gestalt Therapy Workshop Faculty: Todd Burley, Ph.D. ABPP Dates: March, 2010 Contact: Tomaz Flajs:

GESTALT REVIEW: A unique journal exploring the Gestalt Therapy approach to all system levels. For information and/or subscriptions please visit:

In the USA for the First Time in 30 Years In New York State near Niagara Falls NEW FOR 2009 GESTALT ELDERS WILL BE JOINING GATLA IN RESIDENCE Frances Baker, Ph.D. Isabel Fredericson, Ph.D. Joseph Handlon, Ph.D. Gaie Houston, M.A. Edwin Nevis, Ph.D. Sonia Nevis, Ph.D. Tentative: Abe Levitsky, Ph. D.

An historic occasion to gather and honor our Gestalt Elders during parts of the Summer Program. We will be talking, laughing, eating, arguing and asking the elders to add their perspectives to our work.

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European Summer Residential Training Programs COUPLES THERAPY TRAINING JULY 5 — 11, 2009

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