ERIC Number: ED214062
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Mediocrity or Excellence: An Identity Crisis in Gestalt Therapy Training.
Yontef, Gary M.
Gestalt Therapy is in a growth crisis. In practice, there is an abundance of inadequate practitioners and trainers of Gestalt Therapy. In the literature, there is an abundance of introductory works, a paucity of advanced texts, and a misunderstanding and inadequate representation of Gestalt Therapy. Gestalt Therapy training is confused by unclear definitions. A reform in the training procedures for Gestalt Therapists at the Gestalt Therapy Institute of Los Angeles emphasizes three basic policies, i.e., teaching Gestalt Therapy through emphasis on: (1) the basic philosophy including the principles of phenomenology, dialogic existentialism, and field theory; (2) the self-support of trainees including individual and group Gestalt Therapy early in the program; and (3) professional background and clinical sophistication. Abuses in practice, inadequacies in the literature, and the need for a clearer definition of Gestalt Therapy could all be addressed by a national Gestalt Therapy association whose aim would be excellence and competence in Gestalt Therapy and the advancement of the theory and development of Gestalt Therapy. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Gestalt Therapy; Phenomenology
Note: For related document, see CG 015 796. Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (89th, Los Angeles, CA, August 24-26, 1981).