ERIC Number: ED054474
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: 0
Playing Games with Games People Play. Contributions of Gestalt Theory to Individual Counseling. Self-Discovery through Art: A Group Experience. A Review of Personal Research on Experimental-Gestalt Growth Groups. Gestalt Dreamwork as a Method for Self Discovery.
Guinan, James F.; And Others
The existential Gestalt approach to facilitating the human growth process is discussed, from somewhat different vantage points, in these papers. Two seek to elaborate the basic principles and facilitating "techniques" of Gestalt therapy, while maintaining that one can truly understand only by experiencing. The use of Focus Groups, in which a focal topic is selected because of the group conductor's interest and belief in the growth-facilitating potential of the topic, in this instance, art is discussed. Results suggest that, with some qualifications, this was a worthwile Focus Group. The review of personal research on growth groups shows this approach to effectively facilitate the self-actualization of "normal," growth-seeking persons. In the final paper, the rationale underlying Fritz Perls' Gestalt dreamwork is explained, and its goal, common to Focus and growth groups as well as individual Gestalt counseling, is stated: more whole, fully integrated persons who stand on their own 2 feet and take full responsibility for themselves and their lives. (TL)
Descriptors: College Students, Counseling Effectiveness, Counseling Services, Creativity, Emotional Experience, Evaluation, Existentialism, Focus Groups, Group Experience, Groups, Human Development, Individual Counseling, Individual Development, Interaction, Maturation, Role Playing, Self Actualization, Self Concept, Self Expression, Student Personnel Services, Therapy
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bowling Green State Univ., OH.
Note: Papers presented at American Psychological Association convention, Washington, D. C., September 3-7, 1971, and American Personnel and Guidance Association convention, Atlantic City, N. J., April 4-8, 1971