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ERIC Number: ED435882
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Oct
Pages: 16
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Ethical Use of Gestalt Techniques.
Given, Jane A.
The purpose of this paper is to engender a healthy respect for Gestalt theory and techniques and the use of the techniques in the client's best interest and in the interest of positive professional and self-development in the practitioner. An overview of Gestalt techniques is provided, concentrating on the two category divisions of experiments and exercises. This paper focuses on clinical rather than non-clinical settings, in which there is a responsibility to engage in ethically sound strategies with clients. The discussion continues with an overview of the importance of ethical guidelines for licensed practitioners and the relative merits of credentialling, training, and expertise when preparing to engage in such techniques as those associated with Gestalt theory. Examples of experiments are provided which help illustrate the dilemma of the ethical issues involved in the implementing of Gestalt techniques. The paper concludes with a discussion of concerns expressed by experts, including inappropriate use of Gestalt techniques and inappropriate selection of clients, misuse and abuse of techniques, and the professional's personal sense of ethical behavior. (Contains seven references.) (GCP)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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