Research in Gestalt Therapy – Educational seminar, May 2014

Research in Gestalt Therapy
Introducing research methods to Gestalt practitioners – Educational seminar
2nd-4th May 2014, Rome

Organized by the
Research Committee of European Association for Gestalt Therapy
Supported by
Societa Italiana Psicoterapia della Gestalt (SIPG)

This first EAGT educational seminar offers a practical introduction to research methods compatible with Gestalt approach.

There will be presentations of experts for research methods and also contributions of three EAGT past presidents. The seminar will offer a unique chance for building a network of people interested in research in Gestalt approach.

Gestalt practitioners in psychotherapy and organisations have the chance to develop their skills in research and to become part of this  european network.

Please find later more information on EAGT web page.

Jan Roubal, Jelena Zeleskov Doric, Gianni Francesetti  (for the EAGT Research Committee)

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The social, political and cultural field is changing regarding research. For every psychotherapy approach is becoming crucial to support explorations on both results and processes of change. Research is becoming a fundamental focus also for Gestalt practitioners for many reasons. It is a way to explore and share the processes we support in our daily work, to validate and discuss the results in many contexts, to find common language to other approaches, to experiment new creative ways to expand theory and practice, to establish Gestalt therapy well among other leading psychotherapy approaches.
The goal of this EAGT educational seminar is to become familiar with some research methods respectful of Gestalt therapy and epistemology and easily accessible in the daily practice. Furthermore, the seminar is aimed to build a network of people interested in enriching their practice and willing to participate in research networks.

The seminar is addressed to Gestalt practitioners in psychotherapy and in organizations. Also, some places are available for colleagues trained in other modalities.
Language: English
Time schedule: Start on Friday at 14 30 pm / End on Sunday at 15 30 pm

Information:, RActivities.htm ,

List of presenters
Brownell Philip
Clinical psychologist licensed in the United States and registered in the British colony of Bermuda. He is a member of the European Association for Gestalt Therapy, the Associa-tion for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy, The New York Institute for Gestalt Ther-apy, the American Psychological Association, and Division 12 of the APA–The Society for Clinical Psychology. Phil is an independent scholar and has written three books, contributed to numerous others, and edited or co-edited still others. He has conducted training in Gestalt therapy and related issues internationally and presented at numerous international conferences. He is the founder and co-convener of The Research Confer-ence, a recurring international gathering of researchers devoted to mentoring gestalt researchers, developing research focused on gestalt therapy, and establishing a research tradition for gestalt therapy.
Evans Ken
Past EAGT president, Co- Director of the European Centre for Psychotherapeutic Studies and is a visiting trainer at several European training institutes and universities. He enjoys teaching research experientially conveying core issues and research methodologies via hands-on engagement. In February 2012 Ken facilitated a group of 30 Gestalt therapists in Stockholm over three days to explore the experience of having a professional identity crisis. In June 2013 he led a phenomenological research exploration of 16 trainees en-counter with self and others during a five day residential research training workshop. Ken recently authored the chapter on research for the book, Gestalt Therapy in Clinical Prac-tice edited by Francesetti, Gecele and Roubal, Franco Angeli, 2013. He is co- author with Linda Finlay of the book Relational Centred Research, exploring meanings and purpose, Wiley Blackwell, 2009.
Francesetti Gianni
Gestalt therapist, psychiatrist, supervisor and international trainer, coordinator and trainer on the International Training in the Gestalt Therapy Approach to Psychopathology at the Istituto di Gestalt HCC Italy. President of the EAGT (European Association for Gestalt Therapy), President of the FIAP (the Italian NUO: Federazione Italiana delle Associazioni di Psicoterapia), Past President of the SIPG (Società Italiana Psicoterapia Gestalt), Associ-ate Member of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy, member of the Society for Psychotherapy Research. He has authored articles, chapters, and books in the field of psychiatry, psychopathology and psychotherapy.
Rihacek Tomas
Psychologist and psychotherapist, trained in Gestalt therapy. He works as an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University, Brno (Czech Republic), where he teaches, among other things, several research- and methodology-oriented courses and coordinates the activities of the Center for Psychotherapy Research. In his own research, he focuses on therapist development. He specializes in qualitative research, especially Grounded Theory Method. Recently, he co-edited a book on qualitative meth-odology.
Romano Floriana
Psychologist and Gestalt Psychotherapist, Ph.D. in Community Psychology, a Teacher of “Social Psychology of Marginality and Deviance”, University of Palermo. She is a consultant for public and private companies. Her research interests are: Organizational well being, Group dynamics, Action-research methodology.
Roubal Jan
Therapist, psychiatrist, supervisor and psychotherapy trainer. He teaches psychotherapy and psychiatry at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. He is a member of the Euro-pean Association of Psychotherapy, European Association for Gestalt Therapy (chairing the Research Committee), Society for Psychotherapy Research and Society for Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration. He has co-edited a book „Gestalt Therapy in Clinical Practice. From Psychopathology to the Aesthetics of Contact“ (Franco Angeli, 2013).
Sandell Rolf
Professor in clinical psychology (emeritus) at Linköping University, Sweden. He is also a psychoanalyst (IPA) in private practice in Stockholm. His research concerns psychother-apy process and effects and socio-emotional training. He was the principal investigator in the Stockholm Outcome of Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis Project (STOPP) and currently directs the POSE project (Psychotherapy Outcome and Self-selection Effects) at Lund University, Sweden, where a cognitive-behavioural and a psychodynamic therapy for panic disorder are compared in a parallel randomization and self-selection design.
Schulthess Peter
Has been working as a Gestalt therapist since 1996 in private practice in Zurich. He is a past EAGT president, actual president of the Swiss Charter for Psychotherapy and Coordi-nator of the Study « PAP-S » (Practice-Study-Ambulant Psychotherapy – Switzerland).
Spagnuolo Lobb Margherita
Founder and director, since 1979, of the Istituto di Gestalt HCC. She is a gestalt therapy international trainer, full member of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy, past president of the Italian Federation of the Associations of Psychotherapy (FIAP), past-president and first Honorary Member of the European Association for Gestalt Therapy (EAGT), past and Honorary President of the Italian Association of Gestalt Psychother-apy (SIPG). She has edited, since 1985, the Italian journal Quaderni di Gestalt and has co-edited the international journal Studies in Gestalt Therapy. Dialogical Bridges. She has written many articles and chapters published in various languages, has edited 5 volumes and written 2 books, the most recent being The Now-for-Next in Psychother-apy. Gestalt Therapy reported in the post-modern society (2011). She is Scientific Director of the International Training in Gestalt Psychopathology and co-editor of the Gestalt Therapy book series published by Franco Angeli. She has included research both in her training programs and in her clinical practice.
Stevens Christine
Gestalt psychotherapist, trainer, supervisor and editor of The British Gestalt Journal. Working in private and in an NHS practice she is a faculty member of the Doctorates in Psychotherapy at Metanoia Institute London. She is Programme Leader for MA Pastoral Counselling at St John’s College, Nottingham England and supervisor for GITA, Slove-nia. She runs a Clinical Training Unit for Psychotherapy in Primary Care, and is cur-rently studying for a degree in Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University. Her current research interest is in creative methodologies in psychotherapy practice.

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