EAGTI-GPTIM is a Higher Education Institution based on experiential, experimental and existential philosophies. In teaching, learning and practicing psychotherapy, a holistic, client-centred, dialogic and contextual approach is central to the institute’s values and philosophy, whereby the focus is on the total person as an individual and in relation to others.
The student’s personal participation in the therapeutic process is crucial. Through training his/her unique contribution is valued and refined, based on the belief that ultimately, it is the student (or trainee therapist) that is the ‘instrument’ within the context of intervention.
The rationale is that by providing experiential learning, the student has a first-hand experience of the process of therapy and of personal growth. In parallel the student, through supervised practice and professional development, learns to apply the knowledge, understanding and skills of becoming a gestalt psychotherapist. Finally, through this combined process of practical experience and theory, the student is supported towards becoming equipped, rigorous and competent to assume the responsibility necessary to apply all that has been learnt to the context within which s/he will eventually work.
The mission statement is to provide Higher Education Level professional training of the theory and methodology of Gestalt Psychotherapy and its application in practice, developing the specialised knowledge and skills necessary to obtain the professional qualification of Gestalt Psychotherapy.
Aims and Objectives
Teaching and learning values are based on Gestalt therapy theory and methods, which include adopting a phenomenological approach, appreciating and applying field sensitivity theory, experimentation and a dialogical and relational stance. The educational NCFHE accredited programmes offered by EAPTI-GPTIM adopt a holistic approach to the study of individual, family, group and organisational intervention methodologies. The educational programmes have each been designed with the following major components:
Theory and Methodology
Different Psychotherapy Approaches
Theoretical Seminars: Lectures
Clinical Practice with real Clients
Supervision: Individual or in small groups
Written assignments and presentations
Occasional peer groups or training groups
Several programmes have been designed and tailored by EAPTI-GPTIM through the Director Dr Lidija Pecotic, which are each accredited by NCFHE. The aim of each programme is as follows:
Post-Graduate Certificate in Gestalt Psychotherapy
This programme is targeted for all persons who would like to gain personal growth and development, and the basic knowledge, skills and competences in Gestalt psychotherapy theory.
Master in Gestalt Psychotherapy
This programme aims to provide the learner with all the necessary knowledge, skills and competences, complimented with individual psychotherapy and supervision, required to work as a Gestalt psychotherapist. The programme is harmonized with all the standards prescribed by the European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP) and the European Association for Gestalt Therapy (EAGT). Also, all the national criteria and requirements established by the Psychotherapy Act, are met. After finishing this programme the student will be in a position to apply for a warrant in order to begin to practice Gestalt psychotherapy competently and professionally in the best interests of their clients.
Postgraduate Certificate in Gestalt Psychotherapy in Organisations
The major aim of this course is to support professionals with different psychotherapy education backgrounds, to develop knowledge and skills necessary for work with organisations.
Post Graduate Diploma in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy
Working with children and adolescents requires specialised knowledge, skills and competencies, and requires an understanding of the unique context of child and adolescent treatment. For example, developmental issues, which have significant individual variability in the timing, have to be taken into account; Ethical and legal issues, are different when compared to work with adults; Young children often do not possess the language skills to describe their internal world and their subjective experiences.
Many therapists currently work with this client group by only having general psychotherapy training, and some of them have short and/or non-accredited training for work with children and adolescents. Our intention is to offer specialised, good quality, solid and accredited education in this area. This programme is designed to address all issues related to working with children and adolescents in order to equip future psychotherapists with the necessary knowledge, skills and competencies.
Doctorate in Gestalt Psychotherapy, D. Psych (GT)
The major aim of this doctorate program is to support professionals in the field towards developing a research-oriented approach to Gestalt psychotherapy practice, becoming able to give relevant contributions to psychotherapy theory and practice.
The overall objective of the doctorate programmes is to rope in and build upon contemporary efforts to ground practice and theory in scientific and academic ways framed by the philosophical roots and developments of Gestalt Psychotherapy. As gestalt psychotherapists, we are predisposed to engage in a curious stance, interested in the phenomena of the relational psychotherapeutic process that we continuously engage in, supported by ongoing evaluation and assessment. The process of psychotherapy is research-oriented by its very nature. The Doctorate programme seeks to support practitioners with practical tools to further strengthen this attitude and positioning, with the hope of bridging the gap between practice and research through coherent and rigorous methodologies.