Postgraduate Certificate in Gestalt Psychotherapy

MQF Level 7

General information and rationale:

The Postgraduate Certificate in Gestalt Psychotherapy programme, is accredited by the MFHEA, MQF Level 7, part-time programme carried out over a timeframe of 24 months. The main aim of this programme is to offer the basics in Gestalt Psychotherapy in terms of theoretical knowledge, skills, competences and experience. In this way the programme represents a comprehensive introduction to Gestalt psychotherapy and is suitable both for: a) individuals who are planning to continue their education in Gestalt psychotherapy (after achieving this certificate) and to become licenced psychotherapists; and b) for individuals who do not want (or do not have the necessary qualifications) to become psychotherapists but want to learn this subject in order to achieve personal development, growth and intrinsic satisfaction.

In order to achieve the programme’s aim and to meet the needs of all intending students, this programme is tailored with all the standards prescribed by the European Association for Psychotherapy and the European Association for Gestalt Therapy. It is also compatible with the EAPTI-GPTIM Diploma and Masters in Gestalt Psychotherapy programmes which both lead to acquiring higher degrees and psychotherapy licensing from relevant bodies.

Course outline (Modules):

1. HISTORY AND ROOTS OF GESTALT THERAPY
4 ECTS / MQF Level 7 / Year of Study: 1st

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2. THEORY OF GESTALT THERAPY
7 ECTS / MQF Level 7 / Year of Study: 1st

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3. HUMAN ORGANISM AND ENVIRONMENT
6 ECTS / MQF Level 7 / Year of Study: 1st

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4. TECHNIQUES OF GESTALT THERAPY 1
5 ECTS / MQF Level 7 / Year of Study: 1st

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5. DIAGNOSIS
10 ECTS / MQF Level 7 / Year of Study: 2nd

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6. PRINCIPLES AND APPLICATIONS OF ETHICS
5 ECTS / MQF Level 7 / Year of Study: 2nd

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7. PSYCHOPATHOLOGY FROM A GESTALT RELATIONAL PERSPECTIVE
8 ECTS / MQF Level 7 / Year of Study: 2nd

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8. DIFFERENT PSYCHOTHERAPEUTIC APPROACHES
4 ECTS / MQF Level 7 / Year of Study: 1st/2nd

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Overall learning outcomes:

KNOWLEDGE

Students shall be able to fully understand the history and roots of gestalt therapy and define its philosophies. Students will know the basic concepts and ideas underlying the Gestalt psychotherapy theory and practice, particularly those of: human organism and environment; basic gestalt therapy techniques; the process of diagnosis; ethical principles; basic psychopathology and different psychotherapeutic techniques.

SKILLS

Students shall be able to:

a) at a basic level, apply the acquired knowledge in different and specific contexts;

b) communicate with other colleagues, experts and clients using basic Gestalt psychotherapy ideas, concepts and terminology, including communicating with professionals who use different psychotherapeutic approaches;

c) refine their skills by being in the experiential role of student/client in therapy, a process which is basic to their self-development, growth and reflexivity;

d) use one’s own judgement and make decisions in different theoretical and practical situations with clients and colleagues;

e) evaluate one’s own learning in order to undertake further studies.

COMPETENCES

Students shall be able to use the Gestalt psychotherapy perspective to:

a) conduct basic assessment of the psychological state of the individual;

b) ensure quality and ethical therapeutic relationships;

c) critically reflect on the interventions observed or carried out; and

d) work thoroughly on personal issues and themes to promote self-awareness and growth fostering the capacity for professional development and competence.

General pedagogical procedures:

This programme is delivered by different teaching and learning methods. The basic idea is that students can learn from their own experience through active involvement. The curriculum is presented through the following methods: lectures, presentations, discussions, role-plays, workshops, active work (including personal therapy) in the role of student-client in small groups, live demonstrations, seminars etc. Reflexive and critical thinking, creativity, active involvement/ participation, abilities of synthesis and analysis will be encouraged.

Assessment:

EAGTI-GPTIM finds it very important that every student has the possibility to show/present his/her knowledge and what was learnt experientially. In order for this to reflect the different styles and strengths of students together with areas for further growth, a variety of methods are used including assignments, presentation and answering questions inspired by the student’s written assignment and presentation.

General assessment procedures:

In general assessment procedures in this programme are: assignments, presentation, answering questions inspired by the student’s written assignment and presentation.

Target group:

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.

Visa:

Third country national are advised to review the following link for VISA regulations www.identitymalta.com/unit/central-visa-unit

Duration and mode of attendance: 2 years part-time

Mode of delivery: Face-to-face

Hours of learning: 1225 hours

Hours of total learning

613

Contact hours

487

Self-study hours

30

Supervised hours

95

Assessment hours

Total number of ECTS for course completion

49 ECTS