The Master of Arts in Gestalt Psychotherapy is a level 9 award validated by the Institute of Technology Carlow.
The programme has an innovative design based on a spiral curriculum and consists of four modules. In the first 4 years of training (i.e. modules 1-3) all students train together as one residential community. Equal weight is given to skills, theory and personal development and an integrated approach to their delivery is facilitated by the experiential structure of the programme.
Module 1 – 3
Modules, 1-3 comprise the first 4 years of training. During these modules, students meet for residential blocks and the dates for these are provided below. Students are expected to attend all residential workshops and also;
•meet for regional study days between workshops
•attend personal therapy for the duration of the programme
•be in a clinical placement in years 3 & 4
•attend individual and group supervision during their placement
At the end of year 2, students are assessed for readiness to begin a clinical placement. During this placement, they are required to complete a minimum 200 hours client work and receive regular clinical supervision from an accredited, Gestalt Institute approved supervisor.
Modules 1-3 are accredited by IAHIP and IACP and on successful completion, all students will be eligible to begin their accreditation process with one of these bodies.
Students who complete modules 1-3 will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy (Level 9, 60 credits).
This is the dissertation module which is delivered over a 12 month period. It includes taught weekends as well as individual academic supervisions. Successful completion of modules 1-4 will result in the award of Master of Arts in Gestalt Psychotherapy (Level 9, 90 credits).
It is expected that dissertation candidates will have completed modules 1-3 of the GII programme. However, applicants with equivalent qualifications will be considered on a case by case basis if they
•have an equivalent qualification which includes a substantial amount of gestalt study
•are accredited psychotherapists
•complete a bridging programme with GII
•provide satisfactory references
The Gestalt Institute programme provides a warm, nourishing community that facilitates learning within a group environment. Students are encouraged to be active participants in their own learning and involved members of a learning community. On graduation from the programme, further training and support is available including a post practicum group, CPD workshops, training in group facilitation and supervision and advanced workshops led by international experts.