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The union of humanity, technique and style

The union of humanity, technique and style

08Jul(Jul 8)9:30 am09(Jul 9)4:30 pmThe union of humanity, technique and styleA workshop for therapists9:30 am - 4:30 pm (9)(GMT+10:00) suite 201/308 Pacific Highway Crows Nest

Event Details

Gestalt therapy is among the earliest and most enduring of psychotherapeutic approaches that are grounded in ‘the relationship between therapist and client’ as the source of healing, whether the ‘client’ is an individual, relationship partners, family/group members, an organisation or community. 

This 2-day workshop will explore the inseparable nature of humanity, technique and style in the practice of psychotherapy in general, and gestalt therapy in particular. 

Drawing on the theory, methodology of gestalt therapy, the workshop is designed to support each participant’s unique style while integrating humanity and gestalt therapy practice in a way which integrates both rather than one interfering with the other. 

The workshop is designed for graduates of a gestalt therapy training program as well as psychologists, social workers and counsellors who have an interest in developing and expanding their therapeutic work. 

Learning Objectives: 

Participants will:

  • Acquire an advanced understanding of the theory, foundation principles and methodology which underpin the contemporary Gestalt therapy practice.  
  • Review the assumptions of the approach regarding ‘human nature’, change and growth and the theme of the workshop series.
  • Explore individual life experiences which have contributed to each participant’s emerging therapeutic style. 
  • Observe demonstrations, audio-visual presentations and participate in experiential exercises which focus intensely on improving clinical skills and emphasizes the integration of clinical work and Gestalt theory. 
  • Be provided with opportunities to develop and refine their clinical style. 
  • Practice integrating humanity, techniques and as part of the therapeutic process. 
  • Explore a range of creative options for supporting change in the therapeutic relationship. 


Dr Michael Reed (pronoun he/him) is a Registered Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia, Accredited Clinical Social Worker, Couples and Family Therapist and Authorised Clinical Supervisor. Michael completed a Bachelor of Social Work degree in 1972 (UNSW), a Clinical Social Work Master degree in 1986 (UHaifa) and a PhD in 1995 (Faculty of Medicine/Psychiatry, USydney).    Michael commenced his training in Gestalt Therapy in 1978 and has continued attending various levels of advanced training since that time. Michael began practicing Gestalt therapy in 1982. In 1996 Michael convened the first meeting of Australia and New Zealand Gestalt therapy training centers in Sydney, Australia which led to the establishment of ‘Gestalt Australia & New Zealand: An Association of Gestalt Practitioners’ (GANZ) in 1998. Michael was the inaugural Chairperson of GANZ (1998-2000), Chair of the Ethics Committee (1998-2006) and was honored to be awarded ‘Fellow’ of GANZ in 2006.   Michael has attended several GATLA European Summer Residentials (2001-2018) as part of his ongoing training at Clinical Practicum/Master Class Levels and completed the GATLA Certification Exam in 2015. He has run a part-time private psychology/psychotherapy practice since 1982 and a full-time private practice since 1998 in Crows Nest. He has been involved in Gestalt therapy training at faculty, senior faculty, visiting faculty, directorship, supervision, and workshop levels across accredited higher education and Gestalt therapy training programs in Australia and overseas. 


July 8-9, 9.30am -4.30pm The Relational Institute Australia Suite 201/308 Pacific Highway Crows Nest


Weekend July 8-9, 2023

9.30- 4.30

Ticket Price

Early bird rate (before May 30th, 2023) $495 + GST

Full rate $550 + GST

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