A program that will radically change your practice and your life

The Advanced Clinical Training In Contemporary Gestalt Therapy is a two year course for Postgraduate students who have a relevant first degree from a recognised tertiary institution, offering a Creative, Experiential, Dynamic & robust learning experience. It is tailored for people who wish to focus on learning and developing ethically informed Gestalt therapy skills and application.

This program will focus on the personal & professional development of the therapist as the foundation for a solid relational clinical practice. Linked to the teaching program, TRIA has a student & graduate clinic that offers placements for students to work directly with members of the public as clients. This prepares graduates to work as Gestalt Therapists in organisations or private practice.

Students will engage in a supportive group-learning environment where they can grow in self-awareness as the foundation to supporting a solid clinical practice.

Want to know more? Hear Bob Resnick discuss contemporary Gestalt Therapy with Australia Counselling.



Module 1

Gestalt Therapy- The Old and the New

1 x 3 day intro weekend

2  x weekend trainings

1 x 3 day residential

This module provides you with the foundational understandings of Gestalt therapy, and will be the first of 4 incremental modules that are required for successful completion of the Advanced Training. It explores the history and evolution of Gestalt therapy and the underlying philosophy and influences. This module emphasises the development of the therapist through a process of self-development and provides an introduction to group theory and practice.

Module 2

Self in Relationship

2 x weekend trainings

1 x 3 day residential

Using a developmental perspective that includes cutting edge interpersonal neurobiology and research on human beings’ deeply intersubjective experience, this module focuses on relational Gestalt therapy. The concept of ‘self’ is introduced and explored from the perspective of the Client, the Therapist and the co-created relationship. Students will be invited into focussed reflection and practice around the therapeutic encounter with an emphasis on deepening the relational figure through awareness of self, other and our diverse social contexts. Finally, the idea of a ‘relational ethics’ is introduced to deepen students’ understanding of best practice and ethical maturity.


Module 3

Body Focussed Gestalt Therapy

1 x 3 day intro weekend

2  x weekend trainings

1 x 3 day residential

This module provides you with the foundational understandings of body focussed Gestalt therapy, and will build on modules GT1 and GT2. It will explore the foundational theory and practical applications of working with the body, drawing on Gestalt methodology and body focussed healing practices. The module will include exploration of historical & contemporary theorists such as Janet, Reich, Perls, Boyesen, Van Der Kolk, Ogden, Rothschild, Kepner and others. Particular attention will be given to including ethical, informed, somatic applications into your practice as a psychotherapist and how to assess and work with trauma. The module will cover recent developments in trauma theory and offer a framework for practice. This will include: attention to somatic experience; ‘mindful’ use of present moment awareness; the importance of a relational approach, the critical role of community support; and how to experiment with growth-enhancing experience. These principles will be linked with contemporary developments in best practice, our current understanding of the neurobiology of trauma, and to the cultural and relational contexts we live in.

Module 4

Gestalt in Society

2 x weekend trainings

1 x 3 day residential

This module will critically examine the role of psychotherapy within contemporary society, and explore the application of the Gestalt methodology beyond the consulting room. The social, cultural and ecological context of ‘personal’ issues will be explored. Students will be introduced to critical perspectives on psychotherapy, and consider the history of psychotherapy with reference to culture, gender, sexuality, class, religion, ethnicity and indigeneity. Students will explore the radical origins of Gestalt therapy as a project of social change and the application of the Gestalt method in domains beyond the consulting room; including work in groups, organisations and communities.

The two-year program provides graduates with an Academic Record enabling them to apply for registration on the PACFA register.

Entry Requirements

Students who wish to gain entry into the Advanced Clinical Training In Contemporary Gestalt Therapy are required to have Undergraduate qualifications (Bachelor level) in fields such as Social Work, Psychology, Counselling, or other allied fields. Other TAFE qualifications together with relevant employment experience may be considered, along with relevant life experience. Consideration will also be given to people seeking admission into the course with Diploma or other vocational Certificate qualifications in the counselling or related areas of study, together with extensive relevant work experience.

All applicants are expected to fulfil the following occupational and personal requirements (below).

Admission is open to all qualified candidates regardless of race, religion, ethnic or national origin, or sexual orientation. We particularly encourage and support ethnic, racial and life-style diversity in our faculty and students.

Personal Attributes

Students need to demonstrate the capabilities listed below as a pre-requisite for beginning training as a psychotherapist/counsellor.

  • A relational capacity. This includes a one-to-one therapeutic situation along with an ability to work with a group or team.
  • A capacity to understand and practice ethical behaviour and be prepared to follow the PACFA code of ethics.
  • Demonstrate substantial proficiency in English to a degree that will support work with real clients throughout the training.
  • Self-awareness, including the capacity to relate in a facilitative way with others and to reflect on and examine the impact of these actions.
  • Possesses a high level of mature life experience which is shown by the capacity to reflect on and learn from experience, including being open to positive and challenging feedback.

Student Fees & Dates

The Advanced Clinical Training In Contemporary Gestalt Therapy is a two-year training program with two (2) training modules delivered per year – four (4) in total. The two year training  totals 252 contact training hours.

The fee for each training year is:

Early Bird rate: $6200, Full fee  $6495.

(payment plans can be negotiated)

Click here for 2018 dates: ACGT Training Dates 2018 :2


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Once we recieve your application, we will schedule an interview time with you and one of the TRIA Directors. This will take place in person at the TRIA office in Sydney, or via phone or Skype if applicable. The interview will be a mutual opportunity to assess the suitability of the TRIA program and to attend to any questions the prospective student may have.

Applicants will be considered in line with the above personal attributes, along with relevant qualifications and experience.  Students accepted into the program or module will be asked to sign a TRIA Student  Agreement and a relevant Financial Agreement. Students not accepted into the program will be notified in writing within 7 days.