This page contains resources and information on research relating to Gestalt Therapy, including details of:
- Current research projects
- Research Presentation at 2018 AAGT Conference
- Recent international research relating to Gestalt Therapy
- The 2019 Gestalt Research conference
- The 2017 Research edition of GJANZ
Current Research Projects
Challenges for Australian therapists of working with asylum seekers and refugees
From Brent Caldwell:
I am currently at Australian College of Applied Psychology and interested in doing a master’s thesis on the challenges for Australian therapists of working with asylum seekers and refugees. Relevant information on the study is attached.
I am planning to do semi-structured interviews in June 2019 with psychotherapists from around Australia, who wish to be included in the study and who meet the following inclusion criteria:
- Work with refugees and asylum seekers for at least two years at least as part of their case-load
- Have PACFA College of Psychotherapy Clinical membership (full member) or
- Have APS full membership or
- Have AASW full membership or
- Have a full membership of a modality psychotherapy association
- Have an experiential psychotherapy training in a particular psychotherapy modality (psychodynamic, gestalt, body psychotherapy, family psychotherapy, transactional analysis, existential therapy, narrative therapy)
This proposal has formal ethics approval.
Anthony Brent Caldwell
The Phenomenological Experience of Relationality in Gestalt Therapy
Dr Dominic Hosemans recently conducted a phenomenological investigation into the client’s experience of relationality within gestalt therapy, which has been written up and accepted after peer-review in Gestalt Review. He is now interested in conducting a similar investigation but from the perspective of the therapist.
If you are a gestalt therapist and interested in discussing your experience of relationality as a therapist, please get in touch with Dominic. Interviews will be conducted online at a mutually agreeable time, expected to take no more than 20 minutes. If this research sounds like something you would like to contribute to, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Research Presentation at 2018 AAGT Conference
Gestalt Therapy Fidelity Scale – AAGT 2018 – Poster paper on the development of a Gestalt Therapy Fidelity Scale by Madeleine Fogarty, Sunil Bhar & Stephen Theiler (Swinburne University)
Summary of recent research
Research Citations – A list of recent citations for various research projects focused on or related to Gestalt Therapy. For abstracts please contact Madeleine Fogarty on email@example.com
Gestalt Research conference
The Gestalt Research Conference will take place from 29th May to 1st June 2019 at the Universidad Central de Chile, Santiago, Chile. The most renowned contemporary researchers and practitioners of psychotherapy have already confirmed their participation – among them Prof. Michael Lambert, Prof. Clara Hill, Prof. Mariane Krause confirmed their presence as keynote speakers.
Michael Lambert, PhD – His research spans 30 years and has emphasized psychotherapy outcome, process and the measurement of change. He has edited, authored, or co-authored nine academic research based books, and 40 book chapters, while publishing over 150 scientific articles on treatment outcomes. He also has been in private practice as a psychotherapist throughout his career.
Clara Hill, PhD – Her major research interests are helping skills, psychotherapy process and outcome, training therapists, dream work, qualitative research, and meaning in life. She has published over 220 journal articles, over 65 chapters in books, and 14 books (including Helping Skills, Dream Work in Therapy, Insight in Psychotherapy, Transformation in Psychotherapy, Consensual Qualitative Research, and Meaning in Life).
Mariane Krause, PhD – Her areas of research are change processes in psychotherapy, depression, and the interaction between sociocultural and mental health conditions. She has led several research projects in these areas, with funding from the Millennium Scientific Initiative of the Ministry of Economy, Development, and Tourism, the National Committee of Scientific and Technological Research, and the United Nations Development Program.
This is wonderful opportunity for ALL who are interested in Gestalt therapy and psychotherapy and research. Also for those who are looking for networking possibilities and inspiration. And of course for young and experienced researchers who are warmly welcome to present their projects or initiate new ones. The early bird fee is 300 USD.
And last but not least this conference is in line with the three previous ones held in Cape Cod (2013, 2015) and Paris (2017) sponsored by AAGT, GISC and EAGT, and also with the educational seminar “Research in Gestalt Therapy. Introducing research methods to Gestalt practitioners” organized in 2014 by EAGT.
Deadline for submissions is October 31 http://www.congresogestalt.cl/index.php/en/program-papers/call-papers
For more information please see Gestalt Research Conference
Research edition of GJANZ
Vol 13 No2 Editorial Extract: Excitement and Growth in Gestalt Therapy Research
This issue contains a the special section devoted to Research, co-ordinated by Madeleine Fogarty. … Our clinical practice is both phenomenological and systematic and we are constantly engaged with feedback and evaluation: “If we understand research as systematic curiosity, we can recognize ourselves as being very good at being curious about raising awareness and experimenting with new possibilities. What we need to develop further is the systematic part of research”. This is not a singular or pre-determined trajectory. …
There is not one right way to support research in GT. There are different perspectives and strategies that offer competing arguments. The dynamics between different approaches can foster dialogue and so the development itself. This is happening at Conferences around the world, in Paris at present and recently in Catania, Sicily, where 800 GT practitioners gathered for a conference on the relationships between the epistemology of clinical practice and research.
GANZ members can download the journal for free, and non-members can purchase the journal here.