This page contains resources and information on research relating to Gestalt Therapy, including details of:
- GANZ Research Conference Scholarships
- 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
GANZ Research Conference Scholarships
One part of GANZ’s strategy to develop Gestalt Therapy in Australia and New Zealand is to support research into Gestalt Therapy. While many members may not be directly engaged in research, GANZ believes that advancing Gestalt research will over time benefit all Gestalt practitioners by building the visibility and credibility of our therapeutic modality.
In line with this strategy, GANZ will fund two $150 USD scholarships towards the cost of the tickets for 2019 Gestalt Research Conference in Santiago. The International Gestalt Research Association will match funding provided by GANZ, which together will cover the total cost of the conference ticket. The Scholarship does not cover costs of flights or accommodation.
For the application process please click here: GANZ Research Conference Scholarship application
Applications close 28-Dec-18
Current Research Projects
The Phenomenological Experience of Relationality in Gestalt Therapy
Dr. Dominic Hosemans (UK), has requested participation in his research, which is funded by New Gestalt Voices and the Relational Centre. If you are interested in participating, please contact email@example.com
Background & Research Aim
Relationality within gestalt therapy arises from the depth of contact between the client and therapist. Relationality is experienced as the in-between, where being in relationship with the other expands one’s horizon upon the field (Yontef, 1993). Such a process is bi-directional, with the therapist also changing as a result of contact. Relationality is additionally a dance between I-thou and I-it, allowing contact to deepen on each osculation between the two – facilitating introjection of the containing other (Mackewn, 1997). However, the experience of relationality within the gestalt literature is primarily discussed in terms of a theoretical understanding based on one’s experience. As such, the phenomenological experience of relationality itself has never described at length. Thus, the current study aims to understand the themes underlying the phenomenological felt-sense of relationality according to clients of gestalt therapy.
The current study will concentrate on recruiting between six and eight individuals who have undergone at least 50 sessions of gestalt therapy.
Interviews will be organised at a time and place, including online, convenient for the individual. Individuals interested in participating will be asked to contact the primary researcher, who will provide an Explanatory Statement that describes the boundaries of the interview. Individuals will be informed that confidentiality and anonymity is assured, with only pseudonyms used throughout the write-up of the article. Individuals will additionally be informed that the session is not therapy, but an interview on the therapy process especially in terms of relationality. Upon being adequately informed, individuals will be asked to sign a consent form, where the interview will be recorded and then transcribed verbatim. The project will involve between six to eight interviews, each with an approximate duration of 45 minutes to one hour, which will concern attempting to understand the phenomenological experience of relationality from the perspective of the client. Individuals will have an opportunity subsequent to the transcription to read through the interview, in which they can request to have anything removed or added.
Significance and Implications
The current study has both clinical and theoretical implications. Primarily, the study has the potential to flesh out the current theoretical understanding of relationality with the client’s felt-sense of this experience. The extension of the field’s horizon in this area will also hopefully facilitate gestalt practitioners in acknowledging moments of strong relationality as well as being able to reflect this back to the clients when particular relationality themes are discussed. Furthermore, the themes identified can additionally be used to form the foundation for a psychometric scale assessing the strength of relationality within the gestalt therapeutic setting.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.