People often say the "formative years" are the early years of one's life. Thanks to Norman, GICO and my fellow participants I got to experience a new set of "formative years" and for that, I will be forever grateful.

Todd Grazier

Three-year Postgraduate Training - Beginning February 2018

Gestalt, therapist, training, business consultant, counselor

What is Gestalt?

Gestalt Therapy evolved from the work of Frederick and Laura Perls, Paul Goodman, Isadore From and others in the 1940s. Their work is rooted in existentialism, humanism field theory and other holistic approaches. It is an extension of Gestalt perceptual psychology and organizational change theory. The Gestalt Approach is based in the here and now—it is growth driven, experiential and treats the person or system as a whole.

Gestalt is about real, foundational change. The Gestalt professional approaches clients from the perspective that individuals and the systems in which they operate are able to adapt and grow. By discovering the impediments to growth, the Gestalt professional, along with the client, constructs creative solutions to their issues.

What will you be learning. . .

  • How to use yourself more effectively in your organizational/business consulting or psychotherapy work.
  • Understand the process of change and how it works with individuals, systems and organizations on a deep level.
  • How to identify and manage resistance, work boundaries and understand transformational change and growth.
  • The importance of the self in psychotherapy and leadership/management.
  • How to use Gestalt theory both clinically and organizationally to develop a methodology of work that promotes change.
  • Learn to love your work and see that you can truly make a difference to individuals, couples, organizations, leaders, families and more.

Who Participates in the Postgraduate Training Program?

Past participants have worked in various fields including medical, mental health, business, government and education. One of the most powerful aspects of the training is that you are learning and collaborating alongside a group of diverse professionals. You will gain new perspectives, develop relationships and receive personal and professional support.

What is the Gestalt Institute of Central Ohio?

Under the direction of Norman Shub, BCD, the Gestalt Institute of Central Ohio has been providing transformational change through Gestalt psychotherapy services, workshops, community programs and training for over 40 years.

The Application Process

  • Submit the Postgraduate Training Program Application. 
  • Interview with Norman Shub, Clinical Director
  • Brief Orientation

The application process is an opportunity for you to learn more about us and how this program will further your professional and personal goals. Once your application is reviewed, you will be contacted about scheduling an interview. We look forward to getting to know you!


•     Application fee is $100.00 (non-refundable)
•     Tuition amount is $3,600 total

Program Requirements and Dates of Training

Year- One training will take place from 9:00am-3:00pm on the following dates (attendance is mandatory):
Friday, February 9, 2018 & Saturday, February 10, 2018
Friday, March 9, 2018 & Saturday, March 10, 2018
Friday, April 6, 2018 & Saturday, April 7, 2018
Friday, May 4, 2018 & Saturday, May 5, 2018
Friday, June 1, 2018 & Saturday,June 2, 2018

The 1st Year

In the first year, the models of psychotherapy and consulting will be introduced. The training is a combination of didactic, experiential, demonstrative, and practicum segments all woven together in a unique way to provide an opportunity to learn step-by-step how to do this work. You will experience professional and personal growth, as well as build relationships with fellow students. This year is especially powerful in terms of enhancing your self-awareness, building upon your strengths, and recognizing your opportunities for growth. The reading and on-going work between sessions will enhance your experience.

 The first year explores:

  • The role of awareness in foundational change.
  • Your ability to connect with others on a deep level by enhancing your contact skills.
  • The art of engaging individuals and groups.
  • The structure of the psychotherapy and consulting processes.
  • Using yourself as an agent of change.
  • Developing your style as a psychotherapist or consultant.
  • Identifying and working with client and organizational resistances.

The 2nd Year

The second year builds upon the first as you begin applying your learning to your work. You will have opportunities to work with volunteer clients struggling with professional or personal issues. These experiential opportunities are especially impactful and unique to our program, because staff will offer supportive guidance and feedback about your work. You will be prepared to use what you’ve learned as you move into your chosen area of specialization (psychotherapy or consulting) for the third year.

The second year explores:

  • The configurations of the self and present center diagnosis in psychotherapy and consulting.
  • Gestalt theories of the introject system, steel rods (self-esteem), and advanced level resistance work.
  • The process of change and its components.
  • Theory, methodology, development of style, and differential uses of Gestalt theory.
  • How the Gestalt process unfolds over time.
  • The nature of character and the characterological organization.
  • How to use the power of your individual personality to effectively be an agent of change.

The 3rd Year

For the third year, you will choose to follow the psychotherapy or consulting track. This will give you the opportunity to concentrate on the application of the Gestalt approach based upon your area of specialization.


  • Gestalt therapy with adults, children, couples, and families.
  • Gestalt business and organizational consulting.

Advanced Training

We are now offering additional postgraduate training years for groups who want to deepen their work in Gestalt psychotherapy and consulting.  These advanced years are special in that the group helps shape the curriculum depending on their specific needs. These groups may have spaces for graduates, alumni, participants from other institutes, etc.

To begin the application process please click the PDF link below.
1. Download and fill out the application.
2. Save the application and click the appropriate button to submit by email or print and mail to our offices.
3. Include the $100.00 application fee.


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Being in Charge of Your Caseload


Practitioners looking to develop intellectual honesty, self-scrutiny and self-monitoring at the highest level in their psychotherapeutic practices are encouraged to use this guide. “Being in Charge of Your Caseload” has proven to create self-supervision and an intellectual accountability process.

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