The Study of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy is a training in the Gestalt current that prepares you for therapeutic work with children and adolescents.

What is SPDIM?

The Study of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy is a 15-month therapeutic training plan prepared for those wishing to supplement and expand their competence with specialized knowledge of psychotherapeutic work with children and adolescents. We invite you to sign up.

Nowadays, children and adolescents face great risks, going through numerous challenges emerging from a field full of uncertainty and instability. They need professional care and support to successfully go through their experiences.

Objectives – Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Study

Therapeutic work aimed at children and adolescents in the Gestalt current requires thorough preparation related to three elements:

  • knowledge of the peculiarities of psychosocial development characteristic of children and adolescents at different periods of life,
  • knowledge of psychopathology, or the characteristic symptoms and types of suffering that occur when working with young people and
  • knowledge of therapeutic work methods rooted in the Gestalt current with all its philosophical and theoretical background.

Study of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy – a framework program:

At the Study of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, we offer you a program that has been prepared based on the most current knowledge of developmental psychology, psychopathology and neuroscience, as well as a relational Gestalt approach incorporating field theory. The program takes into account the individual, social and cultural context in working with children, adolescents and their families, whose youngest representatives are “delegates.”

The program consists of:

  • 8 offline training seminars (20 training hours each: Friday: 15:00 – 19:00, Saturday, Sunday: 9:00 – 15:00)
  • 7 online superintendent-lecture sessions (5 training hours each: Thursday: 15:00 – 19:00).

Methodology of the Study

In total, the program includes 195 training hours. Training seminars are held at the Lodz Gestalt School in Lodz, Poland, and include lectures, exercises, exploration of participants’ own experiences, and super-visionary elements. Superintendent-lecture sessions are designed to provide a space for the exchange of experience, assimilation of knowledge and are consultative in nature, on the one hand, and on the other hand, they include a lecture/seminar given by an expert and complement the knowledge from classroom sessions.

Stages of learning

During the first year of training at SPDiM (4 in-person meetings and 4 online meetings), participants/participants will learn the basics of the Gestalt movement in working with children and adolescents.

The second year is an advanced level with the opportunity to explore psychopathology.

The program provides opportunities to learn through theory and practice, work based on analysis of case studies, and share personal experiences. Each seminar will have a consultation to explore theory in the most practical way.

Summary of the Study

The program ends with a certificate of participation issued by the Lodz Gestalt School/associate member of EAGT.

The Child and Adolescent Psychology Study Program is implemented by an international team of experienced Gestalt practitioners working with children and adolescents on a daily basis.

Organizational information – summary:

Organizer: Lodz Gestalt School

Date of the first convention of the 1st edition: 28.03.2025

Date of the last convention of the 1st edition: 31.05.2026

Number of hours: 195 training hours – 15-month program implemented between 2025 and 2026

Place: Headquarters of the Lodz Gestalt School, ul. 125 Piotrkowska St., Lodz

Number of participants: minimum 14, maximum 20 people

Cost: PLN 22,500 (PLN 4,500 registration fee + 15 installments of PLN 1,200 each)

Languages: Italian, Russian, English with Polish translation provided.

Schedule of the 1st edition: SCHEDULE

Enrollment: Application form

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