Global Perspectives on Research, Theory, and Practice: A Decade of Gestalt!
Over a decade in the making, this volume brings together some of the richest thinking about gestalt therapy theory and practice that emerged in the lead-up to the 21st century. In 1996, the internet was breaking out of its shell, and the first electronic journal for gestalt therapy appeared as a hybrid of the text-based discussion group Gstalt-L and the graphically rich, web-based journal itself. The journal, supported by a community at St. Johns University, was titled Gestalt!. Its vision was to stimulate a global discussion of gestalt therapy using the electronic medium that has now become so common and essential, and it did just that. Gestalt! was free. It was quick. Those working with the journal were focused on substance over style. The editors have ensured this relevant and playful attitude shines through in this collection. There are errors in form, because the editors have maintained many in order to provide a realistic feel for what the journal was like. Although it no longer exists, this book reclaims the journal’s great historical value and still-significant ideas.
This book is part of a series. View the full series, "The World of Contemporary Gestalt Therapy", here.
Brian J. Mistler is a seasoned therapist, educator, author, and administrator. Dr Mistler trained for six years at the Gestalt Center of Gainesville with Dr M. Pat Korb while completing his PhD in Counseling Psychology at the University of Florida. He has authored dozens of professional and popular articles, served on the executive board of the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy, and works in Sarasota, Florida, as Associate Dean of Students at Ringling College of Art and Design, one of North America’s preeminent art and design colleges. Dr Mistler also serves as Title IX Coordinator/Legal Compliance Officer for New College of Florida, and, having taught at university level for over a decade, is currently on the faculty of NASPA’s Certificate Program in Higher Education Law and Policy and the Medical House Staff Teaching Faculty of Manatee Memorial Hospital.
Philip Brownell is a clinical psychologist licensed in the states of Oregon and North Carolina, and registered in the British Colony of Bermuda. He is certified as a gestalt therapist by the European Association for Gestalt Therapy and in private practice in Bermuda. He is the Editor of the Handbook for Theory, Research, and Practice in Gestalt Therapy, and the author of Gestalt Therapy: A Guide to Contemporary Practice, Gestalt Therapy for Addictive and Self-Medicating Behaviors and Spiritual Competency in Psychotherapy. He is Co-Editor at Gestalt Research Press, conducts training and teaching internationally, and has contributed numerous articles and chapters to peer-reviewed journals and books. Phil is a member of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy and the American Psychological Association.
"We recommend this book for a number of reasons: first of all for the richness of its arguments and for its variety of perspectives, shown in brilliant and intricate ways, on Gestalt therapy theory. Secondly, some chapters consider both Gestalt and other approaches in their arguments with an admirable cultural sensibility. [...] When, as in this case, a book raises many questions, sensations and thoughts, it means that it could make a significant contribution to the field and open new, rich ways of thinking to the reader."
Jelena Zeleskov Djoric & Gianni Francesetti Quaderni di Gestalt N.2015/2
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