Our Institute provides
training and development for specialists in psychotherapy.
For the Applicants
Dates of enlistment
4-6 March 2022
Educational program in gestalt psychotherapy
From differentiation
to integration
Programs
A long-term additional education program for adults, implementing European standards for the training of gestalt psychotherapists (EAGT, LPB, LGTA)
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Specialization in couples therapy in integrative method
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Short-term in-depth functional training for psychologists and psychotherapists
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Specialization in integrative method in psychotherapy
Short-term professional development program for psychologists and psychotherapists
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Specialization in child and adolescent psychotherapy in integrative method
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Short-term in-depth functional training for psychologists and psychotherapists
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How to become part of the program?
Terms and conditions
Basic Gestalt therapy program
Programs for developing professional skills
How to become part of the program?
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Terms and conditions
Basic Gestalt therapy program
Programs for developing professional skills
Basic Gestalt therapy program
Specializations
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Completing the preparatory level
and to receive a recommendation from a group and individual psychotherapists
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Completing an initial interview
psychological diagnostics in order to determine special abilities and accept the conditions of the study
one of five professions: psychologist, pedagogue, social worker, theologist, medical doctor
Possessing a master degree
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One module, including continuous experience of personal Gestalt psychotherapy (in a group and individually) during a year's time
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Completing the preparatory level
and to receive a recommendation from a group and individual psychotherapists
03
Completing an initial interview
psychological diagnostics in order to determine special abilities and accept the conditions of the study
one of five professions: psychologist, pedagogue, social worker, theologist, medical doctor
Possessing a master degree
01
One module, including continuous experience of personal Gestalt psychotherapy (in a group and individually) during a year's time
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Having work experience
at least two years
from one of European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP) accepted methods, and/or a psychology degree (or a diploma in related professions)
Possessing a psychotherapy certificate
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Having work experience
at least two years
Possessing a psychotherapy certificate
from one of European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP) accepted methods, and/or a psychology degree (or a diploma in related professions)
The most effective formats for adult education
How does the study proceed
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The main form of education — a three day intensive seminar
A micro-group made of 3-4 persons
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Scientific research work
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Independent reading sessions
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Clinical practice
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Psychotherapeutic conferences and forums
Summer school
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Didactic supervision of the practical part
Various methods of training
Seminars take place in a group format on Fridays, Saturdays and Sondays, once per month.
Work in groups made of 3-4 students, meeting on a regular basis to autonomously train practical skills. During such meetings, students undertake tasks given by trainers and record the study process in the reflections diary.
During the training process, students must independently acquire a specific amount of theoretical information, by reading study material, scientific papers and literature on Gestalt psychotherapy.

In order to systematize this gained knowledge, students write and present some theoretical papers that are based on literature analysis; as well as take part in group discussions on the reading material.
Special conditions for training psychotherapists, which is the most important tool in developing a professional set of mind and professional identity. During the training process, students undertake psychotherapeutic research, on which results then write scientific papers.
The classes include different teaching methods: mini-lectures, presentations, practical tasks, working in groups of three, observing practical examples through video material.
Forms of working out and developing practical skills in psychotherapy. Within the framework of both the basic training program for specialists and developing programs for already practicing professionals, it is prescribed to accumulate a certain amount of clinical practice (working with clients) under the supervision of more experienced colleagues.

This condition of training refers to an independent type of work, meaning that the students are themselves responsible for organizing this process.
Attending such events is a mandatory part of training and refers to independent student activities. During the training program it is required to gain experience in participating in conferences and forums, both as a observing student and as a presenter.
Short-term intensive course for psychologists, psychotherapists and representatives of related professions, allowing students to learn from a wide variety of professionals without being connected to any of the training programs.

Within the summer school framework, one can converse with colleagues, try out specific tools of various psychotherapeutic approaches, dive deep into the creative teaching process, advance one's own qualifications.
A form of professional consultation (both individual and in a group), the focus of which is the professional activity of a novice specialist.

Goals of this didactic supervision are emotional support, aid in becoming and developing a professional identity, burnout prevention, solving processual challenges, formation of professional resilience.
Which fields can one practice in after completing the study
self-actualisation
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Private psychotherapeutic practice
Rehabilitation
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Children and family psychotherapeutic centers
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Business environment
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Teaching psychotherapy
Finding answers
to your question
faq
What is Gestalt psychotherapy?
Gestalt psychotherapy is a humanistic approach to psychotherapy, exposed to the world in 1951 with the publication of a book “Gestalt therapy” (Perls, Hefferline, Goodman). The distinctive features of this approach are high value of contact (with self, the world, others) and creative experimental environment, contributing and supporting change in the life of a client.
What is the Integrative approach in psychotherapy?
Integrative approach in psychotherapy is the complex systematic point of view, reflecting the multiversity and multidimensionality of the studied phenomenon. As in other cases, integration in psychotherapy allows to re-establish a natural wholeness, to connect parts of psychotherapy as science and as treatment method, to notice common features in different psychotherapy modalities, to combine concepts and methods of various modalities, therefore expanding and deepening own knowledge, and perfecting the practical competences of established specialists.
How long is the training? Why so long?
The continuation of the training in it’s basic program in Gestalt psychotherapy takes five years. The length is dictated by complexity and multi-leveledness of the training program, the result of which completion is the mastering of a new profession — psychotherapy specialist, which requires the development of high level professional and personal competences.

Specialization training lasts two years.
How much does the training cost?
Payment is carried out twice per year, at each semester 

The cost of one semester in the basic program in Gestalt psychotherapy — 1250 euro
The cost of one semester in the specialization “Integrated approach in psychotherapy” — 1600 euro
The cost of one semester in the specialization “Children and adolescent psychotherapy: integrative approach” — 1450 euro
The cost of one semester in the specialization “Couples psychotherapy: integrative approach” — 1450 euro
Are there additional expenditures during the study?
Personal psychotherapy and individual supervision are NOT included in the overall price.
What to do if a seminar is missed? 
Participation in the training program or specialization presumes at most 10% absence from the combined training hours. All of the missed hours above the norm are required to be re-done in the form suggested by the program curator, for an additional fee.
Is there going to be an online part of the training and will I be able to attend virtually in case of illness?
Participation in the training program presumes a minimal online format (in case of a lockdown, an organizational requirement). It is impossible to connect to the work group virtually. Non-attendance of seminars for any reason is considered to be an absence and presumes repeating the course, in case of a higher than 10% absence from the combined training hours.
Is there going to be a recording of seminars? 
There shall not be a recording of seminars.
All the material offered by the teaching staff in the seminars, is considered to be their unique technology and intellectual property. In case of an online part of the course, students would receive additional material (presentation, bibliography for personal review).
How do your training programs differ from other programs on offer?
The training programs in the Baltic Institute for Psychotherapy have a tendency toward scientific research. The training is based on contemporary methodologies of the discipline and presumes an active participation from students in creating research projects, writing and publication of scientific papers and attendance of professional conferences, within the field of psychotherapy.
How come is the personal Gestalt therapy needed in order to become a Gestalt Psychotherapist?
Gaining an own experience in personal Gestalt psychotherapy constitutes an important part of professional development for a few reasons: it allows to study the psychotherapeutic process from within, thereby developing empathy towards the client’s worldview; to increase the levels of self-awareness, which in turn is necessary for a successful learning and formation of psychotherapeutic position, as an experience that is different to the private life of the psychotherapist.
Can another form of psychotherapy be counted toward the study, other than Gestalt therapy?
Is it possible to substitute it for other methods of gaining self-experience? 

During the training, ONLY a lengthy Gestalt self-therapy shall be counted (50 hours), and only when the whole thing is done with one psychotherapist, because the given frame of work is a fundamental part of the whole educational process.
What is working in a micro-group and what do we need to meet for?
A student micro-group is a work group made from 3-4 students, which regularly meets independently from the rest, in order to work out certain practical skills. During such meetings, students make certain exercises given by their trainers and record their reflections in a work diary. The character and content of these exercises depend on the given training period: starting with working out the particular psychotherapeutic skills and ending with conducting practical mini psychotherapeutic sessions with focusing on different phenomena. Such work groups perform a variety of didactic tasks: maintenance of group ties, emotional support of one another, development of professional skills, as well as learning to record psychotherapeutic sessions.
Why is it important to repeat the missed material? 
A seminar in the psychotherapeutic program is not only receiving information on a particular topic, but also a dynamic group process that accompanies the internalization of the learned material. The latter is perhaps only possible during group work. This is why it is important to redo the absences.
Why reading books, watching videos and participating in online projects, I can not learn to work as psychotherapist?
Meeting with study groups and live contact with trainers are both an enormous research and privilege, which allow for not only accumulating theoretical material, but also to relive the common experience, participate in dynamic exercises, discuss and debate, and to develop the experience in both physical and emotional presence around psychotherapy. Basically, all of which are later the necessary components of professional abilities of a psychotherapist.

These qualities are impossible to develop outside of the group framework.
Is it possible to study together with my husband or sister? 
Many years of experience in teaching psychotherapy clearly show that one of the factors which lowers effectiveness in learning, is studying in the same group as a relative or a close person.
Do you help in finding clients after completion of the training program?
Studying in the Baltic Institute for Psychotherapy facilitates the needed skills for a private practice, as well as the development of professional relations, needed for any effective activity in the field.

Searching for clients is the responsibility of the psychotherapist themselves.
Is it possible to start Gestalt psychotherapy training, without having a psychology degree?
Gestalt psychotherapy training program is an informal educational program for adults, who possess a master degree in one of five professions: psychologist, pedagogue, social worker, medical doctor, theologist. 

An exception is the first module, correlating to the preparatory level of the program (personal Gestalt psychotherapy), which is open for any adult to take part in, who has higher education (baccalaureate) in any profession.
Is it possible to take an academic break? 
After completion of the preparatory level in Gestalt psychotherapy, it is possible to take an academic leave for as long as five years, with the right to continue with the second module of the program.


An academic break after second, third, fourth or fifth modules is possible no longer than one year.
Are these programs accredited?
The training programs in our institute have been accredited by the ministry of education, culture and sport in Riga’s duma (as an informal adult education).
Is the Baltic Institute for Psychotherapy an educational institution? 
The birth of this project as Baltic educational center occurred in Riga in 2018. At this time the first educational programs in the center for physical and psychological rehabilitation were launched. It had started with teaching Gestalt psychotherapy, however, this project had expanded, uniting many professionals around it, creating many more creative ideas. Since the beginning of 2022, Baltic Institute for Psychotherapy has officially accepted as a learning center of continuing education for adults.
Which kind of document is issued at the end of the program? 
Training in the Gestalt psychotherapy program presumes the completion of six modules — one preparatory and five didactic. At the completion of each of the modules, respective certificates are issued. 

The presence of all six certificates is a condition for obtaining the Baltic Institute for Psychotherapy certificate, validating successful completion of the program; this gives the right to being accredited in the professional associations and confirmation of status of Gestalt psychotherapist (LGTA) and specialist in Gestalt psychotherapy (LPB). 

Content of the educational program is compliant with the educational standards with the European Association for Gestalt Therapy (EAGT) and takes into account the requirements to this profession in Latvia. 

At the end of any specialization, a certificate is presented, validating the completion of the program. This certificate is an attachment to the main professional diploma, being proof of their professional development and enhancement of their professional abilities.
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