Desert - CAMFT
Working with Shame and Anger in Gestalt Therapy with
Children and Adolescents
Friday, February 19th, 2021
11:30 to 1:00 PM Presentation
11:00 - 11:30 General Meeting/Networking
Cost: FREE for Desert CAMFT members, 1.5 CEUs
$30 for Non-Members
Felicia Carroll, M.Ed, MA, LMFT
This brief Introductory Presentation in Gestalt Play Therapy is designed to
introduce the theoretical principles and clinical skills that distinguish Gestalt Play
Therapy from other approaches. The emphasis of this program will be on
individual psychotherapy and the application of Gestalt Therapy principles
represented in the work of Violet Oaklander, Ph. D., author of Windows To Our
Children and Hidden Treasure: A Map to the Child’s Inner Self. In this training we
will examine closely those factors that bring about change and growth for a child
or adolescent through the therapeutic process of Gestalt Play Therapy. An
emphasis in this work will be on the dynamics of the therapeutic relationship as the heart of Gestalt Therapy with Children and Adolescents
Objectives: At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to
1. Recognize and discuss foundational theoretical principles of Gestalt
Therapy with Children and Adolescents.
2. Discuss the findings of neuroscience which confirm the Gestalt principles
about the nature of experience, awareness and integration and their
application in child therapy.
3. Describe the nature of the therapeutic relationship in Gestalt Therapy with
Children and Adolescents.
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Felicia Carroll, M.Ed. MA.: Licensed Marriage, Family Therapist and Registered
Play Therapist-Supervisor is in private practice in Solvang, California. She is the
Founder-Director of the West Coast Institute for Gestalt Therapy with Children and Adolescents www.westcoastinstitute.us Felicia is a master’s graduate of the
University of Oklahoma and University of California at Santa Barbara with
credentials in educational psychology, child development, and counseling
psychology. She was a classroom teacher for 12 years prior to becoming a
therapist. Felicia teaches at Gestalt institutes in Europe, Latin America, and throughout Asia in addition to offering training programs in the United States. Her international experience as a trainer has been in Germany, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Georgia, Poland, Morocco, Italy, Brazil, Singapore, Hong Kong, and South Korea. She is often a guest lecturer at conferences on child psychotherapy and play therapy. She has published several chapters and articles about Gestalt therapy with children and on topics related to Gestalt theory and practice including serving as the guest editor
for a special edition of the International Journal of Gestalt Therapy on Gestalt
therapy with children and adolescents, which was published in fall 2010.
As Director of the West Coast Institute, Felicia established a certification program
which encourages clinicians to deepen their knowledge and experience with
Gestalt Therapy in general and with a specialization in therapy with children and
adolescents. At present there are over twenty clinicians from around the world
participating in the certification program. The Core Faculty at WCI are certified
Gestalt Therapists through this program.
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