Accreditation requirements as given below represent the accreditation standards set by European Association for Gestalt Therapy (EAGT). For more information on accreditation, please visit official web-page of EAGT. http://www.eagt.org/
The Gestalt therapy-training program is defined as a program at post-graduate level. The entrance level of prior education is (according to EAP regulations) at least a Bachelor degree or equivalent (no less than 2000 hours) in the field of the helping professions or the social sciences. Psychologists or Social Workers are good examples of the group of persons who are eligible to become a gestalt therapist. Equivalence must be evaluated through published procedures for the Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).
It is understood that a finished education in the helping professions is required, but in modern society there is a wide spectrum of possibilities and programs, to become a member of the helping professions.
Ordinary Members may be:
- Individuals who meet the EAGT criteria.
Associate Members may be:
- Individuals who have started a training in Gestalt therapy in Institutes and/or individuals who do not yet meet the EAGT criteria.
- Retired Gestalt practitioners.
- EAGT criteria explained:
- 600 hours of theory and methodology done in an experiential way (there has to be a minimum of 600 actual contact hours with at least 4 different trainers)
- 150 hours of supervision
- 400 hours of clinical practice (meaning at least 400 sessions with selected clients / patients (individuals, groups, couples, families, preferable a mix of these)
- 250 hours of personal therapeutic experience
- 50 hours personal preference The total training program consists of a minimum of 1450 hours.
Membership as Gestalt Practitioner in Organization
The EAGT is so far a professional organization which mainly organises the profession of Gestalt psychotherapy. In the Gestalt community is however a growing need to discriminate between psychotherapists and other practitioners using the Gestalt principles. One group of these practitioners can be identified as Gestalt coaches and/or Gestalt organizational development consultancies.
The statutes of the EAGT point: 2, 2, b: The union of persons, organizations and institutions active in Europe in the field of Gestalt psychotherapy and its applications, opens a possibility for inclusion of members who use the Gestalt therapy principles in other areas then psychotherapy.
On the Annual General Meeting in Prague 2003 a Chair of the Gestalt Practitioner in Organizations was appointed and his task it is to formulate a training standard for such practitioners. These standards shall be on the level of the members practicing psychotherapy. More information will follow on this subject as soon as the standards are approved as definite and implemented.