West Coast Institute for Gestalt Therapy

with Children & Adolescents

Felicia Carroll, LMFT RPT-S
Founder and Director
540 Alisal Rd. Ste 1
Solvang CA 93463 USA

Training Programs

KNOWING WHAT TO DO

AND

WHY YOU ARE DOING IT!

Develop a specialization in child and adolescent psychotherapy

Click on one of the following links for information about our Training opportunities.

Conference Presentations Summer Intensive Basic Training One Day Introductory Workshop Advanced Fall Intensive Training Winter Intensive Training International Training Training for Trainers

Conference Presentations

Dates

  • November 10 - 13, 2016

    Felicia will be teaching a Master class "Writing life narratives with Children: Every child's life is worth a story" at the Expressive Therapies Summit in New York City 2016.

  • November 10, 2017

    Esalen Institute Conference - 40th Anniversary of Gazebo Park School founded by Janet Lederman.</p>
    Felicia will present, “What JL Whispered to the Forest!”

Summer Intensive Basic Training

2016 Summer Intensive

2015 Summer Intensive

2015 Summer Training

Training Fee's
  • Summer Intensive Training: $2400
  • Information regarding financial assistance, schedule of trainings, lodging, and transportation to and from airports will be provided to all registrants with confirmation of registration.
  • A deposit of $300 is necessary to reserve your space. After a deposit has been made, the remaining amount is due on or before the beginning of the training. Please note that the program is limited to 10 people.
CEU's
  • 60 contact hours. The West Coast Institute for Gestalt Therapy with Children and Adolescents is approved by the Association for Play Therapy, APT Approved Provider Number 04-152 to offer continuing education specific to play therapy.
  • WCI is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Provider Number 008931.
  • WCI is sponsored by Serra Institute for Contemporary Gestalt Therapy to provide CEU’s for psychologists.
  • A Certificate of Completion will be given upon receipt of the evaluation for the program. No partial credit can be provided. See Refund Policy below.

Dates

  • FULL

    July 8 - July 16, 2017

  • FULL

    July 29 - August 6, 2017

  • Filled for 2017. Look for 2018 dates

The Summer Training provides an opportunity for participants to enjoy a summer vacation combined with an intensive learning experience. Each day of the workshop will have didactic discussion, experiential practicum with feedback, and case presentations. Video of sessions with children and power point assisted slides will illustrate work with children. If possible, demonstrations with children may be used. Emphasis in this training is on learning concepts and skills that will enhance the therapeutic practice of those working with children/adolescents and not on the personal development of participants. However, participants will find the practicums and demonstrations to be personally and professionally rewarding. The focus of the Basic Training Programs is the integration of theoretical understanding, skill development using various play modalities, and clinical practice.

Participants are asked to read Dr. Oaklander’s books, Windows to Our Children and Hidden Treasure available through http://vsof.org. Other readings will be made available to those attending the training(s).

Since I have cut back on giving trainings, I am delighted that Felicia is offering this summer training as well as other programs that will continue my work and the contributions of the Oaklander Model to the practice of child psychotherapy. Her work is intelligent, sensitive and inspiring. I recommend her trainings to everyone.

Violet Oaklander, Ph.D. Founder of the Gestalt approach with children and adolescents who conducted a highly successful summer training each summer from 1981 until her retirement in 2007.

This workshop was incredible. It will change how I practice. I am now inspired!

Very well done, and worth the 3200 mile travel.

I appreciated having this office setting rather than an impersonal conference room.

The training was well organized and paced. Felicia is a wonderful teaching. She was so available to further my professional and personal development. I highly recommend this training.

I would recommend this course for any mental health professional working with change. This intensive course was a life changing experience for me.

One Day Introductory Workshop

This small-group workshop will build and strengthen attendees’ skills and theoretical understanding of the Gestalt approach to play therapy with children and adolescents. An overview of the history and development of Gestalt therapy will lead attendees through the theoretical underpinnings that guide our work with children. This workshop is experiential and provides practicum sessions to support integration of theory and practice. Attendees will be guided through the application of Gestalt therapy principles as represented in the work of Violet Oaklander, Ph.D. Additionally, contemporary work from the fields of Interpersonal Neurobiology and Relational Gestalt therapy will be incorporated to further support and confirm the Gestalt approach with children and adolescents.

Presenter:

Valente Orozco, LCSW, RPT-S, PPS currently works in private practice in Clovis California and offers training, supervision, and consultation in Gestalt Therapy with Children and Adolescents. He has worked with children in a variety of settings including school-based mental health, child welfare, and outpatient mental health. Valente served as the 2015 President of the Central Valley Chapter of the California Association for Play Therapy. He has trained with the Pacific Gestalt Institute in Los Angeles and is a Certified Gestalt Therapist with Children and Adolescents. Mr. Orozco is a core faculty member with the West Coast Institute for Gestalt Therapy with Children and Adolescents.

Workshop Fee's
  • One Day Introductory Workshop: $180
  • A non-refundable registration fee of $50 is due with registration.
  • The group is limited to 10 attendees.
CEU's
  • 6 contact hours. The West Coast Institute for Gestalt Therapy with Children and Adolescents is approved by the Association for Play Therapy, APT Approved Provider Number 04-152 to offer continuing education specific to play therapy.
  • WCI is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Provider Number 008931.
  • A Certificate of Completion will be given upon receipt of the evaluation for the program. No partial credit can be provided. A non-refundable registration fee of $50 is due with registration.

Dates

  • Friday June 23rd, 2017

Location

  • Placerville, CA

Advanced Fall Intensive

Another wonderful experience. Excellent!

You made it fun, kept it from becoming heavy.

In-depth understanding of roots, as well as overarching constructs. Will provide me with guideposts in assessment and treatment planning.

Well thought through, lots of depth. Responded to requests to relate more concretely to working with child clients.

Dates

  • Register Now

    October 15 - October 22, 2017

  • Register now to have a place!

The Advanced Fall Intensive Training is planned for those wanting to continue with the work of the Summer Intensive and reunite with friends while doing so.

ORIGINS: Theoretical and Philosophical Roots of Gestalt Therapy and Gestalt Therapy with Children and Adolescents/The Oaklander Approach

This advanced training is planned for those who have completed the Basic Training in Gestalt Therapy with Children and Adolescents/ The Oaklander Approach. This course will delve into the original theoretical perspectives of the 20th Century which evolved into the integrated system of Gestalt Therapy which will include classical psychoanalysis, phenomenology, holism, Gestalt psychology, and existentialism. We will examine the Gestalt perspective of child development, both healthy and interrupted. Principles of 21st C. neuroscience, which confirms the fundamental principles of Gestalt Therapy, will be examined. In this training the therapy process and use of treatment modalities of the Oaklander Approach will be experienced through the understanding of the psychological and philosophical principles of Gestalt Therapy both past and present.

  • Fee: $1600 USD
  • Information regarding financial assistance, schedule of trainings, lodging, and transportation to and from airports will be provided to all registrants with confirmation of registration.
  • CEU's: 40 contact hours. The West Coast Institute for Gestalt Therapy with Children and Adolescents is approved by the Association for Play Therapy, APT Approved Provider Number 04-152 to offer continuing education specific to play therapy.
  • WCI is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Provider Number 008931.
  • WCI is sponsored by Serra Institute for Contemporary Gestalt Therapy to provide CEU’s for psychologists.
  • A Certificate of Completion will be given upon receipt of the evaluation for the program. No partial credit can be provided. See Refund Policy below.

Winter Intensive Training

Comming Soon!

Dates

  • To Be Scheduled. Look for 2018 dates

Training for Trainers

Dates

  • FULL

    May 28 - June 4, 2017

  • Filled for 2017. Look for 2018 dates

The TRAINING FOR TRAINERS workshop will be rescheduled for May 2017. If you are interested, please complete the Registration without deposit. You will receive more information about the schedule in 2017.

This training is offered to those who have attended the two intensive trainings or a full International program, and want support to become trainers in their own community/country. Preference will be given to those who are working towards certification through WCI. Participants will develop training outlines, review curriculum materials, set goals, network with other trainers, and receive guidance on leading group dynamics.

  • Fee: $1600 USD
  • Information regarding financial assistance, schedule of trainings, lodging, and transportation to and from airports will be provided to all registrants with confirmation of registration.
  • CEU's: 40 contact hours. The West Coast Institute for Gestalt Therapy with Children and Adolescents is approved by the Association for Play Therapy, APT Approved Provider Number 04-152 to offer continuing education specific to play therapy.
  • WCI is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Provider Number 008931.
  • WCI is sponsored by Serra Institute for Contemporary Gestalt Therapy to provide CEU’s for psychologists.
  • A Certificate of Completion will be given upon receipt of the evaluation for the program. No partial credit can be provided. See Refund Policy below.

International Training

Hong Kong 2015

Czech Republic 2015

The trainings of WCI are available internationally upon request of a local organizer. This is an exciting and educational exchange for everyone. The goal is to provide adequate training so that qualified persons at each location can eventually take on the training for professionals for their locales.

Felicia Carroll travels internationally providing workshops/trainings to groups of therapists interested in learning more about Gestalt Therapy with Children and Adolescents as developed by Violet Oaklander, Ph.D and other leading child clinicians. Many of these training programs evolve into training programs either through Gestalt Institutes around the world or more independent clinical programs.

Trainings include.

  • Basic Training: The Oaklander Model (4 days)
  • Shame, Introjects, and Anger (4 days)
  • Integrative processes and Writing Life Narratives with Children and Adolescents (3 days)
  • The Gestalt View on Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning (3 days)
Other issues/topics can also be addressed as the program is tailored for each group and cultural needs.

Upcoming International Workshops

2016 Workshops
  • Hong Kong, China - November 26 - December 3, 2016
2017 Workshops
  • Prague, Czech Republic - January 17 - 23, 2017
  • Prague, Czech Republic - May 9 - 14, 2017
  • Singapore City, Singapore - March 13 - 16, 2017
  • Warsaw, Poland - March 24 - April 3, 2017
  • Bucharest, Romania - May 15 - 22, 2017
  • Prague, Czech Republic - September 6 - 12, 2017

Many more dates are being planned for 2017 - 2018.

Contact Felicia for more details.

Instituto de Therapia Juego Gestalt Ninos and Adolescentes
  • Trainer: Susana Millan Cruz
  • Location: Leon, Mexico
  • Contact: sumillan60@yahoo.com.mx

Non-Discrimination Statement

All trainees are welcome without regard to gender, race, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, religion, or disability. The West Coast Institute complies with all local, state, and federal regulations including the American’s with Disabilities Act. Please indicate on your registration or contact Felicia Carroll if you have questions regarding special accommodations.

WCI maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Grievance Policy

The West Coast Institute for Gestalt Therapy with Children and Adolescents (WCI) is fully committed to conducting all activities in strict compliance with all legal and ethical responsibilities to be non-discriminatory in promotional activities, program content and in treatment of program participants. If any registrant has special needs, please make those clear at the time of registration. WCI will do its best to anticipate problems and, if they present themselves, will work to alleviate or resolve complaints as quickly as possible. Direct communication of any difficulties to the workshop leader or the WCI assistant is requested and will be respectfully attended to.

Additional Information

Information regarding financial assistance, schedule of trainings, lodging, and transportation to and from airports will be provided to all registrants with confirmation of registration.