West Coast Institute for Gestalt Therapy

with Children & Adolescents LLC

"Knowing What To Do and Why You Are Doing It."

540 Alisal Rd. Ste. 1
Solvang, CA 93463 USA
(001)(805)693-9160

Train with us and earn professional credit

The West Coast Institute is recognized as a program that can meet the requirement for all (150) training hours by the Association for Play Therapy. The same hours apply toward the required training hours (85) for Certification as a Gestalt Therapist with Children and Adolescents through WCI. The same hours also apply toward licensure requirements for the BBS through CAMFT requirements.

APT Approved Provider
(04-152)
CAMFT Approved Provider
(008931)

2018 Trainings


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Conference Presentations

Caxias do Sul, Brasil - 2019

Rio De Janerio, Brasil - 2014

September 7th - 8th, 2018

  • Korea Play Therapy Association (KAPT) Conference

    Felicia Carroll will be the Keynote and Conference presenter at the Korea Play Therapy Association (KAPT) Conference: September 7-8, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea. An advanced training will follow the conference. Attendees are encouraged to attend both programs. For the advanced training contact Rana Hong at www.playfulhealingcenter.org

November 3rd - 10th, 2019: Caxias do Sul, Brasil

  • Neurobiology of Gestalt Therapy with Children and Adolescents

    This lecture connects the roots of Gestalt Therapy in the neuroscience of the 20 th Century with current research in neuroscience and interpersonal neurobiology. This lecture provides a fresh, contemporary perspective on the goal of integration and well-being in Gestalt Play Therapy.
    This conference is planned and sponsored by the Re-Criar Centro Institute of Caxias do Sul. Claudia Clair Pasa Tessari, Director and Advanced Trainer, is completing the Certification Program at WCI and is recognized internationally for her work in Gestalt Therapy.

Winter Intensive Training

Wintertime is great in Solvang - maybe snow - or maybe not...

Time to huddle together around a fire, or hiking in cool weather. Many have requested this time of the year for an intensive training.

See Summer Intensive for program description.

February 16 - 23rd, 2019

  • Location: - Solvang, CA
  • Fees: - $2400
  • Presenter:
    • Felicia Carroll, MEd. MA, LMFT, and RPT-S and Core Faculty
  • CEUs: 60 contact hours

Summer Intensive Training

2018 Summer Intensive

2017 Summer Intensive

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.

July 27th - August 3rd, 2019

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).

  • Location: - Solvang, CA
  • Fees: - $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.
  • Presenter:
    • Felicia Carroll, MEd. MA, LMFT, and RPT-S and Core Faculty
  • CEUs: 60 contact hours

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.

Advanced Trainings

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

  • 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.

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.

November 9th - 12th, 2018

ORIGINS: Gestalt Play Therapy Theory and Practice and Perspectives in Child Development


This advanced seminar is planned for those who have completed the Basic Training in Gestalt Play Therapy OR are interested in learning about the scientific, philosophical, and creative origins of Gestalt Therapy with children and adolescents. This course will delve into the original theoretical perspectives which evolved into the integrated, unifying system of Gestalt Therapy. The therapy process and use of treatment modalities in Gestalt Play Therapy will be experienced through the understanding of the psychological and philosophical principles of Gestalt Therapy. Focus will be on assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning. A goal will be to connect the scientific and philosophical foundations of the original work in Gestalt Therapy to the science and philosophy of current neuroscience, attachment theory, and narrative therapy.

  • Location: - Solvang, CA
  • Fees: - $1000
  • Presenter:
    • Felicia Carroll, MEd. MA, LMFT, and RPT-S
  • CEU's - 24 contact hours

June 5th - 8th, 2019

ADVANCED TRAINING in Gestalt Play Therapy: Healing the Torment Within


The Advanced Intensive Training is planned for those wanting to continue with the work of the Basic Intensive and reunite with friends while doing so. The focus of the 2019 Advanced Training will be on Integrative processes such as working with children and adolescents on core issues of shame and disruptive beliefs about self and others and one’s place in the world. These “introjects” shape the trajectory of a child’s life. The processes of self-nurturing and self-compassion and the writing of a life/trauma narrative can provide a foundation for healing and greater neural integration. How to effectively use these processes in Gestalt Play Therapy with teens as well as younger children will be the focus of this four day training.

  • Location: - Solvang, CA
  • Fees: - $1000
  • Presenter:
    • Felicia Carroll, MEd. MA, LMFT, and RPT-S
  • CEU's - 24 contact hours

Supervision Training

Date: October 18th - 19th, 2019

The Supervisory Relationship as Collaborative Mentoring

Workshop Leaders are Experienced,Certified Supervisors with California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and the Association for Play Therapy


In all professions throughout time, the relationship between student and mentor has been essential. That relationship can take many forms related to power, authority, responsibility, growth, and competence. In a collaborative relationship both student and mentor grow and develop greater competence as they work together.

Most of us supervise the way that we were supervised. This workshop will offer a fresh perspective on the relationship between the supervisee and the supervisor. Even though there will be play therapy techniques used in this workshop, the focus will be on building a collaborative the supervisory relationship in which both mentor and supervisee develop together as they collaborate on treatment issues. The collaborative mentoring relationship allows opportunities to work through the challenges and rewards of contact with diversity and other relational issues in the supervision. Similarities of supervision in agency and private practice settings and the different responsibilities of mentors in each will be addressed. We will take an enjoyable look at collaborative mentoring in fairytales and other children’s stories. Participants are encouraged to read the Italian version of Pinocchio.

  • Location: - Solvang, CA
  • Fees: - $300
  • Presenter:
    • Rachel McSpadden Tarver, LMFT and RPT-S
    • Felicia Carroll, MEd. MA, LMFT, and RPT-S
  • CEU's - 10 contact hours

Modalities Workshops: Tools for Engagement and Integration

These experiential workshops prepare the therapist to develop their understanding and use of integrative processes using these therapeutic tools as presented by Violet Oaklander in her books, Windows to Our Children and Hidden Treasure.

Sound and Music Workshop


Music is a universal form of communication, self-expression, and joining with others. This workshop focuses on the use of simple musical instruments as a therapeutic tool for emotional expression, contact with self/other, and attuned communication. Based in the principles of Gestalt Therapy, attendees will learn how sound and music can bring deeper meaning and experience to the therapeutic encounters with children and adolescents. Learn something new while strengthening your skills in using music and musical instruments.

  • Dates:
    • September 15th - 16th, 2018
    • September 27th - 28th, 2019
  • Location: - Clovis, CA
  • Fees: - $250 ($50 due with registration to hold place)
  • Presenter:
  • CEUs: 10 contact hours

Legos with Teens Workshop


Working with teens is challenging to keep the process interesting and engaging and not become just another talk therapy. This workshop will provide experiential practice in working with teens with a medium they understand and enjoy—LEGOS. In the act of creating and playing, participants will experience Gestalt Therapy’s focus on contact and dialogic relational processes, embodied and lived in the moment. Attendees will learn how LEGOS, when used as an expressive modality, can bring deeper meaning and experience to the therapy encounter with younger and older teens.

  • Dates:
    • January 18th - 19th, 2019
  • Location: - Santa Barbara, California
  • Fees: - $180 ($50 due with registration to hold place)
  • Presenter:
  • CEUs: 6 contact hours

Sand Tray Workshop


Sand Tray is an indispensable resource in the therapeutic journey with children and adolescents. This workshop focuses on using the non-analytical, phenomenological approach of Gestalt Therapy which deepens the child's awareness and strengthens the child's sense of self, essential elements in the integrative process. This workshop is designed for both those new to sand tray as well as experienced therapists.

  • Dates:
    • October 19th - 20th, 2018
    • April 5th - 6th, 2019
  • Location: - Santa Barbara, CA
  • Fees: - $250 ($50 due with registration to hold place)
  • Presenter:
  • CEUs: 10 contact hours

Introductory Workshops

November 9th, 2018

Introduction to Gestalt Play Therapy Oaklander Approach


This small-group workshop will build and strengthen attendees’ skills and theoretical understanding of the Oaklander 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.

March 9th, 2019

Introduction to Gestalt Play Therapy Oaklander Approach


This small-group workshop will build and strengthen attendees’ skills and theoretical understanding of the Oaklander 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.

March 16th, 2019

Introduction to Gestalt Play Therapy Oaklander Approach


This small-group workshop will build and strengthen attendees’ skills and theoretical understanding of the Oaklander 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.

November 8th, 2019

Introduction to Gestalt Play Therapy Oaklander Approach


This small-group workshop will build and strengthen attendees’ skills and theoretical understanding of the Oaklander 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.

International Training

Warsaw, Poland

Hong Kong

Czech Republic

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 Trainings

2019 Trainings
  • Seoul, South Korea - Korea Play Therapy Association (KAPT) Conference, September 7th - 8th, 2018
  • Slovenia - Basic Training, April 6th - 9th, 2019
  • Slovenia - Advanced Training, April 12th - 14th, 2019
  • Sydney, Australia - Basic Training, Sept 23rd - 27th, 2019
  • Antarctica!, October 2nd - 5th
  • Caxias do Sul, Brasil - Basic and Advanced, November 3rd - 10th, 2019

Many more dates are being planned for 2019.

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
Tembusu Training and Therapy Institute
  • Location: Singapore City, Singapore
  • Website: www.tembusu.com.sg
  • Contact Person: Lee Sock Kuan
Re-Criar Centro
  • Location: Caxias do Sul, Brasil
  • Website: www.recriar.net.br
  • Contact Person: Claudia Clair Pasa Tessari
Playful Healing Center
Symbolon-Institut fur Gestalttherapie
Postgraduate Training
  • Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Contact Person: Simon Pevec
  • Location: Uruguay
  • Contact Person: Andrea Acosta Sarasola, Ph.D.
The Relational Institute Australia

2nd International Trainers Symposium

Participants from the 1st Symposium were from the USA, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, and Uruguay.

May 31st - June 2nd, 2019

Guest Keynote: Gordon Wheeler, Ph.D.

This symposium is offered to those who have attended the 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 the following.

  • Build international community with other Trainers and potential Trainers of Gestalt Therapy with Children and Adolescents.
  • Share theoretical developments, research, therapeutic activities and modalities
  • Support program development

  • Location: - Santa Barbara, CA
  • Fees: - $1200
  • Hosted By: Felicia Carroll, MEd. MA, LMFT, and RPT-S
  • CEU's: 18 contact hours (may not be accepted by APT towards RPT credentials)

Disclaimer Statements


INSTRUCTION LEVEL

All levels. Learning Objectives for each program is available upon request.


WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Marriage and Family Therapists, Social Workers, Play Therapists, School Counselors, Psychologists, Students and Interns. Also, any professional wanting to know more about Gestalt Therapy with Children and Adolescents. Training hours apply for licensure through BBS and registration as a Registered Play Therapist through APT.


CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE

Certificate of attendance documenting acquired CEU’s will be provided after the receipt of the program evaluation on the final day of each training. No credit is given for partial attendance.


TRAINING FEE

Fees can be paid through the WCI website through PayPal or made out to West Coast Institute and mailed to 540 Alisal Rd. Ste. 1, Solvang, CA 93463. Scholarship information will be sent upon request after registration to the training. A non-refundable deposit for each program needs to be paid with registration and in necessary to reserve your space. The remaining balance is due on or before the training begins.


LODGING

Costs for travel, lodging, and food are not included in training fee. Information regarding lodging will be sent to each registrant.


CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS

Notification of cancellation of registration and request for refund must be submitted to West Coast Institute prior to February 1, 2018 and July 1, 2018 respectively for Intensive Trainings. Notification for other programs must be received in writing one week prior to the training beginning. Registration fees are nonrefundable, but can be applied to another WCI training.


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. All presentations and written materials are in English. No translations will be provided by WCI.


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.


WCI maintains responsibility for this program and its content.