West Coast Institute for Gestalt Therapy

with Children & Adolescents LLC

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

West Coast Institute has been recognized as a model program by the Association for Play Therapy. Individuals working toward the Registered Play Therapist credential can acquire all 150 training hours through the programs of WCI.

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

Conference Presentations

Rio De Janerio, Brazil - 2014

September 6-7th, 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

March 9th, 2018

  • Gestalt Institute of Cleveland

    Valente will present, “Music and Sound in Gestalt Therapy with Children and Adolescents”

April 21-22, 2018

  • Gestalt Institute of Cleveland

    Felicia will present, “Every Child's Life is Worth a Story”
    Writing life narratives with Children 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 17 - 25th, 2018

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

Summer Intensive Training

2017 Summer Intensive

2016 Summer Intensive

2015 Summer Intensive

July 21 - 29th, 2018

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
  • 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.

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.

Introductory Workshops

April 6 - 9th, 2018

Four Day Introductory Basic Workshop


This four day basic workshop is another introduction to the Oaklander Approach to Gestalt Play Therapy with Children and Adolescents. Participants will be able to compare Child Centered Play Therapy approaches with the Gestalt Approach as developed by Violet Oaklander, Ph. D. Participants will demonstrate their understanding of the dialogic relationship in therapy with children by working in exercises in both group and dyadic sessions. This program will allow participants to have an opportunity to apply their learning regarding the phenomenological process in working with play therapy techniques in practicum sessions.

Participants will be better able to assess whether to continue developing a specialization in Gestalt child and adolescent therapy through more intensive and focused trainings at WCI.

February 3rd, 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 16th, 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.

April 21st, 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.

The Weekender Workshops

April 28 - 29th, 2018

Sound and Music in Gestalt Play Therapy


  • Location: - Clovis, CA
  • Fees: - $300
  • Presenter:
    • Valente Orozco, LCSW, RPT-S
  • CEUs: 10 contact hours

Advanced Training

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.

  • 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.

June 21 - 24th, 2018

ORIGINS: Neurobiology of Gestalt Play Therapy


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.

  • Location: - Chicago, IL
  • Fees: - $1000
  • Presenter:
    • Rana Hong, Ph.D. - RPT-S
    • Felicia Carroll, MEd. MA, LMFT, and RPT-S
  • CEU's - 24 contact hours

2nd International Trainers Symposium

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

Spring 2019 TBD

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: - TBD
  • Presenter:
    • Felicia Carroll, MEd. MA, LMFT, and RPT-S
  • CEU's: 24 contact hours

International Training

Warsaw, Poland 2017

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

2018 Workshops
  • Prague, Czech Republic - January 5th - 7th
  • Slovenia - March 22 - 25th, 2018
  • Nurnberg, Germany - May 9 - 13th, 2018
  • Singapore City, Singapore - TBD
  • Seoul, South Korea - September 6th - 9th, 2018

Many more dates are being planned for 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
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

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.