Course curriculum

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    2. American Psychological Association. APA guidelines for providers of psychological services to ethnic, linguistic, and culturally diverse populations. httpswww.apa.orgpioemaresourcespolicyprovider-guidelines

    3. Bhatia, S. (2020). Decolonizing psychology Power, citizenship, and identity. Psychoanalysis, Self and Context, 15(3), 257-266.

    4. Bhatia, S., & Priya, K. R. (2018). Decolonizing culture Euro-American psychology and the shaping of neoliberal selves in India. Theory and Psychology, 28(5), 645-668.

    5. Bird, J. (2000). The hearts narrative Therapy and navigating lifes contradictions. Edge Press.

    6. Bolstad, R. Political ecology 101. Transformations NLP Consulting and Training.

    7. Brahms, S. (1997). A familys vision for community Applying idealised systems design. Progress Family Systems Research and Therapy, 6, 43-54.

    8. Cloke, K. (2013). Politics and values in mediation Reflections on the Chinese experience. In The dance of opposites Explorations in mediation, dialogue and conflict resolution systems. Goodmedia Press.

    9. Cooper, M., Chak, A., Cornish, F., & Gillespie, A. (2013). Dialogue Bridging personal, community, and social transformation. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 53(1), 70-93.

    10. Crago, H. (1984). The paradoxes of change What social activisits can learn from the hard-won experience of psychotherapists. Australian Society.

    11. Denham-Vaughan, S. & Clark, M. (2016). Moving towards more supportive fields Communities of Practice (COPs), Community Action Networks (CANs), and Relational Communities of Practice (RCOPs). British Gestalt Journal

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    17. Ife, J. (1999). Community development Creating community alternatives Vision, analysis and practice. Longman, Frenchs Forest. Various excerpts, including The needs of strangers.

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    19. Macy, J. (1995). Working through environmental despair. In Roszak, T., Gomes, M. E., & Kanner, A. D. (Eds.), Ecopsychology Restoring the earth, healing the mind (pp. 1-20). Sierra Club Books.

    20. Manesse, J., Saito, G., & Rodolfa, E. (2011). Diversity based psychology What practitioners and trainers need to know. Dr. Ofer Zur. httpwww.drzur.comonlinediversity1

    21. McMahon, T. (1990). Social work and aborigines. Australian Social Work, 43(3), 11-14.

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    23. Metzger, D. (1990). Personal disarmament Negotiating with the inner government. ReVISION, 12(4), 3-9.

    24. Miller, E. (2002). Designing freedom, regulating a nation Socialist cybernetics in Allendes Chile. Program in Science, Technology, and Society, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    25. Payne, J. L. (2005). Chapter 6 The legacy of apartheid. In The healing of individuals, families and nations. Findhorn Press.

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    27. Peterson, J., & Nisenholz, B. (1987). Chapter 3 Focus on the responsibility of the counselor in the greater society. In Orientation to counselling. Simon and Schuster.

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    29. Ratner, C. (1998). Historical and contemporary significance of Vygotsky's sociohistorical psychology. In R. W. Rieber & K. Salzinger (Eds.), Psychology Theoretical-historical perspectives (pp. 455473). American Psychological Association.

    30. Riegel, K. (1976). The dialetics of human development. American Psychologist, 689-700.

    31. Roth, S., Chasin, L., Shasin, R., Becker, C., & Herzig, M. (1992). From debate to dialogue A facilitating role for family therapists in the public forum. Dulwich Centre Newsletter, No 2.

    32. Sheean, L. (2004). Inner and outer worlds and the tension in between An interview with Andrew Samuels. Psychotherapy in Australia, 11(1), 22-25.

    33. Steiner, C. (1978). Cooperation. In Readings in radical psychiatry (pp. 28-42). GroveAtlantic.

    34. Steiner, C. (1978). Rescue. In Readings in radical psychiatry (pp. 43-63). GroveAtlantic.

    35. Taylor, M. (2023). The ecological self: narratives for changing times. British Gestalt Journal, Volume 32.1, pp39-48.

    36. The Co-intelligence Institute. Public conversations project.

    37. Weinrach, S., & Thomas, K. (1998). Diversity-sensitive counseling today A postmodern clash of balues. Journal of Counseling & Development, 76, 115-121.

    38. Womens Theological Center. Getting to the heart of the matter A multidimensional tool for inquiry. Tools for Change Institute.

    39. Wong, P. Theatre for social change and development.

    40. Zur, O. (2006). Resurrecting the village. httpwww.drzur.comvillageformentallyill

    1. Amarshi, A. (2020). Working With Racial Oppression In Gestalt Therapy. New Voices Vol 6

    2. Aylward, J. (1999). The contributions of Paul Goodman to the clinical, social, and political implications of boundary disturbances. Gestalt Review, 3(2), 107-118.

    3. Bednarek, S. (2018). How wide is the field_ Gestalt therapy, capitalism and the natural world. British Gestalt Journal, 27(2), 8-17.

    4. Brown, J., Lichtenberg, P., Lukensmeyer, C., Miller, M. V., & Polster, E. (1993). The implications of Gestalt therapy for social and political change. Gestalt Journal, 16(1), 754.

    5. Cahalan, W. (1995). The Earth is our real body Cultivating ecological groundedness in Gestalt therapy. Gestalt Journal, 18(1), 87113.

    6. Chidiac, M.A. (2023). Fields of power the moderation of relational moments. British Gestalt Journal, Spring 321, pp. 8-31

    7. Ciornai, S. (1996). The importance of the background in Gestalt therapy. The Gestalt Journal, 28(2), 7-31.

    8. Copsey, N. (1999). An experiment in community psychotherapy. Gestalt Review, 3(4), 285-300.

    9. de la Motte, L. (2014). A critical analysis of therapeutic processes with adolescents in wilderness therapy programs.

    10. de la Motte-Hall, L. (2015). Gestalt therapy and ecotherapy The growing field of practice - A literature review. Gestalt Therapy Sydney.

    11. Desmond, B. (2016). Sustainability in a fragile ecological era- A Gestalt therapist's response. Gestalt Review, 20(1), 33-47.

    12. Doubrawa, E. (2020). The politics of the I-thou. The Gestalt Journal, 28(1), 19-37.

    13. Fernbacher, S., & Plummer, D. (2005). Cultural influences and considerations in Gestalt therapy. In A. L. Woldt & S. M. Toman (Eds.), Gestalt therapy History, theory, and practice (pp. 117132). Sage Publications.

    14. Frew, J. (2016). Gestalt therapy- Creatively adjusting in an increasingly diverse world. Gestalt Review, 20(2), 106-128.

    15. Holl, K. (2003). Philosophical anarchism as a source of Gestalt therapy Its importance for therapeutic practice and for orientation in the political field. International Gestalt Journal, 26(2), 47-70.

    16. Houston, G. (2015). Intergroup hostility and Gestalt therapy. Gestalt Review, 19(3), 224-232.

    17. Jacobs, L. (2005). For whites only. In Bar-Yoseph (Ed.), Making a difference - The bridging of cultural diversity (pp. 1-20). Gestalt Institute Press.

    18. Jacobs, L. (2016). Dialogue and double consciousness- Lessons in power and humility. Gestalt Review, 20(2), 147-161.

    19. Jacobs, L. M. (2014). Learning to love White shame and guilt Skills for working as a White therapist in a racially divided country. International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, 9(4), 297-312.

    20. Jordan, C. G., & Ewing, H. T. (2016). Diversity and inclusion concepts and practice as informed by Gestalt training. Gestalt Review, 20(2), 188-200.

    21. Kato, J. (2014). Experiences from a multicultural eld a Gestalt perspective on work in detention centres. British Gestalt, Vol. 23, No. 1, 13-18

    22. Keenan, B. (2011). Community and confluence- Undoing the clinch of oppression (1990_1994_2002). Gestalt Review, 15(1), 46-58.

    23. Lazarin, B. (2019). Identity house and a Gestalt experiment revisited. Gestalt Review, 23(3), 282-291.

    24. Melnick, J. (2015). Introduction. In G. Klaren, N. Levi, & I. Vidakovic (Eds.), Yes We Care! Social, Political and Cultural Relationships as Therapys Ground, A Gestalt Perspective (pp. 6-13).

    25. Neville, M. G. (2008). When poor is rich- Transformative power of I-thou relationships in a Brazilian favela. Gestalt Review, 12(3), 248-266.

    26. Hardy, N.R, Fisher, A.R. (2018). Attachment Versus Differentiation The Contemporary Couple Therapy Debate. Family Process

    27. Parlett, M. (2000). Creative adjustment and the global field. Brisith Gestalt Journal, 9(1), 15-27.

    28. Philippson, P. (1999). Cultural action for freedom Paulo Freire as Gestaltist. Gestalt Review, 3(3), 251-258.

    29. Plummer, D. L. (2016). Racial identity resolution process- A Gestalt perspective. Gestalt Review, 20(2), 129-146.

    30. Plummer, D. L. (2019). The instrumental self as an agent of respect. Gestalt Review, 23(3), 213-231.

    31. Rosca, V. I. (2020). Implications of Lewins field theory on social change. Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Business Excellence, Sciendo, 14(1), 617-625.

    32. Roszak, T. (1995). The greening of psychology Exploring the ecological unconscious. The Gestalt Journal, 18(1), 9-46.

    33. Rush, A. (2007). Eating the field Human relationships with nature. Gestalt Journal of Australia and New Zealand, 3(2), 27-40.

    34. Saner, R., & Yiu, L. (2002). Porous boundary and power politics Contextual constraints of organisation development change projects in United Nations organisations. Gestalt Review, 6(2), 84-94.

    35. Schulthess, P. (2003). Gestalt therapy and politics. British Gestalt Journal, 12(1), 62-66.

    36. Serok, S., & Levi, N. (2002). An experiment in integration and co-existence of the Jewish population in Israel. International Gestalt Journal, 25(1), 93-107.

    37. Stoehr, T. (1993). Paul Goodman and the political dimensions of Gestalt therapy. The Gestalt Journal, 26(1), 55-90.

    38. Swanson, J. L. (1995). The call for Gestalts contribution to ecopsychology Figuring in the environmental field. The Gestalt Journal, 28(1), 47-85.

    39. Taylor, M. (2023). The ecological self narratives for changing times. British Gestalt Journal, Spring 321, pp. 39-48

    40. Ullman, D. (2011). Mending the world- Social healing interventions by Gestalt practitioners worldwide (2009). Gestalt Review, 15(2), 132-143.

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    2. Barstow, C. (2006). Right use of power The heart of ethics. The USA Body Psychotherapy Journal, 5(2), 52-56.

    3. Barstow, C. (2008). The power differential and the power paradox Staying in right relationship. Hakomi Forum, (19-21), 54-62.

    4. Barstow, C. (2015). Foundational values for the right use of power. Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy.

    5. Bernstein, A. (1997). Growing season. Pilgrimage, 23(4), 4-5.

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    8. Cloke, K. (2020). 50 questions you can ask friends and relatives in political arguments.

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    10. Council of National Psychological Associations for the Advancement of Ethnic Minority Interests. (2003). Psychological treatments of ethnic minority populations. Association of Black Psychologists.

    11. Diamond, L. (2009). Twelve simple rules of systems thinking for complex global issues. Global Systems Initiative.

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    15. Ganesh, S., & Zoller, H. M. (2012). Dialogue, activism, and democratic social change. Communication Theory, 22, 66-91.

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    4. Chidiac, M.A, Denham-Vaughan, S. (2013). SOS a relational orientation towards social includion. Mental Health and Social Inclusion, Vol 172 p100-107

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    8. Gillespie, J. (2021). Power and Position is it time to moderate gestalt's phenomenological imperialism in favour of a more eld humble view of self? New Voices Vol 7

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    1. Video lecture on Gestalt and The Larger Ecology - 374 minute

    1. Quiz on Gestalt and The Larger Ecology

    1. 33. Gestalt and the larger ecology • Assessment 126 • Concept Map

    2. 33. Gestalt and the larger ecology • Assessment 127• Reflection Form

    3. 33. Gestalt and the larger ecology • Assessment 128 • Core Readings - Focus summaries / concept maps

About this course

  • $185
  • 159 lessons [40 for the quiz]
  • 6 hours of video content
Steve Vinay Gunther

About the presenter

  • Steve Vinay Gunther
  • Studied Gestalt since 1985
  • Founded Gestalt institutes in Australia, South Korea and China
  • International Gestalt trainer since 2000, teaching in Asia, Egypt, South Africa, Mexico, Colombia, USA
  • Also trained in Family therapy, Narrative therapy, Somatic therapy, Career Coaching, Family Constellations
  • Practiced and studied meditation since 1973
  • Previous professor of Spiritual Psychology at Ryokan Institute, LA
  • Pioneered the area of relational psychology termed The Unvirtues
  • Designed the Relational Parenting system
  • Father to 5 children and grandfather to 4 boys