What is gestalt? How does gestalt therapy work? Which courses are offered at NGI, and how do I apply?
This is a brief introduction of the Norwegian Gestalt Institute and the world of gestalt therapy.
Courses of study held in English
The Institute, which is accredited by the European Association of Gestalt Therapy, offers two courses of study in English: a four-year basic gestalt therapy education and an International Training Programme for gestalt therapists. You can read about these two programmes here.
About the Norwegian Gestalt Institute
The Norwegian Gestalt Institute AS (NGI) was established in 1986 and has offered training and education within gestalt for almost 30 years, with a steadily increasing number of courses and classes. NGI was certified as a private university college with an officially approved exam in 2003, and now has two formally approved courses. NGI has decided not to apply for governmental aid and is 100 % financed by study fees.
Our English-language four-year gestalt therapy education takes place online, with three modules in Oslo each year. Courses in Norwegian include gestalt coaching and organizational development, which have given the school a broader platform that has been well received.
What is gestalt?
The word gestalt is German and can best be translated to «a meaningful whole» or «a complete pattern». Gestalt therapy is built on a fundamental belief that we can live a far fuller and richer life than most of us do today. It is a direction within the humanistic psychology that was founded by the German-born couple Laura and Fritz (Frederick) Perls and the American Paul Goodman in the late 50s and early 60s in the US. Gestalt therapy is based on ideas from existential-phenomenological philosophy.
Practical information about gestalt studies in English
Four-year gestalt therapy education
The gestalt therapy study programme consists of nine modules of two or three days per year over four years. Six of the annual modules are online, three are in Norway. (Due to the pandemic, only two modules will be in Oslo for the academic year 2021/2022.)
The cost of the programme for the coming academic year (including tuition and supervision) is NOK 50.000 plus a registration fee of NOK 2900.
Dates for the 2021/2022 academic year are as follows (online unless otherwise stated):
09.-11. September, 2021
12.-13. October, 2021
16.-17. November, 2021
14.-15. December, 2021
18.-19. January, 2021
31. March – 02. April, 2022 (in Norway)
26.-27. April, 2022
10.-11. May, 2022
03.-04. June, 2022 (in Norway)
Prerequisites for the programme are three years of university-level study or the equivalent and experience working professionally or as a volunteer with people.
Students take part in an online study group meeting between each module.
Students are required to have at least 70 therapy sessions of one hour with a gestalt therapist who has his/her training from an EAGT-approved training institute and is a member of the relevant professional organisation in his/her country. Up to 20 of the required 70 sessions can be satisfied by therapy sessions that take place in the year prior to starting the programme. Individual therapy sessions are not covered by the tuition.
The practicum period of two years is concurrent with the last two years of the programme. During this period, students can work as student therapists with clients one-to-one or apply the gestalt method in their workplaces. Students take part in supervision groups four times each year the third and fourth years, where they receive guidance in relation to their clinical practice or other relevant work. There are two introductory supervision sessions during the spring of the second year. Supervision groups are administered by the school and take place either online or in connection with modules in Oslo. Tuition includes participation in supervision groups.
Students from countries where no visum is needed to visit Norway as a tourist need not apply for a study visum for the modules in Oslo. Students from other countries can find more information on visum applications here. To apply, click here.
Practical information about the International training program, that are taught in English can be found here.
Here you can find information about the Gestalt News from the whole world.
The information about our International training program is also available here.