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How to be a therapist in times of crisis and war? with Guus Klaren
How to be a therapist in times of crisis and war? with Guus Klaren

Sat, 02 Nov



How to be a therapist in times of crisis and war? with Guus Klaren

The interweaving of human rights and social responsibility in our Gestalt practice, with Guus Klaren

Time & Location

02 Nov 2024, 10:00 – 17:00

Amsterdam, Weesperzijde 79A, 1091 EJ Amsterdam, Netherlands


About the event

Today we are facing wars on the boundaries of Europe, the attack on democratic rule of law and the rise of autocracies, hunderds of  thousands of people who have to flee of war or violence and repression because of ‘who they are’. Human dignity is increasingy under pressure. It calls us as (Gestalt)therapists to social responsibilty.

It is not without reason that human dignity –expressed in our ‘subject’ principle and basic attitude- is a core value within the Gestalt approach. Our founders Fritz and Laura Perls had to fly from National Socialism, like Kurt Lewin left Germany because of Nazism, Paul Goodman, who was openly bisexual, fought against the military industry. All our founders were politically oriented and experienced oppression personally. The Gestalt theory they developed is strongly influenced by their experiences of oppression. The Gestalt approach was from the beginning a liberation movement.

In this workshop we will reflect on the interconnectedness of human rights and social responsibility and Gestalt theory and practice. We will consider how we can respond the challenges of our time from our values, in the restauration of human dignity and democratic rule of law.

We will work with case studies on how social political themes emerge as a figure, in and byond our therapy room. And how we can respond them with the focus on restoring human dignity and democratic values. We will explore the question ‘How to be a therapist in times of crisis and war?’. And finding perspective together in this challenging time.

Guus Klaren, the Netherlands, Gestalt therapist, (international) trainer and supervisor, Gestalt Practitioner in Organizations in the field of public health, education, care, (semi) governmental organizations, family business. He leads Gestalt workshops in various countries in Europe. Initially he worked as social worker in community projects in multi cultural neighborhoods in Rotterdam and The Hague. He was teaching methodology social work in training for social workers. For ten years he was actively associated with a local NGO in Northern Ghana, in the development and implementation of community building projects aimed at poverty reduction through micro credit programs for women and their families. Guus is ex chair of the Human Rights and Social Responsibility Committee EAGT. He is co-initiator of the crisis platforms of this committee which provides professional social psychological support of volunteers who are active in the reception of refugees in Greece, Italy, France and human right defenders in Latin America and Africa.

He is past president of the Dutch-Flemish Association for Gestalt Theory and Therapy.

Registration for the event is confirmed upon confirmation of payment.

General Entrance is €175, for Gestalt Students, €150.

Participants can cancell free of charge up to one week before the date of the workshop. Any later, the full admission fee will be charged.

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