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CE Event - Gestalt Therapy training by Lynn Stadler, MA, LMFT

  • ReGroup 1225 Pepper Street, Suite A San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 (map)

Hi Everyone,

Here is an opportunity for a gestalt training in SLO. Thought I’d get the word out. Anyone interested, please let me know well in advance.

Ken Hutchinson

A Gestalt Therapy Training in San Luis Obispo with Lynn Stadler, MA, LMFT

(Sponsored by Central Coast Gestalt Therapy [CCGT], the Central Coast Psychological Association [CCPA], and the California Psychological Association [CPA])

“The Oaklander Model Revisited: Gestalt Therapy for Children, Teens, and Other Special Populations Healing from Trauma” (Course submitted for 6 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. It has been submitted for  authorized through the CPA for 6 hours of CEs for psychologists). CEs not offered for times that include breaks or lunch.

Lynn Stadler, MA, LMFC is a psychotherapist and licensed Marriage Family Therapist (MFC Lic # 35268, Provider # 133907) in private practice in Santa Barbara, California. She holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. She is also a graduate of the Santa Barbara Gestalt Training Center, and she completed intensive training with the Violet Oaklander Institute. Lynn is a founding member of the Violet Solomon Oaklander Foundation (, a non-profit corporation created to further the work of Dr. Oaklander, eminent child and adolescent psychotherapist and trainer, and author of Windows to Our Children, and Hidden Treasure: A Map to the Child’s Inner Self. Lynn is co-founder of the training program. She provides workshops, seminars, and training for social service agencies, universities and other teaching organizations worldwide -- most recently in Santa Barbara, Malibu, San Francisco, Spain, Italy, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Kyrgyzstan, Slovenia and Russia.

This training is meant for Licensed Psychologists, Psychiatric Providers who provide therapy as well, LPCC and MFC therapists, Licensed Social Workers, or therapy trainees. Course completion certificates will be awarded upon full attendance of this training on that day.


$180 for 6 CEs

$150 for Students

The refund/cancellation policy in cases of non-attendance by an early registrant will be a full refund of prepaid registration fee.

Limited to 15 total participants. Please pre-register to assure your space.

Training Schedule

9:30-10:00 am

Introductions and the 40-year history of Violet Oaklander’s cross-cultural Gestalt model for treating behavioral and emotional difficulties resulting from trauma.

10:00-11:30 am

Establishing and I-Thou relationship, Making Contact, Defining Sense of Self, and Oaklander’s Developmental Perspective

11:30-11:45 am


11:45 am-1:00 pm

Small Group Process with Creative Projection, follow by Demonstration

1:00-2:00 pm


2:00-3:00 pm

Creative Projective Process to Improve Contact and Strengthen Sense of Self (How to Use Drawings and Small Group Process)

3:00-3:30 pm

The Dissociative Continuum: How the Oaklander Model Paved the Way for Current Integrative Therapies for Treating Trauma

3:30-3:45 pm


3:45-4:45 pm

Trauma 101: Creating Safety in the Therapeutic Relationship and Within the Client’s Relationship with Self

4:45-5:00 pm

Wrapping up, Quiz, Program Evaluation

Learning Goals:

1). Participants will be able to recognize how gestalt perspectives and the Oaklander Model in particular precede and influence contemporary therapeutic approaches of working with people who have experienced childhood or adult trauma.

2). Participants will be able to contrast I-Thou from I-It therapeutic relationships.

3). Participants will be able to discuss how difficulty in relationships, behavioral problems at home and/or at school, and emotional discomfort can result from lack of awareness and diffuse sense of self.

4). Participants will practice and learn new skills in creative projective process through experiences in the training and identify the emergence of the relationship triangle.

5). Participants will be able to recognize the frequency and severity of dissociative states that often correlate to frequency and severity of childhood trauma, and will practice how to use that information for assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning.

6). Participants will have first-hand experience with the use several creative projective media (picture cards and drawings) learning to establish an I-Thou therapeutic relationship, assess the quality of contact (awareness) and the Pt’s sense of self in the moment, and delve into an integrative process of healing the maladaptive effects of trauma.



1). Oaklander, Violet., Ph.D. (2006) Hidden Treasure:  A Map to the Child’s Inner Self. London: Karnac. Pp , pp 5-68.

2). Elsbree, Christiane, Ph. D. Interview with Violet Oaklander.  International Gestalt Journal, Vol 32, No 2, 2009. Pp 183-213.

3). Mortola, Peter., Ph.D. “You, Me, and the Parts of Myself I’m Still Getting to Know: An Interview with Violet Oaklander on the Role of the Relationship Triangle in Her Approach to Therapeutic Work with Children and Adolescents” In Relational Child, Relational Brain: Development and Therapy in Childhood and Adolescents, Lee, Robert G., & Harris, Neil. (2011), Gestalt Press. Pp 339-348.

4). Mortola, P., Ph.D & Molchan, M. (2016) The Bear Inside. Portland: 19th Avenue Press. 

California Psychological Association (CPA) is co-sponsoring with Central Coast Psychological Association (CCPA). CPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists and recognized by the BBS to offer CE credit for its licensees.  CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.

Important Notice: Those who attend the workshop and complete the CPA evaluation form will receive 3 continuing education credits. Please note that APA CE rules require that we only give credit to those who attend the entire workshop. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the start time or leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credits.

Earlier Event: September 29
CCPA Board Meeting
Later Event: October 27
CE Seminar - Jayanta Hedge, Ph.D.