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Not What You Learned in Graduate School and Then Some: Gestalt Therapy with Children and Adolescents

  • Fri, March 26, 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • via Zoom on your computer / device


  • current chapter members
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  • not current Central Coast Chapter members


Not What You Learned in Graduate School and Then Some: 
Gestalt Therapy with Children and Adolescents

Felicia Carroll, LMFT (#8931) and RPT-S (Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor)

March 26, 2021  9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Zoom invitation will be sent with reservation confirmation.

This two hour presentation is designed to introduce the fundamentals of Gestalt Therapy with Children and Adolescents:  The Oaklander Approach to the experienced and novice practitioner.

This presentation will provide a brief overview of the development of Gestalt Therapy and the application of the theoretical principles to the clinical practice of Gestalt Therapy with Children and Adolescents as developed by Violet Oaklander, Ph.D.  There will be a practice of the phenomenological approach used with projective, creative modalities in therapeutic work.

The following objectives will be met: 

  1. Participants will identify two foundational principles of Gestalt Therapy.
  2. Participants will name the primary developer of the Gestalt Approach with Children and Adolescents.
  3. Participants will name and write a brief explanation for the fundamental elements of the Therapy Process as outlined by Violet Oaklander, Ph.D.
  4. Participants will identify the five steps in the phenomenological process in working with creative, projective modalities in Gestalt Therapy with Children and Adolescents.

Felicia Carroll, M.Ed. MA.: Licensed Marriage, Family Therapist and Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor is in private practice in Solvang, California.  She is the Founder-Director of the West Coast Institute for Gestalt Therapy with Children and Adolescents, LLC  Felicia is a master’s graduate of the University of Oklahoma and University of California at Santa Barbara with credentials in educational psychology, child development, and counseling psychology.  She was a classroom teacher for 12 years and on the staff at Esalen Institute/Gazebo School prior to becoming a therapist.

Felicia teaches at Gestalt institutes in Europe, Latin America, and throughout Asia in addition to offering training programs in the United States. Her international experience as a trainer has been in Germany, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Georgia, Poland, Morocco, Italy, Brazil, Singapore, Hong Kong, and South Korea. She is often a guest lecturer at conferences on child psychotherapy and play therapy.   She has published several chapters and articles about Gestalt therapy with children and on topics related to Gestalt theory and practice including serving as the guest editor for a special edition of the International Journal of Gestalt Therapy on Gestalt therapy with children and adolescents, which was published in fall 2010.  Her most recent (2019) article on Gestalt Play Therapy was included in a special edition of the APT (Association for Play Therapy) Magazine.

As Director of the West Coast Institute, LLC, Felicia established a certification program which encourages clinicians to deepen their knowledge and experience with Gestalt Therapy in general and with a specialization in therapy with children and adolescents.  At present there are over twenty clinicians from around the world participating in the certification program.  The Core Faculty at WCI are certified Gestalt Therapists through this program. 

Her resume is available on the website 

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