New York State Society for Clinical Social Work Westchester Chapter Co-sponsored with The Advanced Clinical Education Foundation of the NYSSCSW Presents:


3.0 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded for This Program

Saturday, December 05, 2020

Course Number: 279      Location: Westchester

Adam J. Weitz, LCSW

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020

Registration, Networking & General Membership Meeting
9:30am - 10:00am

  Presentation: 10:00am - 1:00pm


Mental Health Association
29 Sterling Avenue
White Plains, New York 10606


This three-hour training workshop will focus on the ways that Gestalt therapy may be useful for clinicians coming from a variety of backgrounds. A brief general description of the history and development of gestalt therapy will be followed by a presentation of the practice of gestalt therapy and the theory that supports it. 

People often ask, “What is Gestalt therapy?” This workshop will begin to answer that question. Of particular focus will be the therapeutic relationship, the process of change in gestalt therapy, the role of awareness and experimentation, and more. In keeping with Gestalt therapy theory and practice, the present moment in the room, and the curiosity of participants, will inform the shape of the workshop.

This workshop will attend to the ways that gestalt therapy theory and practice speak to the core social work values of “social justice; the dignity and worth of the individual and the importance of human relationships”. Gestalt therapy is intrinsically aware of the mutual influence that exists between people, as well as between people and their environments.

Gestalt Therapy does not pathologize clients. Instead, people are understood to be developing the best adaptive strategies they can to meet life’s demands. Sometimes those adaptive ways of living become entrenched, or no longer serve the person. The Gestalt therapist aims to bring this circumstance into awareness and to support the client in discovering what new ways they might develop to meet the current needs of their lives.

Teaching Methods: Didactic and experiential activity.

HANDOUTS: Bibliography

As a result of attending this workshop, participants will be able:

  1. Describe the basic philosophical underpinnings of gestalt therapy.
  2. List 3 ways that gestalt therapy is indicated as useful in direct practice with individuals, couples or groups.
  3.  Compare and contrast contemporary gestalt therapy to other psychotherapeutic modalities.
  4.  List 3 ways that gestalt therapy can inform indirect practice in agencies and larger systems.


Adam J. Weitz, LCSW maintains a private practice in New York City, and is a past president of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy. He is a trainer and supervisor at Identity House, a nonprofit peer counseling organization serving the needs of LGBTQ people. He previously served as a staff therapist at the Blanton-Peale Institute and Counseling Center.

In addition to offering trainings on Gestalt Therapy Theory and Practice, Adam has created interactive presentations considering socially relevant topics through a Gestalt theoretical lens. These have included, You, Me and Our Cell Phones; Looming Figures on Shaky Ground: This Era’s Authoritarianism in Our Lives and Practice; and Looking Up and Looking Down: Ranking and Privilege at the Contact Boundary. All aim to heighten awareness and support enlivening, productive experimentation toward a better world. Adam is a full member of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy (NYIGT); a member of the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy (AAGT); a member of Identity House; and a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

This seminar is appropriate for clinicians with all levels of experience.

Who May Benefit from attending: social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed psychoanalysts, nurse practitioners and family and marriage/couple therapists and mental health counselors.

  • 3.0 Contact Hours will be awarded once the entire course is completed.
  • Certificates will be emailed approximately ten business days after the completion of the course.
  • For questions regarding disability access please contact Kristin or Jennifer, at time of registration, so that we can see to it that arrangements are made to accommodate your special needs:
  • For questions regarding course content, please contact Kristin or Jennifer:
  • In the event of any grievance please contact Dr. Susan Klett, Director of Professional Development at

Advanced Clinical Education Foundation of the NYSSCSW, Inc., SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Social Workers #0056; Licensed Psychoanlalysts #P-0017; Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists #MFT-0028 and Licensed Mental Health Counselors #MHC-0045

Event Registration

Contact hours for this course
applicable for:

          LMSW         LP

Event Registration:   9:30am-10:00am
Presentation:             10:00am-1:00pm

Members                  $50
               Non-members         $75
               Students with ID:    $20
    Student fees are only for social work
        master level, full time students.

On Site:  
                Additional fee of $10.00

                          Please note:      
                   On Site charge takes
                  effect on December 3
, 2020

              For EASY online
                registration click:

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              For inquiries e-mail:

           Alison Abrams, LMSW at

Early Registration is strongly encouraged.
You will receive an email confirming attendance and registration fee
having been paid.  If room capacity has been reached prior to your registration,
you will be added to our waitlist.

For On Site Registration:

Check cash or money order only, to be made payable to “NYSSCSW”.

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