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


3.0 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded for This Program

Saturday, November 6, 2021

Course Number: 299      Location: ZOOM - Westchester

Adam Weitz, LCSW

Date: Saturday, November 6, 2021

Login:  9:30am - 10:00am

  Presentation: 10:00am - 1:00pm



We are in relationship from our first awareness, and throughout our lives. Gestalt Therapy recognizes that it is the nature of our relational experiences over time which, combined with our biological temperament, shape our personalities and those of our clients. This 3-hour interactive presentation will focus on Gestalt Therapy’s understanding and use of relationship. Gestalt Therapy has developed useful theory to describe the process, and the value, of meeting the other with awareness. This theory is foundational to the practice of gestalt therapy.

This presentation will also explore the philosophical underpinnings of gestalt therapy’s relational theory, particularly Buber’s I-Thou, as well as the ways attention to relating with clients may be a prism for change. Participants will learn key Gestalt Therapy relational concepts, such as contact and contact boundary.  The workshop will define and explore interruptions of contact, including projection, retroflection, introjection, confluence and egotism. Throughout this presentation the relationship between Gestalt Therapy and Social Work theory and practice will be considered. Didactic and experiential learning will be tailored to meet the needs of social work clinicians from a variety of backgrounds.

Teaching Methods: Interactive lecture/workshop with breaks scheduled throughout for audience participation, Q & A.

HANDOUTS: Bibliography/References

   At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the philosophical underpinnings of relationship’s role in contemporary gestalt therapy.
  2. Define key gestalt therapy concepts of relationship including, contact, contact boundary and interruptions of contact.
  3. Describe the key differences in the role of relationship in the theory and practice of Gestalt Therapy and other modalities, including intersubjective psychoanalysis.
  4. Explain how to apply awareness of relational dynamics during work with clients.
  5. List ways Gestalt Therapy relational theory and practice compliments Social Work theory and practice.

Adam Weitz, LCSW is a Gestalt psychotherapist and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice in New York City. He is a graduate of The NYU Silver School of Social Work. Adam is a recent President of The New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy. Before starting his private practice, Adam was as a staff therapist at The Blanton Peale Institute and Counseling Center in New York City. At Blanton Peale, he had the opportunity to work with a broad spectrum of people and issues. He carries this experience into his ongoing work as a therapist.

Adam is currently a supervising therapist at Identity House. Adam is passionate about Gestalt Therapy. In addition to being a Gestalt Therapy trainer, he offers gestalt-based workshops that explore current social conditions. These have included, You, Me and Our Cellphones; Looming Figures on Shaky Ground: This Era’s Authoritarianism; and Looking Up and Looking Down: Ranking, an Activity at the Contact Boundary.  Adam has trained or presented at The Fifth Avenue Counseling Center; Identity House; The Gestalt Center, The International Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy; and The New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy.

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 (ACE) Foundation of the New York State Society for Clinical Social Work, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0121. Advanced Clinical Education (ACE) Foundation of the NYS Society for Clinical Social Work, Inc. 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 #SW-0056 and the State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0028, licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0045 and licensed psychoanalysts #P-0017.

Event Registration

Contact hours for this course
applicable for:

          LMSW         LP
          LMHC          PSY

Event Login:               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.

                     PLEASE NOTE:      
     All registrations must be made by
   midnight, Wednesday, November 3rd
                    NO EXCEPTIONS.

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If you want to be awarded contact hours, it is required that you RSVP with Zoom by the Friday before the course date.  This is done after you have registered with the ACE Foundation/NYSSCSW. 
RSVP through Zoom must be done
by the Friday before the course whether you plan on joining the session by phone or by computer.

**Instructions on how to do this will be
         in your confirmation email.**

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