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2021 Program Archive

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


Program Description

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.

Registration Options

*NYSSCSW Discount applies to NYSSCSW members in good standing only.

**Student Discount only applies to full time students currently enrolled in social work and MHP master level programs.

This is an ACE Foundation Program. If this is your first time taking an ACE Foundation program not co-sponsored by an NYSSCSW, you will be prompted to make your complimentary account on the ACE Foundation Learning Center platform, where you will be able to access all program information, course materials and information for future ACE Foundation programs from your member dashboard. You will be asked to set a password for your new ACE Foundation Learning Center account.


Saturday, November 6, 2021

10:00am - 1:00pm

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Adam Weitz, LCSW

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3.0 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded For This Program

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Program Details

As a result of attending this workshop, 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.

Social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed psychoanalysts, nurse practitioners and family and marriage/couple therapists and mental health counselors.

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

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.

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

Contact Hours will be awarded once the entire course is completed, as evidenced by signing in and out and completing a course evaluation. Certificates will be emailed approximately ten business days after the completion of the course.

ACE welcomes participants with diverse abilities. Please contact Kristin or Jennifer at, at time of registration, to request accessibility accommodations. Accommodation requests are considered in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities ACT (ADA), Section 505 of the Rehabilitation ACT.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations made at least five days before the event will be fully refunded. For cancellation please call 1-800-288-4279, or email us at

Inclement Weather Policy:

Should Inclement weather occur, we will be notifying all registrants via the email by which the registrant signed up. Please be sure to check your email before you leave for the course.

  • 3.0 Contact Hours will be awarded once the entire course is completed.
  • All registrations must be submitted by the Wednesday prior to the program.
  • 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:

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 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; LP# P0017; LMFT #0028; LMHC #0045.

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