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2020 Program Archive

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


Program Description

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.

Registration Options

*NYSSCSW Discount applies to NYSSCSW current members 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, December 5, 2020

10:00am - 1:00pm

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Adam J. Weitz, LCSW

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3.0 Contact Hours Will Be Awarded For This Program

NYS CE Accreditation for:


The 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 marriage and family therapists #MFT-0028; licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0045; licensed psychoanalysts #P-0017; licensed psychologists #PSY-0121; and licensed social workers #SW-0056.

Out of State Providers:

Out-of-state providers are welcome to request a certificate upon completion of the presentation evaluation but must check with their own state licensing boards to inquire about whether or not the certificate is recognized as transferrable for CEs in their state’s jurisdiction.


Registration is closed.

Program Details

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

  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.

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 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).

Didactic and experiential activity.

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:
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