Love and the Present Human Condition
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Dr Sandro Spiteri is a member of the Quality Assurance Committee of EAPTI-GPTIM. He has presented, published and/or consulted in Malta and internationally on family literacy, the teaching of writing, parental leadership, educational policy and quality assurance. He developed Malta’s national quality assurance systems for both compulsory as well as further and higher education, and authored its National Quality Assurance Framework for the latter. He is now Senior Executive for quality matters at the University of Malta, where he also lectures on governance, program evaluation, quality assurance and educational policy. Sandro regularly leads external quality audits in further and higher education.
Joyce Sciberras is a Gestalt psychotherapist presently working in private practice, as well as a supervisor and teacher at the Gestalt Psychotherapy Training Institute Malta. She trained as a social worker at the University of Malta, later obtained a post graduate Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy from GPTIM and was awarded a Master’s Degree in Gestalt Psychotherapy from Birmingham University.
Bertram Müeller Dipl. Psych. works as a Gestalt psychotherapist in private practice in Düsseldorf and as Gestalt trainer and Supervisor in Germany and in several European countries like: Malta; Serbia, Italy, Croatia, Netherland and Russia. He has academic degrees in Philosophy, protestant Theology (1972) and clinical Psychology/ Psychotherapy (1981). He trained since 1973 in Gestalt Therapy in Europe and USA with Ischa Bloomberg, Erv and Miriam Polster, Bob Martin and Isadore From (from 1977-1982). He was Co-founder of the “Institute for Gestalt therapy Düsseldorf” (IfG), the founding Vice-President of the “German Ass. of Gestalt Therapy” (DVG), and president of the “German Otto Rank Ass”. (DORG). He was the founder and artist director (1979-2013) of the International Tanzhaus NRW (The Dancehouse of Northrhein/Westfalia),as well first President of the European Dance house Network (EDN) He was honored a.o. with the “Chevalier des Art et des Lettres” (1991) by the French Minister of Culture: Jaques Lang, and with the National, and received “German Dance Price 2014.He published articles on: Gestalt diagnosis; Gestalt methodology; Gestalt education and coaching; as well as on concepts of the Will by O. Rank and in Gestalt therapy; about the teachings of Isadore From as well as on artist and cultural development.
Elena Ilieva is a Bulgarian psychologist and Gestalt therapist. Since the early 1990s, she has been living in South Africa. Alongside with her private practice there as a counsellor and Tomatis method practitioner, she dedicated time, skills, and energy to several NGOs, e.g. the Triangle Project, Nicro Woman Support Centre, and Coma Care. Since 2006, Elena Ilieva is a facilitator and later, trainer and supervisor in Systemic Family Constellations; since 2016, she is a Gestalt therapist. Elena has not severed her connection to her country of origin. Wanting to put her knowledge and South African contacts in use, she has founded two training institutions in Bulgaria: Family Constellations Bulgaria (2008) and the Bulgarian Institute for Gestalt therapy (2012). In the last ten years, she commits ever more time to the establishment of these institutions in line with the European training standards, adding new tools and working paradigms to the palette of therapeutic services in Bulgaria.
Mira Klarin is a tenured professor on the Department of Pedagogy in the Zadar University, where she teaches Developmental Psychology and Psychology of Communication, Family and Parenthood. She participated in several national and international professional and scientific projects. Her scientific interest is directed towards the area of study of socializing factors in context of development. Lately she is studying human relations, their development and the possible changes. She has completed her education for Gestalt Psychotherapist and she leads the Student Counseling at the University. She is author and co-author of around fifty scientific and professional papers and book chapters. She has received an award from the Croatian Psychological Society for the scientific published paper "Development of children in social context - parents, peers, teachers context of development of children", in 2006. She is a member of the Croatian Psychological Chamber, International Society for Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection and European Association for Gestalt Therapy.
Prof. Dr. Ceylan Das is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist. She is both giving lectures in the psychology departments of Universities for years and she also has her private practice. She works with individuals, couples as well as groups. She started her Gestalt therapy training with Metanoia, England and continued with different Gestalt Institutes in the Europe and the USA. She is the president of the Turkish Gestalt Therapy Association and the editor of Contact: Gestalt Therapy Journal. She is the writer of Integration and Growth: Gestalt Therapy book both in Turkish and in English.
Charles Cassar has been a practicing Gestalt psychotherapy in private practice as a registered Maltese and European certified psychotherapist for the past eighteen years. For the past fourteen years, he has been the Chair of the NUOC within the EAP (European Association of Psychotherapy) and a Member of the Executive Committee of EAP. He has lately been elected as Vice President/President Elect of the EAP. He has held the position of President for the Malta Association of Psychotherapists (MAP) for the past eighteen years, to date. As President of MAP he has been actively and strongly engaged in lobbying for legislation which would regulate the profession. After graduating with an honours degree in psychology, Charles went on to pursue a diploma and eventually a Masters’ degree in Gestalt psychotherapy.
Academician Nada Pop-Jordanova was born in Skopje (1947) where she graduated Medicine and Philosophy (Psychology). She is specialist pediatrician and subspecialist for gastroenterohepatology. Special interest of her activities were psychosomatic diseases and as a result she organized the special department for their treatment at the Pediatric clinic. She is a pioneer in Biofeedback/Neurofeedback methodology and Quantitative mapping of brain function in this region. All lifetime she was engaged at the Pediatric clinic in the treatment of children and solving their problems in the everyday life. As a tenured professor she was a teacher for Pediatrics, Medical psychology, Medical Ethics, Neuropsychology, and Developmental psychology at Faculties for Medicine.
Peter Schulthess works in private practice in Zurich, Switzerland, since 1976. He teaches Gestalt therapy in Switzerland and several other countries, such as Germany, Macedonia, Poland, Greece, Italy, Bolivia, Russia, China, Serbia and Malta.
Dubravka Kocijan Hercigonja
Dubravka Kocijan Hercigonja is a neuropsychiatrist and psychotherapist and Ph.D. of Psychiatry (University of Zagreb, Croatia). She is world renowned and respected psychiatrist, subspeciality of child and adolescent Psychiatry. She was full professor of University of medicine and University of education and rehabilitation science till retirement. She deserved highly recognition with her professional achievements. One of the founders of the first Center for Autism in Zagreb 1985, in Croatia, then Center for Mental Health and psychological trauma of children in the Children′s Hospital »Klaićeva«. She was at the head of the national Center for psychological trauma, Department of Psychiatry and the reference center of the Ministry of health for disorders caused by stress. She founded private Psychiatric Policlinic Kocijan – Hercigonja, and is a president of the EIATCYP, and Croatian association for children and adolescent psychotherapy, Institute CYF. She leads trainings in Integrative Psychotherapy and Child and adolescent Psychotherapy.
BSc in Psychology, MSc in Social & Clinical Psychology, Gestalt Psychotherapist, Trainer, and Supervisor. Affiliations: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece; Gestalt Foundation, Greece; Association of Greek Psychologists, H.A.G.T. (Hellenic Association for Gestalt Therapy – founding member, ex- president), E.A.G.T., E.A.P.; E.C.P. & EuroPsy Holder.Birth, 1969 in Thessaloniki, Greece. 27 years of private practice in psychotherapy with individuals and groups. For 20 years works as Gestalt Therapy trainer and supervisor. Co-founder of Training Institute “Gestalt Foundation". She conducts lectures and workshops with topics such as: mindfulness, diagnosis, psychopathology, and supervision in the context of Gestalt Therapy.
Renè Camilleri was born in Malta in 1953. He is a Catholic priest, PhD in Theology, and has been teaching Systematic Theology at the University of Malta since 1984. Main areas of research: Faith and Culture, History of Religions, Belief in a postmodern frame of mind.
Psychologist, psychotherapist and theologian. Graduated in Gestalt Therapy (E. and M. Polster, I. From, J. Zinker), trained in Client Centered Therapy (H. Franta), Family Therapy (M. Kirschenbaum - C. Gammer), Bodytherapy (G. Downing). Former Professor of Social Psychology at the LUMSA University of Palermo; formerly Full Member of the Institute of Gestalt Therapy of New York (NYGT), former Visiting Professor at Southern Connecticut State University (USA), he was President of FISIG (Italian Federation of Gestalt Schools). Lecturer at the Pontifical University Antonianum (Rome) and School of Specialization in Psychiatry at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart. Scientific Director of the School of Specialization in Gestalt Psychotherapy of the Institute of Gestalt Therapy hcc Kairos (Venice, Rome, Ragusa) and of the II level Masters with the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Rome He has written several books, including: Sulla felcità e dintorni (About happiness and surroundings), Dance of the chairs and dance of the pronouns and, as a co-author, Devo sapere subito se sono vivo (I must know immediately if I am alive) and The moon is made of cheese, I come Invidia (I like envy), La vera storia di Peter Pan (The true story of Peter Pan) end others which deal with both anthropological and clinical issues. He has also written numerous contributions from the Gestalt clinic published in articles and chapters of Italian and foreign scientific texts.
The Congress event schedule
The Congress will be held from 23rd to 26th September 2021 in the centre of Sarajevo. The program includes plenary lectures, workshops and discussions.
The views and opinions expressed in the presentations and workshops are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Psiho-Integrum d.o.o. Sarajevo and the EAPTI-GPTIM NETWORK.
The Psiho-Integrum d.o.o. Sarajevo and the EAPTI-GPTIM NETWORK as organizers of the congress reserve the right to modify the congress program if necessary.
Simultaneous translation is provided from English to BHS languages and vice versa. The lecture of Dr Jean Marie Robine will be translated from French to English and BHS languages and vice versa.
In cooperation with:
Association for Gestalt Psychotherapy Montenegro
How long will the registration be open?
Registration will be open from 20th of January 2021 to 01st of September 2021 via the website of the Congress: www.egngestaltcongress.org. Online application is required. After submitting the application form you have 7 days to do the payment. The deadline for submitting abstracts will be opened until 15th of April 2021 via the abstract form on the Congress website.
What does the registration fee cover?
The registration fee covers participation in the Congress activities, cocktail for participants and coffee breaks.
Do I receive a certificate?
All participants will receive a certificate of participation at the Congress: the students of the EGN will acquire 30 hours of training in subject Theory and methodology of Gestalt therapy, and the graduate therapists and other participants will acquire 30 hours of continuous professional growth and development.
EAPTI PSIHO-INTEGRUM SARAJEVO
EAPTI Psiho-Integrum d.o.o. Sarajevo was founded in 2004 with the purpose of providing professional and experiential learning of the theory and methodologies of the Gestalt Psychotherapy. Since 2004 more than 70 gestalt psychotherapists obtained Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy issued by Psiho-Integrum d.o.o. Sarajevo in cooperation with the EAPTI-GPTIM. EAPTI Psiho-Integrum d.o.o. Sarajevo is the only training institute in Bosnia and Herzegovina accredited by the European Association for Gestalt Therapy (EAGT) and the European Association of Psychotherapy (EAP).
EAPTI-GPTIM Network or EGN was established in 2018 as the result of the unique relationship of mutual trust, friendship, respect and support between Dr. Pecotic and her original group of colleagues, who are now head of the various institutes in the different countries, or their senior practitioners. The main function of the network is not commercial but an educational-professional one. Apart from EAPTI-GPTIM, all the institutes are independently recognised and accredited by the European Association for Gestalt Therapy (EAGT) and the European Association of Psychotherapy (EAP).
Sanela Selmanovic Podrug, MSc
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Lidija Pecotic, Ph.D.
Emilija Stoimenova Canevska, Ph.D.
Margareta Mesic, MSc
Filip Stefanovic, MSc
About the Event
This year, humanity faced an insidious enemy in the form of the COVID-19 pandemic which brought the world to a standstill and confronted humankind with its own fragility and mortality, infusing daily life with creeping fear, anxiety, and ever-present worry about one's health, one's life, and the well-being of our loved ones.
Newly imposed circumstances have transformed our present and blurred our future beyond the ability to discern its contours. In this impermanence, we have been forced to question all elementary categories that define life and death.
As we adapt more or less creatively to this "new normal", it is an apt time to revisit our understanding of what love is in this new global condition. Deprived of closeness and touch, and hungry for connection, we have been painfully reminded of Buber's understanding of "dialogue," in which all living is a meeting. Inherent to that meeting is contact, exposure, and love - love as the ultimate form of both courage and vulnerability, intertwined and inseparable as figure and its ground.
Echoing the present moment, whilst aware of challenges we are facing and are yet to encounter, the 4th International Interdisciplinary Gestalt Psychotherapy Congress will revolve around the topic of "Love and the Present Human Condition". Taking place on 23-26 September 2021 in Sarajevo, the congress will bring together renowned names from the world of Gestalt, as well as participants from different social, cultural, and professional spheres.
Hotel Europe, Sarajevo
Thursday to Sunday
23-26 September, 2021
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