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Gestalt therapy is a way of understanding and describing human experience so as to maximize awareness of creative possibilities. The foundations for this approach were presented in ‘Gestalt Therapy: Excitement and Growth in the Human Personality’, by Perls F., Hefferline R.F., Goodman P., 1951.Gestalt Therapy essentially offers support for the process of contacting and so creatively and aesthetically promotes awareness, presence and growth.There are many fields for its application: individual- and group development, psychotherapy, clinical psychology and psychiatry, organisations, arts, education, social and political activism.In the EAGT there are two professional sections: 


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Human Rights and Social Responsibility Committee

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Being Close From a DistanceOnline support for social activism worldwide by Gestalt therapists

Being Close From a Distance

Online support for social activism worldwide by Gestalt therapists

March 2021

The purpose of this paper is multiple. On the one hand, it intends to provide reflections and operational tips for therapists who give online support to international human rights activists. On the other hand, some information included in the paper can be helpful for NGOs active in crisis situations that wish to improve their organizational styles and establish self-care protocols, initiatives and also regular training. ....... 


Human Rights and Social Responsibility Committee's   ONLINE FORUM EVENT .

»The Impact of the Corona Crisis on the Social and Political Field: Perspectives and Handlings«
When and where: Thursday, May 13th 2021, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. CET on Zoom.


145 registrations . the first 100 will get the zoom link in an email.

If you can't participate but receive link as one of the 100 , please inform The Human Rights & Social Responsibility Committee  humanrights@eagt.org


Purposes of the event:

-       to bring into focus the social and political aspects of the COVID situation in relation to the psychotherapeutic work;
-       to enlarge psychotherapists perception of how the social field influences the psychotherapic field;
-       to exchange information regarding the COVID situation between colleagues from different European countries;
-       to orient towards future: what we can do on the basis of the acquired information and data.

Expected outcomes:
-       strengthening the collegial connections within EAGT;
-       formation of a wider view and understanding of the COVID situation;
-       sensitising to the important social and political aspects of the situation;
-       individual and community mobilisation for actions needed in order to respond to the challenges, needs and demands of the situations in a creatively adjusted way.

The event will be divided in three parts.
In the first part we will have two presenters:

Vlasta Jalušič, a senior researcher at the Peace Institute in Ljubljana, Slovenia (https://www.mirovni-institut.si/en/staff/vlasta-jalusic/). She has degrees in political science (PhD, University of Vienna), sociology and fine arts. She is the author of several books, articles, and book chapters on the women’s movement and feminism, gender and political theory, violence, war and collective crime – and a prominent connoisseur and translator of Hannah Arendt’s works.  

Michele Settani, psychologist and gestalt psychotherapist, professor and researcher at the university from Italy will present on the evolution of the psychosocial / relational / psychopathological problems during pandemia in comparing the situation in different countries.

The second and the third part will be more interactive.
More detailed information as to the precise schedule with the content, presenters and the forms of working will follow soon.

Best wishes,
Michela Gecele, Sara Hendrick and Tomaž Flajs
on behalf of the HR&SR Committee

The 5th International Research Conference

"Dear colleagues,

we – the German Association for Gestalt Therapy (DVG) e.V. – are pleased to welcome you in Hamburg.

In cooperation with the European Association for Gestalttherapy (EAGT) and Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy (AAGT), we are organising the 5th International Research Conference for you. It is entitled “Gestalt for Future – Creating a network for research”.

 Read more at   https://conference.eagt.org/conference/2020/10/01/welcome-to-our-5th-international-conference-on-research-in-gestalt-therapy/




Walk on, walk on
With hope in your heart
And you'll…
You'll never walk alone

 As socially oriented therapists we all follow the sad news about the democratic and humanitarian crisis in Belarus. We are deeply shocked at the violation of human rights, democratic principles and the violence and torture by the Belarus’ government against its own inhabitants. We have ...

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Letter to EU Commission 

To: President von derLeyen, EU Commission, Mr Charles Michel, President of the EuropeanCouncil, MsParaskeviMichou, Directorate-General for EuropeanCivilProtection and HumanitarianAid, Mr Janez Lenarčič, CommissionerCrisis management, EU Member States

Athens, August 17th. 2020


The European Association for Gestalt Therapy (EAGT) and its Human Rights and Social Responsibility Committee closely follows the dramatic developments in Belarus. We are deeply shocked at the violation of human rights, democratic principles and the violence and torture by the Belarus ‘government against its own inhabitants. The current crisis resulting from the total falsification of the election results is a horrible low point for 26 years of dictatorship in the person of Alexander Lukashenko.

 Here you can find the complete letter



Message From EC 
As the world is turned upside down at least here in Europe and beyond, we want to connect with you as a sign of stability and continuity.
EAGT has been founded to support each other and to connect Gestalt colleagues around the world.
What is needed now is a big capacity for creative adjustments to the situation that neither of us has ever experienced before. Our societies, personal relations to friends and families as well as the heart of our modality – personal contact- to our clients seem to be disrupted.
The situation in different European countries and beyond is quite different, but still all of us are affected and have to adjust to new forms of contact by being distant and at the same time connected. 
EAGT provided a beautiful example of this attitude when we moved our March meetings from the Netherlands to an online platform well in advance before national governments even reacted- this still makes me very proud of our organization and is a sign of our ability to creatively adjust, sense into the future; to be in the present moment and at the same time develo.... 


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Stay well, take care of yourself and by this also of others, 

With warm wishes until we can be in the presence of each other again,

The EC of EAGT




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