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Supportive yet challenging, this volume contains 30 useful hints and reminders to help both students and professionals in counseling examine and improve key areas of ther work. Developing Gestalt Counseling encourages counselors to focus on areas that they feel need special attention by covering topics such as relationship and dialogue, assessment in the Gestalt approach; contact, awareness, proactivity, and responsibility; and experimental and creative methods. Author Jennifer Mackewn provides an easy-to-read and informative book for readers who are already familiar with the fundamentals of counseling and have begun work with clients in counseling psychology and social work settings.

Using Embodiment, Movement and Play
Using embodiment, movement and play

The founders of Gestalt were trained in many innovative forms of theatre and expressive movement, so drama, psychodrama, enactment, movement, dance and play are and always have been intrinsic to the Gestalt approach. The rationale for the integration of these creative means of expression comes from learning theory1 and holism.2 We human beings learn experientially. We are holistic beings, in which body, mind and soul are united – so any holistic approach to counselling needs to address and involve body, mind and soul in their fullest range.

Movement, dance, sound, enactment and other forms of creative expression are natural aspects of the human repertoire, which almost all children employ all day long for many years in their ...

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