Blackfort Adolescent Gestalt Institute’s training programme includes brief introductory workshops on working with adolescents. These training workshops are of particular interest to psychotherapists, counsellors, psychologists, youth workers, social workers and education professionals who wish to deepen and extend their understanding and skills in working with this age group.

Therapeutic Intervention with Adolescents – A Relational Approach.

Dublin – March 2018

Separation & Complex Family Confi guration: Meaning-Making & Identity Formation In Adolescence

Limerick – April 2018

Anxiety & School Refusal in Adolescencee

Dublin – June 2018

2 Year Advanced (Post-Qualifying) Diploma in Gestalt Adolescent Psychotherapy

September 2017 – June 2019

Advanced 2 Year Diploma Application Form


Advanced Training Programme

Bronagh Starrs is Programme Director of the Advanced Post-Qualifying Diploma in Gestalt Adolescent Psychotherapy offered in Dublin Counselling and Therapy Centre.

The aim of this two-year in-depth training programme is to understand and appreciate the complexity of adolescent process and to support counsellors/therapists in developing deeper levels of competency in their work with adolescents who are experiencing psychological and developmental difficulties. The training will address adolescent development and psychotherapy from a Gestalt Relational perspective, understanding adolescent development as creative adjustment in context, tracking the interactive evolution of the adolescent’s contact repertoire and the relational field of which the adolescent is a part. Themes for the training will include:

  • The nature of adolescent development, including transformation of the adolescent’s relationship with him/herself, the social world & parents.
  • Understanding clinical symptoms as developmental field phenomena.
  • Utilising a field approach for designing clinical interventions
  • The critical role of shame in the clinical situation
  • The pragmatics of engaging the adolescent and parents in therapy

Entry Requirements

This Advanced Post-Qualifying Diploma is open to practitioners who have successfully completed a core psychotherapy/psychology training course (in either adult-oriented or child-oriented psychotherapy) and who are accredited (or working towards accreditation) with an accrediting body such as IAHIP, IACP, BACP, PSI or equivalent.

For full details of the training programme please email