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Program Overview

Most of the program is now online: visit to learn more and see the online portal

Live Workshops will be held at 333 Miller Ave, Suite 3, Mill Valley CA 94965 with additional trainings in Europe and Asia.

The Gestalt Institute of San Francisco is delighted to launch its 2021-22 certificate training program in the art and science of the Gestalt Approach. The training program is designed for counselors and psychotherapists in training as well as seasoned mental health professionals and other consultants and coaching professionals. The program will offer deep theoretical and experiential learning of guiding principles and processes of Gestalt to those who seek to embody deep presence and knowledge in the service of one’s own and others’ human potential

The training program will integrate and interweave discussions of theoretical constructs with direct experiential learning of Gestalt Methodology, processes, and therapeutic practices. It will introduce Gestalt as a school of philosophy, psychology and phenomenology and focus the majority of time on direct, experiential, awareness based and process-experiential, embodied skill development.

Program structure: 
The yearly programs are based on three learning quarters adding up to a year certificate of completion. Trainees interested to enroll beyond one year have to be invited by the faculty. Each quarter offers learning hours comprised of 12 weekly 2-hour didactic/practice classes and three weekend non-residential experiential workshops. The weekend workshops are taught and facilitated in the tradition of Gestalt marathon groups and are intensive and personal in nature.

Program Investment and registration:
Graduate students receive a 15% discount on all registration fees.

Registration for each quarter (Jan – March, April-June, September – December), includes the following: Twelve weekly 2-hour long classes on Monday evenings 6:30 – 8:30, on Zoom. Three weekend non-residential intensive workshops in Mill Valley, Online, or at our locations in Europe. 28 hours of structured home study.

The cost per semester is $1500 per semester. 4500.00 total for the one year certificate.

Additional Registration information: visit

Program leaders and Instructors:

Graduate Student Leaders: TBA.

Morgan Goodlander, MA, GPW:  
Director Emeritus of the GISF (1997-2016) is an internationally known gestalt trainer and leadership consultant that has worked in 17 countries and for a number of years was the co-director of an inhouse training program for Esalen Institute.  He was six years on the Board of Directors for the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy (AAGT) and is an honorary member of numerous Gestalt organizations around the world. His current interest is on integrating deep individual process with context mechanics in organizational development and leadership teams. He is known for his humorous style and deep respect for each individual’s process.