Abstract

The authors surveyed 101 Gestalt therapists about their practice patterns in leading groups from a Gestalt perspective, including therapy, training, supervision, organizational development, and educational groups. The survey revealed that the group continues to be a popular and important modality among Gestalt therapists, particularly in conducting therapy, training, and supervision activities. The practice demographics of those types of groups, including numbers of participants, frequency, and duration, have not changed significantly in the past 30 years. Therapy group leaders in 2002 however, are relying on a blend of approaches that draw on intrapersonal, interpersonal, and systems level interventions. The shift away from an exclusive or predominant “hot seat” approach, popular in the 1960s and 1970s, continues. Finally, survey respondents indicated that “group support” was the most important curative factor in current Gestalt therapy groups.

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