SAGE Journal Articles
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The article explores the implications of the author’s feelings and lived experience in the act of conducting research. A gestalt framework is proposed as one way to integrate personal experience self-reflection and inquiry.
- The author describes Gestalt theory as shifting focus from the structure of (what is) to process (what role do I have in creating what is). What is the role of counselor awareness in this shift?
- Consider one of your interactions and write about it using one of the perspectives upon first-person inquiry put forth in the article:
- What happened in the interaction?
- How did the interaction impact you?
- How can you use this information to inform the general picture of the other person, and the relationship that exists between the two of you?
- What is the role of examining feelings in Gestalt theory application?
James Robert Bitter
The article provides an example of the application of Gestalt therapy in addressing the relationship between a parent and child. A comparison of Gestalt and Adlerian theories are made through the presentation of two cases. The P.A.C.E. acronym provides a foundation for the integration of Gestalt and Adlerian theories.
- List three observations that you make about the focus of Gestalt therapy from reading the description of the work of David and Erv.
- Name and describe the elements of the P.A.C.E. acronym.
- Using the cases presented in the article, how are Gestalt and Adlerian approaches similar, and how are they different?