Graduate Certificate in Gestalt Therapy

1 Year Graduate Certificate Course

Timeframe: May-December

This course offers an introduction to Gestalt Therapy and is open to anyone interested in Gestalt Therapy for their personal or professional development. The Graduate Certificate in Gestalt Therapy is also the pathway into the Master of Gestalt Therapy for students wanting to continue their learning.

In this year students will gain an understanding of the principles and practice of Gestalt therapy and its application to counselling, psychotherapy, group, community and organisational work.

Entry to the Master of Gestalt Therapy course is contingent upon the successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Gestalt Therapy, personal aptitude and prerequisite academic experience as outlined in policy 8A. The Graduate Certificate is aligned with the Australian Qualification 8 (AFQ 8).

Course Structure

The Graduate Certificate in Gestalt Therapy is provided in part-time intensive mode only.

The intensive mode involves:

Weekend tuition

  • The Year 1 cohort will meet for six (6) weekends, approximately once a month. The Graduate certificate program delivers 144 hours of face to face tuition.

Study group

  • Students will engage in additional hours of study both on their own and in a small group of members of the Year 1 cohort (30 hours).


  • Students will attend a 6-day residential. The residential is an important component of the program and gathers all GTB students in one venue.

Personal therapy

  • Students will engage in a minimum of 10 one-to-one therapy sessions with a Gestalt therapist.


  • This course will include two written assignments, one due in Semester 1 and one due in Semester 2. These will be written and submitted electronically by the student and get a formal mark that will link to the outcomes for our Gestalt Theory units.

The course requirements are that students attend tuition in person for at least 90% of scheduled weekends and 90% of each residential. Attendance at tuition for specific subject content may be compulsory. Students will be advised of these weekends at the beginning of the relevant year of study.

Weekend Tuition

Provision of tuition over weekends allows for the integration of theory and practice so that students can synthesise learning with their own life reflections and insights and those of their cohort. This work can be highly personally challenging and needs to be undertaken in a forum that provides time and support from academic staff. Teaching and learning strategies focus on maximising student participation in the learning experience and on providing the opportunity for reflection.
Learning processes also involve students engaging in group processes. During these processes they will be encouraged to use the interpersonal skills to engage with other group members, interact with the group members at a system level and make process observations that will influence the group direction.
Theoretical learning processes will include short didactic presentations with accompanying notes and bibliographical references, experiential exercises and group discussion/experiences. Experiential learning processes support theoretical content in order to enable students to apply their knowledge. Self-directed learning via reading and written assignments further encourage the integration of theory and personal experience.
Weekend course delivery mode facilitates attendance by students who work and students who do not reside in Brisbane city. The success of this design is evidenced by the enrolment of students in the Master of Gestalt Therapy from the outside of Brisbane.


Each year of study includes six days of residential program within semester two. The residential program is designed to provide a learning environment that is framed by contemporary Gestalt therapy and adult learning principles and underpinned by the values of responsibility and community.
Residential/s are held off-campus in a rural setting and involve all students and academic staff. They are an experiential program that complements and enhances the weekend tuition and learning experience with interactive applications of theory and practice. The extended live-in experience provides opportunity to deepen this work.
Learning occurs within year cohorts, mixed year groupings, and through activities involving the whole community. Open explorative processes complement a schedule of planned experiential activities, seminars and discussions. Student experience is shared and explored with academic staff support and supervision. Students have the opportunity to build awareness of their strengths and limitations as these may relate to their life and work with clients. Students also have opportunity to work through relational issues, including issues of conflict between one another.
In addition to the other learning, students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate program will be given the opportunity to observe the work of their senior colleagues as well as academic staff.

Personal therapy

Students are required to engage in a minimum of 10 one-to-one therapy sessions. Therapy assists students to actively reflect on their learning experience and to address personal issues that impact their lives and have the potential to impact on their work with clients. Therapy is undertaken with an external Gestalt therapist listed on the Gestalt Therapy Brisbane’s Therapist List.

Course overview

Weekend 1 Introductions/Awareness/Figure Ground
Weekend 2 Gestalt a Dialogical Approach
Weekend 3 Gestalt and Contact Styles
Weekend 4 Client Work with Year 3
Residential (6 days)
Weekend 5 Closure

Please view our Scheduled Education Dates

Progression into the Master of Gestalt Therapy program

After completion of the Graduate Certificate students can progress into year 2 of the Master of Gestalt Therapy. Progression into the Master of Gestalt Therapy is upon invitation.

See our Admission pathways and Admission criteria


Graduate Certificate in Gestalt Therapy is aligned to Alignment to Australian Qualifications Framework 8 (AQF 8) which includes of the following units;

Semester 1
TG100 Gestalt Theory I
PG100 Application of Gestalt Theory I
EG100 Experience and Reflection on Psychotherapy
Semester 2
TG101 Gestalt Theory II
PG101 Application of Gestalt Theory II
EG101 Experience and Reflection on Psychotherapy


Higher Education Accreditation

Gestalt Therapy Brisbane has been reaccredited to deliver the Graduate Certificate in Gestalt Therapy and the Master of Gestalt Therapy by TEQSA (Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency) for an additional period of seven years as at March 2014.

Higher Education accreditation was granted to GTB in 2008 by the Office of Higher Education, Queensland Education Department for a period of five years. This accreditation continued the accreditation for a master program received by the Gestalt Association of Queensland Inc (GAQI) in 2004 . In January 2012 this accreditation was transferred to the national body, TEQSA (Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency).


The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) is Australia’s regulatory and quality agency for higher education. TEQSA’s primary aim is to ensure that students receive a high quality education at any Australian higher education provider. To find out more about TEQSA