Graduate Certificate in Gestalt Therapy

One-Year Graduate Certificate Course

Time frame: April to 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.


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. 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.

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. Read more…

Study Group

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


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. Read more…

Personal Therapy

Students will engage in a minimum of 10 one-to-one therapy sessions as part of the Experience of Gestalt Therapy subject (EG100). 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.


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 subjects.

Course Overview

Weekend 1 Introductions/Awareness/Contact

Weekend 2 Gestalt a Dialogical Approach

Weekend 3 Gestalt a Phenomenological Approach

Weekend 4 Gestalt Contact and Contact Styles

September Mid-year interviews

Weekend 5 The Paradoxical Theory of Change


Weekend 7 Storytelling, Closure & Graduate Certificate Graduation Ceremony

Please view our Scheduled Education Dates

Progression into the Master of Gestalt Therapy program


After completion of the Graduate Certificate students can progress into the Master of Gestalt Therapy (this program is outlined under the Master course page as year 2). Progression into the Master of Gestalt Therapy is upon invitation. 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 our student progression policy, see policy handbook.  .

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;

Semester one subjects 
TG100 Gestalt Theory I
PG100 Application of Gestalt Theory I
EG100 Experience and Reflection on Psychotherapy (term 1 & 2)
Semester two subjects 
TG101 Gestalt Theory II
PG101 Application of Gestalt Theory II
EG101 Experience and Reflection on Psychotherapy (optional)


Higher Education Accreditation

Gestalt Therapy Brisbane is accredited to deliver the Graduate Certificate in Gestalt Therapy and the Master of Gestalt Therapy by TEQSA (Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency).

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