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UEN No/CPE Reg No: 199900986N
(Reg. Period: 19 May 2020 to 20 May 2024)

Intermediate Training in Gestalt Play Therapy (Corporate/Private run only)


William Pollard said “Information is a source of learning. But unless it is organized, processed, and available to the right people in a format for decision making, it is a burden, not a benefit”. In the clinical practice, there is a compelling need to organize the information gleaned from the therapeutic process to provide relevant insights and support for our clients.
This Intermediate Training is designed for those who have completed the Basic Training in Gestalt Therapy with Children and Adolescents using the Oaklander Approach. Extending from the Basic Training, we will continue to examine the Gestalt perspective of child development, both healthy and interrupted, particularly focusing on grounding the therapist in making assessments, diagnoses and treatment plans using the Oaklander Model that is applicable to our clients.


This 4-day workshop (28 hours) will examine closely those factors that bring about change and growth for a child or adolescent through the therapeutic process of Gestalt Therapy. Emphasis will be on developing robust assessments, diagnosis and plans so that participants will be able to present case materials using the Gestalt framework in a manner that other mental health therapists can relate to. Working in small groups, participants will have opportunities for group consultation and practice.

At the end of the training, you will:

  • Have an understanding of the principles of Gestalt Therapy and how it is adapted for use in the Oaklander Model
  • Learn to frame observations and formulations in the Gestalt framework
  • Develop a clinical formulation based on the Oaklander Model of Gestalt Therapy
  • Practice making assessments and treatment plans using case studies given


  1. Developing assessment and case conceptualizations

    Assessing contact functions and boundary disturbances

    Identifying introjects

  2. Planning interventions

    Working with introjects and projections

  3. Working with the Field

    How to work with parents, families and communities

  4. Personhood of the Therapist




Practitioners working with children and adolescents in the field of health and mental health (such as psychiatry, psychology, psychiatric nursing, special needs, medical doctors), helping professions (such as social work, counseling) and related fields (such childcare/student care setting, physical therapy, art therapy, or other related fields).


Those who have completed the Basic Training in Gestalt Play Therapy or the Summer/Winter Intensive Training (WCI, USA)


This workshop is accredited with

West Coast Institute ( and the training hours will be counted towards certification as a Certified Gestalt Therapist with Children and Adolescents with WCI. For more information, please go to


Lee Sock Kuan has been working with children, couples and familites for over 13 years and is a certified Gestalt Therapist with Children and Adolescents with West Coast Institute. As the first to receive her certification in AsiaPacific region, Sock Kuan is excited to further her work with children and their families on coping with stress, attachment, challenging behaviour and loss issues in the Gestalt approach. Besides, Gestalt Therapy, she has received specialised training in Play Therapy, Sandplay Therapy, art facilitation, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Family Therapy and Emotional Focused Therapy. Sock Kuan also supervises and trains therapists, psychologists and social workers. She is a registered Clinical Member and Clinical Supervisor of the Singapore Association for Counselling. Besides being certified with West Coast Institute, she is a also a Certified Practitioner in Therapeutic Play Skills with Play Therapy International.


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Course Schedule

Dates No public class scheduled at the moment, Corporate/Private run available