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The Use of Drawings in the Oaklander Approach to Gestalt Play Therapy

Item Code: OAG
Price:  $180.00

The Use of Drawings in the Oaklander Approach to Gestalt Play Therapy

Item Code: OAG
Price:  $180.00
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Participant Feedback

The workshop was really experiential and helped me see that our unconscious is ready to play when given an opportunity. Thank Peter for the insightful experience and understanding of Gestalt / Oaklander's way of working.

A great insight into Gestalt play therapy, I will add it to my toolbelt.


Course Description

3 hour live, online course

In this workshop, you can learn the value of a playful and creative approach to therapy, based on the work of Dr. Violet Oaklander. See  demonstrated through both theory and practice how a playful and creative approach to therapy can help enliven, sharpen, and make more authentic the therapeutic encounter, both between the therapist and the client, as well as between the client and the sometimes surprising aspects of the self that are discovered through play and art: Paradoxically, play and art can make therapy more real. In addition to theory and research, we will focus in this workshop on a set of drawings that can be used with clients of all ages to enhance therapeutic contact and allow relevant content to emerge and be explored in a way that provides new perspectives and possibilities.


Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course you will have an opportunity to:

  • Deepen your understanding of the Oaklander approach to therapy with children, adolescents and adults
  • Gain understanding of how to use drawings in the therapeutic process
  • Engage in a hands-on learning opportunity to explore the use of drawings in therapy and counseling


Workshop Facilitator  - Peter Mortola, Ph.D. Professor in Counseling, Therapy and School Psychology



  Peter Mortola, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Counseling, Therapy and School Psychology Department at Lewis and Clark College's Graduate School of Education and Counseling, Portland, Oregan, USA. He is the author of Windowframes: Learning the art of Gestalt play therapy the Oaklander way (Routledge/Gestaltpress, 2006), the culmination of 10 years of inquiry and research on Violet Oaklander’s methods of both child therapy and adult training. Windowframes has been translated into German, Spanish, Romanian, Italian and Korean. He is also the co-author of BAM! Boys Advocacy and Mentoring: A leader’s guide to facilitating strength-based groups for boys (Routledge, 2008), and The Bear Inside (19th Avenue Press, with Illustrator Mark Molchan), a children's book about regulating strong emotions. The Bear Inside has been translated into Spanish, Bulgarian, Russian, and Sinhala language versions. For 15 years, he has also facilitated a partnership between Lewis & Clark College and David Douglas School District in which graduate students have served over 1500 sixth-grade students in the small group counseling setting.

Who Should Attend?

This workshop will be suitable for any professional working with boys and men in either educational or counselling settings.

Please note, this is a LIVE and INTERACTIVE training event. We don't record this. 

Date and Time

Live only online course will be run on:

11th June 2024, 9am - 12pm AEST

(10th June 2024, 4pm - 7pm PDT)


3rd December 2024, 9am - 12pm AEDT

(2nd December 2024, 2pm - 5pm PST)


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Training Details

Included in the training price:

  • 3 hours live, online training
  • Access to slides and link to create Certificate of Attendance will be emailed to you upon completion of course evaluation
  • GST

Training Cost

SPECIAL Price        $180



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