The European Certificate of Gestalt Psychotherapy is a document confirming completion of postgraduate training in accordance with EAGT (European Associatiation of Gestalt Therapy) standards.
Completion of postgraduate training in psychotherapy, confirmed by a document issued in accordance with Polish regulations by a training institute (e.g. in the form of a certificate of completion or graduation diploma), and fulfilment of additional framework requirements gives the possibility of filing an application for admission to the EAGT ordinary members and receiving the European Certificate of Gestalt Psychotherapy under standard or grandparenting procedure. Holding the aforementioned document is equivalent to obtaining a status of a EAGT Full Member – for more information on various types of membership, including the Associate Membership for students link.
The European Certificate of Gestalt Psychotherapy is also a form of confirmation by EAGT of the competence of the Gestalt psychotherapist. Persons holding the aforementioned document may conduct psychotherapy with individuals with different diagnoses.
According to the EAGT standards, obtaining the European Certificate of Gestalt Psychotherapy is related to the fulfilment of the requirements (described here) approved by the Training Standards Committee (TSC). This is particularly important when a given person starts their practice outside of the country in which they were trained (please note – after fulfilment of all the conditions laid down by the legislation of the country in which the psychotherapy is provided). It is often helpful when applying for work in EU countries, also in Poland (for detailed information please contact directly the specific centre where you plan to start providing psychotherapy).
Certificates issued by the EAGT or EAP are not always sufficient to conduct qualified psychotherapy in Poland; therefore, in 2012, our Associatiation started to issue the Psychotherapist Certificate in accordance with the standards adopted in Poland. This was an important step in the light of the solutions adopted in the draft law on the profession of psychotherapist and the binding regulations of the Minister of Health, e.g. regulation of 6 November, 2013 on guaranteed benefits in the field of psychiatric health care and addiction treatment (Journal of Laws of 2013, item 1386). At the time of the entry into force of the law on the profession of psychotherapist, a psychotherapist certificate issued by the PTPG will probably be the basis for entering a given individual into the National Register of Psychotherapists.
More information about the Psychotherapist Certificate issued by the PTPG can be found here.
The European Certificate of Gestalt Psychotherapy issued by EAGT is valid for 5 years and is renewable. The basis for renewing the validity of the certificate is EAGT membership and documented participation in supervision, participation in seminars, workshops and other forms of lifelong learning. The first re-registration of the EAGT membership concerns activities related to Gestalt psychotherapy – more information and a re-registration form can be found here.
The PTPG is accredited as the National Organization of Gestalt Therapy NOGT EAGT. Terms of renewing the validity of the Psychotherapy Certificate issued by the PTPG and the European Certificate of Gestalt Psychotherapy issued by the EAGT are similar. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the procedures.
The EAGT keeps a list of members, which is available at www.eagt.org.
According to the EAGT standards, training in psychotherapy must cover min. 1 450 hours.
The PTPG is not an organization entitled to extend the validity of any documents issued by other organizations, societies or entities.
It is not necessary to obtain a certificate issued by the EAGT or other societies or entities to obtain a Psychotherapist Certificate issued by the PTPG. Each organization issues documents based on internal, separate regulations.
Gestalt psychotherapists may apply for certificates also with other Polish and foreign professional associations, according to their preferences.