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PSYCHOTHERAPY AND JUSTICE: A CASE FOR APPLICATION OF GESTALT THERAPY IN THE JUSTICE SYSTEM | Sept 2020

When we think of justice, we rarely think of psychotherapy, perhaps less of gestalt. Nonetheless, it is the argument of this paper that justice and psychotherapy not only complement each other but also, become one and the same.

This paper by Katya Caruana eloquently draws out the similar ethics underlying gestalt therapy and restorative justice. Katya makes an argument for the greater application of gestalt therapy within the justice system.

 

NGV CLIMATE CHANGE MANIFESTO | August 2020

The paper is a first statement of NGV’s thinking around climate change and sustainable economics.

The ultimate cause of unsustainable economies that lead to climate change is to be found in our “desensitisation” from the realm of the body, and our connection with the earth (Gaia) that supports us. Economic ‘laws’ and ‘models’ do not describe “reality”, instead they support our desensitisation (‘out of touch-ness’) from our world. 

We believe the answer to climate emergency will come from a rapid raising of the “collective consciousness” – a re-sensitising to our connections with each other and with our planet. We have the chance to respond by moving in the direction of an “economics of our bodies and our hearts” (what Bruno Latour calls our ‘first nature’), letting go of an illusory idea of an ‘economic system’ that puts us on collision course with the planet. Such a move can only come as a result of collective process that supports people to “get back in touch” and may involve experiments in different forms of valuing and economically supporting each other, and transformation at all levels of community, business, and polity.

If you have any difficulty in downloading the PDF, please email John@newgestaltvoices.org.

THOUGHTS ON MICROAGGRESSIONS, SOCIO CULTURAL TRAUMA AND THE PHENOMENOLOGICAL FIELD | June 2020

In this paper Bernadette O’Koon (Latuch) argues for the value of gestalt’s field perspective when it comes to understanding and responding to microaggressions.

The question of whether a micro aggression has taken place rests with the receiver of it, and as a microaggressor the onus on me is to respond from a place of grace rather than wishing to minimise what took place. Nonetheless aggressor and aggressed on can also meet by taking in the wider situation containing structured oppression whether connected with race, class, gender or other identity variables. These make micro aggressions inevitable, and whilst not taking away responsibility from the aggressor may support us to find compassion in a difficult situation.

If you have any difficulty in downloading the PDF, please email John@newgestaltvoices.org.