Keynote

Speakers

Bruce Wampold

Bruce E. Wampold, who was trained in mathematics (BA, University of Washington) before earning his doctorate in Counseling Psychology (Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara), is Professor Emeritus of Counseling Psychology at the University of Wisconsin—Madison, and Senior Researcher at the Research Institute at Modum Bad Psychiatric Center in Vikersund, Norway.  He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and Board Certified in Counseling Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. Currently his work involves understanding counseling and psychotherapy from empirical, historical, and anthropological perspectives, which has led to the development of a contextual model from which to understand the benefits of counseling and psychotherapy. As well, he has explored social healing in various contexts, including placebos, medicine, psychotherapy, and various cultural healing practices.   His work is summarized in The Great Psychotherapy Debate: The Evidence for How Psychotherapy Works (with Z. Imel, Taylor and Francis, 2015) as well as numerous articles and chapters.  He is recipient of the of the 2007 Distinguished Professional Contributions to Applied Research Award from the American Psychological Association, the 2015 Distinguished Research Career Award from the Society for Psychotherapy Research, and the 2019 Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Application of Psychology from the American Psychological Foundation.

Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb

Psy D and researcher, international trainer, Director of the Istituto di Gestalt HCC Italy (Syracuse, Palermo and Milan). In her work, she has developed hermeneutically the principles of Gestalt therapy into a field oriented, phenomenological and aesthetic approach. Her main trainers: the Polster’s, Isadore From and Daniel Stern. Her present research fields: observative measurers of the “dance” of reciprocity between caregivers and child and between therapist and client; the construct of Aesthetic Relational Knowledge of the therapist. She has written extensively in scientific journals, her book The Now-for-Next in Psychotherapy is available in 8 languages. She edits the Gestalt Therapy Book Series at Routledge. Past President of EAGT, FIAP, SIPG, FISIG. She received the Lifelong Achievement Award from the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy – AAGT (Toronto, Canada, August 2018).

Peter Schulthess

born 1950, is practicing as Gestalt therapist since 1976 in Zurich (Switzerland) in private practice. He is past president of EAGT and SVG. Today he is Board member of ASP (Association of Swiss Psychotherapists) and the Network Gestalt therapy Switzerland. Actually he is the chair of the Science and Research Committee of EAP. He coordinated a comparative process and outcome study with 10 different modalities in Switzerland (2006 – 2020) and has published as co-author several articles around this study. He is teaching Gestalt therapy in various countries on different continents. He lives in Switzerland, Greece and Philippines. www.pschulthess.ch

Christine Stevens

Christine Stevens PhD is Editor of The British Gestalt Journal. She is a Gestalt therapist, supervisor, international trainer, writer and member of faculty for the Psychotherapy Doctorate Programmes at Metanoia Institute, London, validated by Middlesex University.  She is a member of the EAGT Research Committee. As Research Lead for the UKAGP, Christine is co-ordinating a team to develop Case-Study research by Gestalt Practitioners in the UK. She is Director of The Clay Studio, Nottingham, where she is involved in arts-based social engagement work. She is particularly interested in inter-disciplinary research in psychotherapy and creative practice.

Robert Elliott

Ph.D., is Professor of Counselling at the University of Strathclyde.  He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and is professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Toledo (Ohio). He has spent most of his career as a psychotherapy researcher trying out and inventing different research methods. He is co-author of Facilitating emotional change (1993), Learning Emotion-Focused Therapy (2004), Research methods in clinical psychology (3rd ed., 2015), as well as more than 170 journal articles and book chapters. He is past president of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, and previously co-edited the journals Psychotherapy Research, and Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies.  He is a fellow in the APA divisions of Clinical Psychology, Psychotherapy, and Humanistic Psychology.  He has received the Distinguished Research Career Award of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, and the Carl Rogers Award from the APA Division of Humanistic Psychology. He enjoys running, science fiction and all kinds of music.