1st Edition

Heart of Development, V. 1 Early and Middle Childhood

By Gordon Wheeler, Mark McConville Copyright 2002
    346 Pages
    by Gestalt Press

    346 Pages
    by Gestalt Press

    In these groundbreaking new collections, the reader will find an exciting, boad-ranging selection of work showing an array of applications of the Gestalt model to working with children, adolescents, and their families and worlds.  From the theoretical to the hands-on, and from the clinical office or playroom to family settings, schools, institutions, and the community, these chapters take us on a rewarding tour of the vibrant, productive range of Gestalt work today, always focusing on the first two decades of life.  With each new topic and setting, fresh and creative ideas and interventions are offered and described, for use by practitioners of every school and method. 

    Oaklander, Preface. Wheeler, Introduction. Part I: Theory. Wheeler, The Developing Field: Toward a Gestalt Developmental Model. Part II: Applications. Oaklander, The Therapeutic Process with Children and Adolescents: A Gestalt Therapy Perspective. Tervo, Physical Process Work with Children and Adolescents. Tudor, Integrating Gestalt in Children's Groups. Wheeler, Compulsion and Curiosity: A Gestalt Approach to OCD. Eizner, Janet Lederman and the Gazebo School. Kent-Ferraro, Wheeler, ADD: A Gestalt Perspective. Reynolds, Woldt, Healing Young, Wounded Hearts: Gestalt Group Therapy with Children of Divorce. Part III: Perspectives and New Directions. Wheeler, Between Parent and Child: The Power of Shame. Benevento, Confluent/Constructivist Treatment of Children with Learning/Behavior Disorders. Wexberg, A Developmental Model with Applications for Working with Young Children. Carroll, The Pinnocchio Syndrome: Path to Wholeness: Gestalt Therapy with Children and Adolescents.


    Gordon Wheeler, Ph.D., and Mark McConville, Ph.D., both senior members of the teaching faculty of the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, are widely known for their teaching, clinical work, and writings in the Gestalt model.  Mark McConville is author of Adolescence; Gordon Wheeler's books in the field include Gestalt Reconsidered and Beyond Individualism

    "Gestalt approaches to work with families, children and their worlds are among the most important new extensions of the Gestalt model over the past generation - and high on the list of the contributions we can make, as practitioners, to the problems of the world.  In this rich collection, you will find the exciting depth and range of this work, in applications from individual and family therapy to groups, schools, and beyond.  Therapists who work with all ages and all approaches will find much in these chapters to enrich and enliven their perspectives and energy for the work."

    - Sonia March Nevis, Co-Director, Center for the Study of Intimate Systems, Gestalt International Study Center

    "If you live or work with children, you will be enriched by reading these books."

    - Violet Oaklander, from the Preface