This is a panel The Human Rights and Social Responsibility Committee of EAGT (European Association for Gestalt Therapy) about the social political dimension of Gestalt Therapy and psychotherapy in general. Gestalt Therapy, like all psychotherapy modalities, is always rooted in a social and political field. From this point of view we can state that all our interventions have a political impact. When we are working with persons, who were traumatized by civil wars in their home country or with refugees, who were taken into European detention centres we immediately connect with a political field, not only with the psychic processes.
Gestalt therapy was founded in a political situation when Fritz and Laura Perls had to escape from Germany because of the Nazis and they left South Africa afterwards because they feared the forces of Apartheid. So in our legacy it is to watch always the situation, we are doing our work. The panel reports on what sort of work their Committee does in several countries (i.e. Greece, Bolivia, Ukraine) . Last not least they stressed that they see that panels a tribute and an honour for Nelson Mandela-somebody we really think is a honourable man.
The aim is to increase awareness and shift focus from clinical work and to recognize non-clinical social political dimension in therapeutic work and therapist’s work outside therapy room, in communities, education, in hospitals, detention centre etc. as valuable contribution to our societies. How we give shape to our world today and tomorrow.