Theory of self its clinical and practical use

Gestalt-therapy, 65 years ago, challenged the psychotherapeutic world through a number of revolutionary proposals. A large part of them are gathered under the name of « theory of self ». However, some of these assumptions were still underdevelopped by our founders and required further unfolding.

Of course, a theory is not a truth. It’s a fiction, a construction which is supposed to help us to build meaning to our experience, and that is experience which is important, not theory. But part of our experience could be useless and lost if not understood thanks to theory.

In this international workshop for gestalt-therapists, supervisors and trainers, Jean-Marie Robine, internationaly well know through his teaching and back- and-forth between theory and practice, will offer an extended unfolding of the core constructs of the « theory of self », and mostly, will teach how it could be used in our daily practice of gestalt-therapists.

 What is « self » ?
 How every experience is about contacting
 Functions of the self and their observation (partial structures)
 Self as a process and the construction/deconstruction of gestalts
 the so-called « interruptions of contact »
 What does mean « working in a field perspective » ?


Jean-Marie Robine

Clinical psychologist since 1967.
Founder of Institut Français de Gestalt-thérapie in 1980 which he headed 30 years.
International trainer.
Co-founder and past president of EAGT.
Full member of New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy. Has been a long-term student of Isadore From, a member of the founding group of GT.
Author of several books about GT, 2 of them are available in English : On the Occasion of an Other (Gestalt Journal Press) and Social Change begins with two (Ist. di Gestalt HCC Italy Pub. Inc & Amazon).


2016 – July 4 to 9
From Monday 14h to Saturday 13h
One week non-residential workshop


The workshop will be at Jean-Marie’s home, in Saint Romain la Virvée, a small village on a bank of river Dordogne, 25km from Bordeaux, Unesco World Heritage Site and from Saint Emilion, a medieval village famous for its wine.

Not far from the Atlantic Ocean and Bassin d’Arcachon, with its famous « dune du Pyla » the highest in Europe... and so on...

International airport in Bordeaux-Mérignac
Train Station in Bordeaux, then train to St André de Cubzac (5km)