The Istituto di Gestalt H.C.C..


M.U.R.S.T. recognizes the Training School
by Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb and Giovanni Salonia


With Ministerial Law 9/5/94, the Minister for the Universities and for Scientific and Technological Research approved the Gestalt Therapy Training Course run by our Institute, in accordance with article 3 of Law 56/89.

The background to this recognition is fifteen years devoted to training psychotherapists. In this period we fully proved the truth of Paulo Freire's observation that 'nobody educates anybody'. We cannot think of our understanding of Gestalt Therapy, of our competence as teachers and supervisors, without a sense of deep gratitude towards our students. It is their questions that have stimulated our research, making us reconsider certain assumptions with a critical eye and encouraging us to develop hitherto unexplored aspects of Gestalt Therapy.

For us, being trainers has meant and still means taking-care-of-the-person of the student as an 'apprentice' of a therapeutic model which is to be assimilated and redeveloped in a personal style, which is to say in an original mediation between orthodoxy and creativity.

Gestalt Therapy, in its new, well-constructed analysis of the contact between the organism and its environment, seen as the prime structuring reality of any growth, makes it possible to marry the freshness of the human relationship with a strict theoretical and clinical definition of therapy.

The research we are carrying out with our group and in continuing confrontation with European and American Institutes, will be further stimulated in terms of reflection ad ascertainment in these new Training Programs.

In this sense we are also confident of the invaluable contribution of the academics and trainers whom we are happy to count among the teaching staff at our School, and whose experience and approach differs from our own. Our relationship with them over the years has been characterized by respect and constructive comparison regarding the very heart of the psychological and psychotherapeutic debate.

To our students

We hope that you will continue to make the Gestalt Therapy model known, both in terms of its methodological possibilities, which aim to bring out the artist in every student, and in terms of its theoretical and clinical richness, which offers - first and foremost to the therapist, and then to those s/he treats - the possibility of reopening the blocked paths of personal growth, by restoring the ability to make full nourishing contact with others and with the world, thus discovering or rediscovering meaning and freshness in one's life.


The Training Program

The training program consists of 2000 hours in 4 years, so divided:

200 hours of general academic theory

280 hours of theory specific to Gestalt therapy

600 hours of clinical training in group

400 hours of supervision

520 hours of clinical activity in public health services

Individual psychotherapy is requested and considered necessary in order to get the diploma. It's not included in the amount of hours above mentioned.


The accredited training program accepts only students who have previously get a Master degree in Psychology or Medicine.

They have to send a written request of admission to the directors of the Institute, explaining their motivation to be admitted, their previous experiences in the field of psychotherapy, their committment to research and clinical applications of psychotherapy.

The Institute can accept only 30 students a year.

Every year a maximum of 4 training groups can be activated, in 4 cities: Venice, Rome, Palermo, Siracuse/Ragusa.

Requests of admission, together with a CV,  have to be sent to the central administrative office of Ragusa:

Istituto di Gestalt - H.C.C., via Virgilio, 10 - 97100 - Ragusa - Italy

tel. +39-0932-682109, fax +39-0932-682227.


The admission fee is £. 400.000 (207 euros).

To attend the accredited training program costs £. 5.500.000 (2.841 euros) per year. It's possible to divide this cost in 4 times a year

The  staff of trainers



Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb and Giovanni Salonia



Valeria ConteMaria Mione; Paola Aparo; Pietro Cavaleri; Elisabetta Conte; Sebastiano Dell'Agli; Romolo Taddei; Antonio Cascio; Giovanna Giordano; Terry Falcone; Giuseppe Iaculo.


Vittorio Cassì (Ragusa); Douglas Davidove (New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy - New York, U.S.A.); Piero De Franco (Aiuto Clinica Psichiatrica - Università di Messina); Bruno Di Maio (Doc. Ord. Facoltà di Ingegneria - Università di Palermo); George Downing (Dir. Internat. Institute of Body Oriented Psychotherapy - Paris); Pier Giorgio Foglio-Bonda (Villa Santa Margherita - Monte Fiascone, Viterbo); Salvatore Gaglio (Doc. Ord. Dip. di Intelligenza Artificiale - Univer. of Palermo); Antonio Ghirlanda (Aiuto Clinica Psichiatrica - Università di Messina); Erminio Gius (Dir. Dipart. di Psicologia - Univers. of Padova); Carl Hodges (New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy - New York, U.S.A.); Jutta Hommel-Schneck (Stuttgart, Germany); Edward Lynch (Southern Connecticut State University, U.S.A.); Richard Kitzler (The New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy, USA); Sonia March Nevis ( Cleveland Institute, Ohio, U.S.A.); Michael Vincent Miller (Boston, USA); Paolo Moderato (Univers. of  Palermo); Bertram Müller (Institut für Gestalttherapie - Düsseldorf, Germany); Edwin Nevis (Cleveland Institute, Ohio, U.S.A.); Anna Maria Pepi (Univers, of Palermo); Clement Polacék (Università Pontificia Salesiana - Rome); Erving e Miriam Polster (Univers. of California - San Diego, U.S.A.); Luciano Rispoli (Pres. Associazione Nazionale Psicoterapia Corporea - Napoli); Jean Marie Robine (Institut Français Gestalt-Therapie - Bordeaux, France); Giovanni Salonia (Direttore Istituto di Gestalt - H.C.C.); Giuseppe Savoca (Doc. Ord. Letter. Moderna e Contemp. - Univers, of Catania); Antonio Sichera (Univers. of Catania);  Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb (Direttore Istituto di Gestalt - H.C.C.); Sandro Spinsanti (Doc. di Bioetica Facoltà di Medicina - Univers. of  Firenze); Maria Vittoria Turra (Aiuto II Cattedra di Psichiatria - Univers. of Napoli); Joseph Zinker (Cape Code, USA).

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