The Aesthetic

of Otherness:

meeting at the boundary of a desensitized world

Biennial Conference – September 22-25th, 2016

The conference theme focuses on some cornerstones and growing edges of Gestalt Therapy theory and practice. We will explore the aesthetic dimension of otherness in the contemporary world that seems characterized by a high degree of desensitisation.


The first AAGT and EAGT joint Conference!

A unique opportunity for two of the largest international associations for Gestalt therapy to meet and learn from each other. We will co-create a fertile ground in order to explore our differences and similarities, our intentionalities for contact, our potentialities to develop theory and practice, and our wish to enjoy ourselves. The meaning of any intentionality is fully revealed only at the end of the process of co-creation: so, let’s start this process with the faith that the ground will support our next steps towards the co-creation of the aesthetic figure of contacful experience.

The Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy, (AAGT), is a dynamic, inclusive, energetic non-profit organization committed to the advancement of theory, philosophy, practice and research in gestalt therapy and its various applications. This Includes but is not limited to personal growth, mental health, education, organization and systems development, political and social development and change, and the fine and performing arts. AAGT has a wide international member base including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, teachers, academics, writers, artists, performers, organizational consultants and political and social analysts, activists and students.

We are an experiment; an ongoing organic process of gestalt formation. We provide the ground for the enrichment, articulation and support of the constantly emerging figure that is gestalt therapy. We are not part of any other organization. We welcome members of all races, religions, ages, sexual preferences, and differing abilities/disabilities. We attempt to operate on as much of a consensus model as our far flung membership and meeting structure allow.

AAGT holds international conferences which provide opportunities for us to associate, develop community, enjoy one another’s company and energy, and share our work-in-progress, research, theoretical knowledge, strategies and values through peer reviewed presentations, plenary sessions, socializing opportunities, experimental workshop formats and community meetings. These conferences have consistently received very high of participant satisfaction ratings.

We hold annual community meetings, usually during conferences, where the direction and course of action of the organization is discussed and planned by the membership.