Costa Mesa, Calif. – March 23, 2015 – Renowned psychologist Dr. Erving Polster, a major contributor to the field of Gestalt therapy, will take part in a special discussion and workshop at National University’s Costa Mesa, Orange County Campus on Saturday, March 28.
The event is part of the Distinguished Speaker Series at National University, the second-largest private, nonprofit university in California with campuses throughout the state; It is sponsored by the University’s Psychology Department, which is housed in the College of Letters and Sciences, and hosted by National University psychology professor Dr. Caroline Paltin
Invited speaker Dr. Polster is the author of five books and a celebrated master therapist who has taught modern psychotherapy techniques to thousands of students over a career that included close collaboration and training with Fritz Perls, the founder of the Gestalt Therapy movement.
National University psychology professor Dr. Paltin has worked closely with Dr. Polster as founder and facilitator of the Mindful Life Focus Community. The special event will explore Dr. Polster’s contributions to Gestalt therapy, and will be followed by a demonstration of his basic therapeutic techniques and purposes. He will also illuminate the workings of the Mindful Life Focus Community
Gestalt therapy falls under the field of humanistic psychology that was initially designed as an alternative to conventional psychoanalysis.
Among the books authored by Dr. Polster include the classic Gestalt Therapy Integrated: Contours of Theory & Practice, Uncommon Ground: Harmonizing Psychotherapy and Community to Enhance Everyday Living, and From the Radical Center: The Heart of Gestalt Therapy. He delivers trainings workshops and lectures worldwide, and is currently completing a book on the Life Focus Community an instrumentality in the communal application of psychotherapy.
The event begins at 10 a.m. with a discussion involving Dr. Polster and Dr. Paltin, followed by a box lunch at 1 p.m. The live demonstration is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m.
National University’s Costa Mesa Campus is at 3390 Harbor Boulevard in Costa Mesa, 92626. General admission tickets are $60. Seating is limited.
About National University
Founded in 1971, National University is the second-largest private, nonprofit institution of higher education in California. With 30,000 students and more than 140,000 alumni, National University is the flagship institution of the National University System. National University is dedicated to making lifelong learning opportunities accessible, challenging, and relevant to a diverse population of students. Five schools and one college – the College of Letters and Sciences; the School of Business and Management; the School of Education; the School of Engineering and Computing; the School of Health and Human Services; and the School of Professional Studies – offer more than 100 graduate and undergraduate degrees and 23 teacher credentials. Programs are offered at locations throughout California and across the nation, and are also available online. National University is headquartered in La Jolla, California.
About National University’s Psychology Department
National University’s Psychology Department, housed in the College of Letters and Sciences, prepares graduates for careers in schools, hospitals, social service agencies, mental health centers, substance abuse clinics, consulting firms, and private companies. Degrees and programs include psychology, organizational behavior, counseling psychology, gerontology, performance psychology and human behavior.
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