The European Association for Gestalt Therapy (EAGT) was founded in 1985, with the aim of gathering European individual Gestalt therapists, Training Institutes and National Associations, of promoting Gestalt therapy in Europe, combining and exchanging knowledge and resources, fostering a high professional standard for Gestalt therapy and encouraging research. Today over 1.000 members (institutional and individual) from more than 20 European Nations are already part of the association.
The EAGT functions through 3 main bodies, which are:
♣ the Executive Committee made of 6 members: the President, Chair Training Standards Committee, the Treasurer, the Secretary, External Relations |NOGTs Officer and the Chair of the GPO committee.
♣ the General Board made of all the representatives of National Associations, Executive Committee and Chairs of committees;
♣ the Meeting of Members (which gathers at least once every year). Elections of all officers of the Board are held every 3 years.
The main documents which regulates the EAGT are:
♣ the Statutes and Bylaws;
♣ the Training Standards;
♣ the Code of Ethics
Aims and Objectives
The Association is a non-profit organization that aims to unite into a common association Gestalt therapists, Gestalt Practitioners in Organisations (GPO), Gestalt Therapy training institutes, GPO training institutes and National Organizations for Gestalt Therapy (NOGT’s) in Europe.The Association and its applicants shall have the following objects:
a. The union of societies, associations and federations from different European nations;
b. The union of persons, organizations and institutions active in Europe in the field of Gestalt therapy and its applications;
c. The dissemination of Gestalt therapy and its forms of application in research and doctrine in the European area and abroad;
d. Promotion of academic and cooperative exchange between Gestalt therapists and Gestalt Practitioners in Organisations in European nations and abroad, and between the national professional associations;
e. Promotion of the legitimacy of Gestalt therapy in Europe;
f. Promotion of exchange between educational institutions and clinical establishment for Gestalt therapy;
g. The development of comparable standards and curricula for Gestalt therapists and Gestalt Practitioners in Organisations in the European area and the devising of joint training standards;
h. Public relations, and health and professional initiatives on a supranational level, in particular on (European) committees;
i. Cooperation with other psychotherapeutic approaches, associations and institutions.
Means for achieving the objectives of the Association
The Association attempts to achieve the objectives as follows:
1. The holding and organization of information and further education events at national and supranational level.
2. The promotion of training possibilities orientated towards the standards of European framework guidelines and the respective national legal provisions.
3. The formation of standing committees and task groups for Gestalt therapy and Gestalt Practitioners in Organisations.
4. Publications and the dissemination of scientific works.
5. Exchange of advanced research in relation to the theory and practice of Gestalt therapy.
6. Representation of interests of the Association with persons or organizations, official bodies, associations, et cetera.
7. The execution of cooperative projects with institutions, official bodies, associations, et cetera.
8. The establishment of a regular conference.
1. Members may be:
o European National and Professional Associations, which meet the EAGT training standards for Gestalt therapists or the training standards for Gestalt Practitioners in Organisations, as well as the code of ethics.
o Institutes, which meet the EAGT training standards for Gestalt therapists or the trainings standards for Gestalt Practitioners in Organisations, as well as the code of ethics, and are active in the field of training or clinical applications of Gestalt therapy.
o Individuals who meet the EAGT training standards for Gestalt therapists or Gestalt Practitioners in Organisations.
o Individuals who meet the EAGT training standards for supervisors.
2. Associate Members may be:
o Individuals who have started a training in Gestalt therapy or General Practitioners in Organisations in Institutes, which are members of the EAGT.
o Every training institute, which commits itself to reaching EAGT training standards and is in the process of fulfilling the requirements of the EAGT in its training curriculum.
o Every National Association for Gestalt therapy and Gestalt Practitioners in Organisations, which commits itself to reaching EAGT training standards and code of ethics and is in process of fulfilling the requirements of the EAGT.
o Retired Gestalt therapists and Gestalt Practitioners in Organisations.
3. Subscriber Members may be those who support the Association regularly in financial terms without being a member of EAGT.
4. Cooperative Membership may be held by Institutions and Associations who feel themselves to be connected to the professional, health policy and pedagogical aims of the EAGT.
5. Honorary Membership may be awarded upon the proposal of the Executive Committee at the Meeting of Members to such persons or Institutes who have served the objects of the Association in a particular manner or who have made an outstanding contribution in the field of Gestalt therapy.
6. Joint membership may be awarded to NOGTs, accredited by EAGT.
o Joint membership is for individual members of a NOGT as described under section 4.1 and 4.2
o Joint membership is valid for 3 years and shall be validated by a signed contract. After three years the contract can be renewed.
o The minimum of members for joint membership shall be 15.
7. The application for membership pursuant to paragraph 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, and 4.4 shall be submitted in writing to the Executive Committee enclosing the requisite documents. On the basis of the documents submitted (regarding completion of training, training standards and other requirements of the EAGT), the Executive Committee shall verify the preconditions of membership and shall decide with regard to exceptions. In the event of a refusal, written reasons shall be given.
8. Members referred to under section 4.1 will receive a membership certificate, valid for a period of 5 years. All these certificates will have a different lay-out.
Rights and Duties of Members
1. Membership shall give entitlement to participate in all events of the Association.
2. Members attending the Meeting of Members have the right to vote on the basis of proportional representation thus:
o Individual members = 1 vote
o Organisations with less than 150 members = 2 votes
o Organisations with more than 150 members = 4 votes
o Organisations with more than 500 members = 6 votes.
3. Associate Members, Subscriber Members, Cooperative Members and Honorary Members do not have the right to vote in the Meeting of Members.
4. Members shall be under a duty to safeguard the reputation of the Association, to promote its aims, to recognize its Constitution and to pay the membership fee.
5. Members must pay the fee determined by the Meeting of Members. They keep the above said rights only if they have regularly paid the membership fee. In order to secure the right to vote, the fee for the current year must be paid before the Annual Meeting of Members, and at the latest before the 1st April of the year in question. All fees paid after the 1st April shall be subject to a surcharge of 30% of the total membership fee.
6. Fully paid up members who are unable to attend the Meeting of Members may exercises their right to vote by notifying the EAGT Secretary in writing at least 21 days before the date of the Meeting of Members and by granting a proxy to an other member of the Association. Every member can exercise the voting rights on behalf of a maximum of 3 other members, besides his own voting rights.