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International Seminar

with Margherita Spagnuolo-Lobb
Giuseppe Sampognaro


September 27-30, 2021
Syracuse, Italy

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We invite you to a seminar as part of the program
"The Now-for-Next"

The main ideas that will be presented by Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb at this seminar are described in her book -

“The Now-for-Next in Psychotherapy. Gestalt Therapy Recounted in Post-Modern society." (2013)

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Every psychologist working with children knows that today they suffer from anxiety-related problems,  that can be at the same time physiological (panic disorder, insomnia, fears, hyperactivity, difficulty concentrating, eating disorders) and difficulties in relationships

(social isolation, poor academic performance, feelings of ineffectiveness).


It seems that in family relationships there is no opportunity to create a sense of security and support in children.

Psychotherapy with children should focus on building relationships.


A child's sense of self is a perception of what he can create in his environment and life situations. He should be recognized and supported.


The network of contacts of the child's phenomenological field - a relative reality into which the therapist must also be involved.


According to the model of the Gestalt approach when working with children, the psychotherapist is required to understand the peculiarities of the child's creative adjustment, sometimes very lively and unexpected which is manifested directly during the psychotherapy session.

In addition, the therapist should take into account the child’s well-developed ability to integrate his rather different ways of building contact with adults into a single system of relations.


The phenomenological, contextual and aesthetic dimensions of the Gestalt approach imply the psychotherapist's ability to use very subtle and sophisticated skills for intervening in the system of contacts between the child and the adult involved in his upbringing.

The goal of Gestalt therapy with children is to restore or maintain the possibility of life-filled interaction between a child and an adult, regardless of the complexity of the situations that arise in their real interaction. 

Who is This Seminar For?

​For Gestalt therapists, clinical psychologists and psychotherapists working in different modalities

For graduate students of the Gestalt therapy program

For 4th and 5th year students of psychological faculties of universities,

as well as for Master's students

What does the seminar offer?


Margherita and Joseppe will share practical techniques that can be very relevant when working with children in a psychotherapeutic situation


Participants will carry out experiments with the competencies of a child's Gestalt therapist. 


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In addition, ways will be presented for observing interconnections in primary relationships.

Seminar Presenter


Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb


Psychotherapist, Researcher, International Trainer, Ph.D

She is an international trainer and leads the programs in Gestalt Therapy Field Approach to Development and Psychopathology as well as the training Programs for Supervisors around the world

She is the director of  the Gestalt Institute HCC in Italy (Syracuse, Palermo, Milan).


In her clinical work, based on the principles of Gestalt therapy and the hermeneutic method, she developed a field-oriented, phenomenological and aesthetic approach.


Her book “The Now-for-Next in Psychotherapy. Gestalt Therapy Recounted in Post-Modern society." (2013) has been translated into 8 languages.

She has received (first woman and the first European) the Lifelong Achievement Award from the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy (AAGT) (Toronto, Canada, August 2018).

Margherita is one of the most prominent modern Gestalt therapists, a student of Isadore From, a follower of the ideas of Laura Perls, as well as Irwin and Miriam Polster. 

Margherita develops the ideas of aesthetics and beauty in Gestalt therapy, teaches a holistic, harmonious perception of the person and the therapeutic process, and generously shares her courageous, supportive and practical views and experiences.

She is also the author and editor of 250 publications and 13 books.
Her works "Aesthetic Relational Knowledge", "Polyphonic Development of Domains" and "Dance Steps between therapist and client" are concepts that she is researching in collaboration with various universities. 



Giuseppe Sampognaro


Gestalt Therapist. He graduated from the institute - at l’Istituto di Gestalt HCC  in Italy


He works as a psychologist in ASP Pediatric Neuropsychiatry in Syracuse. 


Giuseppe is interested in using creative techniques in clinical psychology; above all, the use of images, music and writing for therapeutic purposes. 


He is also a freelance journalist and collaborates with various Italian and foreign newspapers. 


From 1995 to 2003 he was an editor of the psychological column for Rai Televideo. 


He founded the journal on educational psychology -“Esventure Psicopedagogiche”. 


In 2000 he published the novel "A Thousand Worlds", in 2007 the collection of short stories "Trentadue Improvvisi", and in 2008 the text "Writing the Unspeakable: Creative Writing in Gestalt Psychotherapy". 


He is the editor-in-chief of the scientific journal Quaderni di Gestalt.


Terms of Participation


September 27-30, 2021


Syracuse, Italy


every day, from 9:00 to 18:00

Course Language:

Italian and Russian (consecutive interpreting )

Cost of Participation:

Until June 15, 2021 - 700 Euros; 
After June 15 (if there are still places left) 800 euros
Registration upon 100% prepayment

Number of Participants:

Up to 25 participants (WA)

Paid Separately:

Flight, accommodation, meals on site

To enter the seminar area, you shall be vaccinated with vaccines recognized in Europe and specifically in Italy!
The seminar will be held in accordance with the current situation, taking precautions

(masks, distance, etc.) 

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