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  • Writer's pictureNatalia Braun, MSc

AAGT Coaching, Mentoring & OD Interest Group

Updated: Dec 17, 2019

I am happy to announce the launch of the Coaching, Mentoring & OD Interest Group which I initiated in the frames of the Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy (AAGT). All AAGT members are warmly invited to join the group and have an insightful exchange! I am also looking forward to meeting you at the upcoming AAGT & EAGT conference in Taormina in September!

AAGT Coaching, Mentoring & OD Interest Group: the idea behind

The biggest undiscovered patient and disease rolled into one I've ever encountered, which is predestined for Gestalt, is the business world. Often, it is the source producing individual patients for therapists and clients for coaches through its toxic climate, dysfunctional teams and dehumanized organizational settings and workforce perception. In times of ever increasing insecurity and restructuring, de-individualizing, speeding and uniforming not only of therapy, but also of management and processes, non-stop change projects, Gestalt approach delivers immense support in facilitating a natural, authentic and sustainable change and transformation.

Specifically Gestalt-oriented coaching is extremely powerful in enhancing self-awareness in order to achieve sustainable change. According to the definition of the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, Gestalt coaching focuses on the totality of a person recognizing the unity of mind, body, spirit, and emotions and the critical role of relationships. It emphasizes having an embodied presence, being fully engaged in the present and increasing awareness of what is being experienced in the moment, thereby helping others gain increased knowledge of self, others, and the shared environment.

Among the competencies of the Lominger / Korn Ferry Leadership Architect competency framework, self-awareness has been ranked as a least important in the organizations across the world. Organizations and individuals underestimate the importance of self-awareness, seeing it as a nice to have and solely as a "soft" skill, whereas this "soft" skill directly influences organizational and individual success and impacts a higher return on investment (ROI). A research from the Korn Ferry Institute "A Better Return On Self-Awareness" shows that self-awareness correlates with corporate performance.

In oder to close this gap, provide Gestalt change and transformation facilitation in a non-therapeutic environment, and have a professional exchange among those involved in:

  • personal and business coaching,

  • mentoring,

  • organizational development (OD),

  • and those being interested in the topic, but coming from other fields, including in particular therapy,

we would like to create a Coaching, Mentoring & OD AAGT Interest Group offering a safe, creative and insightful space fostering application of Gestalt beyond therapeutic context.

For any questions and in order to join the group, please feel free to contact me via the email address, I look forward to hearing from you.

Join AAGT in order to join the Coaching, Mentoring & OD Interest Group:

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