Resilience, Gestalt Therapy and Visual Art

International Gestalt Dots Institute

Facilitators: Dr. Ioannis Michalou(di)s and Dr Jelena Zeleskov Doric

These webinar series will explore the concept of Resilience through the lenses of Gestalt Psychotherapy and Visual Art.

There are 12 webinars available on a weekly bases. Each webinar is 1.5 hour.

Introduction to Resilience and Visual Art (1 & 2 – 2 & 10 February) – The catastrophe theory & Plasticity versus elasticity

Visual Art, Resilience and Contact (1 & 2 – 17 & 24 February) – Aer( )sculptures made off nothingness & Humanity towards space

Visual Art and Gestalt Healing Process (1 & 2 – 3 & 10 March): Looking for a cubic cloud & SOS= Save our Sky

Trauma, Resilience and Visual Art (1 & 2 – 17 & 24 March): The double angel & urano-catharsis

Humans and Environment (1 & 2 – 7 & 14 April): Ether

Awareness and Atmospheres (1 & 2 – 21 & 28 April): Stardust in bottled sky & What if?

Dr. Ioannis Michalou(di)s (Greece)
Visual artist researcher and academic, internationally acknowledged as a leading researcher in Art & Science, and the first to research the application of the nanomaterial silica aerogel in visual arts and design. His career began in Paris, at Sorbonne University, where he presented his thesis on Visual Arts in 1998 on the “Elastic Arts”. After receiving a Fulbright Award, in 2001 he undertook postdoctoral research on art and nanotechnology at MIT where he started his research on the application of silica aerogel in fine art projects. He had a solo exhibit in the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens and in 2007 he won the Golden Lighthouse in the 24th Biennale of Alexandria, Egypt. He is the author of copious journal papers and two book chapters and he has been invited to more than twenty international art and science exhibitions and conferences. A good reference for Michalou(di)s’ concept on art et resilience is the following chapter Paton D., Michaloudis I., et al. “Art and Disaster Resilience: Perspectives from the Visual and Performing Arts, in Paton D. and Johnston D.M. (Eds), Disaster Resilience: An integrated approach, (2nd Ed) chapter 12, pp. 212-235, Springfield Ill., USA, Charles C. Thomas Publ., ISBN:978-0-398-09169-9, (edition I and II). Dr. Michalou(di)s was coordinating the post-graduate program in Visual Arts at Charles Darwin University, Australia. He is an adjunct Professor at the International Space University in France  and a Research Associate at NCSR Demokritos in Greece. In 2018 he had exhibited at the MIT Museum for the retrospective exhibition “50 years CAVS”. In 2020 he had collaborated with Boucheron Paris for the creation of the first-ever high jewellery “Goutte de ciel”. An astonishing achievement of Dr. Michalou(di)s is that in June 2021, two of his silica aerogel artworks (see photos above) will be part of Carnegie Mellon’s University MoonArk project that they will be rocketed to the Moon and exist there for billions of years.

Dr Jelena Zeleskov Doric (Australia)
Psychologist, psychotherapist, academic, researcher and supervisor involved in psychology courses, psychotherapy education, supervision, and research for 17 years. Jelena is a Director of the International Gestalt Dots Institute (IGDI). She was a Vice-President of the European Association for Gestalt Therapy (EAGT) and a Board member of the European Association for Psychotherapy. She is a full member of the American Psychological Association, and a member of the Australian Psychological Society. She is also a member of the Society for Psychotherapy Research and a member of Scientific Board of the EAGT. Jelena is a member of the PACFA Psychotherapy Working Party, PACFA Professional Training Standards Group and PACFA Leadership Gestalt Therapy Group. She worked as a Lecturer in Psychological Therapies at Charles Darwin University and a Senior Lecturer in Counselling and Psychotherapy at Australian College of Applied Psychology in Sydney. Currently, Jelena works in her private practice and provide supervision to psychologists and psychotherapists. She is an active researcher interested in the relationship between neuroscience, attachment and gestalt therapy.

Maximum number of participants per webinar: 100

CPD Hours: (There are 12 webinars available and each webinar is 1.5 hours) A total of 18 can be claimed as category A CPD for PACFA’s membership renewal requirements.

For more information and to book this event please visit the International Gestalt Dots Institute (IGDI) website

2/02/2021 7:00 PM - 28/04/2021 8:30 PM
AUS Eastern Daylight Time
Online Via Zoom AUSTRALIA

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