In May 2011 Multidimens (Gestaltinstitute working for 35 years in Belgium and the Netherlands until 2016) was approached by Shambar Thapa with the request to support him in building up a Psychotherapy training Institute in Kathmandu, Nepal. The trainers Greet Cassiers (B), Ernst Knijff (B) and Frans Meulmeester (Nl)were able and willing to provide a Gestalt training program according to the international standards of the EAGT (European Association for Gestalt Therapy) for a group of counsellors who were working in the care of children, refugees and victims of sexual abuse and torture.
After a brief exploration of this request the management team of MultidiMens agreed to be involved in this project and as a first step decided to go to Nepal in July 2011 for three weeks with three important goals:
- Getting more in touch with the actual situation in Nepal (culture, social economics, mental healthcare etc.)
- Providing a two days introduction workshop on the Gestalt approach for those who are interested in following the possible four year training program
- Exploring the motivation, needs and competencies of the future participants
After the evaluation they decide to go on and to start a four year gestalt training which started in April 2012 with 20 students.