Using the Oaklander Model:
2018-2019 Training for Child and Adolescent Therapists

Excellent training with so much practical material that I can immediately utilize in my private practice. Karen truly modeled being a Gestalt Child Therapist. I so appreciated Karen being so prepared for the training and her enthusiasm for the work.
— 2017 Participant

About the Instructor

Karen Hillman Fried, Psy.D. (MFT30667)

Karen Fried is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Educational Therapist. After taking Violet Oaklander’s two-week training program in 1995, she then was fortunate to begin consulting with her monthly for the past twenty-one years. A founding member of the Violet Solomon Oaklander Foundation ( she is a current board member. Besides incorporating this model in private practice with children, adolescents and families, Dr. Fried also trains child and adolescent therapists in this model in the US, and Europe. //  (310) 998-0030


      Please join me for a 3-part training on the Oaklander Model


      Throughout the training a wide variety of materials will be used, including, drawing, puppets, clay, sand tray, cards, and others.

      Course meets the qualifications for 30 hours of continuing education for LMFT’s and LCSW’s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.  


      Location: West Los Angeles

      Dates: Nov 10-11, 2018; Feb 23-24, 2019; and May 25-26, 2019

      Workshop Part I - Introduction to the Violet Solomon Oaklander Model: Nov 10-11, 2018

      Dates: November 10 & 11, 2018

      Time: Saturday 9:30-4:30   |   Sunday 10-3

      Topics: Developmental Issues, Therapeutic Process

      Register for Part I
      Workshop Part II - Experiencing the Model: Feb 23-24, 2019

      Dates: February 23 & 24, 2019

      Time: Saturday 9:30-4:30   |   Sunday 10-3

      Topics: Emotional Expression, Anger/Aggressive Energy, Grief and Loss, Brief Therapy

      Register for Part II
      Workshop Part III - Issues Regarding the End of Therapy, Termination and Application of Techniques: May 25-26, 2019

      Dates: May 25 & 26, 2019

      Time: Saturday 9:30-4:30   |   Sunday 10-3

      Topics: Self Nurturing, Sand Tray, Music, Termination

      Register for Part III
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      I can’t praise Dr. Karen Fried enough! She is intelligent, creative, warm and an incredible person. She has trained therapists to do my work in Europe and here in the United States. I believe it would be a privilege for anyone to participate in her training.
      — Violet Oaklander, PhD

      Scholarships available

      If you are a student in need, you may qualify for a special scholarship to attend the workshops. Please reach out to Karen at with your request for assistance and the trainings may be available to you at a heavily discounted rate.

      Non-Discrimination Statement

      All trainees are welcome without regard to gender, race, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, religion, or disability. Oaklander Training complies with all local, state, and federal regulations including the American’s with Disabilities Act. Please indicate on your registration or contact Karen Fried if you have questions regarding special accommodations.

      Oaklander Training maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


      Grievance Policy

      Oaklander Training is fully committed to conducting all activities in strict compliance with all legal and ethical responsibilities to be non-discriminatory in promotional activities, program content and in treatment of program participants. If any registrant has special needs, please make those clear at the time of registration. Oaklander Training will do its best to anticipate problems and, if they present themselves, will work to alleviate or resolve complaints as quickly as possible. Direct communication of any difficulties to the workshop leader or the Oaklander Training assistant is requested and will be respectfully attended to.


      Additional Information

      Information regarding financial assistance, schedule of trainings, lodging, and transportation to and from airports will be provided to all registrants with confirmation of registration.