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

Thank you for your interest

Our 2018-2019 workshop is full!

Part III sign ups are only open to participants who have already attended Parts I and II this year.

We encourage new participants to sign up for the upcoming 2019-2020 workshop.

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

ALL SPOTS HAVE BEEN FILLED. Thank you for your interest. Please message us if you would like information on the upcoming 2019-20 workshop.

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.