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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Mental Health Support During and After a Disaster

Supporting Those Dealing with Trauma

Nancy Haugen, PhD specializes in 'Disaster Mental Health' created some 'Cliff's Notes' to keep in mind so that we can all be empowered to support mental health for those in pain.
    Trauma Support
  1. Whereas in the Emergency Room there is the Golden Hour (time to get to the ER when there has been a trauma), in Disaster Mental Health there is the Golden Month. There are 30 days from the point of the disaster, to make a major difference. Any intervention, support, kindness that can happen during those 30 days will change the long-term outcome. It is significant.
  2. Given how the brain shuts down in a disaster, victims are not able to process words very well. They will track on tone of your voice and your body posture.
  3. Don't problem solve, most important task is to just Listen.
  4. Sharing where resources are is important – if possible, give a written form of the list so that they can refer to it later. They won't remember much if you just tell them.
  5. Asking open ended questions (How can I help?) are not helpful because it asks too much of the victim's brain to figure that out. Present two choices with yes or no answer. (May I drop off food Friday or Saturday?)
  6. After the fires are contained, and the media leaves (referred to as the Honeymoon period – "we're going to make it! We're going to stick together!), most victims experience depression. The research indicates that the depression will last for a while, so keep in mind that ongoing supportive gestures, any intervention, support, kindness, is still needed. After the depression period lifts (can be as long as a couple years), people most often report that they feel that they have a new life.
Please Cut/Paste & Repost! We thank you for your community support in the effort to spread the Importance of Mental Health!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Would you like to Volunteer in North Bay?

EHI Supports the North Bay Communities

How To Volunteer During the Wildfire Disaster Recovery

EHI faculty and students are volunteering up in the communities affected by the most wildfires. For therapeutic professionals and concerned neighbors who want to help we would like to share the information that is being shared with us.

Volunteers and Donations Welcome

Here are some of the places you can contact to volunteer or donate.

The Volunteer Center of Sonoma has opportunities for both Volunteering and Donating. Listed are evacuation shelters in need of volunteers, donation centers.

The Redwood Empire Food Bank in Santa Rosa is looking for volunteers.

Salvation Army of Santa Rosa needs help sorting donations.

The Red Cross is accepting volunteers for Sonoma County: please visit the Red Cross Volunteer Connection to sign up.

Redwood Psychological Association

Joe Puentes, PsyD, President of the RPA has offered his listserv to members to share resources and information about needs in the community. He also asks that non-members who are interested can contact to request crisis support information via their listserv.

Disaster Healthcare Volunteers Site

Visit the Disaster Healthcare Volunteer Site if you're a healthcare provider with an active license, a public health professional, or a member of a medical disaster response team in California who would like to volunteer for disaster service.

Sonoma County Wildfire News and Resources

The Sonoma County News page lists wildfire related resources, the lastest news, current evacuations, fire updates, resources for evacuees and those effected by the wildfires.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Upcoming Event for Therapists: Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference

Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference

December 13-17, 2017

Conference Presented by The Milton H. Erickson Foundation
Location: Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California

About the Conference
Every five years since 1985, the Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference attracts worldwide attention as the most respected gathering of master practitioners in the field of psychotherapy. Created and sponsored by the Milton H. Erickson Foundation (and co-sponsored by Cal State Fullerton Department of Counseling, and the School of Behavioral Sciences, and California Southern University) the Conference includes workshops, point/counterpoint discussions, state of the art clinical demonstrations, dialogues, panels, and conversation hours. Beginning in 2009, the conference was scheduled on a four-year cycle.

Find out More:
For more info please visit the Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference site here >>

Download the Conference Brochure
The full conference brochure, including bios of conference faculty and the session schedule is  available for download here >>

Register Today
Jump right in and register for the Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference today >>

Friday, September 15, 2017

October's Existential Cafe - An EH Community Gathering

New! The Existential Cafe: A Bay Area E-H Community Gathering
Updated 10/11/2017

Hello Existential-Humanistic Fellow Travelers,

You are invited to a hosted social gathering and existential discussion. This is an informal way for us to build the strength and collaborative possibilities in our EHI community.
Newcomers are very welcome! Join us for this community event/gathering for newcomers, students, and friends. 
There will be a couple of short experiential activities, after which we will break into informal discussion and general schmoozing.
What: Existential Cafe: An E-H Community Gathering
Where: Bernal Heights, San Francisco, California 
Contact EHI Admin, Michelle to RSVP and get the address: info[@]
When: Friday, October 13th – 6:30pm-8pm.
Cost: Free-RSVP requested

We will provide drinks (wine, water, soda) and all are welcome to bring some nibbles for everyone to share.
We hope you will be able to attend! And please feel free to invite friends or colleagues who might also be interested in the event.
Email Michelle at info[at] for more information and meeting address.

The Existential Cafe - A Bay Area Community Group for Existential-Humanistic leaning professionals and students.

Monday, August 21, 2017

2nd Edition of Existential-Humanistic Therapy by Schneider and Krug

Existential-Humanistic Therapy, 2nd Edition

by Kirk J Schneider and Orah T Krug

Published June, 2017
Now available online from these sellers:
From the APA
From Amazon

Existential–humanistic therapy melds European existential philosophy — which values self-inquiry, struggle, and responsibility — with the American tradition of spontaneity, optimism, and practicality.

In this updated edition of their popular book, Kirk Schneider and Orah Krug demonstrate how this unique approach can help clients free themselves from self-imposed limitations and develop a deeper understanding of their authentic life goals by cultivating skills such as experiential reflection.

Schneider and Krug explore existential–humanistic therapy's theoretical and historical underpinnings, its empirical foundations, the therapeutic process and mechanisms of change, as well as future developments. Detailed case examples vividly illustrate the work of existential–humanistic therapy, highlighting key takeaways that are equally accessible and valuable to graduate students and veteran practitioners.

New to this revised edition is an increased focus on a more integrative perspective, which makes existential–humanistic therapy applicable to a wider array of settings and diagnostic populations. This flexibility also makes it more adaptable to other therapeutic approaches and expands its influence on clinical psychology as a whole.

This is the textbook used by the faculty at Existential-Humanistic Institute in our program offerings. Students use this at the Existential-Humanistic Training Retreats and in the Foundations of Existential-Humanistic Therapy Certification program. Both Kirk Schneider and Orah Krug are EHI Faculty and members of the EHI Board. This year's faculty will be Orah Krug, Troy Piwowarski, Kirk Schneider, Nader Shabahangi, and Sonja Saltman.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

From Our Friends at EHNW: 2017 Annual Workshop w/ Will Stillwell

Where: The Melody Ballroom
Portland, OR 

When: Friday, Oct 6th, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

Cost*: $140 before September 8th
$80 for students 

*6 CEs available through NASW

Workshop includes continental breakfast, beverages and lunch

Find out More
Our friends at Existential Humanistic Northwest (EHNW) are excited to present this year's EHNW Annual Workshop: "Singin' the Blues:
New Ways Toward Engaging Psychological Depression. " 

Join Will Stillwell, Ph.D., director of The Center for Studies of the Person in La Jolla, California for a day of lecture, discussion and small group process in treating depression.
This workshop will utilize lecture, discussion, dialogue, and small group process to facilitate creative and imaginative engagement toward more effective ways of encountering depressed clients. Probably each of us has known and attempted to assist individuals in the thick of his or her depressed predicament. During this workshop, you will be invited to engage, participate and contribute as we examine and share our approaches to further understand and work with this most serious topic.

This workshop is presented by our friends at EHNW.
Find out more here....

Thursday, July 27, 2017

EHI Now Enrolling for Experiential Focused Existential Humanistic Therapy Training Programs

Now Accepting Applications for EHI's 2017/18 Existential-Humanistic Training Programs

Orah Krug, Ph.D. EHI Clinical Director and Saybrook Faculty
Co-Author of Existential-Humanistic Therapyand Supervision Essentials for Existential-Humanistic Therapy.

EHI's 2017/18 teaching staff, Orah Krug, Kirk Schneider, Sonja Saltman, Nader Shabahangi, and Troy Piwowarski invite you to join one of our unprecedented Existential-Humanistic experiential training programs this upcoming 2017/2018 curriculum year.
EHI Faculty, all noted leaders in the field, emphasize the key ingredients of the E-H approach, including empathy, acceptance, and genuineness, to model how trainees can create safe, collaborative and life-changing therapeutic encounters. They demonstrate how the therapeutic relationship, in and of itself is a vehicle for healing and change and how therapeutic "presence" cultivates sensitivity and appropriate responsiveness to clients emotions, relational patterns and inner worlds.These two essential principles: building the therapeutic relationship and working in the "here and now" are the foundational blocks of E-H therapy and EHI training.

EHI's Faculty Fall 2017: Orah Krug, Nader Shabahangi, Troy Piwowarski, Kirk Schneider and Sonja Saltman

Do You Wish to Deepen Your E-H Therapeutic Practice?
EHI offers four experientially-focused training and certificate programs for licensed clinicians and graduate students in psychology or counseling programs.
Apply to an EHI Program Today »

Apply Now to a 2017-2018 Cohort
Space is Limited to Maximize Student Engagement

EHI is currently accepting applications and enrolling students in the upcoming 2017/2018 Programs. The next programs start in Fall 2017. All programs are open to licensed professionals and students currently enrolled in or recently graduated from psychology or graduate schools.
westerbeke retreat experiential October

Experiential Retreat Program
For those interested in engaging in EHI Experientials.

Open to licensed mental health professionals and graduate students who would like to participate in EHI's two curriculum-year Experientials, held at a beautiful Northern California retreat center. Master E-H therapists and noted authors such as Kirk Schneider, PhD and Orah Krug, PhD. create intimate, safe and collaborative training environments which emphasize hands-on learning of relational and experiential techniques. Participants learn how to enter their clients' self constructed worlds, using their own personal contexts to develop responsiveness to clients while also cultivating the "presence" that enables genuine encounters and real therapeutic change.The first of the two 2017/2018 EHI Experientials is in October - Apply now to participate in the Experiential Retreat Program!
Join the 2017/18 Experiential Retreat Cohort!

At the experiential trainings, we can apply theories to cases, watch the work of our mentors and each other. By living together we experience an intimacy that creates an environment that reduces barriers and the ensuing connections foster a greater capacity for learning. The use of transparency within therapeutic boundaries has influenced the work I am doing with my clients. I am more relaxed in session and I believe there is more connection between us when I find a way to be more revealing yet remain therapeutic.

~ Gloria Saltzman, LMFT, EHI Foundations Certificate Student

Consultation Program
For those interested in engaging in EHI's In-Person Consult Groups.

Open to licensed mental health professionals who would like to participate in a monthly two-hour consultation group held in Oakland, Ca and led by master E-H therapist and noted author Orah Krug, PhD, Troy Piwowarski, and at times other EHI faculty. These consultation groups mirror the experiential retreat training goals as they emphasize the relational and experiential principles of E-H practice--principles which have proven to be essential for lasting therapeutic healing and change. In an intimate and collaborative group setting, participants present cases, work with personal context and role-play clients, all effective methods to understand clients' (and therapists') subjective worlds and protective patterns.
Join a 2017/18 Consult Group!
Discover More About EHI's Consult Groups  »

I think what I took away from the last Experiential course, having been to several already, was a new appreciation: the understanding that the client's (a human being's) process is a sacred thing which must be nurtured and not usurped or dictated. The trust that people can do their own work--in their own time.

~ Juanita Ratner, LPC, Ph.D. Student, EHI Advanced Certificate Student

westerbeke retreat experiential October

Certificate in the Foundations of E-H Therapy
For students looking for grounding in E-H theory & practice.

Open to mental health professionals and graduate students seeking to develop a foundational understanding of depth work through an existential-humanistic lens that emphasizes how to build a healing therapeutic relationship and how to work experientially in the "here and now." To be certified, participants need to complete two experiential trainings, an online survey course in E-H therapy supervised by EHI faculty, 10 hours of group consultation (live or by video conferencing), a practicum and a faculty evaluation.
Gain a Foundation in E-H Therapy Practice
Find Out More About the Foundations Certificate Program »

I gained a deeper understanding of my own context and how that has directed and influenced so much of my existence. I have always had an understanding certainly that what is experienced in the early, formative years is paramount in shaping our belief systems and personality, but somehow I have never before been able to feel this in such a palpable way.

~ Ada Fitz-Gibbon, LMHC, EHI Advanced Certificate Student

Sonja Saltman engages with students in triad group during the EHI Experiential in Spring 2015.Sonja Saltman engages with students in triad group during the EHI Experiential in Spring 2015.

Advanced Program Leading to a Certificate as an E-H Therapist
For students who have completed the Foundations certificate program.

Open to EHI participants who have completed the Foundations Certificate and wish to take their clinical practice to deeper levels of nuance and skill. The advanced program includes participation in several more experiential training retreats, several more E-H therapy related online courses, additional hours of group consultation, a practicum and faculty evaluation.
Deepen Your E-H Practice and Get Certified as an E-H Therapist
Learn More About the Advanced Program Today »

The community interactions and the exploration of our own context in relation to how we practice. This retreat in particular was great at providing new learning experiences without eliciting 'there is a particular way to be'.

~ Brac Selph, Ph.D., EHI Foundations Certificate Student

Experiential Dates for 2017/18 

EHI Spring 2015 Retreat Photo - Students Working in Triads
Students working in triads at the EHI Experiential at Westerbeke Ranch, Spring 2015

EHI 2017-18 Experiential Training Dates
E-H Therapy in practice.

EHI Experiential* I: Sun, October 22nd, 2017 - Thurs, October 26th, 2017
EHI Experiential* II: Sun, April 8th, 2018 - Thurs, April 12th, 2018
*Every EHI student participates in both of the in-person experiential residentials per curriculum year; one in the Fall and the second in the following Spring. The experiential retreats are held at the wonderful Westerbeke Ranch Retreat Center in Sonoma, just north of San Francisco.
See more retreat photos here in the EHI gallery >>
Troy Piwowarski and Orah Krug at ExperientialTroy Piwowarski, Clinical Coordinator
w/ Orah Krug, Clinical Director

We are here to answer them!

Do you have questions about a program or about becoming an EHI student?
Orah Krug, our Clinical Director, and Troy Piwowarski, Associate Faculty and EHI's Clinical Training Coordinator are available to give you more information and to answer your questions about the upcoming EHI programs.

Contact either Orah or Troy by email: info[@]