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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

An EH Therapeutic Practice Workshop with Bob Edelstein, Feb 24th, 2017

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Bob Edelstein, LMFT, MFT is presenting a workshop titled Deepen Your Therapeutic Work Using and Existential-Humanistic Perspective on February 24th in Portland. CEs are available. 

Deepen Your Therapeutic Work Using an Existential-Humanistic Perspective
Friday, February 24th 9-12pm and 1-4pm
Hosted Reception 4-5pm
$150 (6 CEs for full day) $100 (3 CEs, morning or afternoon)

Lewis and Clark Graduate Campus Lloyd Building #107
The workshop is sponsored by the Oregon Mental Health CE/U Consortium.

This workshop is open to all levels.
The day is split up into two sessions, with 3 CEs available for each session.
Space is limited.

Morning session:

·        Core Existential-Humanistic
·        Inward Searching
·        Authentic Connection
·        The work of Jim Bugental, PhD
·        The work of Irv Yalom, MD

Afternoon session:

Philosophical Frames:
·        Being versus Doing
·        Process versus Content

Relationship Attitudes:
·        I-Thou Relationship
·        Intention and/or Resistance  

Therapeutic Skills:
·        Deep Listening
·        Mirror the Client’s Process

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Recommended Read for the New Year, I Am Not I by Jacob Needleman

Nader Shabahangi, EHI President and Eldership advocate is suggesting, I Am Not I, the recent book by philosopher and educator, Jacob Needleman, as our first recommended read of the New Year. Here is a description of I Am Not I from Amazon:
Seeking to reconcile the split between our inner child and our adult self, eminent philosopher and religious scholar Jacob Needleman evokes the ancient spiritual tradition of a deep dialogue between a guiding wisdom figure and a seeker. The elder offers an initiation to a younger self, an initiation the author feels is missing from our culture. Rendered as a stage play, the conversation between the 80-year-old author and his younger selves unfolds, and an ambiguity emerges as to whether this is strictly the author’s internal dialogue or whether the younger self may be nurturing a rebirth of the author.

On one level, I Am Not I brings younger readers (teenagers and young adults) face to face with powerful spiritual and philosophical ideas. But as the book progresses, the dialogue delves into questions and insights that carry astonishing new hope and vision for every man and woman, challenging our culture’s accepted—and often toxic—ideas about humanity’s place in a living universe.

Recommended Discussions and Reviews of I Am Not I 

For a wonderful, in-depth discussion of the book read Maria Poplova's review of I Am Not I on her site,

Gospel Cruz speaks with author Jacob Needleman about the new book in a post on SFSU's College of Liberal and Creative Arts site.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

EHI 9th Annual Conference Scheduled Topics and Events

The EHI 9th Annual Conference, ‘Always Going Home’: Human Evolution and Digital Revolution will take place November 12, 2016 at AgeSong University in San Francisco.

This year's conference will be a dynamic, interactive group discussion hosted by EHI's Nader Shabahangi, PhD, Kirk Schneider, PhD, Sonja Saltman, MA, MFT, Orah Krug, PhD, Mary Madrigal, PhD, Troy Piwowarski, PsyD, and Suzan Bollich, PhD.

Erv Polster 2016 Keynote Presenter

Conference Topics

  • Nader Shabahangi, PhD:
    What makes us human beings feel alive, content, loved? If it is connection (to oneself, one another), what is this ‘connection’, what is it made of, how does it smell and feel? Does this need for connection to feel alive, happy, loved get satisfied digitally? Humanly? Both?
  • Kirk Schneider, PhD:
    How to cultivate a sense of awe as both a counterpoint to and complement of high tech. Highlighting some points from a book I'm working on tentative title of the book is "The Spirituality of Awe: Challenges to the Robotic Revolution."
  • Sonja Saltman, MA, MFT:
    How we use technology in creative and innovative ways.
  • Mary Madrigal, PhD:
    Exploring the breakdown of and in the human relationship as it relates to the use of technology over conversation and how the use of technology offers a false sense of relationship and knowing a person via social media.
  • Troy Piwowarski, PsyD:
    The specific ways people reconcile the increasing speed associated with the digital age (faster communications, faster ways of getting products, etc.) with the intention of going slower when it comes to our interpersonal work as existential therapists and relational beings.

Cocktail Party and Book Signing to follow conference. Join us from 5pm-6:30pm for book signings, libations and nibbles!

These EHI authors will be on hand to sign their books!
  • Dr Orah Krug & Dr Kirk Schneider will be signing the recently published Supervision Essentials of Existential-Humanistic Therapy.
  • Dr Mary Madrigal will be signing her recent books Enough: You are Enough and Spirit of the Female Warrior.
  • Dr Kirk J Schneider will be signing his latest book, The Polarized Mind, and Awakening to Awe.
  • Dr Nader Shabahangi will be signing his recent book Ambiguity of Suffering, and Elders Today, Deeper into the Soul, and Encounters of the Real Kind.
*There will be copies of the above books available.

EHI 9: " 'Always Going Home': Human Evolution and the Digital Revolution"

Exploring the Intersection of the Digital Age and the E-H Therapeutic Perspective

November 12th, 2016
Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm
Cocktail Party & Book Signing: 5:00pm - 6:30pm


AgeSong University
350 University Street
San Francisco, CA 94102


Professionals: $100
Students: $50
Find out More and Register Online >> 

Contact EHI's Conference Chair, Dr Mary Madrigal at

EHI is Honored to Have Erv Polster, PhD Present the Keynote at Upcoming Conference on Nov 12th

EHI Proudly Welcomes

Erving Polster, Phd
Opening Keynote Speaker EHI:9 2016

Erving Polster, PhD, master therapist and presenter, author of Gestalt Therapy Integrated, Every Person’s Life is Worth a Novel and From the Radical Center: The Heart of Gestalt Therapy, director of the Gestalt Training Center San Diego, has recently published his book Beyond Therapy: Igniting Life Focus Community Movements. He will be opening our Conference with a discussion via Skype. We are thus combining both the Human interaction with the benefit of the Digital Revolution. Erv is not able to travel but we will have his presence via a digital method that allows us to witness and participate in our topic: " 'Always Going Home': Human Evolution and Digital Revolution.'
"The paradox is that, while a concern with past and future is obviously central to psychological functioning, to behave as though one were indeed in the past or future, as many do, pollutes the lively possibilities of existence.”
― Erving Polster, PhD, Gestalt Therapy Integrated: Contours of Theory & Practice

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Join Us Nov 12th EHI Conference and Cocktail Reception & Book Signing

The Existential-Humanistic Institute Presents:


Existential Therapists Explore Concerns of the Modern World
The German poet Novalis, when asked where he thinks the human being is going, answered that ‘we are always going home’. Artists and thinkers from many different cultures have expressed similarly that in our seeking a ‘home’ we are searching for a place where we belong. This search relates to our need to feel connected, both in terms of relationships to other people and in terms of a need to contribute to our humanity.
As existential thinkers and therapists we ask ourselves how the digital revolution helps and hinders our need to find ‘home’. Is the digital revolution contributing to our human evolution to be more at home in this world or does it prevent us from being truly in relationship with others, from experiencing a sense of awe and wonder? Do we feel there are more opportunities to connect through the many digital means afforded us today?
On this day of our gathering, we will try to explore and find answers to these questions and more. Our hope is to understand more deeply for what we humans long as we are ‘on our way home’.
 Exploring the Intersection of the Digital Age and the E-H Therapeutic Perspective
This 9th Annual conference will be a dynamic, interactive group discussion hosted by EHI's Nader Shabahangi, PhD, Kirk Schneider, PhD, Sonja Saltman, MA, MFT, Orah Krug, PhD, Mary Madrigal, PhD, Troy Piwowarski, PsyD, and Suzan Bollich, PhD.

November 12th, 2016 
Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm
Cocktail Party & Book Signing: 5:00pm - 6:30pm

AgeSong University 
350 University Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Join us after the Conference!
Cocktail Reception & Book Signing* 5:00pm  - 6:30pm

These EHI authors will be on hand to sign their books!
Dr Orah Krug & Dr Kirk Schneider will be signing the recently published Supervision Essentials of Existential-Humanistic Therapy.
Dr Mary Madrigal will be signing her recent books Enough: You are Enough and Spirit of the Female Warrior.
Dr Kirk Schneider will be signing his latest book, The Polarized Mind, and Awakening to Awe.
Dr Nader Shabahangi will be signing his recent book Ambiguity of Suffering, and Elders Today, Deeper into the Soul, and Ecounters of the Real Kind.
*There will be copies of the above books available

Find out more about EHI's 9th Annual Conference>> 

Special thanks to our sponsor AgeSong

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Orah Krug in 2nd Edition of Comprehensive Textbook of Psychotherapy

EHI would like to congratulate Orah Krug on her recent contribution to the second edition of the Comprehensive Textbook of Psychotherapy. Her chapter is entitled, Existential, Humanistic, Experiential Psychotherapies in Historical Perspective by Orah Krug (Chapter 7)

Comprehensive Textbook of Psychotherapy
Edited by:  AndrĂ©s J. Consoli, Larry E. Beutler, and Bruce Bongar
Published by: Oxford University Press
Find out more and purchase at Oxford University Press.

30% off Promotional discount available if you use code: ASPROMP8

Monday, August 22, 2016

EHI's Fall E-H Therapy Consult Group

Monthly Saturday Sessions
September, 2016 thru January, 2017
Updated as of August 22, 2016

We are pleased to continue the monthly Existential-Humanistic Consult Group in San Francisco.

In this group you will work with Dr. Orah Krug to deepen your understanding of how to work with clients from an e-h perspective.

  • We'll focus on:
  • a) cultivating personal and relation presence,
  • b) tracking and reflecting process, and
  • c) increasing your facility to resolve clients' detrimental protective patterns.
  • By role-playing your clients we'll deepen your understanding of:
  • a) their self and world constructs,
  • b) how their protective patterns may trigger you, and
  • c) how to work with your personal contexts to resolve therapeutic impasses and help your clients accept disowned aspects of themselves.

When and Where: Saturdays from 10:30am -12:30pm at Agesong in Hayes Valley

Dates: Sept 17th, Oct 15th, Nov 19th, Dec 10th, and January 14th

Cost:$300 for the set of 5 sessions*

Please contact Michelle, the EHI Administrative Assistant, by email at admin[at] to register.

*Due to the nature of the consult group missed sessions are non-transferable.