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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Early Bird Registration for Fall 2019 E-H Workshop: Dancing with Dragons

Registration Now Open
Early-Bird Options Until Aug 30th! 

The Existential-Humanistic Institute Presents:

Dancing with Dragons

Working with Couples' Core Wounds & the Tempering of Relationship - An Existential-Humanistic Approach to Couples Therapy

Developed & Facilitated by EHI Affiliate Instructors: Christine Armstrong, MFT & Louis Dangles, MFT
Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019
Time: 9:15am – 4:45pm
Location: Heart Source Center at 1600 Shattuck Avenue, Suite 125, Berkeley, CA 94702 
Cost: Regular Fee $160.00 Early-bird/$175.00 after Aug 30th
Student and/or Elder: $140.00 Early-bird/$155.00 after August 30th
22 tickets are available for this workshop.
Ticket Refund Policy: Full refund minus a $15 admin fee if withdrawn by September 4th; a 50% refund if withdrawn by September 20th. No refund available after September 20th, 2019.
Continuing Education: The fees above do not include cost for CEs. We have applied for CE sponsorship. We will send attendees a follow-up email about CEs closer to the date of the workshop.
Get Early-Bird Savings Until August 30th!
Register Here! »

Engage with Christine & Louis, EHI, and existential therapists at this experiential E-H workshop for day of dynamic engagement. 

This workshop is intended for clinicians who are interested in the dynamic, challenging territory of couples' therapy. Along with helping clinicians more effectively navigate that territory, the workshop will also offer insights into our own journeys of intimacy. We begin with the human dilemma that we cannot open to love without opening to where we have been wounded in love. We all have dragons: their job is to protect the gold; in the most fundamental sense, the continued existence of our essential self.
We will explore the following themes utilizing didactic elements and case material reinforced by experiential exercises and demonstrations:
  • The necessity that intimate partners must encounter each other's core wounds.
  • The inevitability of the experience of betrayal and the archetypal relationship between, trust, betrayal, and forgiveness.
  • Collaborative approaches to the essential task of repair.
  • Intimacy as a container for deep healing and ground for individuation.
  • The morning sessions will focus on the relationship between core wounds and the dragons that guard them. Then we will examine examples of the dynamic dance that evolves between partners. The afternoon sessions will focus on the dynamics of trust, betrayal, and forgiveness. Themes will include the five dangers of betrayal and the four tasks of repair. We will offer reflections on the role of responsibility, accountability, and sovereignty in forging intimacy.
Christine Armstrong and Louis Dangles biography photo

Christine Armstrong, MFT & Louis Dangles, MFT

Christine Armstrong, MFT (CA Lic #7529)
Christine established her private practice in 1976. Her work focuses on depth psychotherapy and she combines an Existential-Humanistic approach with a psychodynamic perspective. She and her husband of 35 years, Lou Dangles, have been doing couples and group work together for the past 20 years. She has trained extensively with Dr. Jim Bugental and Dr. Irv Yalom. More recently her training has included Ariadne Beck’s “group-as-a-whole” model with Jim Fishman. She is currently in private practice in San Anselmo, where she works with couples, individuals, and groups.

Louis Dangles, MFT (CA Lic #8207)
Louis established his private practice in 1976. His work focuses on depth psychotherapy and he combines an Existential-Humanistic approach with archetypal and psychodynamic perspectives. He has trained extensively with Dr. Jim Bugental and Dr. Irv Yalom. More recently his training has included Dr. Ariadne Beck’s “group- as-a-whole” model with Jim Fishman. He is currently in private practice in San Anselmo, where he works with couples, individuals, and groups.

Existential-Humanistic Institute (EHI)
EHI offers trainings, workshops and education in Existential-Humanistic approaches to psychotherapy. Formed in 1997 as a program under the auspices of the Pacific Institute, a non-profit organization in San Francisco, EHI continues to offer experiential training retreats, certificate programs, workshops, consultation groups, theory courses and community gatherings in the Bay Area with the goal of supporting existentially and humanistically informed psychologies and psychotherapies: approaches that focus on and nurture subjective experiential reflection of life’s deepest joys and predicaments.

Find out more about our 2020 Spring Experiential Training Retreat and 2020 Certificate Programs!
Please visit www.ehinstitute.org

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Saturday, April 20, 2019

New Scientific American Post on The Polarized Mind by Schneider & Fatemi

Today's Biggest Threat: The Polarized Mind  

By Kirk J. Schneider and Sayyed Mohsen Fatemi
Scientific American, April 16, 2019

Scientific American has published Dr.'s Kirk J. Schneider and Sayyed Mohsen Fatemi recent article in the Observastions blog about the current pervasive threat the Polarized Mind has to the today's more and more divided societies, around the world, and how, to counter it, they are calling "for a mobilization of mindfulness practices and dialogue groups on the scale of a public works program for human civility."  Schneider and Fatemi outline the polarized mind as "the fixation on a single point of view to the utter exclusion of competing points of view." This fixation, with it's basis in fear and anxiety, is causing strife within varied societies across the globe preventing bitterly divided groups from finding common ground. The authors present mindfulness as one of the key counters to the polarized mind and they also outline how dialogue groups, like the Better Angels, can provide opportunities for moving beyond divisive attitudes and extremist positions. Read more in the article: "Today's Biggest Threat: The Polarized Mind" by Schneider and Fatemi on the Scientific American website.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Dr Kirk Schneider Introduces EHI's Annual Existential-Humanistic Therapy Training in Sonoma

The Experiential Residential Retreat - The Core of EHI Programs



The Existential-Humanistic Institute holds an annual training in the Spring for it's education programs. The 6-day, 5-night experiential residential retreat is the core of EHI's hands-on unique training. It allows licensed professionals and graduate students in psychology, counseling, medical and care fields to come together in a safe environment, build community and experience how E-H therapy is practiced up close and personally.

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.

The residential involves a combination of relationship-building, learning of theoretical foundations, and first-hand experiences wherein theory comes to life. At times, this may involve faculty members demonstrating their way of working with clients and inviting commentary; at other times, participants work in dyads with each other, and receive direct feedback from a faculty member as they work.
These various ways of learning allow participants to gain a deeper, more embodied sense of what E-H therapy has to offer. The experiential training also provides participants a way of personally understanding how work on themselves mirrors their ability to work with clients.

2018-2019 Experiential Dates

  • EHI Experiential Retreat: Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 through Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

JOIN US FOR OUR TRAINING IN MAY!

Gain a Foundation in Existential-Humanistic Therapy Practice
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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Existential-Humanistic Therapy Training Retreat - May, 2019

EHI PROGRAMS

MAY EXPERIENTIAL RETREAT

Existential-Humanistic Training

Sonoma, CA: Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 at 9:00am thru Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 at 1:00pm

EHI is excited to continue our new single experiential training for 2019's education and training programs! Due to the fantastic response of 2018's cohort, EHI has made the combined experiential training a permanent feature of the education programs. Students now travel to Sonoma for training just once per year!
This six-day/five-night residential retreat course offers 32.5 hours of skill development training (with a total of 45 hours of programming) in Sonoma from May 23, 2019 to May 28, 2019.

For the course description with objectives please visit the Course Description page.

The EHI Experiential Training in Existential-Humanistic Therapy

 Certificate in the Foundations of E-H Practice for participants seeking to develop a foundational understanding of depth-work through an existential-humanistic lens. More >>

 Experiential Retreat Program for participants who would like to attend EHI's experiential training which emphasizes effective relational and experiential principles of practice. More >>

Thursday, November 8, 2018

New Early-Bird Tuition Discounts for Training Programs Until Nov 20th

The Existential-Humanistic Institute is excited to offer a couple of limited-time Tuition Discounts to program participants who are paying their full tuition before November 20th, 2018.

Early-Bird Tuition Discounts Available

EHI Certificate in the Foundations of Existential-Humanistic Practice Program

The Foundations in Existential-Humanistic Practice program is designed for those looking to gain both theoretical and practical grounding in integrating Existential-Humanistic techniques into the therapeutic process. The intention of the certificate program coursework is to provide students with such a foundational core by integrating both theory and practice into each course.

The theoretical part focuses on existential-humanistic therapy in general and on three of its founders, Rollo May, James Bugental, and Irvin Yalom, in particular. An overarching assumption of existential-humanistic therapy is that it is the client’s in-the-moment experiencing that forms both the underlying and actual process in therapy. This assumption anchors the existential therapist in the principles of practice that focus on experience over explanation and process over content. 

Thus the skill-development part focuses on learning to: (a) identify meaning-making processes unfolding in the present moment, (b) illuminate these “actual but often unrecognized” processes by cultivating intrapsychic and interpersonal presence, (c) develop a safe and intimate therapeutic relationship, (d) recognize and work with existential life issues which may be present but disguised, and (e) recognize and work with transference and counter transference issues within an existential framework. 

 Early-Bird Discount Offer for the Foundations Certificate Program
Students accepted into the 2018-2019 Cohort are offered a $415 discount off of program tuition if full tuition payment is in by November 20th, 2018.

EHI Experiential Retreat Existential - Humanistic Therapeutic Practice Training Program

The 6-day, 5-night experiential residential is the core of EHI's training. It allows licensed professionals and graduate students in psychology or counseling to come together in a safe environment, get to know one another intimately, and experience how E-H therapy is practiced up close and personally. 
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.

The residential involves a combination of relationship-building, learning of theoretical foundations, and first-hand experiences wherein theory comes to life. At times, this may involve faculty members demonstrating their way of working with clients and inviting commentary; at other times, participants work in dyads with each other, and receive direct feedback from a faculty member as they work.

Early-Bird Discount Offer for Experiential Existential-Humanistic Therapeutic Practice Training Program 

Option a. $265 discount off of full payment of $2,150.00 for retreat tuition if payment is made by Tuesday, November 20, 2018; an additional $35 discount if attendee also purchases the Consult Group package (5 Video Sessions) at the same time. 
Option b.$90 discount if 1st half of split-payment for Retreat Tuition is made by 11/20; an additional $30 discount if attendee purchases the Consult Group by 11/20.


Questions? Contact the Admin Assistant, Michelle at Program@ehinstitute.org/

Want to Apply? Find the application here on this Programs Page for more information about EHI's Educational Offerings. 

Interested in Existential-Humanistic Events? Visit the Conference Page for more information about the upcoming Fall Conference with Dr Alfried Laengle, our Keynote Speaker and Special Guest; Nov 30th & Dec 1st, 2018.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Video: Dr Alfried Laengle Invites You to Attend EHIs 10th Conference Nov 30 & Dec 1st 2018

2018 Conference Invitation from Dr. Alfried Längle
Nov 30th & Dec 1st, 2018 San Francisco

From Sigmund Freud to Viktor Frankl to Alfried Längle:
The Legacy of Vienna and the Search for Meaning



Dr. Alfried Längle of Vienna Invites You to Attend EHI's 10th Conference Nov 30 & Dec 1st 2018 from Existential-Humanistic Institute on Vimeo.
Dr. Alfried Längle, renowned Existential Anylaist introduces the upcoming 10th Existential-Humanistic Conference to be held in San Francisco on Nov 30th and Dec 1st, 2018 by Existential-Humanistic Institute and Pacific Institute.
With descriptions of the conference sessions, Dr. Längle invites you to join him and other seekers in the "Search for Meaning" at the Conference.

From Sigmund Freud to Viktor Frankl to Alfried Längle:
The Legacy of Vienna and the Search for Meaning

Presented in Partnership by: The Existential-Humanistic Institute & Pacific Institute

Dates: Friday Evening, November 30th & Saturday, December 1st, 2018

Location: First Unitarian Universalist Church and Center, 1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco, CA 94109 

You are invited to engage with us in two days of Existential-Humanism!

Join those interested in existential-humanistic awareness, non-therapists and therapists alike!

We invite those who seek a life of meaning by delving into Existential-Humanism.

Of course, we also invite mental health practitioners interested in applying existential-humanism to their practice; therapists, counselors, mental health providers, care-givers, doctors, nurses, social workers, behavioral health practitioners and students for two days as we explore The Search for Meaning!

Registration through Eventbrite: Register Now