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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

March Bay Area Existential-Humanistic Community Gathering for Therapists

The Existential Cafe: A Bay Area E-H Community Gathering

Come join us at our first Existential Cafe of 2018!

You are invited to a hosted social gathering and existential discussion for therapeutic practioners interested in the existential-humanistic perspective. This is an informal way for us to build the strength and collaborative possibilities in our E-H community. Come join the Existential-Humanistic Institute(EHI) and it's community members at an informal networking get-together. 

We welcome all existentially and humanistically oriented therapeutic practitioners! This community gathering is intended for all types of therapeutic practitioners and students. Psychologists, nurses, counselors, social workers, doctors are all invited. This gathering is intended for all: newcomers, students, and friends of EHI who are interested in bringing the existential-humanistic perspective to their work and lives.

There will be a short (and fun) experiential activity, after which we will break into informal discussion and general schmoozing.

What: The Existential Cafe: A Bay Area Existential-Humanistic Community Gathering
Who: Hosted by members of the Existential-Humanistic Institute community & Sponsored by EHI
Where: Bernal Heights, San Francisco, California
When: Friday, March 16th – 6:30pm-8pm.
Free: We will provide drinks (wine, waters, soda) and snacks are always appreciated if you would like to bring something!
RSVP: Let us know you can join us! Contact our Admin, Michelle by phone at 415-689-1475 or by email at: info[@]

Newcomers Welcome! We hope you will be able to join us in an informal evening of networking. Please invite friends or colleagues who might also be interested in the discussion.

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

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Join Irv Yalom as he demonstrates how to leverage the most powerful tool of therapists, the authentic engagement of the therapeutic relationship, to help three clients face head-on the existential anxieties that lurk beneath the surface.
For the first time ever, see Irvin Yalom conduct actual therapy sessions. This is your chance to witness firsthand how one of the most revered therapists of our time engages with his clients to address the heart of the human condition.

This New Online Course Includes:

Irvin Yalom: Foundations of my Life and Work

In an extended conversation with his son, Victor Yalom, explores the entire arc of his career from a medical student, group therapist, existential therapist and ties the strands of his thoughts, developments and contributions together.

Irvin Yalom in Session

Three clients, three different issues, yet their presenting problems all have roots in some deeper existential concerns. See how Yalom does not shy away from addressing issues many of us avoid, and how doing so helps bring relief and insights to the clients' struggles.

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Discussion questions and skill building exercises to trigger reflection on key issues in Yalom's approach and enable you to practice some of the core skills demonstrated in sessions.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Upcoming Existential Humanistic Workshop w/ Bob Edelstein, LMFT, MFT

Recommended Upcoming Workshops

Deepen Your Therapeutic Work Using an Existential-Humanistic Perspective

With Bob Edelstein,  LMFT, MFT

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

9-12pm and/or 1-4pm

In-Person Workshop Lewis and Clark College Thayer Room, Portland, Oregon 
Full day (am + pm -6 CEs) / Half-day (a.m. or p.m.– 3 CEs)  APA Approved Sponsor

This workshop is open to all levels of experience.

Attend In-Person or via Interactive Webinar: 

Live event will take place at Lewis and Clark College, Thayer Room, in Portland, Oregon, OR; interactive webinar can take place anywhere with an internet connection!

Full Day  In-Person at Lewis & Clark Workshop Registration >>
Full Day Live Webinar Registration >>

Morning Session

Core Concepts of Existential-Humanistic Therapy; Exploring the Work of Bugental and Yalom.

9:00am – 12:00pm
Description: The Existential-Humanistic approach embraces all of what it means to exist. It values each unique, individual journey. Through this workshop, you will deepen your therapeutic work by increasing your ability to be with the lived experience of your clients and yourself within the therapeutic container. You will understand the purpose of resistance in Existential-Humanistic terms, and learn ways to effectively engage client resistances to facilitate growth and healing.
Learning objectives: Through lecture, discussion, experiential exercises, and demonstrations, participants will be able to:
  • Describe the impact and influence of James Bugental, Ph.D. and Irvin Yalom, M.D. by specifying two major contributions they each added to the development of Existential-Humanistic psychotherapy.
  • Describe and use the inward searching process to facilitate a client’s subjective deepening.
  • Explain why clients resist deepening into their subjectivity and be able to apply three ways to effectively intervene with the client’s resistance.
  • Describe and use a dialogue process to deepen the relationship between client and therapist.
  • Explain why clients resist an authentic connection to the therapist and apply three ways to effectively intervene with the client’s resistance.
Register for AM In-Person Session >>
Register for AM Webinar Session Only >>

Afternoon Session

Cultivating Presence: Being Fully There for Your Client

1:00pm – 4:00pm
In Existential-Humanistic Psychotherapy, a fully engaged presence is the key to guiding the therapist to make optimal therapeutic choices. Being present is the ability to be fully there for your client in the lived experience of the moment. We will explore two philosophical frames, two relationship attitudes, and two therapeutic skills that serve as a bridge for the therapist to develop a more fully engaged presence.
Learning objectives
Through lecture, discussion, experiential exercises, and demonstrations the participants will:
  • Explain two values of Being with the client and demonstrate the difference between Being with the client and Doing with the client.
  • Describe two purposes for Deep Listening and demonstrate the skill of Deep Listening.
  • Explain two values of reflecting Process. Demonstrate the difference between reflecting process and reflecting Content.
  • Describe and demonstrate three ways to cultivate a therapeutic I-Thou relationship.
  • Compare and apply when Intention needs to be emphasized versus when Resistance needs to be emphasized in working with clients.
  • Demonstrate two ways to be a Mirror to the client’s process.
Register for PM In-Person Session Only >>
Register for PM Webinar Session Only >>

Bob Edelstein, LMFT, MFT, is an Existential-Humanistic psychotherapist with over forty years of experience. He provides consultation, supervision, workshops, and trainings for clinicians and students. He is a blogger for Psychology Today and has published articles on the existential-humanistic perspective, including a chapter entitled Frames, Attitudes, and Skills of an Existential Humanistic Psychotherapist in the Handbook of Humanistic Psychology 2nd Edition. Bob is the founder and current president of the Existential-Humanistic Northwest professional organization.

Bob provides workshops for professionals, students and interns. If you would like more information on any of these workshops and/or if you would like to be added to the email list so that you are notified the next time a workshop is scheduled, please contact Bob.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Participate in New Research Project at Saybrook University: Key Influences on Humanistic Psychology

Dr Louis Hoffman and co-researchers at Saybrook University invite you to participate...
Key Influences on Humanistic Psychology Survey:
Study Participants Needed

EHI would like to share this invitation to participate in a research study being conducted at Saybrook University.
Dr. Louis Hoffman and students at Saybrook University are conducting a research study identifying influences on humanistic psychology. Participants will complete an online survey. The survey takes approximately 20-30 minutes. Questions asked are about the most influential authors and scholarship. Those who meet the criteria below can participate.
Participants should meet the following criteria:  
  • Participants must have two-years of experience as a humanistic psychology professional.
  • Participants must speak English.
  • Participants must be 20-years old or older.
Please visit the following link to participate in the study:
The researchers for this project are Dr. Louis Hoffman, Jane Paige, Gayle Byock, Shawn Ellis, Julia Falk, Michaela Lewis, Jennifer O'Neill, Jacquie Sarsfield Vassall, Danielle Silveira, Gwen Sipes, Dominique Wamsley, Ashley Whitaker, and Tammi Vu. Dr. Louis Hoffman is a faculty member at Saybrook University in California. The co-researchers are students at Saybrook University. They are conducting a research study to identify influences on humanistic psychology. The research team invites you to participate.

Research Contact Information:
If you have questions about this survey, you can contact the researchers at

This study is being conducted by Dr Louis Hoffman and the co-researchers from Saybrook University. EHI is excited to support this existential research by sharing this invitation with you. EHI is not directly involved in the study.

Download the Saybrook University Research Project Flyer:

Monday, December 11, 2017

Dr Kirk Schneider Presents Latest Publication The Spirituality of Awe at Book Passage

Upcoming Author Appearance by EHI President

Kirk Schneider, PhD
The Spirituality of Awe: Challenges to the Robotic Revolution 

Where: Book Passage
1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94105 

When: Wed Jan 17th, 2018
6:00 p.m. 

Cost: Free, Public Welcome!

Join Kirk Schneider at Book Passage in San Francisco where he will present and discuss his latest book The Spirituality of Awe: Challenges to the Robotic Revolution.

"Schneider has produced of passion, insight, advocacy, and public vision on perhaps the most important social topic of our time. Furthermore it comes in a very readable package of short, digestible chapters, ideally suited for discussion in classrooms, book groups, and other platforms of learning. Like the work of our best public intellectuals, it is a scholarly treatise in which the scholarship supports the message without interfering with or obscuring the topic at hand."
-Daniel Leichty, PhD, Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, Dec. 2017

This event is being held at Book Passage in San Francisco.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

New Dates Set for the Existential Humanistic Experiential Training for 2017-18 Cohorts

Curriculum Year Change: Update to The Existential-Humanistic Institute's Education & Training Programs

Announcing a New Single Combined Experiential Training Residential in April

EHI's 2017-2018 Programs now Feature a Single Experiential Training
Enrollment has Re-Opened for 2017/18 Cohorts 

The 2017-2018 training schedule for EHI's programs has been updated. This year EHI will hold one longer training that combines the two curriculum-year experiential trainings into one intensive residential retreat. This change came about because our Fall retreat was canceled due to the recently contained wildfires in Sonoma.
To ensure all our students get the best possible experiential training in Existential-Humanistic therapeutic practices EHI has created a new single combined training for our 2017-2018 programs. This will be held in April of 2018. Students will receive the complete training previously experienced in our two retreats in one intensive retreat. A total of forty-three training hours are scheduled in this updated Experiential Training.
EHI is able to re-open registration to a few more students due to the generosity of Westerbeke who is offering us some extra space for the April residential.
Please check out the links below for more information and contact Michelle, EHI Admin at  admin[at] if you have any questions about the changes. 

Current EHI Programs That Feature This New Single Experiential Training

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

The Foundations Certificate Program coursework provides students with an E-H Therapy foundational core by integrating both theory and practice into each course. New to EHI? Join this year long program which is open to licensed professionals who seek to enhance their clinical skills and full or half-time students in a masters or doctoral psychology program.
Gain a Foundation in E-H Therapy Practice
Foundations Certificate Program Info »

Experiential Training 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 Experiential Training. 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. Designed for attendance and participation at the retreat is the only commitment, no additional course-work required.
Experiential Training Retreat Program Info »

Who Should Apply to an EHI Program?

Students who find this training effective include psychotherapists, social workers, counselors, nurses, creative and expressive arts therapists, medical doctors, and psychologists. EHI welcomes international students in all of our programs.

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.
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