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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.
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.