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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Upcoming Event: EHI Experiential II March 25- 29, 2015

Existential-Humanistic Therapy: Experiential II

• March 25 - March 29, 2015 - - Westerbeke Ranch, Sonoma CA

EHI Experientials at Westerbeke Ranch Conference Center


Westerbeke Ranch - In beautiful Sonoma Valley, CA

EHI Student Experiential Retreat

Experiential II March 2015 - Check-in/Check-out Times

We hold our experientials at a beautiful retreat center, Westerbeke Ranch, in the heart of Sonoma County. The cost includes modern, cabin-style lodging, superb family style meals and the use of all the facilities at Westerbeke such as the pool, hot tub and walking trails.
Tucked in the hills of wine country in Sonoma County California, Westerbeke Ranch and Conference Center is the ideal location to connect with nature, commune with like-minded people, and experience the many ideas and evolution of those attending the Existential Humanistic Experiential. These aspects of the Ranch include:
  • The country and family style shared lodging and buffet dinning to encourage connection and fellowship
  • Maps and information about various hiking trails to explore nature and take advantage of solitude
  • Quiet time at 10pm to gain much needed reflection and rest to be prepared for the following day’s work
  • A small convenience store and cantina for snacks and other small items
  • Massage services available by appointment to relieve stress and re-energize you
  • Swimming pool and hot tub

All of these amenities are included and available to you as a paid participant in the EHI Experientials. We have chosen these grounds to help support the exploration and deep work you will be doing during your time with us. We encourage your use of these facilities to help ground you as you grow and become enriched as you share with other students, staff and facilitators at the retreat. We invite you to explore what Westerbeke Ranch has to offer by visiting their web site at Westerbeke Ranch.

Interested in the EHI Certificate and Training Programs?

Find out more about the different EHI Certificate programs here
View the EHI Modular Experiential Training Program details here

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Register for Upcoming EHI Event: Colloquium on The Future of Psychotherapy

Therapists, Trainers, Clinical Directors, Interns and Students are Invited to Join EHI on Nov 15th in San Francisco to meet and discuss the role of the therapist at the "The Future of Psychotherapy" Colloqium.


How do we train developing therapists and how do we continue to deepen our practice throughout the years?


This colloquium and one-day workshop will encourage participants to share their ideas about the vital skills and attitudes that a therapist in training needs to learn and develop, and with regard to the practicing therapist, which skills and attitudes will not only enrich and deepen clinical work but also perhaps impact society in general.

NOV 15, 2014
Day-long event for E-H Therapists and Therapists-in-Training
9:30am – 5:00pm
EHI at AgeSong
624 Laguna Street
San Francisco, CA 94201
EHI Event Updates  
www.ehinsitute.org/events

Register Today!
SPONSORED BY

PACIFIC INSTITUTE AND AGESONG LIVING

Pacific Institute’s GeroWellness Program is an Existential-Humanistic Oriented Internship and Practicum Program for Developing Therapists and is part of the AgeSong Living Platform.
Visit www.pacificinstitute.org and www.agesong.com for more information on these programs.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

EHI Colloquium Nov 15 - Outline and Schedule

EHI Colloquium Outline 

"The Future of Psychotherapy"

A Day of Discussions & Dialogue about E ffective E-H Psychotherapeutic Practices

DATE: Nov 15, 2014
TIME: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm / Check-in and Refreshments 9:30 am
LOCATION: AgeSong, 624 Laguna Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
COST: $75
CEU: 4 CEU’s available for BBS (RNs, MFTs & LCSWs) & Psychologists
WHO: Open to Educators, Clinicians, Trainers, Schools & Practicing Therapists!

Download and Share the Flyer: EHI November Colloquium Flyer

Questions? Contact us by email at info@ehinstitute.org 

Find out more info about this and other upcoming events at www.ehinstitute.org/events

Download and Share the Flyer: EHI November Colloquium Flyer

The EHI Colloquium is Sponsored by Pacific Institute and Agesong

Pacific Institute’s GeroWellness Program is an Existential-Humanistic Oriented Internship and Practicum Program for Developing Therapists and is part of the AgeSong Living Platform.

Visit www.pacificinstitute.org or www.agesong.com for information.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Upcoming Events in E-H Community: EASC Offers "Intro to Existential Analysis" - 3 Day Seminar

Existential Analysis Society of Canada presents "Intro to Existential Analysis" prior to start of January 2015 Cohort

[This Post was Updated Nov 5, 2014]

EA Canada is pleased to announce an additional Intro Seminar on Nov. 28-30, 2014 and the launch of the 4th Cohort in January 2015. 


From the Existential Analysis Canada website:
Introductory Training Seminar in Existential Analysis (3-day format)
This introductory seminar will present a meaning-oriented access to life and an existential view of human nature.  We will define and experientially explore the central concept of inner consent (finding one’s inner “yes” to life).  Other topics will include the central attitude of understanding (phenomenology) in therapy and EA’s conceptualization of motivation.  The focus will be two-fold with the development of the person of the therapist (through experiential and dialogical exercises) and the training of participants in an empirically supported and practical approach to psychotherapy.
This three day seminar can also form part of the official training in Existential Analysis through the Existential Analysis Society of Canada – affiliate of GLE-International.  Participants who decide later to enroll in the Training Program will receive credit towards its completion.  If you think you might want to be in the next training cohort, enrolling in this Introductory Seminar is the place you start.  Existential Analysis (EA) and Logotherapy, as developed by Viktor Frankl and elaborated by Alfried Längle, will be introduced as a theoretically coherent and practical approach to therapy.
All trainers are graduates of the first training cohort in Existential Analysis, which met regularly between 2006-2012. Trainers are supported by Dr. Alfried Längle and the International Society for Logotherapy and Existential Analysis... 


Vancouver-based Existential Analysis Society of Canada (Affiliate of the GLE) is a scholarly and professional group of individuals who are or have undertaken the psychotherapeutic and/or counselling training through the GLE International. Existential Analysis Canada offers training programs in Existential Analysis. The International Society for Logotherapy and Existential Analysis (GLE-International) and the International Society for Existential Analytical Psychotherapy (ISEAP) (both Vienna, Austria) are providing a complete training in existential analytical psychotherapy and/or counselling in Vancouver, BC. Alfried Längle, M.D., Ph.D. and local Canadian trainers are responsible for the entire psychotherapeutic training.  Find out more about the Existential Analysis Canada programs here on their site. 

Please Contact Käri-Ann Thor at Existential Analysis Canada by email: kalthors@mac.com to Register for the Event.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Upcoming EHI Colloquium November 15 - Dialogue and Discussion on "The Future of Psychotherapy"

EHI Colloquium

The Future of Psychotherapy

A Day of Discussions & Dialogue about E ffective E-H Psychotherapeutic Practices

Open to Educators, Clinicians, Trainers, Schools & Practicing Therapists!

DATE: Nov 15, 2014
TIME: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm / Check-in and Refreshments 9:30 am
LOCATION: AgeSong, 624 Laguna Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
COST: $75
CEU: 4 CEU’s available for BBS (RNs, MFTs & LCSWs) & Psychologists
REGISTRATION: Online Registration Here


How do we train developing therapists and how do we continue to deepen our practice throughout the years?

This colloquium will encourage participants to share their ideas about the vital skills and attitudes that a therapist in training needs to learn and develop, and with regard to the practicing therapist, which skills and attitudes will not only enrich and deepen clinical work but also perhaps impact society in general.
We hope that our discussions and dialogue will contribute to the profession of psychotherapy by stimulating clinicians, educators, trainers, schools, and licensing agencies to reflect upon the necessary components of eff ective psychotherapy.
Thank you for your interest and we hope to see you at this year’s EHI “The Future of Psychotherapy” Colloquium.
Sincerely,
Nader Shabahangi, EHI President and Conference Coordinator
&
Mary G. Madrigal, EHI Board Member and Conference Coordinator


Questions? Contact us by email at info@ehinstitute.org 

Find out more info about this and other upcoming events at www.ehinstitute.org/events


Download and Share the Flyer: EHI November Colloquium Flyer

The EHI Colloquium is Sponsored by Pacific Institute and Agesong

Pacific Institute’s GeroWellness Program is an Existential-Humanistic Oriented Internship and Practicum Program for Developing Therapists and is part of the AgeSong Living Platform.

Visit www.pacificinstitute.org or www.agesong.com for information about these programs.


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Engage with Kirk Schneider and EHNW at Upcoming Workshop!

From the Polarized Mind to the Rediscovery of Awe: An Existential-Integrative Perspective on Healing

"The Polarized Mind targets an important problem and shows how it has surfaced throughout the entire world, and chronologically, through the whole of recorded history. The book's scope is mind-boggling and its message crucial."

--Huston Smith, Author of "The World's Religions" on Kirk Schneider's new book The Polarized Mind: Why It's Killing Us and What We Can Do About It."
Presented by: Kirk J Schneider, Ph.D.
Join leading spokesperson for Existential-Humanistic psychology, Kirk J. Schneider, Ph.D. for a day of lecture, discussion and experiential exercises in existential-integrative therapy. Drawing from his new book as well as past work, Dr. Schneider will lead us in examining what he identifies as “The Polarized Mind” – its causes and development, existential issues and qualities, and its treatment via existential-integrative therapy. Dr. Schneider defines the Polarized Mind as the product not of sickness but of unaddressed and unacknowledged fear - which leads individuals and societies to become rigid, narrow, and destructive.
When: Friday, September 26, 2014 9:00am to 4:30pm
Where: Ambridge Event Center, Portland, OR
Cost*:
  • Early Registration by September 1 - $115
  • After September 1 - $140
  • Students - $75
*Includes continental breakfast, beverages and lunch
We encourage you to register early - space is limited

Kirk Scheider EHI Vice President bio pic
REGISTER HERE: EHNW Workshop with Kirk Schneider
CEU's: 6 CEU's approved by Oregon Counseling Association/NBCC
Find out more about the Upcoming EHNW Workshop with Kirk Schneider here on the EHNW website.
Workshop Syllabus:Read the full workshop syllabus online here.
Register here for the EHNW Workshop with Kirk Schneider - From the Polarized Mind to the Rediscovery of Awe.
More Questions? Contact EHNW direcly at workshop[at]ehnorthwest.org

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Upcoming EHI Existential-Humanistic Experiential Retreat

EHI Experientials at Westerbeke Ranch Conference Center


Westerbeke Ranch - In beautiful Sonoma Valley, CA

Experiential Retreat Details

October 2014 Experiential I Dates - Check-in/Check-out Times

  • Dates: Oct 31, 2014 thru Nov 4, 2014
  • Check-In: 4:00 pm Oct 31st
  • Introductions & Ranch Orientation: 5:00 pm Oct 31st
  • Check-Out: 3:00 pm Nov 4th

Directions:

Westerbeke Ranch Conference Center
2300 Grove Street
Sonoma, CA 95476
Phone (707) 996-7546
Directions to Westerbeke Ranch here on their website.

We hold our experientials at a beautiful retreat center, Westerbeke Ranch, in the heart of Sonoma County. The cost includes modern, cabin-style lodging, superb family style meals and the use of all the facilities at Westerbeke such as the pool, hot tub and walking trails.

October's course is the first of two four-day experiential courses taught by EHI/Saybrook instructors as part of the EHI's Foundations Certificate program, the Advanced Certificate Program and the new Modular Training program. The certificate programs require that both Part I and Part II be taken sequentially. The Modular Training Program offers students the opportunity to participate in the Experientials outside the certificate programs. The courses are held off site, in October and March.
The experientials are designed as skill development courses and have specific learning objectives: (a) how to cultivate personal and relational presence, (b) how to attend to intrapsychic and interpersonal processes, (c) how to illuminate personal life meanings, (d) how to cultivate a therapeutic relationship that effects change, (e) how to work with transference and counter transference within an existential context, (f) how to work existentially with resistance, and (g) how to recognize and work with existential life issues which may be present but disguised. Instructors will teach the principles of the e-h approach through live and video demonstrations, experiential exercises, and dyad work.
CEUs available for for MFTs. LCSWs and Psychologists. (Appx 50hrs)

Learn more about EHI's Certificate Programs here.

Find out more about the Modular Training Program here- EHI's new experiential-specific program.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Our Friends at Saltman Center Celebrate 10yrs With Special Presentation

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution presents

Nelson Mandela Making Peace with Your Enemy:
Nelson Mandela and his Contributions
to Conflict Resolution
Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 | 3:00 p.m.
UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law
Thomas & Mack Moot Court
Moderator
Andrea Schneider
Speakers
  • Carrie Menkel-Meadow: “Nelson Mandela’s Procedural Transition From (Violent) Cause Activist to Peace and Justice Seeking Activist”
  • Robert Mnookin: “Nelson Mandela’s Decision to Bargain with the Devil”
  • Richard Goldstone: "Nelson Mandela's Skills in Conflict Negotiation: A Personal Reflection"
  • Penny Andrews: "Nelson Mandela, Forgiveness and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission"

Saltman Center for Confilict Resolution
Special 10th Anniversary Presentation  
 "Making Peace with Your Enemy - Nelson Mandela and his Contributions  to Conflict Resolution"
When: November 1, 2014 - 3:00pm
Where: University of Nevada at Las Vegas  
 Event Location: Thomas and Mack Moot Court Facility

Registration
To RSVP for this special presentation, click here.
Questions? Contact Sandra Rodriguez at sandra.rodriguez[at]unlv.edu  or 702-895-2428.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

EHI's Orah Krug and Troy Piwowarski are Contributing Authors to The Handbook of Humanistic Psychology

The Handbook of Humanistic Pyschology 2nd Edition Cover

EHI and The Handbook of Humanistic Psychology - EHI Contributor Profiles

The Handbook of Humanistic Psychology

Theory, Research, and Practice Second Edition


Edited by Kirk J Scheider, J Fraser Pierson and James T Bugental
Sage Publications, 2014



This post features the contribution of Orah Krug, EHI's Clinical Director and Troy Piwowarski, Student Outreach Coordinator with Editor J Frasier Pierson and Jeffrey G Sharp, a presenter at EHI:7 conference.

Chapter 41 

Cultivating Psychotherapist Artistry: Model Existential-Humanistic Training Programs
J Pierson, Orah Krug, Jeffrey Sharp and Troy Piwowarski


This chapter presents the reader with a perspective on what it means to cultivate therapeutic artistry from an existential-humanistic (E-H) lens.  At the heart of E-H therapy training is attending to the therapist-student as a genuine person who is the instrument of the therapy.  This chapter demonstrates two training models that illustrate how the person of the therapist is woven into the fabric of the learning experience.  The first model is based on Jim Bugental's Art of the Psychotherapist training, a model that emphasized students' learning of how to cultivate presence to the subjective world of themselves and their clients.  The second model is the Existential Humanistic Institute's certificate training program, which trains small groups of students and practicing therapists through a combination of theoretical learning and first-hand practice at experiential retreats.  Each of these models are illustrated not only by the theory behind their implementation, but by direct student feedback about what was most poignant.

This Chapter was chosen as one of the sample chapters for the Handbook - You can read Chaper 41, Cultivating Psychotherapist Artistry: Model Existential-Humanistic Training Programs here in PDF form. In this chapter EHI's certificate programs are included as one of the models of training programs highlighted in the article.

Orah T. Krug, Ph.D., is a licensed psychotherapist with a private practice in Oakland, and Sausalito, CA. She is a faculty member of Saybrook University, an editor for the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, and the clinical training director of the Existential-Humanistic Institute of San Francisco. EHI has recently launched a new Modular Training program and three certificate programs, one in partnership with Saybrook University that offers a Certificate in the Foundations of Existential-Humanistic Practice. Dr. Krug co-authored a textbook with Dr. Kirk Schneider entitled, Existential-Humanistic Therapy, part of a monograph series for the American Psychological Association and is  is a co-author of the above chapter in the second edition of The Handbook of Humanistic Psychology entitled "Cultivating Psychotherapist Artistry: Model Existential-Humanistic Training Programs."  She has produced two videos entitled, Conversations with Jim and "Joe" A Demonstration of the Consultation Process, with James Bugental. Her current research focuses on the relationship between existential meaning-making processes and therapeutic change. Dr. Krug may be reached at info[at}ehinstitute.org Attention: Orah Krug.

Read Orah's Presentation at DIV32 6th Annual APA Conference 2013:

The Renewal of Humanism: Lessons from an Existential-Humanistic Training Program - PDF


Troy Piwowarski, Psy.D. Candidate, LLP is an Existential-Humanistic psychotherapist currently complete his doctorate in clinical psychology at the Michigan School of Professional Psychology in Detroit. He had previously been working with elders at AgeSong, an assisted living community with E-H roots in the Bay Area.  As a doctoral student, Troy is passionately exploring what the E-H perspective has to offer, and is investigating through his dissertation how phenomenologically-minded therapists attune to their clients as persons-in-context.  He has published one article on Terror Management Theory entitled "The Effects of Mortality Salience and Belief in Afterlife on the Manifestation of Homonegativity," is a co-author of the above chapter in the second edition of The Handbook of Humanistic Psychology entitled "Cultivating Psychotherapist Artistry: Model Existential-Humanistic Training Programs" and has assisted in editing two books by EHI President Nader Shabahangi.
Troy has been collaborating with the student outreach team as EHI launches its newest training program this year. He currently acts as student outreach coordinator for EHI, and is available to discuss questions regarding the certificate tracks and training programs.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Orah Krug, PhD EHI Clinical Director

Orah Krug, PhD

EHI Clinical Director

Orah Krug is a s a licensed psychotherapist with a private practice in Oakland, and Sausalito, CA. In addition to her work at EHI she is a faculty member of Saybrook University, and an editor for the Journal of Humanistic Psychology. Most recently, Dr. Krug is a contributing author to the 2nd Edition of The Handbook of Humanistic Psychology and has co-authored a textbook with Dr. Kirk Schneider entitled, Existential-Humanistic Therapy, part of a monograph series for the American Psychological Association. She has produced two videos entitled, Conversations with Jim and "Joe" A Demonstration of the Consultation Process, with James Bugental. Her current research focuses on the relationship between existential meaning-making processes and therapeutic change.

She has shared her experiences heading EHI's education programs recently at DIV32 at the 6th Annual APA Conference 2013 in a presentation entitled The Renewal of Humanism: Lessons from an Existential-Humanistic Training Program (PDF dowload)

 The Renewal of Humanism: Lessons from an Existential-Humanistic Training Program




Friday, June 20, 2014

Upcoming EHNW Workshop Presented by EHI's Kirk Schneider, Phd

Existential-Humanistic NorthWest presents:

“From the Polarized Mind to the Rediscovery of Awe: An Existential-Integrative Perspective on Healing”


Presented by Kirk J. Schneider, Ph.D

Date: Friday, September 26, 2014
Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm - 6 CEU hours
Location: Ambridge Event Center, 1333 NE MLK Blvd, Portland, OR
Tuition: Early registration fee (by Sept. 1): $115; After Sept. 1: $140; Students: $75
Registration: Please go to: http://www.ehnorthwest.org/ehnw-workshop-2014


Join leading spokesperson for Existential-Humanistic psychology, Kirk J. Schneider, Ph.D, for a day of lecture, discussion and experiential exercises in existential-integrative therapy. Drawing from his new book, “The Polarized Mind: Why it’s Killing Us and What We Can Do About It,” as well as past work. Dr. Schneider will lead us in examining what he identifies as “The Polarized Mind” — its causes and development, existential issues and qualities, and its treatment via existential-integrative therapy. Dr. Schneider defines the Polarized Mind as the product not of sickness but of unaddressed and unacknowledged fear - which leads individuals and societies to become rigid, narrow, and destructive.

Have Questions Regarding this Event? Please check out the workshop info on the EHNW website.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Kirk Schneider, EHI Vice President & Senior Editor of The Handbook of Humanistic Psychology

The Handbook of Humanistic Pyschology 2nd Edition Cover

EHI and The Handbook of Humanistic Psychology - EHI Contributor Profiles

This blog series highlights an EHI faculty member and/or an EHI affiliated contributing author to The Handbook of Humanistic Psychology.

The Handbook of Humanistic Psychology

Theory, Research, and Practice Second Edition

Edited by Kirk J Scheider, J Fraser Pierson and James T Bugental
Sage Publications, 2014


This week's profile post features Kirk Schneider and his chapter on Rediscovering Awe. Here is an excerpt:

Chapter 6
Rediscovering Awe: A New Front in Humanistic Psychology, Psychotherapy, and Society, Kirk J Schneider

“I…remember moments that I have been awe awakened; [these were] times that I have been carried out of myself by something greater than myself and to that something I gave myself.”
--Martin Luther King, Jr. (1998, p. 28) from a paper submitted at Crozer Seminary, March 28th, 1951.

Preamble

The purpose of this chapter is to describe an emerging psychospiritual paradigm that veers between dogmatic fundamentalism and postmodern nihilism. This “depth” spirituality is based on a rediscovery of our native capacity for awe, and addresses the very fulcrum of our contemporary lives. It is a spirituality informed by the existential-theological tradition of great political leaders such as Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi,  and by great philosophers, such as Soren Kierkegaard, Paul Tillich, Ernest Becker, and Rollo May.  This “awe-based” psychology, moreover, welds the zeal and exaltation for religion with the scrupulosity and skepticism of science. Drawing from my recent books Rediscovery of Awe: Splendor, Mystery, and the Fluid Center of Life (Paragon House, 2004) and Awakening to Awe: Personal Stories of Profound Transformation (Jason Aronson, 2009), as well as both film and literature, I explore the nature, power, and therapeutic implications of the spiritual capacity for awe.

Introduction

What if I told you that you are about to embark on a great adventure; that “you, are about to experience the awe and mystery that stretches from the inner mind to The Outer Limits,” a la the science fiction television show from the early 1960’s (Stefano, 1963).  But seriously, what if I told you that you are about to experience the terrors and wonders of the cosmos on this adventure; that you will be fully equipped for the journey; and that you will have about eight decades to proceed on it.  Further, what if I told you that you will encounter many fascinating events, sensations, and relationships on this journey, and that every day you will have a chance to marvel at, be moved by, and to imagine an entirely new way to live?
And—here’s the clincher—what if I told you that at the end of the eight decades there will be another, even more enigmatic and fascinating journey.  Would you want to go?   Would you do everything you could to savor the integrity of the entire trek? Would you want to kill, or rape, or devalue yourself or others in the face of this trek? Or stuff yourself with food, or drugs, or “reality” TV? Probably not; at least if sane or sober. Yet this is precisely what we seem bent on doing in our western, industrialized enclave: to defy the awe of living—the humility and wonder, thrill and anxiety of living—and the capacity to be moved.
Excerpt from Chapter 6 in The Handbook of Humanistic Psychology (2nd Edition) Copyright 2014 Sage Publishing Co. All Rights Reserved

What is Awe? In this video series Dr Lisa Firestone interviews Dr Kirk Schneider for the PsychAlive network and he discusses "What is Awe?" and "Developing Awe in Existential Psychotherapy."

What is Awe?


Developing Awe in Existential Psychotherapy


 See more of Dr Lisa Firestone's interviews with Dr Kirk Schneider on PsychAlive Channel >>


Kirk J. Schneider, PhD, Kirk J. Schneider, Ph.D., is a leading spokesperson for contemporary existential-humanistic psychology. Dr. Schneider is recent editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, vice-president of the Existential-Humanistic Institute (EHI), and adjunct faculty at Saybrook University, the California Institute of Integral Studies, and Teachers College, Columbia University. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), Dr. Schneider has published over 100 articles and chapters and has authored or edited ten books (all either have been or soon will be translated into Chinese). These books include the recent publications of The Polarized Mind and The Handbook of Humanistic Psychology.  Dr. Schneider is the recipient of the Rollo May Award from Division 32 of the APA for “Outstanding and independent pursuit of new frontiers in humanistic psychology” as well as the “Cultural Innovator” award from the Institute of Living, Toronto, Canadaa psychotherapy training center which bases its diploma on Dr. Schneider’s Existential-Integrative model of therapy, and an Honorary Diploma from the East European Association of Existential Therapy. Dr. Schneider is also a founding member of the Existential-Humanistic Institute in San Francisco, which in August, 2012 launched one of the first certificate programs in Existential-Humanistic practice ever to be offered in the U.S.A. In April, 2010, Dr. Schneider delivered the opening keynote address at the First International (East-West) Existential Psychology Conference in Nanjing, China, and has been repeatedly invited to speak at various similar venues in China—as well as Japan--over the last three years. He is slated to deliver an opening keynote at the First World Congress of Existential Psychotherapy in London in May, 2015.

Visit Kirk's website >>

Kirk's recent book The Polarized Mind, is available through University Professors Press  >>

Read Dr. Schneider's blog Awakening to Awe at PsychologyToday.com.>>

Follow Kirk on Twitter >>

Find more Kirk Schneider resources on his EHI bio page

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Announcing New EHI Modular Training Program!


EHI now offers an individualized training program for those primarily interested in the experiential trainings that we offer. Once accepted into the program, participants may sign up to attend the two experientials, and may also opt to participate in video consultations with our faculty. The Modular Training Program is basically an a la carte program, for students who want to participate in our experiential trainings without enrolling in a certificate program. Students may always opt into the certificate track if they so desire.

MT Program Specifics

As an MT student you will be able to participate in one or both of the training modules, that is, the experiential module and the video consult module. If you choose to participate in the experiential module, you will join a cohort and attend two sequential trainings, one in October of 2014, and the second in March of 2015. You may also choose to participate in a video group consultation module which consists of five 2-hour group consults, which take place between Experiential I and Experiential II. The experiential trainings and video consultations are priced individually so you have the option to take part in one or both, depending on your particular learning needs.

Find out more about the new Modular Training Program here on the EHI website.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

EHI Photo Gallery Updated

Kirk and Nader 
New Images added to EHI Photo Gallery including this fun one of EHI's Vice President Kirk Schneider and EHI President Nader Shabahangi in January 2013.

Check out the EHI photo gallery here on our website for more EHI photos including photos from EHI Spring 2014 Experiential Retreat.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

EHI Advanced Certificate Program Info Updated!



The Existential-Humanistic Institute is pleased to announce a new and unprecedented Advanced Certificate in Existential-Humanistic Therapy Awarding Certification as an Existential-Humanistic Therapist. This program is open to students who have completed the certificate program in "Foundations of Existential-Humanistic Practice".

The Advanced Certificate Program

The intention of this Advanced certificate program is to build on the educational foundation laid in the “Foundations” certificate program. This Advanced certificate program is envisioned as a two or three year program, awarding the candidate certification as an Existential-Humanistic Therapist.
By adding this advanced level to the introductory Foundations program, EHI now offers students interested in specializing in E-H Therapy a comprehensive and intensive three or four year educational program, unlike anything that presently exists in the United States. It is akin to the training programs in London headed by Emmy van Durezen and Ernesto Spinelli respectively.
To be awarded the Advanced certificate, candidates need: (a) to possess the Foundations certificate, (b) to complete the advanced program requirements, and (c) to receive EHI faculty approval. For faculty approval the candidate must demonstrate above average proficiency as an E-H therapist. CE credits will be available for most of the course work.

Find out more about the Advanced Certificate Program

The learning objectives, program requirements, program curriculum and fees/schedules are all detailed on the EHI website here.


YES! I'm interested in learning more about EHI's certificates!
Please send me more information!
 

 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Nader Shabahangi, EHI President and Contributing Author to The Handbook of Humanistic Psychology

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EHI and The Handbook of Humanistic Psychology - EHI Contributor Profiles

This blog series highlights an EHI faculty member and/or an EHI affiliated contributing author to The Handbook of Humanistic Psychology. This week's post features Nader Shabahangi and his chapter on Humanistic Elder Care.

Why Humanistic Eldercare? Read this excerpt from Nader's contributed piece to get a preview of Ch.16 Humanistic Eldercare: Toward a New Conceptual Framework for Aging.
"The present conceptual framework used in the way we look at aging and the way we care for our elders is demeaning and harmful to our elders and to the well-being of our societies at large. Yet, from large to small eldercare corporations and businesses, this outdated framework and understanding continues to disgrace and devalue our elders. In contrast to this outdated and harmful attitude stands an existential-humanistic, process-oriented approach. Such an attitude regards aging and old age as purposeful. It understands caring – whether it is receiving or giving care – as essential to our humanity; and it regards the many symptoms of aging and old age as meaningful guideposts to be understood rather than made into problems and/or pathologies.

This attitude opposes the present mainstream idea of aging, old age and care for elders where aging is understood as a disease, old age as a phase to be avoided and basically useless, and the many symptoms associated with aging and old age as meaningless problems in need of treatments and cures. Even recently added concepts such as successful and healthy aging use longevity and physical health as basic measures of what are deemed successful and healthy. These concepts of aging and care are most often based on biologically quantitative and normative measures of human life. This means that measurements and standards to which those measurements are compared form the basis of evaluating a human being’s life, that is whether a person, for example, is performing, declining, successful, smart, healthy, or diseased."


What is Humanism in Elder Care? Watch this video of Nader Shabahangi speaking with AgeSong Interns where he discusses "The New Theory of Eldercare" and the focuses, methods and practices of a humanistic eldercare community.

The New Theory of Eldercare with Nader Shabahangi Part 2


 See both Part 1 & 2 of the New Theory of Eldercare here in the AgeSong Video Library >>



Nader R. Shabahangi, PhD, received his doctorate from Stanford University and is a licensed psychotherapist. His multicultural background has made him an advocate for different marginalized groups of society throughout his adult life.

In the 1980's he worked with abused children and teenagers and led anticipatory bereavement groups for Coming Home Hospice. In 1992 he founded the non-profit organization Pacific Institute with the purpose of training psychotherapists in a multicultural, humanistic approach to counseling and to provide affordable therapy services to the many diverse groups living in San Francisco. In 1994, noticing the often inhumane treatment of the elderly living in institutions, he started to develop an innovative Gerontological Wellness Program in order to provide emotional support and mental health care services for the elderly. In 1997, together with his two brothers, Nader opened a residential care home for the elderly in San Francisco called Hayes Valley Care, where he could along with the Pacific Institute Internship team implement the Gerontological Wellness Program.


View Nader's EHI Biography >>

See Nader's Work with AgeSong  >>

View Nader's Work With Pacific Institute  >>

Read Nader's Blog, Nader's Musings >>

Find Nader's Next Speaking Event here on the AgeSong Calendar >>

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

PsychAlive.org Interview Series with Dr Kirk Schneider

Dr Lisa Firestone Interviews Dr Kirk Schneider About Awe Inspired Parenting

Awe Inspired Parenting

Developing a Sense of Awe and Mystery in Our Children.">

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

E Mark Stern Remembered




In Memorium:  Mentor, Friend, “Father” Mark Stern


(Excerpted from eulogy delivered by Kirk Schneider at St. Paul’s of the Apostles Chapel, New York City)

There are so many things I could express about my dear friend, mentor, paternal inspiration, Mark.  I could express to you my sentiments about his complex, beautiful mind that wove complex, beautiful, if wildly wonderful elliptical, prose. His wondrous stories of the early days of psychoanalysis and humanistic psychology—the wild people he and Virginia knew intimately, the life of being awake, alive, adventurous,  of how we were instantly attracted to/appreciative of one another—the bond somewhat enigmatic at first yet quickly realized in each other’s shared skepticism/cynicism about our profession, the world of politics, and the world of Spirit—and yet equally, passionately I could convey our shared wonder, marvel, and indeed awe toward each of those and more, so much more.  I could share with you my admiration of how deeply Mark cared for those whom he loved,  such as his wife Virginia and his family.  I can’t count the number of times he spoke so admiringly of you and how much he relished seeing Virginia blossom in the local and regional political scene.  (He was SO proud of you, Virginia—and I saw how he so enjoyed those raucous party meetings and debates). And finally, I could share with you our delight on meeting at APA and the Div. 32 Conf some twenty plus years ago, the visits to Bare Farm (where Mark and Virginia lived)—the Hudson River painter Fredrick Church's Olana house, Bard college, Vasser College (and our radio gig on Awakening to Awe), the Rubin museum, Silvia’s Soul Food Restaurant in Harlem, Columbia, Mark’s keynote and last visit, including a wonderful accompaniment to the local SF play “Under the Lintel Tree” starring his friend and neighbor David Straithorn, being regaled by a flood of stories and memories of Mark’s kaleidoscopic  past.  But I think Mark’s vibrant, eloquent words say it all:
From an email to a close colleague on our Division listserve: 
“I guess I was born to take the pathway of the darker soul of the night.  Such seemed to be an almost basic requirement for the depth psychologists of the mid-20th century.  My plight was to listen as much to the doleful and misty of my patients and myself.  Dreams, symbols, metaphors, murky associations a sense of unconscious unity with all—these were foundational to a psychology of the soul.”
On his very personal and therapeutic experience of awe from our book Awakening to Awe:  
“Awe is in one special sense, the excitement of participation.  Translated into process, awe befriends depth psychotherapy—not by promising to remove all pain, rather by addressing (with reverence) the pained person; not by eradicating his conflict.  Instead by paying attention to the role of friction and combat as the exile’s resolve to cross the desert;  not by encouraging the positive, more by paying attention to who one is…”
~ Kirk Schneider, March 22, 2014, New York City


EHI warmly remembers Dr E Mark Stern and recognizes his extensive personal and professional contributions in advancing humanism in psychology and psychological therapies. He taught and touched many people in his career and life who shall go on to continue expanding the field of humanistic therapies. He will be greatly missed.


EHI was very honored to have the late Dr E Mark Stern as Opening Keynote Speaker for the EHI:7 Annual Conference this last November. His address is shared here as a PDF. Dr Stern also recently contributed the foreword to the 2nd Edition of The Handbook of Humanistic Psychology.

You can read a recent article by Dr Stern, Inflections, from the Society of Humanistic Psychology Newsletter (October 2009) where he "Examine(s) the vision of humanistic psychology with a brief history of Jan Smuts, Victor Frankl and Jacob Levi Moreno and their missions."

Also read about Dr Stern in the History of APA DIV 32 [PDF] by Christopher M. Aanstoos, Ilene Serlin, Thomas Greening.

E. Mark Stern was 2014 recipient for Award for Distinguished Lifetime Contributions to Humanistic Psychology given to an individual in recognition of distinguished lifetime contributions to humanistic psychology.


Monday, March 31, 2014

Introduction to EHI and The Handbook of Humanistic Psychology by EHI's Vice President, Kirk Schneider, PhD

A Blog Series Introducing EHI Faculty and Their Contributions to the Second Edition of The Handbook


The Handbook of Humanistic Psychology 2nd Edition
Edited by Kirk J. Schneider, J. Fraser Pierson and James F. T. Bugental
Sage Publications, February 2014


For this new edition of The Handbook of Humanistic Psychology, there have been 13 new chapters and sections added, along with some 23 new contributors. Among these contributors are several from EHI including myself, Orah Krug, Nader Shabahangi, Ilene Serlin, and Troy Piwowarski. Major developments in humanistic theory, research, healthcare, eldercare, multicultural psychology, neuroscience, developmental psychology, awe-based spirituality, social and political psychology, and psychotherapy have all been vividly and methodically detailed. Moreover, the volume addresses key controversies that are brewing both within and without humanistic psychology. Among these are the withering pressures on mainstream psychology to shift further from its humanistic roots and to cater to military-industrial interests, the pressure on humanistic and general psychotherapy to stress short-term, solution focused interventions and the pressure on psychology as a whole to become a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) discipline.

EHI and The Handbook of Humanistic Psychology

EHI would like to present a series of posts on the EHI contributors to The Handbook of Humanistic Psychology and give visitors a look at the humanistic work that EHI professionals are doing in their fields; in practice as well as in education and outreach.

The series EHI and The Handbook of Humanistic Psychology is part of our ongoing series on  EHI Professionals found here on the EHI blog.

Find out more about the 2nd Edition of The Handbook of Humanistic Psychology and Order your personal copy today -SAVE 30% - Download the information Book Flyer with Special Offer!

View even more details on the Sage Publications page.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Report from E-H Institute's Experiential II Spring 2014 Session

EHI Experiential II Spring 2014 at Angela Hall in Santa Rosa
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by Juanita Ratner, EHI Advanced Certificate Student

I recently returned from a retreat-style experiential training course, a part of EHI’s certificate programs in Existential-Humanistic Therapy. It was held at the Angela Center in Santa Rosa, CA. In a retreat environment a field was created and maintained, thanks to the closed, intimate setting.  The work was able to go much deeper; discussions were more open, thanks to the level of trust created; and the shared search proved fruitful. We were all quite enthusiastic about the learning that went on, the bonds created, and the support for our individual practices. Also included were guest presentations by Ilene Serlin on dance/movement in therapy and Sonja Saltman, executive director, on working with dreams in therapy. Kirk Schneider, a core teacher, guided us through an exercise on bringing dimensions of awe into the field of our counseling, and Orah Krug, director of the certificate programs, helped us to experientially deepen our awareness of how our own context can affect our therapeutic interactions.
There were many opportunities to work in dyads and practice with each other, with faculty observing. I was struck by how much everyone had grown in their openness and ability to stay with each other since the first experiential training. I found myself able to do some good inner work that was perhaps just ready to be done. It seemed others around me and in the dyads I worked in were also truly searching within and with each other.  We were able to see in concrete manifestations the principles and constructs we had read about—but now they came alive in the moment; for example, how one’s context manifests in the way we enter into (or avoid) the therapeutic encounter; the experience of being, of presence. We practiced attending to both the intrapersonal and the interpersonal.
This has been my second year in the program; I’m currently pursuing the Advanced Certificate.  I completed all the work for the Foundations program at the beginning of January and was ready to receive that certificate.  We were all in a circle for the closing.  People offered their heartfelt impressions and gratitude for the work together.  One of us sang a lovely song, appropriate for the moment and somehow also integrating the poignant energy of leaving and going on into life.  As I walked across the circle to receive my certificate from Orah, someone began to hum Pomp and Circumstance.  Everyone joined in and I made my way around the circle collecting hugs from each participant. It was a beautiful moment; so full of good wishes that I’m sure the memory will remain with me the rest of my life. I looked around the circle at the faces, expressions all radiant.  During the brief three and a half days we had let go of so much, found so much, and learned to enter into the realm of unknowing together.  I heard many vows to remain in touch, to come back next year for more, perhaps every year.
Plans are already firming up for the next two experiential courses to be held in the fall and spring at Westerbeke Ranch, which not only provides a wonderful setting in the rolling hills of Sonoma County but delicious food!  Deposits are needed - see Certificate Programs Travel and Lodging page for details as they become available. 
EHI Experientials I & II are held Fall and Spring consecutively...The next dates for the Fall 2014-Spring 2015 Sessions are: 
Fall Experiential I - 

Oct 31 to Nov 4, 2014. 
Spring, Experiential II - 
March 25 to March 29,  2015. 


For more information about the certificate programs that EHI offers which includes the certificate program offered jointly with Saybrook, see the EHI website at:
http://ehinstitute.org/ehi-eh-therapy-certificate.html

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The Saybrook website has information only about the EHI/Saybrook certificate program. Go to: http://www.saybrook.edu/academic-affairs/non-degree/pii/existential-humanistic-therapy


**Note that the Foundations Certificate is included in Saybrook PII tuition, though travel and residential fees are additional. These experiential courses offer students’ training in the application of Existential-Humanistic theory, and opens the individual to the depth of their being as only a shared experience can facilitate.

Contact EHI at info [at] ehinstitute.org for more specifics on registering for next upcoming Experientials.

To see Westerbeke Ranch, check out:
http://www.westranch.com/

 


Latest Article by Bob Edelstein on Authentic Engagement entitled "The Anxiety of Being"

How do you relate to your anxiety?
"Anxiety is often looked at as the enemy in our culture. The goal is to get rid of it, or at the least, to tone it down. Often it is associated with being neurotic. Woody Allen has made a career portraying the anxious neurotic that we can all laugh at. There is a cultural conditioning that says, something is wrong with you if you get too anxious. This same conditioning tells us that anxiety needs to be eliminated. The aim is to be cool, calm, and collected, like the archetype of a martini-sipping James Bond."
Read the full article on Authentic Engagement at PsychologyToday.com.