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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

EHI 9th Annual Conference Scheduled Topics and Events

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

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

Erv Polster 2016 Keynote Presenter

Conference Topics

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

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

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

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


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

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

LOCATION

AgeSong University
350 University Street
San Francisco, CA 94102


COST

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

Questions?
Contact EHI's Conference Chair, Dr Mary Madrigal at 2016Conf@ehinstitute.org.

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

EHI Proudly Welcomes

Erving Polster, Phd
Opening Keynote Speaker EHI:9 2016


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

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

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



The Existential-Humanistic Institute Presents:

‘ALWAYS GOING HOME’: HUMAN EVOLUTION AND DIGITAL REVOLUTION

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

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


LOCATION
AgeSong University 
350 University Street
San Francisco, CA 94102


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

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

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


Special thanks to our sponsor AgeSong

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Orah Krug in 2nd Edition of Comprehensive Textbook of Psychotherapy

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

Comprehensive Textbook of Psychotherapy
Edited by:  Andrés J. Consoli, Larry E. Beutler, and Bruce Bongar
Published by: Oxford University Press
2016
$129.95
Find out more and purchase at Oxford University Press.

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


Monday, August 22, 2016

EHI's Fall E-H Therapy Consult Group

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cost:$300 for the set of 5 sessions*


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

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

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

EHI is Honored to Receive DIV32 Award with Nader Shabahangi

EHI Receives Charlotte and Karl Bühler Award at APA on August 5th, 2016

EHI is honored to receive with EHI's Dr. Nader Shabahangi the The Charlotte and Karl Bühler Award. This award is given by Division 32 of the APA to an institution, and an individual associated with an institution, that has made an outstanding and lasting contribution to humanistic psychology.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Save the Date! EHI 9th Annual Conference Nov 12th, 2016 San Francisco

The Existential-Humanistic Institute Presents: EHI 9th Annual Conference - human hand and robot reaching  

‘ALWAYS GOING HOME’: 
HUMAN EVOLUTION AND 
DIGITAL REVOLUTION


November 12th, 2016 San Francisco

EHI 9TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE

DATE
November 12th, 2016 
Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm


LOCATION
AgeSong University 
350 University Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Exploring the Intersection of the
Digital Age and the E-H Therapeutic Perspective 
COST
Professionals: $100 
Students: $50

Registration Opens July 31st

Existential Therapists Explore Concerns of the Modern World
The German poet Novalis, when asked where he thinks the human being is going, answered that ‘we are always going home’. Artists and thinkers from many different cultures have expressed similarly that in our seeking a ‘home’ we are searching for a place where we belong. This search relates to our need to feel connected, both in terms of relationships to other people and in terms of a need to contribute to our humanity.
As existential thinkers and therapists we ask ourselves how the digital revolution helps and hinders our need to find ‘home’. Is the digital revolution contributing to our human evolution to be more at home in this world or does it prevent us from being truly in relationship with others, from experiencing a sense of awe and wonder? Do we feel there are more opportunities to connect through the many digital means afforded us today?
On this day of our gathering, we will try to explore and find answers to these questions and more. Our hope is to understand more deeply for what we humans long as we are ‘on our way home’.

"Technology challenges us to assert our human values, which means that first of all, we have to figure out what they are."
- Sherry Turkle, Director, MIT Initiative on Technology and Self

Find out more on the EHI 9th Annual Conference page.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Open House Event by Our Friends at AgeSong

Join AgeSong for an Italian Soda Bar Social and see the Laguna Grove Community! 


AgeSong invites you to join them at the Laguna Grove Community for an Italian Soda Bar Social on Tuesday, July 26, 11 am to 2 pm. Stop in at AgeSong at Laguna Grove, 624 Laguna St, San Francisco .




For more information,email colleen@agesong.com and sallyg@agesong.com.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

EHI to Receive Charlotte and Karl Bühler Award at APA on August 5th, 2016

UPCOMING EVENTS

DIV32 logo as EHI receives Charlotte and Karl Buhler Award

EHI is honored to receive with EHI's Dr. Nader Shabahangi the The Charlotte and Karl Bühler Award. This award is given by Division 32 of the APA to an institution, and an individual associated with an institution, that has made an outstanding and lasting contribution to humanistic psychology.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Congratulations to Orah Krug & Kirk Schneider on Publication of Latest Book


Supervision Essentials for Existential-Humanistic Therapy

by Orah Krug, PhD and Kirk Schneider, PhD Pages: 184
Publisher: APA
Item #: 4317423
ISBN: 978-1-4338-2281-0
Publication Date: May,2016
Format: Softcover
Availability:Available

 Find out more and order the book today on the APA website.

This latest book in APA's Clinical Supervision Series is authored by Orah Krug and Kirk Schneider.

EHI would like to congratulate Dr's Orah Krug and Kirk Schneider on the recent publication of their new book Supervision Essentials for Existential–Humanistic Therapy. 

Excerpted from the Cover:

This concise guide applies the principles of existential–humanistic (E-H) therapy to the practice of clinical supervision. With the skillful use of case examples—including transcripts and analyses of real sessions with a real clinical trainee—the authors utilize the key ingredients of the E-H therapeutic approach, including empathy, acceptance, and genuineness, to model how trainees can create safe, collaborative, and supportive relationships with clients. E-H supervisors help trainees learn 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.
This book is part of the American Psychological Association Clinical Supervision Essentials Series, the central resource for understanding contemporary models of psychotherapy supervision. 
 Recommendations for Supervision Essentials for Existential-Humanistic Therapy:
"This book is a clear, concise, and comprehensive guide to the art of clinical supervision. It skillfully teaches beginning supervisors the essentials of cultivating curiosity and empathy, examining interpersonal process, and respecting the uniqueness of each client. I recommend it highly."
—Irvin Yalom, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

"Krug and Schneider, as leaders in the existential–humanistic therapy movement, offer an essential read in Supervision Essentials for Existential–Humanistic Therapy. They aptly demonstrate the supervision process in existential–humanistic therapy through showing its uniqueness from other approaches and illustrating how it is rooted in the existential–humanistic tradition. This book is sure to help advance existential–humanistic therapy through deepening the training and supervision process."
—Louis Hoffman, PhD, Department of Humanistic and Clinical Psychology, Saybrook University; Author, Existential Psychology East-West

Supervision Essentials for Existential-Humanistic Therapy by Orah Krug, PhD and Kirk Schneider, PhD. - Order the book today on the APA website.

Companion DVD for the book by Kirk Schneider, PhD


For information about the companion DVD for this book, please visit APA webpage for Existential–Humanistic Psychotherapy Supervision with Kirk Schneider, PhD, please visit the http://www.apa.org/pubs/videos/4310953.aspx

Monday, May 2, 2016

Dr Julia Wolfson to Present on "Changing the Culture of Care"

MAY 20, 2016
AGESONG UNIVERSITY
350 UNIVERSITY STREET
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94134
5:30 TO 7:00 PM
Refreshments Served
RSVP by May 18
415.337.1587 or email aureception@agesong.com

In this presentation, Julia Wolfson, PhD will share ideas on changing custodial attitudes to care, in ways that give equal emphasis to individual agency, reciprocity in relationships, and community belonging. She calls this approach to transforming our patterns of mind and feeling “Deep Power.”
For many people, care is a necessity, for others it is a job, and for many it is a calling. Too often people dependent on care and support are stigmatized and trapped in systems of control that are unsafe, and they’re robbed of basic human rights and freedoms many of us take for granted. This is as relevant for older adults as it is for people with a disability and children, in need of health, functional and social support in daily living.
Drawing on a wealth of research, stories and lessons learned, Julia will address the following three topics:
• How the care relationship changes us as care providers
• How use of in-born powers can transform care cultures from the inside-out
• How diversity is a key to communication, conflict and community building
Dr. Wolfson draws on nearly 40 years of experiences in organizational and human service communities around the world. She works directly with people, leaders, caregivers, specialists and family members, whole teams and organizations. Her experiences with people primed for helplessness led to her discovery of nine in-born powers hidden within the experiences of care practitioners, leaders and people dependent on support. Her concept of “Deep Power” is a powerful response to the central question we humans will always have to face: Who are we, really? How can care cultures facilitate friendship, purpose and contribution?

About Dr. Julia Wolfson

Julia lives in in Australia. She is a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University in Canberra. She is founder and principal of Turning Forward, a global network organization dedicated to uplifting self-powered people, organizations and communities anywhere. Her forthcoming book Safe and Free: Transforming human service environments from the inside out will be available later in the year.
AgeSong University RCFE License Number 385600402

Monday, April 4, 2016

Congratulations to Orah Krug, PhD and Kirk Schneider, PhD on Upcoming Book "Supervision Essentials for Existential-Humanistic Therapy"


The latest book in APA's Clinical Supervision Series is authored by Orah Krug and Kirk Schneider.

Supervision Essentials for Existential-Humanistic Therapy

by Orah Krug, PhD and Kirk Schneider, PhD Pages: 184
Publisher: APA
Item #: 4317423
ISBN: 978-1-4338-2281-0
Publication Date: May 16,2016
Format: Softcover
Availability: Preorder

 Find out more and preorder the book today on the APA website,

EHI would like to congratulate Dr's Orah Krug and Kirk Schneider on the upcoming publication of their new book Supervision Essentials for Existential–Humanistic Therapy. 

Excerpted from the Cover:

This concise guide applies the principles of existential–humanistic (E-H) therapy to the practice of clinical supervision. With the skillful use of case examples—including transcripts and analyses of real sessions with a real clinical trainee—the authors utilize the key ingredients of the E-H therapeutic approach, including empathy, acceptance, and genuineness, to model how trainees can create safe, collaborative, and supportive relationships with clients. E-H supervisors help trainees learn 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.
This book is part of the American Psychological Association Clinical Supervision Essentials Series, the central resource for understanding contemporary models of psychotherapy supervision. 
 Recommendations for Supervision Essentials for Existential-Humanistic Therapy:
"This book is a clear, concise, and comprehensive guide to the art of clinical supervision. It skillfully teaches beginning supervisors the essentials of cultivating curiosity and empathy, examining interpersonal process, and respecting the uniqueness of each client. I recommend it highly."
—Irvin Yalom, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

"Krug and Schneider, as leaders in the existential–humanistic therapy movement, offer an essential read in Supervision Essentials for Existential–Humanistic Therapy. They aptly demonstrate the supervision process in existential–humanistic therapy through showing its uniqueness from other approaches and illustrating how it is rooted in the existential–humanistic tradition. This book is sure to help advance existential–humanistic therapy through deepening the training and supervision process."
—Louis Hoffman, PhD, Department of Humanistic and Clinical Psychology, Saybrook University; Author, Existential Psychology East-West
Supervision Essentials for Existential-Humanistic Therapy by Orah Krug, PhD and Kirk Schneider, PhD. - Pre-order the book today on the APA website.


For information about the companion DVD for this book, please visit APA webpage for Existential–Humanistic Psychotherapy Supervision with Kirk Schneider, PhD, please visit the http://www.apa.org/pubs/videos/4310953.aspx

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Monday, March 21, 2016

EHI Announces Experiential Dates for Upcoming 2016/2017 Cohorts

EHI 2016/2017 Experiential Dates Announced

EHI is excited to once again hold the program Experiential Residentials at lovely Westerbeke Ranch.
The students who are accepted into the upcoming cohorts will enjoy the wonderful ambiance and food that are provided by the fantastic staff and environs of Westerbeke Ranch in Sonoma, California. Westerbeke Ranch as a retreat center has historic significance for our community, as it was the meeting place for many of the seminal writers in E-H theory and practice such as Rollo May and James Bugental.

Experiential Dates for 2016/2017 Cohorts

Experiential I
• Sun, October 23rd, 2016 - Thurs, October 27th, 2016
Experiential II
• Fri, March 24th, 2017 - Tues, Mar 28th, 2017
Visit the Westerbeke Ranch website to see where we hold our retreats!









EHI's Sonja Saltman works in triad with students at Experiential

Enrollment is Open for 2016-2017 Education and Training Programs

Orah Krug, Ph.D. EHI Clinical Director

EHI's 2016/17 teaching staff, Orah Krug, Kirk Schneider, Sonja Saltman, Nader Shabahangi, Mary Madrigal and Troy Piwowarski invite you to join one of our three unprecedented Existential-Humanistic education and training programs this upcoming 2016/2017 curriculum year. 
EHI offers a Certificate in the Foundations of E-H Practice for students looking for a basic grounding in E-H therapy practice, an Advanced Program awarding a Certificate as an E-H Therapist for students who have completed the Foundations Program and the Modular Training Program for students who would like to participate in EHI's two curriculum year Experientials.
Apply to an EHI Program Today »

Troy Piwowarski and Orah Krug at Experiential
Troy Piwowarski and Orah Krug at EHI Retreat

Questions?
We are here to answer them!

Do you have questions about a program or about becoming an EHI student?
Orah Krug, our Clinical Director, and , EHI's Student Coordinator and Teaching Assoicate will be happy to give you more information and to answer your questions about the upcoming EHI programs.

Contact either Orah or Troy by email: info@ehinstitute.org
Email us today »

Friday, February 5, 2016

AgeSong Gero-Wellness Interns Video on E-H Therapy Practices in ElderCare and AgeSong Communities

During their AgeSong Orientation the Pacific Institute Gero-Wellness program participants learn about contemporary Existential-Humanistic Psychotherapy practices in use at AgeSong. Nader Shabahangi and Vincent Siekiewicz each discuss how E-H Therapy pertains to the work done by the therapy interns in the AgeSong communities. Nader discusses how the Gero-Wellness Interns can engage in existential-humanistic relationships with the residents in the coming year.
AgeSong 2014 Intern Orientation: Day 1 Session 4 video
Nader Shabahangi asks the interns what they think Existential-Humanistic Psychotherapy is. The interns come up with great responses including:
  • "It is a person to person centered approach"
  • "To be really present with other"
  • "Relationship"
  • "Be open to all kinds of ways of looking at life"
  • "Walking with"
  • "Being a witness to the journey"
  • "Be with the other"
  • "Lose myself to be open to the other"

Nader points out traditional therapy is antithetical to the concept of being “present”  where the therapist is supposed to have a “hypothesis” about what is going on with the client.
Vincent Sienkiewicz talks about how E-H Therapy pertains to working with elders at AgeSong communities. Vincent presents the view that Jim Bugental’s put forward, that E-H Therapy is another level beyond Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Psychodynamic Therapy.
Here is an excerpt from Vincent’s discussion on Jim Bugental’s view of these levels:
“Existential-Humanistic Therapy is the ability to not just kind of understand who you are, but to also realize the greater freedom of existence and the ability to kind of adjust that greater sort of picture and to change, you know, with the times. ”
And the connection that this has with this population is the fact that these older adults have been through alot of these changes.
I believe that this population is particularly ripe for exploring these issues of existence, who they have been in the past and who they are now, who they’d like to be and how to shift it.”
Nader finishes the session with a discussion into the differences between “process comment” and “content comment” and how it pertains to the work within the “moment.”

View the AgeSong Educational Series videos here on the AgeSong Library of Videos page. Watch Existential-Humanistic Therapy training in practice in San Francisco's visionary humanistic assisted living communities for the elders of the Bay Area.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Heidi Wachter of Experience Life Magazine Interviews Kirk Schneider on "Awe"

Interested in finding out how to bring awe-based consciousness into your life? EHI can recommend a recent article that includes an interview with Dr Kirk Schneider of EHI. Written by Heidi Wachter and featured in the December, 2015 issue of Experience Life magazine.

Awestruck
by Heidi Wachter, Experience Life Magazine, December 2015

Heidi Wachter, staff writer of Experience Life magazine, writes a timely article on awe and leads readers to "discover how the feeling of awe can make us humbler, kinder, and more altruistic."

In her article Heidi conducts a Q&A with Kirk Schneider, PhD on "Becoming Awed." She asks Kirk some specific questions on the positive impact of awe, on how we "tap into awe-based consciousness," and how we can cultivate more awe in our life.

Read the whole article, Awestruck, by Heidi Wachter on  Experience Life Magazine's website or read the excerpt of the interview with Kirk Schneider on his blog, Awakening to Awe, on PsychologyToday.com.