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Saturday, April 20, 2019

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

Today's Biggest Threat: The Polarized Mind  

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

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

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

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

The Experiential Residential Retreat - The Core of EHI Programs

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

EHI Faculty, all noted leaders in the field, emphasize the key ingredients of the E-H approach, including empathy, acceptance, and genuineness, to model how trainees can create safe, collaborative and life-changing therapeutic encounters. They demonstrate how the therapeutic relationship, in and of itself is a vehicle for healing and change and how therapeutic "presence" cultivates sensitivity and appropriate responsiveness to clients emotions, relational patterns and inner worlds.These two essential principles: building the therapeutic relationship and working in the "here and now" are the foundational blocks of E-H therapy and EHI training.

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

2018-2019 Experiential Dates

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


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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Existential-Humanistic Therapy Training Retreat - May, 2019



Existential-Humanistic Training

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

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

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

The EHI Experiential Training in Existential-Humanistic Therapy

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

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