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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Save the Date! December Workshop: Envisioning Eldership

SAVE THE DATE! Dec 7th, 2019
The Existential-Humanistic Institute Presents:
Envisioning Eldership

Embracing the Long View of Life and Living - An Existential, Process-Oriented Approach
A Day-Long Workshop Developed & Facilitated by EHI Core Instructor:
Dr. Nader Shabahangi, MFT, RCFE
Date: Saturday, Dec 7th, 2019
Time: Day-Long; Start/End TBA
Location: SF Bay Area – exact location TBD
Registration: To Open in October
Cost: $160.00 Early-bird/$175.00 regular fee;
Student and/or Elder: $140.00 Early-bird/$155.00 regular fee
Who For? We invite both lay persons and therapists alike to join us! Interested in an Existential-Humanistic approach to aging and eldership? Join us for this day long workshop where we explore Eldership using a Processwork Approach.
Limited Spaces Available
Save the date to join Nader and EHI for this day of dynamic engagement. 
This workshop outlines an attitude towards life that embraces our collected years of life experience and expresses a deep appreciation for its richness and complexity. An attitude that elevates us above the beleaguered worlds of "good and bad" and "likes and dislikes" to welcome our world and the people inside it just as we are. It introduces us to Eldership as a way of being and the practice of living life.
More than ever, we crave a new definition of aging that borrows from the great thinkers, artists, philosophers and wisdom traditions throughout history. Blending existential, process-oriented psychotherapeutic insights and centuries of philosophical wisdom with modern pragmatism learned from being a CEO of eldercare communities in the San Francisco Bay Area for over a quarter of a century, this workshop seeks a thoughtful map on aging, not a "To Do" list that illuminates yet another reason to fail.
Eldership isn't a state, but a process. It's not something to be achieved, but practiced. We don't educate others how to be elders, but instead open the space for their own unique journey.

Nader Shabahangi, PhD, RCFE

Nader R. Shabahangi, Ph.D., RCFE, 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.

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