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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Upcoming Event July 31-August 4 | Kirk J Schneider, PhD & Orah Krug, PhD to Present at APA 2013

EHI Boardmembers will be presenting at the 121st Annual American Psychological Association.

logo for APA 2013 Convention in Hawaii, EHI Boardmembers Kirk Schneider and Orah Krug to present
EHI Vice President, Kirk J Schneider and EHI Program and Training Director, Orah Krug will be attending and presenting at the upcoming 2013 APA Annual Conference. Kirk Schneider, PhD will be presenting "The Polarized Mind: Why It Kills, How It's Transformed" in a Paper Session entitled Paradox and Polarization - Existential and Humanistic Perspectives on Truth and Wisdom. Orah Krug, PhD will be presenting "Recent Trends in Existential-Humanistic Therapy Training" in the Symposium Session entitled Renewal of Humanism in Psychotherapy---A Roundtable Discussion chaired by Kirk Schneider. Included below are the listings, details and abstracts for these presentations.

Paradox and Polarization--- Existential and Humanistic Perspectives on Truth and Wisdom.
Session ID: 2024
Session Type: Paper Session
Division/Group: 32, 1, 24, 26, 36, 39, 45, 48
Location: Convention Center-Room 314, Level 3
Date and time: Thursday, 08/01 at 8:00AM - 8:50AM

Presenter: Kirk J Schneider, PhD
Presentation Title:
The Polarized Mind: Why It Kills, How It's Transformed

From the Babylonian story of Gilgamesh to the Nazi era and beyond, psychological polarization (or the privileging of one point of view to the utter exclusion of competing points of view) has become one of the greatest scourges, not just of individuals or cultures, but of humanity. Drawing from an existential-depth perspective, this talk touches on three basic concerns: 1) how power centers and their leaders throughout history have repeatedly become polarized, 2) the physically and psychologically destructive toll that this polarization has exacted, and 3) some steps that can be taken to alter this destructive and potentially cataclysmic path. Although several volumes have been written about this phenomenon generally, from the authoritarian personality studies of Adorno and colleagues (1950), to the obedience studies of Milgram (1962) to the treatises on “opposable minds” (Martin, 2007), “divided minds” (Sunstein, 2009), and “righteous minds” (Haidt, 2012), most of these studies have been written from the standpoint of reductionistic science (e.g., the findings of paper and pencil tests or biological and evolutionary psychology). This talk by contrast will draw from the intimate observations of existential depth psychology to both address and propose alternatives to the polarization peril. The psychological literature on the cultivation of awe and wisdom will be central to this latter discussion. To sum, I will plumb deeply into the question of what sets up the conditions for polarized functioning, how that functioning has impacted individual and social well-being, and what steps we might take to address the problem. Examples will be used from actual historical events, contemporary as well as classic psychological research, personal clinical experience, and my recent book The Polarized Mind (in press).

Also presenting in this session is Daniel A. Helminiak PhD -   Seeking Truth and Respecting Diversity: Resolving the Contemporary Paradox.

Renewal of Humanism in Psychotherapy---A Roundtable Discussion.
Session ID:       3227
Session Type:       Symposium
Division/Group:       29, 12, 17, 32, 35, 39
 Location:       Convention Center - Room 321A, Level 3
Day/Time:       Fri 08/02 at 12:00PM - 1:50PM

Presenter: Orah Krug, PhD
Presentation Title:     Recent Trends in Existential-Humanistic Therapy Training

In this presentation I will explore the renewal of humanism by examining recent trends in existential-humanistic (e-h) training and educational programs. Current research, revealing that personal and relational factors are primarily responsible for healing and change, has contributed to a renewed appreciation for humanistic practice principles. One researcher, Bruce Wampold even suggested that e-h principles could form the basis of all effective therapy. The training and educational program that I will give special attention to is grounded in the current research and these principles. Two of its primary learning objectives are: (a) a focus on the development of the therapist as a whole person, and (b) a focus on the therapeutic encounter as a context for healing and change. As director of the EHI/Saybrook certificate program in the “Foundations of Existential-Humanistic Practice,” I have first-hand knowledge of this particular program. In addition to providing vignettes of the training, I will also provide students’ perspectives on the efficacy of the program.

This session will be chaired by Kirk Schneider, PhD. Also presenting in this session are: David N. Elkins, PhD, Participant/1stAuthor, "Research Support for Humanism: Implications for Psychotherapy Training and Practice;" Robert D. Stolorow, PhD, Participant/1st Author,  "Renewal of Humanism in Psychoanalytic Therapy;" Lillian Comas-Diaz PhD, Participant/1stAuthor"Renewal of Humanism in Multicultural Therapy;", and Melba J.T. Vasquez, PhD, Discussant.

If you will be attending the 2013 APA Conference EHI welcomes you to join these sessions and wish you a great convention!

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

EHI Welcomes New Advisors Dr. Diane Blau and Dr. Donna Rockwell

EHI is proud to announce it's newest Advisors Dr. Diane Blau and Dr. Donna Rockwell.

Bio pic of Dr Diane Blau as new Advisor to EHI
     Dr. Diane Blau | EHI Advisor     
Dr. Blau is president, co-founder, and previous Dean of Academic Affairs at the Michigan School of Professional Psychology (MiSPP). She has collaboratively developed the masters and doctoral programs at MiSPP and promotes the study of humanistic psychotherapy and qualitative research. Dr. Blau is a national and international presenter and is co-author of The Imperfect Therapist. Read Dr. Blau's bio here.

Bio pic of EHI Advisor Dr. Donna Rockwell
Dr. Donna Rockwell | EHI Advisor

Dr. Donna Rockwell is a mindfulness meditation teacher and existential-humanistic psychologist in private practice. Dr. Rockwell designed the Mindfulness and Psychotherapy curriculum in the Michigan School of Professional Psychology’s (MiSPP) doctoral program. She contributes to Huffington Post, and Detroit’s Ambassador Magazine and Dr.Rockwell teaches courses in Mindfulness and Psychotherapy; Foundations and Applications of Qualitative Research; Core Concepts in Humanistic Psychology; Group Process and Communication; Community Outreach in Psychology; and Professional Writing Seminar. Visit Dr. Rockwell's bio page here.

EHI warmly welcomes Dr. Diane Blau and Dr. Donna Rockwell as EHI Advisors!

Friday, July 12, 2013

EHI Welcomes Lisa Vallejos

EHI welcomes Lisa Vallejos as new Program/Marketing Administrator

Lisa Vallejos, M.A.,LPC, NCC
The Existential-Humanistic Institute is proud to announce its new Program Administrator, Lisa Vallejos, M.A., LPC, NCC.  

As the new Program and Marketing Administrator, Lisa brings a wealth of experience and talent to the EHI team.

Lisa is a LPC and NCC in private practice specializing in Existential Psychology. She is currently completing her Phd as well as advanced training in Existential-Humanistic Psychotherapy and provides clinical training and supervision.  In addition to her clinical work Lisa has founded and currently runs a non-profit, provides executive coaching and has served as a leadership development consultant for many years. Lisa has a deep compassion for humanity and it can be seen not only at Veritas Counseling, the counseling facility she founded, but also with her advocacy in the community with organizations such as Gabriel's Gift, Donor Alliance and The Children's Hospital of Colorado. We are excited to have Lisa bring her extensive experience to the administration of the EHI Certificate Programs including the newest program in advanced training, EHI Master Therapist in Existential-Humanistic Therapy Certificate.

We extend a warm welcome to Lisa as she joins the EHI Team!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

AgeSong | Words of Wisdom

“Our happiness is the happiness of others. The misfortune of others is our misfortune. To see ourselves in others and feel an inner sense of unity with them represents a fundamental revolution in the way we view and live our lives. Therefore, discriminating against another person is the same as discriminating against ourselves. When we hurt another, we are hurting ourselves. And when we respect others, we respect and elevate our own lives as well.”
“Do not worry in the least about yourself, leave all worry to God,” – this appears to be the commandment in all religions. This need not frighten people. They who devote themselves to service with a clear conscience, will day by day grasp the necessity for it in greater measure, and will continually grow richer in faith. The path of service can hardly be trodden by those who are not prepared to renounce their self-interests, and who cannot recognize the conditions of their birth. Consciously or unconsciously, every one of us does render some service or other. If we cultivate the habit of doing this service deliberately, our desire for service will steadily grow stronger, and will make not only for our own happiness but that of the world at large.”

“If you have a touchstone, go ahead, choose; otherwise, go and devote yourself to one who knows the differences. Either you must have a touchstone within your own soul, or if you don’t know the way, find someone who does.”
- Rumi

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

EHI 7th Annual Conference | Newsletter & Brochure

Print the new EHI:7 Info Brochure & Quick Mail-in Registration Form

We just sent out an EHI email update with the latest info from the new EHI:7 Conference Brochure. You can download and print the EHI:7 Brochure here[pdf] and you can view this EHI email update online here.

EHI 7 November 15/16, 2013 at AgeSong Institute in San Francisco

EHI:7 Conference Theme

Befriending Anxiety and Worry:
Finding Strength and Meaning in Everyday Living

“Finding the center of strength within ourselves is in the long
run the best contribution we can make to our fellow men. ...
One person with indigenous inner strength exercises a great
calming effect on panic among people around him. It is is what
our society needs — not new ideas and inventions; important
as these are, and not geniuses and supermen, but persons who
can “be”, that is, persons who have a center of strength within
~ Rollo May, Man’s Search For Himself

Speaker Proposals Now Being Accepted

We welcome proposals that address this theme from a variety of perspectives with preference for experiential workshops that combine a didactics with ‘felt experiencing’ or other modalities that move us beyond the abstract and talking ‘about’ things.

About EHI:7

Celebrating EHI’s 7TH annual conference, EHI:7 will focus on the introduction and deepening understanding of the theory and practice of existential-humanistic psychotherapy.
Learn the basic assumptions underlying existential-humanistic (E-H) psychotherapy, therapeutic interventions as illuminated through “live” work with active cases, demonstrations, and engaging presentations. Also explore how to effectively work in the “here and now” with yourself, your client, and in the relation between the two. Stretch the principles of E-H beyond psychotherapy into other realms of human experience and psychological work. EHI:7 will be held in San Francisco, at AgeSong Elder Care in centrally-located Hayes Valley neighborhood. The planned schedule will include high level keynote speakers and workshops. EHI:6 hosted over 5 keynote speakers and 6 breakout sessions.

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Existential Humanistic Institute 
2-Day Conference
November 15/16, 2013
AgeSong Institute
624 Laguna Street, 

San Francisco, CA 94102

The Registration Fee covers attendance to keynote and breakout sessions, coffee breaks and a special evening reception. The Professional rate is $250, student rate is $150 and Presenter rate is $150. There is also a 1-Day attendee fee option: 1-Day attendance rate for Professional level is $150, the 1-Day student rate is $75.

Register here for EHI:7 today!


Please contact Dr. Mary Madrigal

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Featured Book | New eBook Edition of Deeper into the Soul Available Now

Book Cover for Deeper into the Soul: Beyond Dementia and Alzheimer's Towards Forgetfulness Care by Nader Robert Shabahangi, Ph.D. & Bogna Szymkiewicz, Ph.D.

Deeper into the Soul: Beyond Dementia and Alzheimer's Towards Forgetfulness Care

by Nader Robert Shabahangi, Ph.D. & Bogna Szymkiewicz, Ph.D.
Elders Academy Press, 2008

eBook edition $9.95 (epub and mobi formats)

“If you are a researcher, a hospital worker, a teacher, a caregiver, this book belongs on your desk or at your bedside. Deeper into the Soul will push you further than you meant to go, surprising you into a smile of pleasure, a buzz of new learning, a challenge to your usual interpretation of meaning. Best of all, it will engage and enlarge your heart.”

—Elizabeth Bugental, Psychotherapist and Author of AgeSong: Meditations for Later Years

Read more about Deeper into the Soul and authors Nader Robert Shabahangi and Bogna Szymkiewicz here.

Deeper into the Soul, ebook edition $9.95*, plus shipping & handling

For your convenience your new Deeper into the Soul eBook is available in both ePub and Mobi formats.

About the Mobi format: Mobi is PC and Kindle-compatible. Mobi files can be read on the Amazon Kindle.

About the ePub format: ePub can be read on the Apple iPad, Nook, Sony Reader, smart phones such as the Android, Adobe Digital Editions, and many other devices.

This book and all Elders Academy Press books are currently available 4 for the price of 3 during our Celebrate Eldership! book offer.

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