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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Participate in New Research Project at Saybrook University: Key Influences on Humanistic Psychology

Dr Louis Hoffman and co-researchers at Saybrook University invite you to participate...
Key Influences on Humanistic Psychology Survey:
Study Participants Needed

EHI would like to share this invitation to participate in a research study being conducted at Saybrook University.
Dr. Louis Hoffman and students at Saybrook University are conducting a research study identifying influences on humanistic psychology. Participants will complete an online survey. The survey takes approximately 20-30 minutes. Questions asked are about the most influential authors and scholarship. Those who meet the criteria below can participate.
Participants should meet the following criteria:  
  • Participants must have two-years of experience as a humanistic psychology professional.
  • Participants must speak English.
  • Participants must be 20-years old or older.
Please visit the following link to participate in the study:
The researchers for this project are Dr. Louis Hoffman, Jane Paige, Gayle Byock, Shawn Ellis, Julia Falk, Michaela Lewis, Jennifer O'Neill, Jacquie Sarsfield Vassall, Danielle Silveira, Gwen Sipes, Dominique Wamsley, Ashley Whitaker, and Tammi Vu. Dr. Louis Hoffman is a faculty member at Saybrook University in California. The co-researchers are students at Saybrook University. They are conducting a research study to identify influences on humanistic psychology. The research team invites you to participate.

Research Contact Information:
If you have questions about this survey, you can contact the researchers at

This study is being conducted by Dr Louis Hoffman and the co-researchers from Saybrook University. EHI is excited to support this existential research by sharing this invitation with you. EHI is not directly involved in the study.

Download the Saybrook University Research Project Flyer:

Monday, December 11, 2017

Dr Kirk Schneider Presents Latest Publication The Spirituality of Awe at Book Passage

Upcoming Author Appearance by EHI President

Kirk Schneider, PhD
The Spirituality of Awe: Challenges to the Robotic Revolution 

Where: Book Passage
1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94105 

When: Wed Jan 17th, 2018
6:00 p.m. 

Cost: Free, Public Welcome!

Join Kirk Schneider at Book Passage in San Francisco where he will present and discuss his latest book The Spirituality of Awe: Challenges to the Robotic Revolution.

"Schneider has produced of passion, insight, advocacy, and public vision on perhaps the most important social topic of our time. Furthermore it comes in a very readable package of short, digestible chapters, ideally suited for discussion in classrooms, book groups, and other platforms of learning. Like the work of our best public intellectuals, it is a scholarly treatise in which the scholarship supports the message without interfering with or obscuring the topic at hand."
-Daniel Leichty, PhD, Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, Dec. 2017

This event is being held at Book Passage in San Francisco.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

New Dates Set for the Existential Humanistic Experiential Training for 2017-18 Cohorts

Curriculum Year Change: Update to The Existential-Humanistic Institute's Education & Training Programs

Announcing a New Single Combined Experiential Training Residential in April

EHI's 2017-2018 Programs now Feature a Single Experiential Training
Enrollment has Re-Opened for 2017/18 Cohorts 

The 2017-2018 training schedule for EHI's programs has been updated. This year EHI will hold one longer training that combines the two curriculum-year experiential trainings into one intensive residential retreat. This change came about because our Fall retreat was canceled due to the recently contained wildfires in Sonoma.
To ensure all our students get the best possible experiential training in Existential-Humanistic therapeutic practices EHI has created a new single combined training for our 2017-2018 programs. This will be held in April of 2018. Students will receive the complete training previously experienced in our two retreats in one intensive retreat. A total of forty-three training hours are scheduled in this updated Experiential Training.
EHI is able to re-open registration to a few more students due to the generosity of Westerbeke who is offering us some extra space for the April residential.
Please check out the links below for more information and contact Michelle, EHI Admin at  admin[at] if you have any questions about the changes. 

Current EHI Programs That Feature This New Single Experiential Training

Certificate in the Foundations of Existential-Humanistic Therapy
For students looking for grounding in E-H theory & practice.

The Foundations Certificate Program coursework provides students with an E-H Therapy foundational core by integrating both theory and practice into each course. New to EHI? Join this year long program which is open to licensed professionals who seek to enhance their clinical skills and full or half-time students in a masters or doctoral psychology program.
Gain a Foundation in E-H Therapy Practice
Foundations Certificate Program Info »

Experiential Training Retreat Program
For those interested in engaging in EHI Experientials.

Open to licensed mental health professionals and graduate students who would like to participate in EHI's Experiential Training. Master E-H therapists and noted authors such as Kirk Schneider, PhD and Orah Krug, PhD. create intimate, safe and collaborative training environments which emphasize hands-on learning of relational and experiential techniques. Participants learn how 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. Designed for attendance and participation at the retreat is the only commitment, no additional course-work required.
Experiential Training Retreat Program Info »

Who Should Apply to an EHI Program?

Students who find this training effective include psychotherapists, social workers, counselors, nurses, creative and expressive arts therapists, medical doctors, and psychologists. EHI welcomes international students in all of our programs.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Mental Health Support During and After a Disaster

Supporting Those Dealing with Trauma

Nancy Haugen, PhD specializes in 'Disaster Mental Health' created some 'Cliff's Notes' to keep in mind so that we can all be empowered to support mental health for those in pain.
    Trauma Support
  1. Whereas in the Emergency Room there is the Golden Hour (time to get to the ER when there has been a trauma), in Disaster Mental Health there is the Golden Month. There are 30 days from the point of the disaster, to make a major difference. Any intervention, support, kindness that can happen during those 30 days will change the long-term outcome. It is significant.
  2. Given how the brain shuts down in a disaster, victims are not able to process words very well. They will track on tone of your voice and your body posture.
  3. Don't problem solve, most important task is to just Listen.
  4. Sharing where resources are is important – if possible, give a written form of the list so that they can refer to it later. They won't remember much if you just tell them.
  5. Asking open ended questions (How can I help?) are not helpful because it asks too much of the victim's brain to figure that out. Present two choices with yes or no answer. (May I drop off food Friday or Saturday?)
  6. After the fires are contained, and the media leaves (referred to as the Honeymoon period – "we're going to make it! We're going to stick together!), most victims experience depression. The research indicates that the depression will last for a while, so keep in mind that ongoing supportive gestures, any intervention, support, kindness, is still needed. After the depression period lifts (can be as long as a couple years), people most often report that they feel that they have a new life.
Please Cut/Paste & Repost! We thank you for your community support in the effort to spread the Importance of Mental Health!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Would you like to Volunteer in North Bay?

EHI Supports the North Bay Communities

How To Volunteer During the Wildfire Disaster Recovery

EHI faculty and students are volunteering up in the communities affected by the most wildfires. For therapeutic professionals and concerned neighbors who want to help we would like to share the information that is being shared with us.

Volunteers and Donations Welcome

Here are some of the places you can contact to volunteer or donate.

The Volunteer Center of Sonoma has opportunities for both Volunteering and Donating. Listed are evacuation shelters in need of volunteers, donation centers.

The Redwood Empire Food Bank in Santa Rosa is looking for volunteers.

Salvation Army of Santa Rosa needs help sorting donations.

The Red Cross is accepting volunteers for Sonoma County: please visit the Red Cross Volunteer Connection to sign up.

Redwood Psychological Association

Joe Puentes, PsyD, President of the RPA has offered his listserv to members to share resources and information about needs in the community. He also asks that non-members who are interested can contact to request crisis support information via their listserv.

Disaster Healthcare Volunteers Site

Visit the Disaster Healthcare Volunteer Site if you're a healthcare provider with an active license, a public health professional, or a member of a medical disaster response team in California who would like to volunteer for disaster service.

Sonoma County Wildfire News and Resources

The Sonoma County News page lists wildfire related resources, the lastest news, current evacuations, fire updates, resources for evacuees and those effected by the wildfires.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Upcoming Event for Therapists: Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference

Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference

December 13-17, 2017

Conference Presented by The Milton H. Erickson Foundation
Location: Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California

About the Conference
Every five years since 1985, the Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference attracts worldwide attention as the most respected gathering of master practitioners in the field of psychotherapy. Created and sponsored by the Milton H. Erickson Foundation (and co-sponsored by Cal State Fullerton Department of Counseling, and the School of Behavioral Sciences, and California Southern University) the Conference includes workshops, point/counterpoint discussions, state of the art clinical demonstrations, dialogues, panels, and conversation hours. Beginning in 2009, the conference was scheduled on a four-year cycle.

Find out More:
For more info please visit the Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference site here >>

Download the Conference Brochure
The full conference brochure, including bios of conference faculty and the session schedule is  available for download here >>

Register Today
Jump right in and register for the Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference today >>

Friday, September 15, 2017

October's Existential Cafe - An EH Community Gathering

New! The Existential Cafe: A Bay Area E-H Community Gathering
Updated 10/11/2017

Hello Existential-Humanistic Fellow Travelers,

You are invited to a hosted social gathering and existential discussion. This is an informal way for us to build the strength and collaborative possibilities in our EHI community.
Newcomers are very welcome! Join us for this community event/gathering for newcomers, students, and friends. 
There will be a couple of short experiential activities, after which we will break into informal discussion and general schmoozing.
What: Existential Cafe: An E-H Community Gathering
Where: Bernal Heights, San Francisco, California 
Contact EHI Admin, Michelle to RSVP and get the address: info[@]
When: Friday, October 13th – 6:30pm-8pm.
Cost: Free-RSVP requested

We will provide drinks (wine, water, soda) and all are welcome to bring some nibbles for everyone to share.
We hope you will be able to attend! And please feel free to invite friends or colleagues who might also be interested in the event.
Email Michelle at info[at] for more information and meeting address.

The Existential Cafe - A Bay Area Community Group for Existential-Humanistic leaning professionals and students.

Monday, August 21, 2017

2nd Edition of Existential-Humanistic Therapy by Schneider and Krug

Existential-Humanistic Therapy, 2nd Edition

by Kirk J Schneider and Orah T Krug

Published June, 2017
Now available online from these sellers:
From the APA
From Amazon

Existential–humanistic therapy melds European existential philosophy — which values self-inquiry, struggle, and responsibility — with the American tradition of spontaneity, optimism, and practicality.

In this updated edition of their popular book, Kirk Schneider and Orah Krug demonstrate how this unique approach can help clients free themselves from self-imposed limitations and develop a deeper understanding of their authentic life goals by cultivating skills such as experiential reflection.

Schneider and Krug explore existential–humanistic therapy's theoretical and historical underpinnings, its empirical foundations, the therapeutic process and mechanisms of change, as well as future developments. Detailed case examples vividly illustrate the work of existential–humanistic therapy, highlighting key takeaways that are equally accessible and valuable to graduate students and veteran practitioners.

New to this revised edition is an increased focus on a more integrative perspective, which makes existential–humanistic therapy applicable to a wider array of settings and diagnostic populations. This flexibility also makes it more adaptable to other therapeutic approaches and expands its influence on clinical psychology as a whole.

This is the textbook used by the faculty at Existential-Humanistic Institute in our program offerings. Students use this at the Existential-Humanistic Training Retreats and in the Foundations of Existential-Humanistic Therapy Certification program. Both Kirk Schneider and Orah Krug are EHI Faculty and members of the EHI Board. This year's faculty will be Orah Krug, Troy Piwowarski, Kirk Schneider, Nader Shabahangi, and Sonja Saltman.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

From Our Friends at EHNW: 2017 Annual Workshop w/ Will Stillwell

Where: The Melody Ballroom
Portland, OR 

When: Friday, Oct 6th, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

Cost*: $140 before September 8th
$80 for students 

*6 CEs available through NASW

Workshop includes continental breakfast, beverages and lunch

Find out More
Our friends at Existential Humanistic Northwest (EHNW) are excited to present this year's EHNW Annual Workshop: "Singin' the Blues:
New Ways Toward Engaging Psychological Depression. " 

Join Will Stillwell, Ph.D., director of The Center for Studies of the Person in La Jolla, California for a day of lecture, discussion and small group process in treating depression.
This workshop will utilize lecture, discussion, dialogue, and small group process to facilitate creative and imaginative engagement toward more effective ways of encountering depressed clients. Probably each of us has known and attempted to assist individuals in the thick of his or her depressed predicament. During this workshop, you will be invited to engage, participate and contribute as we examine and share our approaches to further understand and work with this most serious topic.

This workshop is presented by our friends at EHNW.
Find out more here....

Thursday, July 27, 2017

EHI Now Enrolling for Experiential Focused Existential Humanistic Therapy Training Programs

Now Accepting Applications for EHI's 2017/18 Existential-Humanistic Training Programs

Orah Krug, Ph.D. EHI Clinical Director and Saybrook Faculty
Co-Author of Existential-Humanistic Therapyand Supervision Essentials for Existential-Humanistic Therapy.

EHI's 2017/18 teaching staff, Orah Krug, Kirk Schneider, Sonja Saltman, Nader Shabahangi, and Troy Piwowarski invite you to join one of our unprecedented Existential-Humanistic experiential training programs this upcoming 2017/2018 curriculum year.
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.

EHI's Faculty Fall 2017: Orah Krug, Nader Shabahangi, Troy Piwowarski, Kirk Schneider and Sonja Saltman

Do You Wish to Deepen Your E-H Therapeutic Practice?
EHI offers four experientially-focused training and certificate programs for licensed clinicians and graduate students in psychology or counseling programs.
Apply to an EHI Program Today »

Apply Now to a 2017-2018 Cohort
Space is Limited to Maximize Student Engagement

EHI is currently accepting applications and enrolling students in the upcoming 2017/2018 Programs. The next programs start in Fall 2017. All programs are open to licensed professionals and students currently enrolled in or recently graduated from psychology or graduate schools.
westerbeke retreat experiential October

Experiential Retreat Program
For those interested in engaging in EHI Experientials.

Open to licensed mental health professionals and graduate students who would like to participate in EHI's two curriculum-year Experientials, held at a beautiful Northern California retreat center. Master E-H therapists and noted authors such as Kirk Schneider, PhD and Orah Krug, PhD. create intimate, safe and collaborative training environments which emphasize hands-on learning of relational and experiential techniques. Participants learn how 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.The first of the two 2017/2018 EHI Experientials is in October - Apply now to participate in the Experiential Retreat Program!
Join the 2017/18 Experiential Retreat Cohort!

At the experiential trainings, we can apply theories to cases, watch the work of our mentors and each other. By living together we experience an intimacy that creates an environment that reduces barriers and the ensuing connections foster a greater capacity for learning. The use of transparency within therapeutic boundaries has influenced the work I am doing with my clients. I am more relaxed in session and I believe there is more connection between us when I find a way to be more revealing yet remain therapeutic.

~ Gloria Saltzman, LMFT, EHI Foundations Certificate Student

Consultation Program
For those interested in engaging in EHI's In-Person Consult Groups.

Open to licensed mental health professionals who would like to participate in a monthly two-hour consultation group held in Oakland, Ca and led by master E-H therapist and noted author Orah Krug, PhD, Troy Piwowarski, and at times other EHI faculty. These consultation groups mirror the experiential retreat training goals as they emphasize the relational and experiential principles of E-H practice--principles which have proven to be essential for lasting therapeutic healing and change. In an intimate and collaborative group setting, participants present cases, work with personal context and role-play clients, all effective methods to understand clients' (and therapists') subjective worlds and protective patterns.
Join a 2017/18 Consult Group!
Discover More About EHI's Consult Groups  »

I think what I took away from the last Experiential course, having been to several already, was a new appreciation: the understanding that the client's (a human being's) process is a sacred thing which must be nurtured and not usurped or dictated. The trust that people can do their own work--in their own time.

~ Juanita Ratner, LPC, Ph.D. Student, EHI Advanced Certificate Student

westerbeke retreat experiential October

Certificate in the Foundations of E-H Therapy
For students looking for grounding in E-H theory & practice.

Open to mental health professionals and graduate students seeking to develop a foundational understanding of depth work through an existential-humanistic lens that emphasizes how to build a healing therapeutic relationship and how to work experientially in the "here and now." To be certified, participants need to complete two experiential trainings, an online survey course in E-H therapy supervised by EHI faculty, 10 hours of group consultation (live or by video conferencing), a practicum and a faculty evaluation.
Gain a Foundation in E-H Therapy Practice
Find Out More About the Foundations Certificate Program »

I gained a deeper understanding of my own context and how that has directed and influenced so much of my existence. I have always had an understanding certainly that what is experienced in the early, formative years is paramount in shaping our belief systems and personality, but somehow I have never before been able to feel this in such a palpable way.

~ Ada Fitz-Gibbon, LMHC, EHI Advanced Certificate Student

Sonja Saltman engages with students in triad group during the EHI Experiential in Spring 2015.Sonja Saltman engages with students in triad group during the EHI Experiential in Spring 2015.

Advanced Program Leading to a Certificate as an E-H Therapist
For students who have completed the Foundations certificate program.

Open to EHI participants who have completed the Foundations Certificate and wish to take their clinical practice to deeper levels of nuance and skill. The advanced program includes participation in several more experiential training retreats, several more E-H therapy related online courses, additional hours of group consultation, a practicum and faculty evaluation.
Deepen Your E-H Practice and Get Certified as an E-H Therapist
Learn More About the Advanced Program Today »

The community interactions and the exploration of our own context in relation to how we practice. This retreat in particular was great at providing new learning experiences without eliciting 'there is a particular way to be'.

~ Brac Selph, Ph.D., EHI Foundations Certificate Student

Experiential Dates for 2017/18 

EHI Spring 2015 Retreat Photo - Students Working in Triads
Students working in triads at the EHI Experiential at Westerbeke Ranch, Spring 2015

EHI 2017-18 Experiential Training Dates
E-H Therapy in practice.

EHI Experiential* I: Sun, October 22nd, 2017 - Thurs, October 26th, 2017
EHI Experiential* II: Sun, April 8th, 2018 - Thurs, April 12th, 2018
*Every EHI student participates in both of the in-person experiential residentials per curriculum year; one in the Fall and the second in the following Spring. The experiential retreats are held at the wonderful Westerbeke Ranch Retreat Center in Sonoma, just north of San Francisco.
See more retreat photos here in the EHI gallery >>
Troy Piwowarski and Orah Krug at ExperientialTroy Piwowarski, Clinical Coordinator
w/ Orah Krug, Clinical Director

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 Troy Piwowarski, Associate Faculty and EHI's Clinical Training Coordinator are available to give you more information and to answer your questions about the upcoming EHI programs.

Contact either Orah or Troy by email: info[@]

Thursday, June 1, 2017

EHI Continues In-Person Bay Area Consult Group

The Existential-Humanistic Institute is excited to offer Bay Area in-person existential-humanistic therapy Consult Groups. The Existential Humanistic Institute is offering in-person consultation groups for licensed professionals in the San Francisco Bay area led by EHI Faculty. Each group is limited to six or seven licensed Masters and/or Ph.D. psychotherapists. Consultation will focus on cases that illustrate the existential-humanistic orientation to therapeutic practice. This group is an opportunity to explore how all therapeutic orientations are enhanced by incorporating existential and humanistic perspectives.

Consult Group Program Description

The EHI Consult Group Program is intended to give participants hands-on experiential opportunities to gain a deeper understanding of how to work with clients from an e-h perspective. Each group will be facilitated by an EHI faculty member who will serve as the group leader. Leaders will emphasize effective relational and experiential techniques that enable genuine encounters and real therapeutic change. 
    In each group participants will be able to focus on:
  • • Cultivating clients' personal and relational presence
  • • Tracking and reflecting clients' process
  • • Mirroring and resolving clients' problematic protective patterns.
    By role-playing clients we will gain depth to our understanding of:
  • • Their self and world constructs.
  • • How their protective patterns may trigger the therapist.
  • • How to work with the therapist's personal contexts to resolve therapeutic impasses.

Professional, Safe, and Supportive Group Environment

Participants will have opportunities to present cases in a safe and supportive environment. The group leader will assist the group to not only understand the complexities and nuances of the suffering of the client but also the challenges to the therapist to effect change. Group Length: 5 Months
Five monthly meetings Location: Bay Area
Office of Group Leader Group Dates: Groups offered in Fall and Spring
Dates dependent on Group Leader schedule For Group Availability Contact Us: Email our Admin, Michelle at info[@] to let us know you are interested!


The consult program is open to licensed professionals who seek to work experientially on cases and enhance their clinical skills; pending a successful interview with the group leader. If you have questions about the program please write us at info[@]

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Kirk Schneider's to Release New Book, Spirituality of Awe, June 13, 2017

The robotic revolution is here and there is no going back. From the way we raise our children, to our work settings, to our governments, and even our wars, the quick fix-instant result society is roiling our world. Yet what is lost in this delirium is depth, the awesomeness, not just of our machines, but of our flesh, our capacity to feel, and our capacity to dwell in the miracle of the unknown. This book dwells in the miracle of the unknown. It is an intimate trek into the evolving spirituality of awe--the humility and wonder; sense of adventure toward life. Can we preserve awe--the arguable "heart" of humanity--in spite of and even in light of our technologies? Or will we devolve into mechanically driven puppets, numb to our possibilities, blind to our servitude? There is no more critical problem for our age."
cover of Spirituality of Awe by Kirk Schneider - robot hand reaching finger towards human hand
  • The Spirituality of Awe: Challenges to the Robotic Revolution
  • By Kirk Schnieder, PhD
  • Available on Amazon June 13th, 2017
  • Paperback: $14.00; Kindle: $9.95
  • To Pre-Order and Read the Reviews Visit: The Spirituality of Awe on Amazon.
The robotic revolution is here and there is no going back. From the way we raise our children, to our work settings, to our governments, and even our wars, the quick fix-instant result society is roiling our world. Yet what is lost in this delirium is depth, the awesomeness, not just of our machines, but of our flesh, our capacity to feel, and our capacity to dwell in the miracle of the unknown. This book dwells in the miracle of the unknown. It is an intimate trek into the evolving spirituality of awe--the humility and wonder; sense of adventure toward life. Can we preserve awe--the arguable "heart" of humanity--in spite of and even in light of our technologies? Or will we devolve into mechanically driven puppets, numb to our possibilities, blind to our servitude? There is no more critical problem for our age.
Reviews of Spirituality of Awe
"The dehumanization of life in the new computer driven society...leads to a gradual death of feeling. When people are cut off from feeling they are more likely to act out in destructive and potentially violent behavior. In The Spirituality of Awe, Kirk Schneider elaborates the negative consequences of what he calls the Robotic Revolution. In this important book, the author offers an alternative in his conception of an awe-based psychology that emphasizes both the mystery and magnificence of existence. I am personally inspired by Schneider s concern and ethical approach to coping with the problem of maintaining one s human heritage in the new society."
--Robert Firestone, Ph.D., author of Overcoming the Destructive Inner Voice: True Stories of Therapy and Transformation, and (with Joyce Catlett) Beyond Death Anxiety: Achieving Life-affirming Death Awareness
"In a world where many feel dehumanized and devalued, we need courage and clarity to widen our perspective and find new purpose. In this book Kirk Schneider offers a sensitive and incisive new narrative to help us reconsider what our lives are about today. He gathers wisdom from his long experience, and freely combines this with the insights of psychology, psychotherapy, philosophy, sociology, religion, literature and cinema to create a new vision of where we are heading and how we may change direction before it is too late. Fascinating and essential reading for therapists and lay readers alike."
--Prof Emmy van Deurzen, PhD, Principal of the New School for Psychotherapy and Counseling, UK; author of Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling in Practice and Psychotherapy and the Quest for Happiness
"...a beautiful and important work."
--Pninit Russo-Netzer, PhD, Lecturer, University of Haifa; co-editor of Meaning in Positive and Existential Psychology

Companion Video Available

Watch this related video from EHI's 2016 Conference in San Francisco: Kirk Shares Jason Silva's "Radical Openess" [Video]

EHI 2016 Conference: Kirk Schneider Shares Jason Silva's "Radical Openness" Video from Existential-Humanistic Institute on Vimeo.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

An EH Therapeutic Practice Workshop with Bob Edelstein, Feb 24th, 2017

Other Organizations and Workshops We Support

Bob Edelstein, LMFT, MFT is presenting a workshop titled Deepen Your Therapeutic Work Using and Existential-Humanistic Perspective on February 24th in Portland. CEs are available. 

Deepen Your Therapeutic Work Using an Existential-Humanistic Perspective
Friday, February 24th 9-12pm and 1-4pm
Hosted Reception 4-5pm
$150 (6 CEs for full day) $100 (3 CEs, morning or afternoon)

Lewis and Clark Graduate Campus Lloyd Building #107
The workshop is sponsored by the Oregon Mental Health CE/U Consortium.

This workshop is open to all levels.
The day is split up into two sessions, with 3 CEs available for each session.
Space is limited.

Morning session:

·        Core Existential-Humanistic
·        Inward Searching
·        Authentic Connection
·        The work of Jim Bugental, PhD
·        The work of Irv Yalom, MD

Afternoon session:

Philosophical Frames:
·        Being versus Doing
·        Process versus Content

Relationship Attitudes:
·        I-Thou Relationship
·        Intention and/or Resistance  

Therapeutic Skills:
·        Deep Listening
·        Mirror the Client’s Process

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Recommended Read for the New Year, I Am Not I by Jacob Needleman

Nader Shabahangi, EHI President and Eldership advocate is suggesting, I Am Not I, the recent book by philosopher and educator, Jacob Needleman, as our first recommended read of the New Year. Here is a description of I Am Not I from Amazon:
Seeking to reconcile the split between our inner child and our adult self, eminent philosopher and religious scholar Jacob Needleman evokes the ancient spiritual tradition of a deep dialogue between a guiding wisdom figure and a seeker. The elder offers an initiation to a younger self, an initiation the author feels is missing from our culture. Rendered as a stage play, the conversation between the 80-year-old author and his younger selves unfolds, and an ambiguity emerges as to whether this is strictly the author’s internal dialogue or whether the younger self may be nurturing a rebirth of the author.

On one level, I Am Not I brings younger readers (teenagers and young adults) face to face with powerful spiritual and philosophical ideas. But as the book progresses, the dialogue delves into questions and insights that carry astonishing new hope and vision for every man and woman, challenging our culture’s accepted—and often toxic—ideas about humanity’s place in a living universe.

Recommended Discussions and Reviews of I Am Not I 

For a wonderful, in-depth discussion of the book read Maria Poplova's review of I Am Not I on her site,

Gospel Cruz speaks with author Jacob Needleman about the new book in a post on SFSU's College of Liberal and Creative Arts site.