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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Still Time to Get Early-Bird Discount for EHNW's Annual Workshop

Early Bird Discount Available until September 7th, 2018!

EHNW Annual Workshop

Dancing Dragons: Working with Couples’ Core Wounds and the Tempering of Relationship
Presented by Christine Armstrong and Louis Dangles

Friday October 5, 2018 – Save the date now!
9 AM to 5 PM
(lunch not included – 90 minutes for lunch) 

12226 N. Jantzen Drive, Portland, Oregon 97217

Register HERE for this exciting workshop

The Early-Bird discount ends September 7th
This workshop is intended for clinicians who are interested in the dynamic, challenging territory of couples therapy. It will also offer insights into our own journeys of intimacy. We begin with the human dilemma that we cannot open to love without opening to where we have been wounded in love. We all have dragons. Their job is to protect the gold; in the most fundamental sense, the continued existence of our essential self. Our dragons protect our wounded hearts. We might say dragons continue to breathe fire until the core wound they are protecting is recognized. In this way, the dragon dance is a call for mutual healing.
We will explore the following themes utilizing didactic elements and case material reinforced by experiential exercises and demonstrations.
  • The necessity that intimate partners must encounter each other’s core wounds.
  • The inevitability of the experience of betrayal and the archetypal relationship between, trust, betrayal, and forgiveness.
  • Collaborative approaches to the essential task of repair.
  • Intimacy as a container for deep healing and ground for individuation. 
The morning sessions will focus on the relationship between core wounds and the dragons that guard them. Then we will examine examples of the dynamic dance that evolves between partners. The afternoon sessions will focus on the dynamics of trust, betrayal, and forgiveness. Themes will include the five dangers of betrayal and the four tasks of repair. We will offer reflections on the role of responsibility, accountability, and sovereignty in forging intimacy.
Christine Armstrong
existential humanistic luncheons
She established her private practice in 1976, her work focuses on depth psychotherapy, and she combines an Existential Humanistic approach with a psychodynamic perspective working with individuals, couples and groups. She and her husband of 35 years, Lou Dangles, have been doing couples and group work together for the past 20 years. She has trained extensively with Dr. Jim Bugental and Dr. Irv Yalom. More recently her training has included Ariadne Beck’s “group-as-a-whole” model with Jim Fishman.
“I treasure my time with my clients. The tears, the laughter, the struggle to make meaning from the painful experiences of life, all those precious shared moments are some of the most gratifying experiences of my life.” – Chris

Louis Dangles
existential humanistic luncheons
He established his private practice in 1976, his work focuses on depth psychotherapy, and he combines an Existential Humanistic approach with archetypal and psychodynamic perspectives. He has trained extensively with Dr. Jim Bugental and Dr. Irv Yalom. More recently his training has included Dr. Ariadne Beck’s “group- as-a-whole” model with Jim Fishman. He is currently in private practice in San Anselmo, where he works with couples, individuals, and groups.
“The poet William Stafford begins his poem “The Way It Is” by stating: “There is a thread you follow….” The challenge of finding the healing thread in each conversation is a humbling task. The courage with which my clients open their hearts in search of that healing thread touches me and inspires me almost daily.” – Lou

The NASW has approved this workshop for six CEU credits. EHNW is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Register HERE for this exciting workshop

The Early-Bird discount ends September 7th

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Nov Existential-Humanistic Conference Schedule & Sessions

NOV 30TH & DEC 1ST, 2018

From Sigmund Freud to Viktor Frankl to Alfried Längle:
The Legacy of Vienna and the Search for Meaning

EHI is honored to have Dr. Alfried Laengle, noted Psychotherapist, Existential analyst, and Clinical Psychologist, as Keynote and workshop presenter at EHI's 10th Conference. Dr Laengle is also joining the EHI Faculty in an "in-the moment" panel, Saturday afternoon. 

Friday, November 30th 

Friday, 6:30pm - 7:00pm Check-in/Registration
Friday, 7pm-8pm Keynote*: To Live With Inner Consent – An Existential Analytical Approach to a Fulfilling Life
Alfried Längle, Vienna

1 CE
Human beings strive for happiness. We all want to have a good life. But how can we reach this goal? Upon what does it depend to get fulfillment in life? – The good life depends upon much more from ourselves than we often think. In large part, it depends upon really becoming ourselves. Only when we can make use of what we are essentially, in the deep inner self, and only if we can thus bring ourselves to the world, "to existence," can we get back a feeling that all our endeavors are worth being lived.
The concept of "inner consent" is key to such existential access, or the life well lived. It embraces our freedom as well as our relationship and feelings, our perception of the world's reality and possible development in the future including the meaning of existence. This feeling of inner consent reflects our basic capacity to deal with the world and ourselves.
Further, it forms a matrix for motivation and practical guidance of life but also for the understanding and treatment of psychopathology. In short, the question of inner consent forms the basis for the structural model of modern Existential Analytical Psychotherapy. 

CEs- Want to know about what you will be learning? Please email Michelle at for the full Workshop course description: including the outline, learning objectives, limitations and references.
Friday, 8pm-9pm Social Hour: Mingle, Nosh and Network

Saturday, December 1st 
9:00AM - 5:30PM

Saturday, 10am - 1pm*: Expanding Humanistic Practice with Existential Analysis and Logotherapy
Alfried Längle, Vienna

2.75 CEs
This workshop focuses on building a bridge between the given humanistic understanding of treatment and the add-ons by Existential Analysis and Logotherapy. Furthermore, it offers the opportunity to arrive at a closer view of four key existential themes. These four themes derive from a phenomenological understanding of human experience, and form an inescapable life-challenge with which each person must confront. They are: the world, being alive, being a person, and needing meaning.
The workshop will focus on the application of these themes to psychotherapy and their implication for psychopathology. Thus, it opens access to introspective uses of the existential themes and for experiments in everyday living. A demonstration of the approach as well as small group work will be included.

CEs- Want to know about what you will be learning? Please email Michelle at for the full Workshop course description: including the outline, learning objectives, limitations and references.
1pm-2:30pm LUNCH BREAK- On our own
2:30pm-4:30pm EHI Panel with Alfried Laengle
The panel discussion consists of the EHI board in conversation with featured presenter Dr. Alfried Laengle. Each board member will have the opportunity to ask Alfried questions about any of the subjects he discusses in either his keynote address or workshop, although questions about the workshop will be emphasized. The chief aim of the panel discussion is to elaborate on and sometimes challenge points of contrast and comparison between Dr. Laengle's existential-analytic approach to psychotherapy and the existential-humanistic approach. Such elaboration and questioning is aimed at helping both board members and the audience to better understand Dr. Laengle's approach and to consider the opportunities for bridge-building between his and the existential-humanistic approach. 
The panel and Dr Laengle will also discuss the relevance of Existential therapeutic models and Existential Humanistic therapy today for people in the world - how does it help the common person live a more 'worthwhile' life, so to speak?

4:30pm-5:30pm Audience Q&A for Dr Laengle / Conference Closure
Audience members will have a chance to ask Dr. Laengle questions following up the EHI panel, or about his work, today's workshop or Friday night's keynote. Conference closing to follow this panel.

rom Sigmund Freud to Viktor Frankl to Alfried Längle:
The Legacy of Vienna and the Search for Meaning

Presented in Partnership by: The Existential-Humanistic Institute & Pacific Institute

Dates: Friday Evening, November 30th & Saturday, December 1st, 2018

Location: First Unitarian Universalist Church and Center, 1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco, CA 94109 

You are invited to engage with us in discussing Existential-Humanism.
Join those interested in existential-humanistic awareness, non-therapists and therapists alike! We invite those who seek a life of meaning by delving into existential-humanism and of course, we also invite therapists, mental health providers, care-givers, doctors, nurses, social workers, and students for two days as we explore The Search for Meaning!
Registration through Eventbrite: Register Now