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Monday, October 21, 2019

Early Bird Registration for Dec 7th Workshop: Envisioning Eldership

A Day-Long E-H Workshop 

Developed & Facilitated by EHI Core Instructor: Dr. Nader Shabahangi, MFT, RCFE

Date: Saturday, Dec 7th, 2019
Time: 10:15am - 4:30pm /Sign in at 10:00am
Location: The Center SF, 548 Fillmore St., San Francisco, CA 94117
Cost: Professional & General Ticket - $140 Early Bird/$155.00 After Nov 18th;
Student and/or Elder Ticket- $120 Early Bird/$135.00 After Nov 18th

Envisioning Eldership

Embracing a Joyous View of Aging and Living - An Existential, Process-Oriented Approach

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.
This workshop uses a process-oriented approach to outline 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.
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 with guidance for their own unique journey.

Nader Shabahangi Eldership

More Workshop Info

Accessibility: It is the policy of EHI to make every reasonable effort to provide qualified attendees with disabilities with the opportunity to take full advantage of its programs and events. Contact us to discuss learning arrangements with our team.
Break: 12:45 - 2pm for lunch on our own. Lunch is not included.
Applying for CE sponsorship for 5 CE hours. If you would be interested in requesting continuing education credit if it becomes available, please let us know by checking the box when registering or email the admin assistant, Michelle at to be put on the CE list. CEs will be an extra fee, appx $30.

Our Presenter: 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.

Hosted by: Existential-Humanistic Institute, Inc

EHI offers trainings, workshops and education in Existential-Humanistic approaches to psychotherapy. Formed in 1997 as a program under the auspices of the Pacific Institute, a non-profit organization in San Francisco, EHI continues to offer experiential training retreats, certificate programs, workshops, consultation groups, theory courses and community gatherings in the Bay Area with the goal of supporting existentially and humanistically informed psychologies and psychotherapies: approaches that focus on and nurture subjective experiential reflection of life’s deepest joys and predicaments.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Thank you for a Successful (and Fun!) Dancing with Dragons Workshop

EHI would like to give thanks to all who made this workshop such a great success!

Dancing with Dragons: Working with Couple's Core WoundsAn E-H Couples Therapy WorkshopEHI Affiliate Instructors: Christine Armstrong, LMFT & Louis Dangles, LMFTOct 5th, 2019 Berkeley, CA

A shout out to the attendees of the Dancing with Dragons Workshop held this last weekend: Thank you, thank you, for really getting into the spirit and positively contributing to the overall success in "practicing" such challenging work.

Special thanks go to the presenters and developers of this Existential-Humanistic Couple's Therapy workshop: Christine Armstrong, MFT and Louis Dangles, MFT!! They make this look fun!

Thank you to Heart Source Center in Berkeley for their assistance in setting up the space for us.

And finally a thank you to the team at EHI for working to make this a success for the participants and presenters.

Join us on Dec 7th for our next workshop:

The Existential-Humanistic Institute Presents:

Envisioning Eldership

Embracing a Joyous Long View of Life and Living - An Existential, Process-Oriented Approach

Developed & Facilitated by EHI Core Instructor: Nader Shabahangi, MFT RCFE
Date: Saturday, December 7th, 2019
Time: 10:15am – 4:30pm/Checkin at 10:00am
Location: The Center SF, 548 Fillmore St., San Francisco, CA 94117 
Cost: Regular Ticket - $140 Early Bird/$155 after Nov 18th
Student and/or Elder Ticket- $120.00 Early bird/$135 after Nov 18th
A couple of scholarship tickets are available, please reach out to Michelle for more details at
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Early Bird Registration

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Seeking Existential Therapists who Work with Elders - Research Participation

EHI would like to share a recent call for research participants. 

Malibu Bert, a masters student at the Australian Academy of Applied Psychology, is conducting a "research project on existential therapists' experiences when working with older people aged sixty-five and over. I am particularly curious about the phenomena of ageing juxtaposed with a myriad of existential crises."

"I am particularly curious about the phenomena of ageing juxtaposed with a myriad of existential crises."
~Malibu Bert, BCouns ACAP PACFA

Exploring the experiences of existential therapists when working with clients aged sixty-five and over.

The purpose of this research study is to examine existential therapist’s experiences of applying existential therapy to clients aged sixty-five and over.

Are you?

  • ·      Currently working as an experienced, existential therapist?
  • ·      Have you used existential therapy for a minimum of two years with at least ten clients, and five of whom is aged over sixty-five?
  • ·      Interested in the project and prepared to commit to a semi-structured 60 minute telephone, Skype or Zoom session interview?

If you meet the above participation criteria and would like to receive some more information about this research study, please contact the researcher: