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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Save the Date! Integrating the Self Winter Workshop Feb 29, 2020

SAVE THE DATE! Feb 29th, 2020
The Existential-Humanistic Institute Presents:
Integrating the Self:

The Power of Presence and Community in Cultivating Self-compassion
A Day-Long Workshop Developed & Facilitated by:
Galia Schecter, PhD
Date: Saturday, Feb 29th, 2020
Time: 9:15 - 4:45; check-in at 9am; lunch 12:15 - 1:45pm (CE Sponsorship being sought for 6 CE hours)
Location: Heart Source, Berkeley, CA
Cost: $150.00 Early-bird/$175.00 regular fee;
Student and/or Elder: $130.00 Early-bird/$155.00 regular fee
Limited Spaces Available. Lunch not included.
Registration: To Open in Dec
Save the date to join Galia and EHI for this day of dynamic engagement. 

In this workshop, inspired by and based mainly on Process Experiential, Phenomenology, Humanistic-Existential, and Mindfulness-based traditions, participants will learn how to help clients move from self-shaming and self-alienating states to states of self- and other-compassion. Tapping also into Gestalt, Family Systems, Emotion-Focused and mind-body inquiry practices we will utilize individual and group based psychological inquiry practices, therapeutic explorations, mindfulness practices, reflections and discussions, to explore the following themes:
  • Principles of conscious healing, including families of mindfulness practices
  • Neo-Humanistic existential frameworks for understanding the ways we internalize a sense of the deficient self and contract against parts of the self, including brief discussion of Internal Family Systems (IFS), Process-Experiential Emotion Focused and Buddhist psychological frameworks
  • Explore and identify our own living processes of contraction and rejection of parts of self
  • Explore and identify living processes for making contact with our own deep basic goodness and capacity to accept and integrate self toward congruence and wholeness
  • Explore and identify collective resonance around basic vulnerability and basic existential longings at the heart of our contracted and transforming self.

Our Presenter: Galia Schecter, PhD

Dr. Schecter is a licensed clinical psychologist and Buddhist practitioner. She has extensive training and experience in multiple mind-body modalities. Along with having been in private practice for 10 years, she has worked as a clinical director, a clinical supervisor a clinical trainer, and nd organizational consultant.
Prior to getting her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Wright Institute and becoming a licensed psychologist, she received an MBA from Georgetown University and worked for organizations in the U.S. and abroad in governance, human rights and international development.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Eldership Video Upcoming Winter Workshop Dec 7th

Eldership Video Short

Get a taste of upcoming workshop. This video short is from a presentation Nader gave at a Center for Elders' Independence dinner. Here he is discussing a number-free idea of Eldership, becoming elders at any age.

Related Videos

See shorts from some of Nader's previous presentations and workshops here on his Video Library page.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Upcoming EHI Winter Workshop

[This post was updated to include full continuing education info]

We invite you to join us on Dec 7th, 2019!

An Existential-Humanistic Institute Workshop:
Envisioning Eldership

Embracing a Joyous View of Aging and Living - An Existential, Process-Oriented Approach
A Day-Long Workshop Developed & Facilitated by EHI Core Instructor:
Dr. Nader Shabahangi, MFT, RCFE
Date: Saturday, December 7th, 2019
Time: 10:15am – 4:30pm/Checkin at 10:00am
Location: The Center SF, 548 Filmore St., San Francisco, CA 94117 
Cost: Regular Ticket - $155
Student and/or Elder Ticket- $135
A few scholarships are available for this workshop. Reach out to Michelle at for details.
Ticket Refund Policy: Full refund minus a $15 admin fee if withdrawn by November 14th; a 50% refund if withdrawn Nov 15th - 26th. No refund available after Nov 27th, 2019.
Continuing Education*: 5 CEs are available for $30. Please contact our admin assistant, Michelle at to be put on the continuing education list.

Online Registration now through TicketSpice. No account needed, no spam advertising & no convenience fees!

Save the date to join us for this day of dynamic engagement with Nader Shabahangi, PhD, MFT, RCFE. 
Integrating existential-humanistic and process-oriented philosophy and methodology with the latest research in gerontology, this workshop will help participants understand the concept and practice of eldership and invite them to reflect on their own beliefs about adulthood and aging.
Participants will explore possibilities for developing new identity constructions and frameworks for conceptualizing aging, as well as meaning and purpose in old age. This new perspective can support not only psychotherapists but also any any person who is interested in more effectively working with elders and themselves. This approach and learning also contributes to the health and well-being of individuals and communities in general.
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 in our own unique journey!

Therapeutic Professionals and General Public Invited!

This workshop is intended to engage the general public and enrich the work of therapeutic professionals. We invite those interested in envisioning a new paradigm of eldership from an existential process-oriented approach and those who work with elders, nurses, care partners, psychologists, therapists, social workers, counselors, all are welcome!


Drawing upon the philosophical roots, literature, and practices of humanistic psychology and philosophy, as well as the latest research in gerontology, this presentation will focus on the creation of positive frameworks of aging, thereby supporting participants in improving therapeutic rapport with older adult clients, in helping clients move towards a meaning-based understanding of the aging process and in understanding and utilizing principles of eldership in clinical practice. Participants will be invited to explore their personal identities, reflecting on their own beliefs on aging, adulthood and elderhood in order to develop new identity constructions as well as adaptive frameworks for conceptualizing aging, meaning and purpose in old age. This new perspective can potentially nourish personal well-being, enlarge the context of psychotherapy practice and contribute to the health of clients' and clinicians' inner and outer world.

Learning objectives:

  1. Attendees will be able to list at least 3 reasons for the need to work therapeutically from an eldership perspective.
  2. Attendees will be able to explain at least 3 ways in which humanistic principles inform the concept of "eldership".
  3. Attendees will be able to summarize the central concept of four-phase conflict resolution and how it is informed by an attitude of eldership.
  4. Attendees will be able to identify 3 ways in which eldership's inherent focus on a sustainable way of living improves social and psychological health.

Workshop Outline

  • Explanation of the principle goals of eldership, particularly in regard to psychotherapy. (30 minutes)
  • Exploration from a historical perspective of the ways in which the humanistic movement dovetails with the emergence of a new eldership concept.(30 minutes)
  • Dialogue and discussion designed to facilitate the development of an explicit eldership view of a human being's life. (60 minutes)
  • Small group and dyad exploration of the concept of "eldership" as relevant to both personal health and well-being, and to psychotherapy practice. (120 minutes)
  • Large group discussion regarding the psychological and societal health implications of eldership and a nonhierarchical, systemic view of humans in relationship with other forms of planetary life. (60 minutes)

Video Short

This video short is from a presentation Nader gave at a Center for Elders' Independence dinner. Here he is discussing a number-free idea of Eldership, becoming elders at any age.

Related Videos

See shorts from some of Nader's previous presentations and workshops here on his Video Library page.

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.

*Continuing Education Information

This Workshop will confer 5 CE hours to those who elect to participate. If you would be interested in requesting continuing education credit please email the admin assistant, Michelle at to be put on the continuing education list. CEs fee is $30. Attendees who meet the following requirements will receive CE credit: a) the attendee will attend the workshop in full, b) the attendee will pay the CE fee, c) the attendee will pass the post-test with a score of 70% or higher. All continuing education participants will receive the full course description at the workshop and is available upon request, please email Michelle at to receive a copy.
APA Division 32, Society for Humanistic Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. APA Division 32, Society for Humanistic Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


The presenter of this course has authored and contributed to the publication of books in the fields of aging and existential-humanistic therapy. The statements below list out the instructors' publications that will be referenced in the course and the instructors' relationship regarding financial benefit from the sale of the individual publications.
Nader Shabahangi is co-author of Deeper Into the Soul, published by the Elders Academy Press and will benefit financially from the sale of this book.
Nader Shabahangi is the editor of, Faces of Aging, Elders Today, Gems of Wisdom, and Encounters of the Real Kind(I,II,III), published by Elders Academy Press and will benefit financially from the sale of this book.

Our Presenter: Nader Shabahangi, PhD, MFT, RCFE

Dr Shabahangi, MFT, 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.

Our Co-Host: The Center SF

The Center SF is not just an event venue, but a supportive community for personal, spiritual and social transformation. We host a range of events that align with our mission and vision to aid in individual and collective growth such as workshops, trainings, live performances and community gatherings.


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