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The Existential-Humanistic Institute Presents:
‘Always Going Home’:
Human Evolution and
November 12th, 2016 San Francisco
EHI 9TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE
November 12th, 2016
Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm
Cocktail Party & Book Signing: 5:00pm - 6:30pm
350 University Street
San Francisco, CA 94134
Exploring the Intersection of the
Digital Age and the E-H Therapeutic Perspective
Continental Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Coffee and Cocktail Reception
Existential Therapists Explore Concerns of the Modern World
The German poet Novalis, when asked where he thinks the human being is going, answered that ‘we are always going home’. Artists and thinkers from many different cultures have expressed similarly that in our seeking a ‘home’ we are searching for a place where we belong. This search relates to our need to feel connected, both in terms of relationships to other people and in terms of a need to contribute to our humanity.
As existential thinkers and therapists we ask ourselves how the digital revolution helps and hinders our need to find ‘home’. Is the digital revolution contributing to our human evolution to be more at home in this world or does it prevent us from being truly in relationship with others, from experiencing a sense of awe and wonder? Do we feel there are more opportunities to connect through the many digital means afforded us today?
On this day of our gathering, we will try to explore and find answers to these questions and more. Our hope is to understand more deeply for what we humans long as we are ‘on our way home’.
EHI Proudly Welcomes
Erving Polster, Phd
Opening Keynote Speaker EHI:9 2016
Erving Polster, PhD, master therapist and presenter, author of Gestalt Therapy Integrated, Every Person’s Life is Worth a Novel and From the Radical Center: The Heart of Gestalt Therapy, director of the Gestalt Training Center San Diego, has recently published his book Beyond Therapy: Igniting Life Focus Community Movements. He will be opening our Conference with a discussion via Skype. We are thus combining both the Human interaction with the benefit of the Digital Revolution. Erv is not able to travel but we will have his presence via a digital method that allows us to witness and participate in our topic: " 'Always Going Home': Human Evolution and Digital Revolution.'
"The paradox is that, while a concern with past and future is obviously central to psychological functioning, to behave as though one were indeed in the past or future, as many do, pollutes the lively possibilities of existence.”
― Erving Polster, PhD, Gestalt Therapy Integrated: Contours of Theory & Practice
Conference Topics for Group Sessions
- Nader Shabahangi, PhD:
What makes us human beings feel alive, content, loved? If it is connection (to oneself, one another), what is this ‘connection’, what is it made of, how does it smell and feel? Does this need for connection to feel alive, happy, loved get satisfied digitally? Humanly? Both?
- Kirk Schneider, PhD:
How to cultivate a sense of awe as both a counterpoint to and complement of high tech. Highlighting some points from a book I'm working on tentative title of the book is "The Spirituality of Awe: Challenges to the Robotic Revolution."
- Sonja Saltman, MA, MFT:
How we use technology in creative and innovative ways.
- Mary Madrigal, PhD:
Exploring the breakdown of and in the human relationship as it relates to the use of technology over conversation and how the use of technology offers a false sense of relationship and knowing a person via social media.
- Troy Piwowarski, PsyD:
The specific ways people reconcile the increasing speed associated with the digital age (faster communications, faster ways of getting products, etc.) with the intention of going slower when it comes to our interpersonal work as existential therapists and relational beings.
- Suzan Bollich, PhD: Technology as privacy invasion and subsequent lack of personal privacy- the erosion of a constitutional and otherwise historical right.
9:45am - 10:00am Check-in & Registration
10:00am – 10:30am Refreshments and Building Community
10:30am – 11:30am Erving Polster, PhD Keynote Speaker
Opening remarks followed by an interview with him- Question and Answers
11:30am - 1:00pm Large Group Discussion
1:00pm - 2:00 pm Lunch (served at conference)
2:00pm - 3:00pm Jason Silva – “Radical Openness” Video and Discussion
3:00pm - 4:00pm Small Group Discussion: Digital Work and Relationships
(Orah, Sonja, Kirk, Mary, Suzan and Troy)
4:00pm – 4:30pm Large Group Discussion
4:30pm - 5:00pm Closing Remarks
5:00pm Book Signing and Cocktail Party
Cocktail Party and Book Signing to follow conference. Join us from 5pm-6:30pm for book signings, libations and nibbles!
These EHI authors will be on hand to sign their books!
- Dr Orah Krug & Dr Kirk Schneider will be signing the recently published Supervision Essentials of Existential-Humanistic Therapy.
- Dr Mary Madrigal will be signing her recent books Enough: You are Enough and Spirit of the Female Warrior.
- Dr Kirk J Schneider will be signing his latest book, The Polarized Mind, and Awakening to Awe.
- Dr Nader Shabahangi will be signing his recent book Ambiguity of Suffering, and Elders Today, Deeper into the Soul, and Encounters of the Real Kind.
*There will be copies of the above books available.
Related Articles and Recommended Reading:
- Teen Depression and Anxiety: Why the Kids Are Not Alright
CoronadoSafe.org | November 7, 2016
- I Used to Be a Human Being
NYMag.com | September 18, 2016
- It’s ‘digital heroin’: How screens turn kids into psychotic junkies
NYPost.com | August 27, 2016
By Dr. Nicholas Kardaras
- Considering Media in the Light of Relationship and Attention
DailyGood.org | Jul 11, 2016
By Richard Whittaker
- The New Menage Trois
PsychologyToday.org | Jul 5, 2016
By Hara Estroff Marano
- 10 Ways Social Media Affects Our Mental Health
Degreed.com | April 29, 2015
By Caitlin Probst
- Mobile Device Use While Driving — United States and Seven European Countries, 2011
CDC.org | March 15, 2013
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- An emerging trend: Becoming aware of technology addiction.[PDF]
NC Perspectives | 2013
By Acosta, K. M., Lainas, H., & Veach, L. J.
- Understanding at-risk technology users: A phenomenological approach [Doctoral dissertation]
ProQuest.com | 2013
By Kristina Mathews Acosta, Ph.D.[Access through ProQuest Dissertations]
"Technology challenges us to assert our human values, which means that first of all, we have to figure out what they are."
- Sherry Turkle, Director, MIT Initiative on Technology and Self
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