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2018 Conference News

Alfried Längle, M.D., Ph.D. at the 2018 Conference Keynote & Workshop Presenter

EHI was excited to host special guest Dr. Alfried Längle, noted Psychotherapist, Existential analyst, and Clinical Psychologist. Dr.Längle presented the Keynote and the Saturday workshop. We were very honored to have Dr. Längle join us for our Fall Conference.

Alfried Längle, M.D., Ph.D., Dr. h.c.mult., and Professor of Psychotherapy was born in 1951 in Austria, studied medicine and psychology and works in private practice in Vienna as psychotherapist. He worked in close collaboration with Viktor Frankl from 1983 to 1991. Dr. Längle is the founder of the International Society for Logotherapy and Existential Analysis (Vienna) and it's psychotherapeutic training program. He is a noted lecturer at many universities in Europe and South America. Since 2004 he has served as a Professor of Applied Psychology (psychotherapy) at Moscow's HSE-university and is a guest professor at Vienna's Sigmund Freud university (since 2011). Dr. Längle has served as Vice President of the International Federation of Psychotherapy (IFP - 2002-2010) and President of the International Society for Logotherapy and Existential Analysis, Vienna until 2017. Dr. Längle has authored over 400 publications and is the recipient of six honorary professorships.

For more information about Dr. Alfried Längle, please visit his website

2018 Conference Schedule

The 10th Conference opened onFriday, Nov 30th at 6pm and featured Dr. Alfried Längle's Keynote Presentation, To Live With Inner Consent – An Existential Analytical Approach to a Fulfilling Life with a social hour following.

On Saturday, Dec 1st, the conference included a Workshop by Dr. Längle, a Panel with EHI and Alfried Längle, then Alfried wrapped up the conference with a dynamic demonstration .

Find out more details about the 10th E-H Conference Schedule here on the Conference webpage.

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The Existential Cafe: A Bay Area E-H Community Gathering

Existential Cafe image - EHI Community Gathering for Existential Humanistically oreiented therapeutic professionals

Come join us at the first Existential Cafe of 2018!

You are invited to a hosted social gathering and existential discussion for therapeutic practioners interested in the existential-humanistic perspective. This is an informal way for us to build the strength and collaborative possibilities in our local E-H community. Come join the Existential-Humanistic Institute(EHI) and it's community members at an informal networking get-together. 

We welcome all existentially and humanistically oriented therapeutic practitioners! This community gathering is intended for all types of therapeutic practitioners and students. Psychologists, nurses, counselors, social workers, doctors are all invited. This gathering is intended for all: newcomers, students, and friends of EHI who are interested in bringing the existential-humanistic perspective to their work and lives.

What: The Existential Cafe: A Bay Area Existential-Humanistic Community Gathering!

Where: Bernal Heights, San Francisco, California

When: Friday, March 16th – 6:30pm-8pm.

Who: Hosted by members of the Existential-Humanistic Institute Community & Sponsored by EHI.

How: There will be a short (and fun) experiential activity, after which we will break into informal discussion and general schmoozing.

Free! We will provide drinks (wine, waters, soda) and snacks are always appreciated if you would like to bring something!

RSVP: Let us know you can join us! Contact our Admin, Michelle by phone +1 415-689-1475 or by email at: info[@]

flyer for Existential Cafe on March 16th, 2018 in San Francisco

Download Existential Cafe Flyer [PDF] >>

We hope you will be able to attend! And please feel free to invite friends or colleagues who might also be interested in the discussion.

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

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10th Annual Conference of the Society for Humanistic Psychology Division 32 of the American Psychological Association

EHI's Kirk Schneider, PhD and Orah Krug, PhD Presentations at DIV32 Conference

Thursday, March 30th, 2017
Cultivating Therapeutic Artistry and Skill: A Model for Training and Supervision in Existential-Humanistic Therapy
Orah Krug, Kirk Schneider, and Arpana Inman
(Saybrook University, Existential Humanistic Institute)
CE Approved

Psychotherapy is an art as much as a science. Orah Krug and Kirk Schneider co-authors of Supervision Essentials of Existential-Humanistic Therapy (2016), are master therapists and educators in Existential-Humanistic Therapy. They have created an innovative, evidence-based training and supervisory model that focuses on E-H therapy as a relational and experiential approach that incorporates participants' personal contexts to expand self- awareness and interpersonal sensitivity. This training model is grounded in the most current research on therapeutic effectiveness, i.e.,"contextual or common factors research" that cites the personal and relational dimensions of therapy—and not techniques or protocols—as primarily responsible for effecting healing and change.

The workshop presenters will describe and illustrate their educational training and supervisory model. Their aim is to provide participants with a theoretical and an experiential understanding of this innovative and effective approach to psychotherapeutic training.

In the first part of the presentation, Orah Krug will provide an overview of the training and supervisory model inviting participants to engage in an illustrative experiential exercise. Next, Kirk Schneider will present selections from the companion video to the aforementioned text titled, "Existential-Humanistic Psychotherapy Supervision" (March 2016), part of an APA Series on Psychotherapy Supervision). A short discussion among the authors and one of their APA editors, Arpana Inman will follow. The workshop will conclude with a live demonstration of supervision by Orah Krug and a volunteer.

Friday, March 31st, 2017
The Experiential Democracy Project: Social-Political Applications of Existential Psychology
Kirk Schneider, Louis Hoffman, Orah Krug, Nathaniel Granger, Rodger Broome
(Saybrook University, Existential Humanistic Institute)
CE Approved

This presentation concerns the "experiential democracy project," an existentially based approach to the facilitation of "I-Thou" dialogues among parties holding ostensibly opposing views. Inspired by the work of Martin Buber (1970), I-Thou dialogues are intimate person-to-person encounters that balance the distinctiveness of individuality with the communality and potential for bridge-building among dyads or groups. Kirk Schneider originated the experiential democracy project to address the increasing polarization (among races, classes and political leaders) in our society. Still in its nascence, the experiential democracy dialogue has been engaged among graduate students, community leaders, and in one case, a social activist and police officer (eg., see Experiential Democracy Project: An "I-Thou" Dialogue on Racism and Policing -Full Video ).

In this presentation, a Division 32 Task Force on the experiential democracy project comprised of Kirk Schneider, Nathaniel Granger, Rodger Broome, Louis Hoffman, and Orah Krug will demonstrate several forms of its application. First, the Task Force will provide an overview of the project, and ways it has been implemented in a variety of settings. Next, the Task Force will offer a demonstration of an "experiential democracy dialogue," to help illustrate the principles of the project; and finally the Task Force will support the facilitation of the dialogue among break-out groups of attendees to the presentation. The aim of the presentation is to provide timely skills to expand the principles of existential depth psychology to the mediation and healing of "otherness" both within ourselves and those with whom we interact. As can be seen from the recent contentiousness in the presidential election, as well as society at large, there are few more critical moments in our history for the application of these time-honored principles of practice.

Saturday, April 1st, 2017
Our Faustian Bargain with Robotic Technologies: Self-Transformation in the Age of Robotics
Kirk Schneider, Ph.D John Galvin, Ph.D
(Saybrook University)
CE Approved

How conscious are we of the transformation of the self as robotic technology becomes increasingly present in our lives? Like Goethe's Dr. Faust have we signed a bargain with the Devil, Mephistopheles. In exchange for our submission to its authority robotic technology promise us limitless knowledge and power?

This program engages participants in a stimulating and potentially unsettling discussion of robotics, a technology that is transforming our lives. Can we and to what degree should we take serious the prophetic claims of the leaders of the robotic revolution that one day robotic technology will recreate human beings in the image of these machines. Another possibility is that proponents of robotic technology like Dr. Frankenstein, will create tormented monsters lacking those qualities that make a human life worth living.

Conference Dates:March 30th - April 2nd, 2017

Conference Location:Point Park University, Pittsburgh, PA

For more info on the Annual Conference of the Society for Humanistic Psychology[DIV32]

Presented by The Milton H. Erickson Foundation:

The Brief Therapy Conference 2016

December 8th -11th , 2016
Location: Town and Country, San Diego, CA

The Brief Therapy Conference: Treating Anxiety, Depression and Trauma is an opportunity for leaders in the field to present and interact, by discussing their individual approaches, and the progress of psychotherapy in general. Presenting at this conference are experts—each of whom has made seminal contributions to the field of psychotherapy. The Brief Therapy Conference 2016 is the tenth comprehensive gathering of master practitioners from major contemporary disciplines.  

Interview featuring pre-emininent Gestalt Therapist, Erving Polster on Gestalt Therapy with Victor Yalom and Randall C. Wyatt. >>

For more info about future events visit The Brief Therapy Conference website here >>

EHI 9th Annual Conference, Nov 12th, 2016!

The EHI 9th Annual Conference, 'Always Going Home': Human Evolution and Digital Revolution will take place November 12, 2016 at AgeSong University in San Francisco.

This 9th Annual conference will be a dynamic, interactive group discussion hosted by EHI's Nader Shabahangi, PhD, Kirk Schneider, PhD, Sonja Saltman, MA, MFT, Orah Krug, PhD, Mary Madrigal, PhD, Troy Piwowarski, PsyD, and Suzan Bollich, PhD.

Keynote Presentation: Erv Polster, PhD

EHI is honored to have preeminent Gestalt Psychotherapist Dr Erving Polster present the EHI 9th Annual Keynote via Skype.

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.

For more information about future events like this please visit the EHI Conference page >>

Fall 2016 Presentations and Symposiums by EHI Board Members

  • Sept 28th & 29th, 2016
    Nader Shabahangi, PhD
    Berlin, Germany
    Title: On Aging, Life-long Learning, Eldership, Growth and Maturity

    Description: Nader is presenting a workshop in Berlin on revsioning aging from liability to resource, from burden to a gift. Aging invariably can bring us a deeping and maturing.
    Download Flyer here >> [PDF-German]

  • Friday, Oct 7th, 2016
    Kirk Schneider, PhD
    Alliant University, San Diego, CA
    6:30pm -8:30pm
    Wine & Cheese Reception begins at 6:00pm
    Title: The Polarized Mind: A Pre-Election Primer for the Educated Heart, 2 CEs

    Description: We engage in one of the most polarizing election cycles in our country's history. This First Friday event at the Center for Integrative Psychology will host Kirk Schneider, Ph.D., author of The Polarized Mind. Kirk will describe and lead discussion on the nature, implications, and possible antidotes to polarized thinking (theirs, and ours).
    Find out more about the Center for Integrative Psychology >>

  • Saturday, October 8th, 2016
    Kirk Schneider, PhD
    Alliant University, San Diego, CA
    10:00am - 4:00 pm
    Title: Can ‘Awe’ Spark a Social Revolution? Practices for the Reformation of Culture Workshop, 5 CEs

    Description: This world appears to be coming apart at the seams. Every week we are bombarded by “breaking stories” of civil unrest, mass shootings, terrorism, and polarizing rhetoric from our presidential candidates.
    The polarized mind, which is the fixation on one point of view to the utter exclusion of competing points of view, is arising with a vengeance in this hugely charged, extraordinarily partisan political season. A real-life dialogue he facilitated between an African American activist and a Caucasian police officer will be shown and discussed. The exemplar-- of how an awe-based, experiential encounter can proceed-- provides a dimension for personal and professional enactments>
    In this workshop, existential-humanistic psychologist, Kirk Schneider--author of The Polarized Mind and Awakening to Awe-- will propose that the sense of awe can be a potent antidote to our destructive cycle.
    Find out more about CIP EVENTS >>

Summer 2016 Presentations and Symposiums by EHI Board Members

  • July 29th, 2016
    Biannual International Personal Meaning Conference, Toronto, Canada
    Kirk Schneider
    Title: Keynote- Can Awe Spark a Social Revolution?
  • August 2nd, 2016
    The Living Institute
    Kirk Schneider
    Title: Existential-Integrative Therapy and Evidence-Based Treatments
  • August 4th, 2016
    APA Convention, Denver, CO
    Kirk J. Schneider
    Title: Consciousness and Awe---Alternative Cultural Paradigms in Research and Practice
  • August 4th, 2016
    APA Convention, Denver, CO
    Orah Krug, PhD and Kirk Schneider, PhD
    Title: On Monoculture: Theoretical, Organizational, and Cultural Nondiversity in Psychology
  • August 6th, 2016
    APA Convention, Denver, CO
    Kirk J. Schneider
    Title: The Human Core of Effective Psychotherapy---Toward a More Scientific, Relational Perspective

Spring EHI Consult Group with Master E-H Therapists

We are pleased to continue the Existential - Humanistic Consult Group in San Francisco. The group is now meeting on Saturdays from 10:30am -12:30pm at Agesong in Hayes Valley.

In this group you will work with Dr Orah Krug to deepen your understanding of how to work with clients from an e-h perspective.

  • We'll focus on:
  • a) cultivating personal and relation presence,
  • b) tracking and reflecting process, and
  • c) increasing your facility to resolve clients' detrimental protective patterns.
  • By role-playing your clients we'll deepen your understanding of:
  • a) their self and world constructs,
  • b) how their protective patterns may trigger you, and
  • c) how to work with your personal contexts to resolve therapeutic impasses and help your clients accept disowned aspects of themselves.

Once a month on saturdays from 10:30am -12:30pm at Agesong in Hayes Valley.

Please contact Michelle, the EHI Administrative Assistant, by email at info[at] to register.

EHI in Partnership with CIIS Presents: Jim Bugental 

The Power of


November 14th & 15th, 2015 San Francisco

Keynote Speaker Roger Walsh
Presenters include Kenneth Bradford, Tom Greening, Maureen O’Hara, Kirk Schneider, Bryan Wittine, and many more!


November 14th -15th, 2015

CIIS Main Building: Namaste Hall
San Francisco, CA

Honoring the centenary of
James Bugental's birth and the 50th
Anniversary of the publication of
The Search for Authenticity

Honoring the Centenary of James Bugental’s birth and the
50th Anniversary of The Search for Authenticity

The Existential-Humanistic Institute (EHI), in collaboration with CIIS, honors the centenary of James F. T. Bugental's birth and the 50th anniversary of The Search for Authenticity.

EHI dedicates its 8th Annual Conference to Jim Bugental, a founder of Humanistic Psychology, co-founder of the Existential-Humanistic Institute, master Existential Therapist and pioneer of Transpersonal Psychology. In these sessions and panels, the presenters honor Jim as a strong advocate of experience-near psychotherapy, highlighting his recognition of inward sensing and the subjective experience of the individual. Such therapy emphasizes spontaneous engagement in the present moment, in the here and now.

This conference brings together a number of Jim's former students and associates, many of whom now are respected mentors, therapists and teachers themselves.


    Dancing Dragons: Working with Couple's Core Wounds
    Radical Intersubjectivity: Attunement Through as a Portal to Authentic Existence
    Raising the Stakes: Increasing Client Presence and Commitment in Living Moment
    Beyond the Search for Authenticity: The Natural Freedom of Being
    The Art of Jim Bugental's Psychotherapy
    The Poetics of Psychotherapy
    Poetics Expressions in the Shadows: The Use of Poetry to Facilitate the Grieving and Loss
    A Box of Darkness: Being Present with Life Threatening Illness
    Existential Meaning Making: The Heart of Therapeutic Change
    From Russia with Love: 25 years of EH Therapy & an Existential-Somatic approach to Trauma
    Who's Aging are We Living?: Re-Visioning the Purpose and Meaning of Aging
    Evoking Presence In The Face Of Loss: Writing Through Grief
    Dancing Lessons at the Edge: Humanistic Praxis as Cultural Leadership
    The Subtle Somatic Qualities of Presence
    Authenticity, Presence, and the Shamanic Journey: Jim Bugental as Shaman
    Presence and the Polarized Mind: Applying Jim's principles to Social Conflict
    Resilience and Depth Existential Psychotherapy
    The Search for Authenticity: Conversations with Jim Bugental
    The no-self and Multiple Selfhood: When Existential Psychotherapy Works
    Keynote: My Therapy with Jim
    The Dark Night of the Soul: Existential and Jugian Perspectives

  • An Existential Humanistic Approach to Programs Addressing the San Francisco Black Community

  • Revealing Presence: A Group Search Process

  • Young Professionals Panel

    Saturday, November 14th, 2015

Session Time Namaste Hall Room 1 Room 2 Room 3

9:00am -


9:30am-10:30am Conference Opening
Celebrating Jim Bugental: Past, Present and Future
10:30am-10:45am Break Break Break Break
10:45am-12:15am Maureen O'Hara
Dancing Lessions at the Edge: Humanistic Praxis as Cultural Leadership
Bryan Wittine
The Dark Night of the Soul:
Existential and Jungian
Bob Edelstein
The Art of Jim Bugental's Psychotherapy
Louis Hoffman & Michael Moats
Poetics Expressions
in the Shadows:
The Use of Poetry
to Facilitate
Grieving and Loss
12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:30pm-1:45pm Pat LeClair
Poetry Centering Reading
1:45pm-3:15pm Orah Krug
Existential Meaning Making: The Heart of Therapeutic Change
Michael Guy Thompson
The Search for Authenticity:Conversations
with Jim Bugental
John Prendergast
The Subtle Somatic Qualities of Presence

Elena Mazure &
John Ingle

From Russia with Love:
25 years of EH Therapy
& an Existential-Somatic
Approach to Trauma

3:15pm-3:30pm Break Break Break Break
3:30pm-5:00pm Kirk Schnieder
Presence and the Polarized Mind: Applying Jim's Principals to Social Conflict
Ray Greenleaf, Grace Fisher,
Justin McGahan, Lacy Martinez,
Sarah Sheretz, Andrea Colombu,
Jen Gomoll & Troy Piwowarski

Young Professionals Panel
Louis Dangles & Christine Armstrong
Dancing Dragons: Working with Couple's Core Wounds
5:00pm-7:00pm Reception Celebration      
  • Sunday November 15th, 2015

Session Time Namaste Hall Room 1 Room 2 Room 3

9:00am- 9:30am

9:30am-11:00am Conference Keynote
Roger Walsh
My therapy with Jim
11:00am-11:15am Break Break Break Break
11:15am-12:45pm Ken Bradford
Beyond the Search for Authenticity: The Natural Freedom of Being
Benjamin Tong
The No-self and Multiple Selfhood: When Existential Psychotherapy Works
Bruce McBeath & Paul Bracke
Raising the Stakes: Increasing Client Presence and Committment in the Living Moment
Tom Greening
The Poetics of Psychotherapy
12:45pm-1:30pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:30pm-2:00pm Existential Poetics Performance      
2:00pm-3:15pm Molly Sterling, Sue Brown, Marty Lawlor, Patricia LeClair & Joan Monheit
Revealing Presence: A Group Search Process
Steven Schmitz
Authenticity, Presence, and the Shamanic Journey: Jim Bugental as Shaman
Suzan Bollich
Radical Intersubjectivity: Attunement Through as a Portal to Authentic Existence
Cedric Jackson, Mary Ann Jones, & Andrea Morrison
An Existential Humanistic Approach to Programs Addressing the San Francisco Black Community
3:15-3:30om Break Break Break Break
3:30pm-4:45pm Joan Monheit
Evoking Presence in the Face of Loss: Writing Through Grief
William Staudenmaier
Resilience and Depth Existential Psychotherapy
Cheryl Krauter
A Box of Darkness: Being Present with Life Threatening Illness
Nader Shabahangi & Bruce McBeath
Who's Aging Are We Living?: Re-Visioning the Purpose and Meaning of Aging
4:50pm-5:30pm Closing Forum      



AgeSong Living Communities

The Association of Humanistic Psychology

The Association of Transpersonal Psychology

Existential Humanistic Northwest

John F. Kennedy University

Meridian University

Pacific Institute

Saybrook University

Sofia University

Fall 2015 E-H Recommended Workshop at EHNorthwest

From our friends at Existential Humanistic Northwest
EHNW Annual Workshop:
Existential Meaning-Making with EHI's Orah Krug, PhD

Friday, October 2, 2015 at The Ambridge Event Center in Portland, OR

Orah Krug, PhD: Existential Meaning-Making at EHNW's 2015 Annual Workshop

Portland, OR

October 2nd, 2015

Existential Humanistic Northwest (EHNW) is excited to present this year's EHNW Annual Workshop: "Existential Meaning-Making: The Heart of Therapeutic Change."

Join author, therapist, and thought-leader in Existential-Humanistic psychotherapy Orah Krug, Ph.D. for a day of lecture, discussion and experiential exercises in meaning-making as a central element of therapeutic change.

Dr. Krug's presentation combines lecture, case examples and experiential exercises to identify and describe the process of existential meaning-making, and explores how the act of “making sense” of an experience, is central to our client's therapeutic change.

This workshop is presented by our friends at Existential Humanistic Northwest in Portland, OR.
Find out more here....

first world congress for existential therapy logo

EHI Faculty members, Kirk Schneider, EHI Vice President and Orah Krug, EHI Clinical Director presented multiple sessions at the World Congress in Existential Therapy May 14-17th, 2015.

Kirk is the Keynote Speaker on Saturday with his presentation: "Human Responsibility and the Polarized Mind."

Orah and Kirk's Presentations at World Congress for Existential Therapy 

Thursday May 14, 2015 Pre Congress 

The New Existential-Humanistic Therapy: Personal, Interpersonal, and Cosmological
Orah Krug & Kirk Schneider

Friday, May 15, 2015

Symposium on Saybrook University's Contribution to Existential-Humanistic Psychology: Past, Present and Future.
Convenor: Louis Hoffman, with Orah Krug, Veronica Lac, Shawn Rubin, Kirk Schneider, Monica Mansilla, Mark Yang

Dealing with Dreams in Existential Therapy
Stephen Diamond, Alfried Laengle and Kirk Schneider:

Saturday May 16, 2015

Human Responsibility and the Polarized Mind.
Kirk Schneider

Addressing and 'Treating' The Polarized Mind
Kirk Schneider

Symposium on Key Concepts and Methods of Existential Therapies.
Convenor: Patrycia Huf with Orah Krug, Simon du Plock, Anne Willi


Find out more about the World Congress in Existential Therapyin Beunos Aires, Brazil in May 2019.

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EHI 2014 Events

EHI Colloquium

The Future of Psychotherapy

A Day of Discussions & Dialogue about Effective E-H Psychotherapeutic Practices

View photos from the Colloquium here in the EHI Gallery and here on the EHI blog.

DATE: Nov 15, 2014

LOCATION: San Francisco, CA

This Event has passed.

How do we train developing therapists
and how do we continue to deepen our practice throughout the years?

This colloquium will encourage participants to share their ideas about the vital skills and attitudes that a therapist in training needs to learn and develop, and with regard to the practicing therapist, which skills and attitudes will not only enrich and deepen clinical work but also perhaps impact society in general.

We hope that our discussions and dialogue will contribute to the profession of psychotherapy by stimulating clinicians, educators, trainers, schools, and licensing agencies to reflect upon the necessary components of effective psychotherapy.

Thank you for your interest and we hope to see you at this year’s EHI “The Future of Psychotherapy” Colloquium.


Nader Shabahangi, EHI President and Conference Coordinator


Mary G. Madrigal, EHI Board Member and Conference Coordinator

Colloquium Outline

Download and Print Colloquium Agenda/Workshop Outline -PDF

The EHI Colloquium is Sponsored by Pacific Institute and Agesong

Pacific Institute’s GeroWellness Program is an Existential-Humanistic Oriented Internship and Practicum Program for Developing Therapists and is part of the AgeSong Living Platform.

Visit or for more information on additional programs.

EHI Experiential I Dates

Existential-Humanistic Therapy: Experiential I

• October 31- November 4, 2014 - Westerbeke Ranch, Sonoma CA

Our Friends at the Saltman Center Celebrate 10th Anniversary!

Who: Saltman Center for Confilict Resolution

What: Special 10th Anniversary Presentation   "Making Peace with Your Enemy - Nelson Mandela and his Contributions  to Conflict Resolution"

When: 11/01/2014 - 3:00pm

Where: University of Nevada Los Vegas   Event Location: Thomas and Mack Moot Court Facility

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution presents

Nelson Mandela Making Peace with Your Enemy: 
Nelson Mandela and his Contributions 
to Conflict Resolution

Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 | 3:00 p.m.
UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law 

Andrea Schneider


  • Carrie Menkel-Meadow: “Nelson Mandela’s Procedural Transition From (Violent) Cause Activist to Peace and Justice Seeking Activist”
  • Robert Mnookin: “Nelson Mandela’s Decision to Bargain with the Devil”
  • Richard Goldstone: "Nelson Mandela's Skills in Conflict Negotiation: A Personal Reflection"
  • Penny Andrews: "Nelson Mandela, Forgiveness and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission"

Our Friends at Existential-Humanistic NorthWest Hosting Workshop with EHI's Kirk Schneider, PhD

From the Polarized Mind to the Rediscovery of Awe: An Existential-Integrative Perspective on Healing

The Polarized Mind targets an important problem and shows how it has surfaced throughout the entire world, and chronologically, through the whole of recorded history. The book's scope is mind-boggling and its message crucial." --Huston Smith, Author of "The World's Religions" on Kirk Schneider's new book The Polarized Mind: Why It's Killing Us and What We Can Do About It."

Presented by: Kirk J Schneider, Ph.D.
Join leading spokesperson for Existential-Humanistic psychology, Kirk J. Schneider, Ph.D. for a day of lecture, discussion and experiential exercises in existential-integrative therapy. Drawing from his new book as well as past work, Dr. Schneider will lead us in examining what he identifies as “The Polarized Mind” – its causes and development, existential issues and qualities, and its treatment via existential-integrative therapy. Dr. Schneider defines the Polarized Mind as the product not of sickness but of unaddressed and unacknowledged fear - which leads individuals and societies to become rigid, narrow, and destructive.

When: Friday, September 26, 2014 9:00am to 4:30pm  
Where: Portland, OR

Kirk Scheider EHI Vice President bio pic

EHNW Workshop with Kirk Schneider

CEU's: 6 CEU's approved by Oregon Counseling Association/NBCC

Find out more about the Upcoming EHNW Workshop with Kirk Schneider here on the EHNW website.

Workshop Syllabus:Read the full workshop syllabus online here.

EHNW Workshop with Kirk Schneider - From the Polarized Mind to the Rediscovery of Awe.

More Questions? Contact EHNW direcly at workshop[at]

Existential-Humanistic Therapy: Experiential II
March 6-9, 2014

EHI 2013 Events

City Lights books at 60 A panel with EHI's Kirk Schneider

City Lights at 60 is hosting a panel on Dec 8 to discuss the Beats, Bohemianism and Alternative Spirituality
Panel includes Kirk Schneider, PhD, Marc Applebaum, PhD, Tony Stigliano, PhD and is moderated by Yannis Toussulis, PhD

source: City Lights Books Events Calendar

CITY LIGHTS AT 60: Hip, Cool, and Beatitude-The Beats, Bohemianism, and Alternative Spirituality

Sunday, December 8, 2013, 5:00 P.M.
City Lights Booksellers
261 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco, CA

This presentation will begin with a short lecture on the Beat Generation's contribution to religious heresy in America and the spiritual underpinnings of the hipster archetype. Additional references will be made to the earlier romantic and transcendentalist roots of the Beats; and a panel will discuss the current influence of the Beats in literature, the arts, philosophy, psychology, and alternative approaches to spirituality.


Yannis Toussulis, Ph.D. – specialist in the psychology of religion, former director of the Consciousness Studies Program at Antioch University/West, and adjunct professor of political and intercultural psychology at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.  Author of Sufism and the Way of Blame (Quest Books, 2011).

Panel Discussants:

Marc Applebaum, Ph.D. – faculty member at Saybrook University and consulting editor at the Journal of Humanistic Psychology; specialist in phenomenological and hermeneutical research, cross-cultural psychology, and religious studies.

Kirk J. Schneider, Ph.D. – vice president of the Existential-Humanistic Institute, adjunct faculty member at Saybrook University and Teachers College, Columbia University. He is author of ten books including Awakening to Awe (Jason Aronson, 2009) and The Polarized Mind (University Professors Press, 2013).

Tony Stigliano, PhD – moral and political philosopher and adjunct professor of psychology at Alliant International University; former lecturer at CalBerkeley School of Education and Teachers College, Columbia University.

Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public and take place at City Lights Bookstore
261 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94133
For more information about City lights events please call: 415-362-8193.


2013 EHI 7th Annual Conference Logo

Pacific Institute and AgeSong Proudly Host
The 7th Annual E-H Institute 2013 Conference

Join us in San Francisco for two days of break out sessions and speakers as we explore this year's theme, "Befriending Anxiety and Worry: Finding Strength and Meaning in Everyday Living."

2013 Conference Booklet

EHI:7 Conference Quick Links and Info

EHI Proudly Welcomes

E. Mark Stern, Phd
Opening Keynote Speaker EHI:7 2013

Dr. Stern's Keynote Presentation

"Grow Old Along With Me: A Psychotherapist Looks at His Own Aging"

"Elders, defying their forgetfulness, become the tellers of passionate tales… Alternative realities are a means to soul making." Dr. Stern states that he has come to appreciate the unique poetics of a tousled mind and that pain and suffering, too, can move us into an unfamiliar paradigm. He states that "through an acceptance of the vitality of dying, we once again know the world. ”

E. Mark Stern, EdD, ABPP is a humanistic psychology junkie. The more so since his retirement as Professor Emeritus from the Graduate Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Iona College and many many many years of private practice of clinical psychology and wild psychoanalysis. After being part of the psychological community in New York City, he now lives in near retirement in a very small town BUT serves as Finance Chair of the Dutchess County Democratic Committee. Yet he finds it impossible to "fix" a traffic ticket.- E Mark Stern, "Inflections" Society for Humanistic Psychology Newsletter | October 2009. View Dr. Sterns full bio here at

2013 EHI7 Speakers and Sessions

EHI has an exciting line-up of these speakers and sessions for the EHI7 2013 Annual Conference.

Opening Keynote with E. Mark Stern, PhD: "Grow Old Along With Me: A Psychotherapist Looks at His Own Aging "

Ken Bradford, PhD: "Rude Awakening: Trauma as a Portal to Authentic Presence "

Bob Edelstein, LMFT, MFT:"Six Existential-Humanistic Philosophical Frames: Empowering the Therapist"

Patrick Faggianelli PhD: "Aikido and Psychotherapy"

Lisa Firestone, PhD and Joyce Catlett: "Creating a Meaningful Life: Through Facing the Anxiety of Being an Adult"

Tom Greening, PhD and Lisa Vallejos, MA: "Existential Shattering"

Candice Hershman, MA, LMFT, Doctoral Candidate and Sonja Saltman, MA:"Befriending Each Other: Befriending Agency & Meaning Through Community"

Heatherlyn Hoffman, PsyD, Louis Hoffman, PhD and Theopia Jackson, PhD: "Cultural Competency & Existential Psychotherapy"

Elva Hoxie, PhD, RN, MPH: "The Impact of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) on the Survivor’s Spouse/Partner From an Existential-Humanistic Perspective"

John Ingle, MA:"The Existential Body of the Humanistic Mind, Somatic Trauma Therapy Insights From Near Death to Gentle Everyday Ecstatic Living "

Janet Jacobson, American Council on Exercise(ACE), CNA/HHA, RNA:"How Dancers Think and Feel"

Orah Krug, PhD: "Contact and Context—The Paradox of Relational Presence"

Ali Miller, MFT:"Befriending Ourselves through Self-Empathy: Nonviolent Communication as a Tool for Self-Compassion"

Koke Saavedra, PsyD and Galia Schechter, PsyD:"The Freedom to Choose in the Presence of our Fears and Anxieties: Mindful Acceptance or Mindful Inquiry?"

Kirk Schneider, PhD: "The Polarized Mind—Its Nature, Basis, and Therapeutic Implications"

Ilene Serlin, PhD, BC-DMT, Sarah Kass, PhD, Candice Hershman, MFT and Eleanor Criswell, PhD:"The Art of Embodiment"

Jeff Sharp, PhD:"Addressing Grief and a Looming Abyss: Uncertainty, Terror and Unexpected Rewards"

Michael Guy Thompson, PhD:"Existential Freud: Converting Neurotic Misery Into Common Unhappiness"


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EHI 2012 Events

2012 EHI6 Program Guide

EHI Certification in Foundations of Existential-Humanistic Practice

The conference is also a training venue for our yearlong certificate program. Upon successful completion, students in the program are awarded a certificate in the Foundations of Existential-Humanistic Practice. The “certificate track” will offer current and prospective students 12 hours of E-H therapy training, organized around the conference theme and taught by our nationally recognized faculty. Find out more and get contact info regarding the EHI certificate program here.

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2012 EHI Conference Log


The 6th Annual EHI Conference

"Everyday Existentialism: Cultivating Presence, Awe and Meaning"

  • Dates: November 16th and 17th, 2012

“Everyday Existentialism: Cultivating Presence, Awe and Meaning”

AgeSong hosts the Existential Humanistic Institute’s (EHI’s) 6th Annual EHI Conference Friday and Saturday, November 16 and 17. EHI is a program of Pacific Institute, a non-profit organization. The conference is also a training venue for our yearlong certificate program. Upon successful completion, students in the program are awarded a certificate in the Foundations of Existential-Humanistic Practice. The “certificate track” will offer current and prospective students 12 hours of E-H therapy training, organized around the conference theme and taught by our nationally recognized faculty. Read more…

2012 EHI6 Program Guide

EHI Certification in Foundations of Existential-Humanistic Practice

The conference is also a training venue for our yearlong certificate program. Upon successful completion, students in the program are awarded a certificate in the Foundations of Existential-Humanistic Practice. The “certificate track” will offer current and prospective students 12 hours of E-H therapy training, organized around the conference theme and taught by our nationally recognized faculty. To learn more about the certificate program and the 12 hour certificate track curriculum, visit the EHI website.

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EHI 2011 Events

The Existential Humanistic Institute Invites You to the Launching of Their Film Series

Hosted by Candice Hershman, MA, MFT

Cinema is the great contemporary art form of the 20th and 21st century. In his book, Sculpting in Time (1987), Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky asserted that cinema, along with music, was the most personally impactful art form in the sense that it has the capacity to bring us into the most direct experience of a story possible. Through suspended belief, an audience can experience a moving work of art in a palpable way, transcending the barriers that separate us from the world of the "other," and expanding our sense of personal emotional life through a deep intimacy that is developed with complex characters and estranged worlds. Existential Humanistic Psychology has a rich history of creative acknowledgement, recognizing that artists are perhaps among the greatest of psychological minds. Because of this, we invite the community to share a filming experience with each other, both as observers and dialectic participants.

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Sunday, May 6th, 2012, 2 – 5:30 PM: The Elephant Man (1980), directed by David Lynch.

Film Synposis: The Elephant Man was nominated for eight Academy Awards including Best picture, Director, and Screenplay, and was also nominated for four Golden Globes. The Elephant Man won Best Foreign Film at the French Syndicate of Cinema Critics. David Lynch tells the true story of John Merrick, a severely disfigured man who made his way through the world pimped off as a circus freak until he was discovered by a surgeon, Frederick Treves, who had an agenda of his own. The transformation that occurs as a result of the relationship leaves the good doctor to examine his own character and the disfigured man to discover the great beauty that lies beneath his repulsive exterior. The film is a masterful portrait of the collective shadow, what we value, disregard, as well as the beauty and ugliness that exists within every human being regardless of what we choose to invite in or cast out.

Sunday, June 10th, 2012, 2 – 5:30 PM: Act III, Scene I (2010)
Written, directed, and produced by Kindred Parker of Last Wave Film.

Kindred Parker will personally screen his award winning film and be available to discuss the content of his film and the artistic process after the screening.

Film Synopsis: Act III, Scene I won Best Cinematography at San Francisco City Shorts 2010. Act III, Scene 1 is a modern reworking of William Shakespeare's Hamlet. It abstracts, contemporizes, and condenses elements of the play into a short film with its focus trained on Act III, Scene 1: the crucial exchange between Hamlet and Ophelia. A young prince embarks on a path of vengeance, sacrificing an authentic "romantic love" for a lofty idealism, driving himself and his lover insane. Last Wave's revision uses the classical tale of Hamlet to contemplate domesticity, anthropology, power dynamics, gender roles, politics, etc., and ultimately to tell its own story.

Artist Biography: Kindrid Parker is a writer, award-winning filmmaker, and the co-founder of Last Wave Film. The films he has written and directed have been on view at various mainstays of the Bay Area filmmaking community: The Pacific Film Archive/Berkley Art Museum, The Artists' Television Access, The Knew Nothing, The Cafe Revolution, The Space Gallery, and many others. Kindrid publishes fiction and experimental prose through a number of literary journals, including 3AM Magazine and The Walrus. When he is not writing or directing films, Kindrid teaches Film Production and Film Acting at the Shelton Studios in San Francisco. Kindrid is currently in pre-production on his first feature film, Home.

Sunday, July 15th, 2012, 2 – 5:30 PM: La Strada (1954), directed by Federico Fellini.

Film Synopsis: La Strada won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 1956. Fellini tells the story of Zampano and Gelsomina, two traveling circus performers who are in an abusive relationship with each other. The disconnection, cruelty, lost innocence, and questioning of one’s own personal value in an indiscriminately painful, yet beautiful and awe inspiring world is even further complicated when the two encounter Il Matto, another traveling, high wire performer with a devilishly irresistible free spirit. The tragedy that unfolds elicits irrevocable change that ultimately leaves one of the characters alone with their vulnerability in the face of a vast mystery.

Candice Hershman, MA, MFT , will give a brief talk before each film screening, and then facilitate a group discussion before concluding the afternoon. Candice Hershman has a private therapy practice in Sausalito, and has been pleased with the efficacy of cinematherapy in groups she has facilitated in residential treatment. Candice has invested a great deal of time exploring cinema as an illuminating force in psychology. With faculty sponsorship, Candice wrote and taught a course at Sonoma State University titled Humanistic Psychology and Film , and has continued to pursue her passion for film through the mentored guidance of Dr. Ed Mendelowitz, author of Fellini, Fred, and Ginger: Imagology and the Postmodern World (2001), and Dr. Kirk Schneider, author of Horror and the Holy: Wisdom Teachings of the Monster Tale, (1999). For more information about Candice, please visit her website at

The Poetics of Aging

Towards A New Understanding of the Many Verses of Life

  • Dates: November 16 - 19, 2011
  • General Schedule: 8:30am to 6pm (Wednesday); 8:30am to 5pm (Thursday-Saturday)
  • EHI-Inner Elder Program Schedule: 2:30pm to 7pm (Thursday); 9:15am to 5:30pm (Friday); 9:00am to 4:30pm (Saturday)
  • Location: First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco, California

EHI is one of the collaborating organizations for this conference organized by AgeSong Institute. The conference mission is to counter the mainstream understanding of aging as decline and/or disease with a more expansive, humanistic, and creative - that is poetic - vision and approach. Together we shall create a climate where people exchange information and partake in creative expressions, while providing room for self-study and discovery.


The EHI-Inner Elder Program

This program given by the Existential-Humanistic Institute (EHI) will provide presentations and workshops that focus on inner growth and wisdom that accumulates throughout life and can be tapped into regardless of actual age. Inner elderhood is an ongoing process and these presentations will highlight how our inner world can continue to meet the outer world in a fruitful way.

The EHI-Certificate Tract Training

The Existential-Humanistic Institute offers a Certificate Program in E-H Therapy. The workshops designated EHI-CT will offer training in E-H Therapy and are intended to provide those students enrolled in the EHI Certificate Program additional training. These workshops are also open to all therapists and therapists-in-training wanting experiential workshops in E-H Therapy. All the EHI- EHI-Certificate Tract trainings are taught by senior core faculty of EHI, and will offer CE credits. The Certificate Track Training is open to all conference attendees and are labeled “EHI-Certificate” on designated workshops below.

Thursday, November 17: 2:30pm - 7pm

  • Nader Shabahangi and the Existential Humanistic Institute Board, EHI Inner Elder Training Introduction
    Mary Madrigal, Availability and Quality of End-of-Life Care for Persons with Complex Mental Health Conditions
    EHI end-of-day social gathering, with refreshments

Friday, November 18: 9:15am - 5:30pm

  • Orah Krug, E-H Therapy Principles in Action: A Gateway to Therapeutic Effectiveness (EHI-Certificate)
    Kirk Schneider, Rediscovering Awe for Ourselves and Our Practices (EHI-Certificate)
    Chris Armstrong & Lou Dangles, Old Hearts Forging Depths of Intimacy Caring for the Soul of the Other: The Tempering of Intimate Relationships
    Dave Elkin, Poetry Reading
    Lora Wilson, Dancing Beyond Dementia: Creating Connection and Honoring Personhood

Saturday, November 19: 9:00am - 4:30pm

  • Bob Edelstein, Thirteen Interventions for an Existential-Humanistic Therapist (EHI-Certificate)
    Meg Chang & Donna Newman-Bluestein, Dance/Movement Therapy-Based Nonverbal Communication Training for Caregivers: Creative Dance as Source and Sustenance
    Shawn Rubin, A Day in the Life(Span): An Appreciation of the Challenges and Triumphs of Personal Growth from Childhood to Elderhood through Peer Supervision & Consultation
    Bill Ryan, Legacy: What do I want to pass on to the next generation?
    Sonja Saltman, The Nature of Contact (EHI-Certificate)
    Matt Spalding and Puran Khalsa, Open To Not Knowing: Humanistic and Transpersonal Approaches to Psychotherapy for Elders with Dementia
    Sonja Saltman & Candice Hershman, In Search of the Inner Elder: The Challenge of Adding Wisdom to Years (EHI-Certificate)

Authentic Presence: The Art of Psychotherapy

A Professional Course with Ken Bradford, PhD

    Advanced training program in Existential-Contemplative Therapy focusing on:
  • Intertwining a mindfulness-based practice of relational presence with existentially-grounded psychotherapy.
    Developing skillful means of intersubjective inquiry and therapeutic conversational competencies
    Cultivating the healing play of unconditional presence.

This experiential program integrates the therapeutic approach of Jim Bugental with the principles and meditative practices of Buddhist-nondual wisdom with Heideggerʼs holistic vision of human being. The art of authentic presence and attunement to body, energy and mind will be practiced to develop skillfulness in therapeutic speaking and listening. We will consider how this approach might work with the various persons, problems and populations we encounter in our clinical practices and personal lives.

    This 36-hour course meets during 4 weekends:
  • Dates: Saturdays & Sundays: April 9-10, June 11-12, September 10-11, & December 10-11, 2011
  • Time: Saturdays 10am to 5pm; Sundays, 10am to 1pm
  • Location: Berkeley

EHI Learning Community Meeting

Do you want to connect with other existentially oriented therapists in the Bay Area? And do you want to have a voice on the future of the Existential-Humanistic Institute?

If so, please consider attending an EHI Learning Community Meeting in San Francisco on Thursday, July 7th @ 7 PM. The purpose of this get-together is to explore how EHI can meet the needs of our members and the local world at large via a learning community format. We are inviting feedback from attendees on how to make EHI relevant to your needs and dreams, so please bring your ideas and a lite snack to share with the group.

If you've been interested in getting more involved with EHI to help make it a vibrant organization that can meet your needs and address local and global concerns, this is a great opportunity!

  • Date: Thursday, July 7th, 2011
    Time: 7:00 - 9:00 PM
    Location: Laguna Grove Care, 624 Laguna Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Community Institute for Psychotherapy


Love in the Psychotherapy Relationship

A Study Class for Professionals

  • Dates: Saturdays, February 12, March 12, and April 9, 2011
    Time: 9am to 1pm
    Location: CIP, 1330 Lincoln Ave, San Rafael, Suite 201
    CE Credits: 4 CEUs per session approved for MFT's and LCSWs and 4 CEUs approved per session by the MCEPAA for Psychologists

Freud once said to Jung: “Psychoanalysis is in essence a cure through love.” If this is true, is psychotherapy a “love cure”? Is there a therapeutic kind of love? What forms does it take? How might “disorders of the heart” appear in psychotherapy? More personally, how does love (or the lack of it) in our own lives affect our work with our patients? The overall purpose of this series of seminars is to contemplate the varieties of love in the therapeutic relationship. Practical applications of theory to clinical work will be central to the seminars. We will explore Jungian, existential- humanistic, and contemporary psychoanalytic perspectives on love.

  • Bryan Wittine, PhD, LMFT, is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Mill Valley and San Francisco. He has also trained in contemporary psychoanalytic, existential, and transpersonal approaches and has practiced meditation for 40 years. He teaches at the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco on the spiritual dimension of psychotherapy, the father, relationship problems of men, and love in the analytic relationship.
  • Betsy Cohen, PhD, LCSW, is a Jungian psychoanalyst in Albany, CA and has been in private practice for 38 years. She is the author of The Snow White Syndrome and several papers on the practice of Jungian psychoanalysis. She is a teaching analyst at the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco.
  • Jane Jordan, PsyD, is a psychoanalyst with practices in San Francisco and Santa Cruz. She is a training and supervising analyst for the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles and a member, coordinator and instructor for the international advisory council of the International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology.
  • Kirk J. Schneider, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and the leading spokesperson for contemporary humanistic psychology. He is editor of The Journal of Humanistic Psychology, vice-president of the Existential-Humanistic Institute (EHI), and adjunct faculty at Saybrook, the California Institute of Integral Studies, and the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology.
  • CIP Members: $60 per session up to 2 weeks prior to each session or $80 late registration
  • CIP Non-Members: $70 per session up to 2 weeks prior to each session or $90 late registration

EHI 2010 Events


The California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies presents:
Being Awesome! and Other Topics

Radisson Hotel Los Angeles Westside
Culver City, CA
November 4, 2010

Conference Schedule and Registration Information

Thursday June 10th | 7:30 PM | Presentation and Book Signing

Kirk Schneider & Orah Krug — Existential-Humanistic Therapy

Saybrook Residential Conference
San Francisco Airport Westin Hotel | 1 Oldshore Highway | Millbrae, CA 94030

Saturday, May 22 | WORKSHOP

Deepen Your Therapeutic Work Using an Existential-Humanistic Perspective
with Bob Edelstein, LMFT, MFT
One-day workshop | Portland, OR | 6 CEs Approved

Click here to download workshop flyer

Thursday, May 20 | 8:00 - 9:30pm | Book Reading

Conversations with Ed - Ed Voris, Nader Shabahangi, Patrick Fox
Fields Book Store | 1419 Polk Street, San Francisco | (415) 673-2027

Learning Community Event | Saturday March 13, 2010 12:30pm

"The Phenomenology of Nature."

Learning Community Event | Wednesday, February 17, 2010 6:30pm - 9:30pm

"The Phenomenology of Food."

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EHI 2009 Events

EHI's Third Annual Conference

From Crisis to Creativity: Necessary Losses, Unexpected Gains

November 19-21, 2009
First Unitarian Universalist Church & Center
1187 Franklin, San Francisco, CA 94109

The theme of our conference reflects the paradoxical nature of life and our times. In order to change and grow, a familiar way of being must end. As people and therapists, we are often at the center of a person's dance between loss and gain, between the comfort of the old and the anxiety of the new. This conference will attempt to further our understanding of this dance and the richness and diversity of its movements.

14.0 CEUs available to MFTs & LCSWs, and Psychologists (APPROVED by MCEP / California Psychological Association Accrediting Agency)

List of Workshops & Sessions

Thursday - November 19th:
Humanizing Governance: Bringing Experiential Democracy to the Legislature (no CEUs)
Fiona Ma and Discussion with Kirk Schneider

Friday - November 20th:
Artistic & Creative Dimensions of Psychotherapy: Research, Theory, and Practice (1.5 CEUs)
Louis Hoffman, David Elkins, Cathy Calvert, Jason Dias
Worldview: What Are They and Why You Would Need to Know About Them (1.5 CEUs)
Stephen Curtin
Authentic Engagement: A Radical Way of Being (1.5 CEUs *Psychologist CEU pending Approval)
Bob Edelstein
When the Honeymoon Ends: Helping Couples to Embrace Each Other (1.5 CEUs *Psychologist CEU pending Approval)
Louis Dangles, Christine Armstrong
Post-traumatic Embitterment Disorder: Existential Roots of Anger, Rage, and Resentment (1.5 CEUs)
Stephen Diamond
Developing Together: Mutual Development between Adult and Child (1.5 CEUs)
Josette Luvmour
Existential Political Psychology (1.5 CEUs)
Thomas Greening
Art and Artist, War and Warrior: Creativity and the Transformation of Trauma, Self, and Society (1.5 CEUs)
John Galvin
Evanescence: The Abstract Art and Phenomenal World of John Urbain (1.5 CEUs *Psychologist CEU pending Approval)
Ed Mendelowitz
The Poetics of Aging & Dementia (1.5 CEUs)
Nader Shabahangi
The Inter-ness of Subjectivity: Reckoning with the Ambiguity of Authenticity (1.5 CEUs)
Kenneth Bradford
Personal Crisis: An Extraordinary Opportunity for Transformation (1.5 CEUs)
Leland Baggett
The Phenomenology of Collective Trauma: Toward a More Authentic Relationality (1.5 CEUs)
Robert Stolorow

Saturday - November 21st:
Existential and Intersubjective Therapy in Dialogue (1.5 CEUs)
Robert Stolorow & EHI Panel
"The Readiness is All": Unnecessary Losses, No Forseeable Gains (1.5 CEUs *Psychologist CEU pending Approval)
Benjamin Tong
Paradox and the Nature of Change: Beyond the Veil of the Visible (1.5 CEUs)
Donald Mihaloew
The Cultivation of Intra and Interpersonal Presence: A Comparative Study of James Bugental & Irvin Yalom: Two Masters of Existential Psychotherapy (1.5 CEUs)
Orah Krug
The Western Cultural Rigidly Bounded Self, The Individualist Paradigm and Global Warming (1.5 CEUs)
Stephan Tobin
Post-traumatic Growth (1.5 CEUs)
Ilene Serlin
The Nature and Power of Awe: Personal Stories of Profound Transformation (1.5 CEUs)
Kirk Schneider, Jim Hernandez, Fraser Pierson, Candice Hershman, Michael Cooper
Towards a Common Goal: Creativity in Motion (2.0 CEUs)
Sonja Saltman, Candice Hershman

Existential Humanistic Institute | Learning Community Event | Wednesday, October 28, 2009, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Day of the Dead Celebration

Learning Community Event | Saturday, February 21st - 2009 @ 10:45 am

SFMOMA exhibit: Paul Klee's Pedagogical Sketchbook

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EHI 2008 Events

2008 Second Annual EHI Conference

Existential Psychotherapy for a World Gone Mad

Thursday - November 13, 2008

Time Activity Topic & Presenter
3:00pm - 6:00pm Registration & Check-In Pacific Institute Administration
5:30pm - 7:00pm Opening Session & Welcome/td> EHI Directors & Dr. Elizabeth Bugental  (Keynote Speaker)
7:00pm - 8:30pm Opening Poster Session Meaning-Making and Hope (Alexander M. Bacher, Stacie L. Cooper)

Reflections on the Existential-Humanistic Approach in Working with the Elderly (Rochelle Suri)

Humanistic Approach in Organization Psychology (Taylere Joseph)

Aging Women in Search of Meaning (Tamar Shirinian)

Open to Not Knowing: Existential and Process-Oriented Approaches to Therapy with Elders and Dementia (Puran Khalsa, Matt Spalding)

Through The Circle - Artists and their Mandala Drawings: How Differential Dementia Diagnosis Reflect Behaviors as Seen Through the Making of the Mandala (Rev. Patti Goldstein, MA)
7:30pm - 9:00pm Cocktail Reception All presenters, staff and VIP guests
Friday - November 14, 2008
Time Activity Topic & Presenter
9:00am - 10:30am Morning Plenary The Daimonic & Existential Depth of Psychology: Putting the Punch Back into Therapy
(Stephen A. Diamond)
10:45am - 12:15am Concurrent Workshops Existentialism & Taoism
(Benjamin Tong)
The Use of Therapeutic Enactment in Experiential Supervision
(Kevin Keenan, Shawn Rubin)
The Power of Now: Innovative Approaches to Cultivating Personal and Relational Presence in the Therapeutic Encounter
(Orah Krug)
12:30pm - 1:45pm Lunch Break
2:00pm - 3:30pm Concurrent Workshops Applying Existential Therapy in a Culturally Sensitive Manner
(Louis Hoffman)
Existential Integrative Psychology: The Art of "Being With"
(Kirk Schneider)
Poetically the Human Being Dwells - Psychotherapeutic Applications of a Heideggerian-based Psychology
(Nader Shabahangi)
3:45pm - 5:00pm Afternoon Plenary On What is Hidden: The Limits of Knowledge
(Edward Mendelowitz)
5:30pm - 7:00pm Special Activity EHI; Student Lounge; Film
Saturday - November 15, 2008
Time Activity Topic & Presenter
9:00am - 10:30am Morning Plenary A Shaking of the Foundations
(David Elkins, Alexander Bacher, Stacie Cooper, Dave Fischer, Pernilla Nathan)
10:45am - 12:15pm (**please note extended time of 1 workshop) Concurrent Workshops To See and To Be Seen
(Bill Staudenmaier, Bruce McBeath)
**extended workshop: 10:45am-1:45pm
Existential Orientation Survey
(Tom Greening, Scott Kiser)
Beyond Therapy: Bearing Witness to Will-Expression, Self-Generation, and Social/Cultural Engagement in the Pursuit of Optimal Living
(John Galvin)
12:30pm - 1:45pm Lunch Break
2:00pm - 3:30pm Concurrent Workshops Polarization: Unlocking Impasses in Couples Therapy
(Louis Dangles, Christine Armstrong)
Kinesthetic Imagining
(Ilene A. Serlin)
Authenticity & the Play of Unconditioned Presence: From Resolute Search Process to Natural Release
(Kenneth Bradford)
3:45pm - 5:00pm Closing Plenary EHI Directors & Keynote Speaker

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EHI 2007 Events

2007 First Annual EHI Conference - The Evolution Conference

Workshop Sessions:

Memories of our Mentors: Bugental, May, and Yalom.
Students of James Bugental, Rollo May, and Irvin Yalom discuss the impact of these mentors on their lives and work.
Orah Krug, Kirk Schneider, Stephen Curtin

Schneider and May's Existential-Integrative Therapy: Latest Developments.
One of the authors of this model of therapy discusses its evolution and his vision of its future applications.
Kirk Schneider

Cultivating Presence: The "You," the "Me" and the "We".
A seasoned therapist, who studied with James Bugental and Irvin Yalom, she presents her research and perspective on deepening presence in the client, the therapist and the space "in-betwee" by integrating a subjective and intersubjective focus.
Orah Krug

East meets West: An Existential-Contemplative Model of psychotherapy.
A long time practitioner of meditative practices presents his therapeutic model that integrates that experience with what he has learned during his extensive collaboration with James Bugental.
Ken Bradford

Age Song: An Existential-Humanistic Environment for Elders
One of the creators of this spiritually rich elder care facility presents the lessons this endeavor offers him and his trainees.
Nader Shambahangi

Integrating dance and movement into Existential-Humanistic Therapy
A leading teacher encourages exploring and experimenting with the "physical." She encourages therapists to integrate movement and dance into their therapies.
Ilene Serlin

Four in the Room: Existential-Humanistic informed Couple Therapy
Drawing on their training with Bugental and Yalom, these seasoned therapists present their experiences with couples.
Christine Armstrong and Louis Dangles

Conformity and Agency: Existential-Humanistic informed Child Therapy
A student of Bugental and contributor to Schneider’s publications, he uses case material to emphasize the encouragement of agency in his work with children.
Stephen Curtin

Christine Armstrong, M.F.T. is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice, specializing in individual, couple, and group psychotherapy with adults from an Existential perspective. Past board president of Marin Horizon School. Co -authored article with Jim Bugental in The Psychology of Existence and Integrative, Clinical Perspective. Currently serving on the board of Mosaic Multicultural Foundation, and providing pro bono supervision for Apple Family Works in San Rafael, CA.

Ken Bradford, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist in private practice, specializing in Existential-Contemplative oriented psychotherapy. He is an Adjunct Professor at John F. Kennedy University and CIIS, Formerly, Co-Director of Maitri Psychotherapy Institute and senior teaching associate with James Bugental, Ph.D. Ken has been a practitioner in the Theravada and Tibetan Buddhist  traditions for over 30 years, and is professionally engaged in applying meditative sensibilities to psychotherapy practice. His recent publications include: Listening from the Heart of Silence: Nondual Wisdom and Psychotherapy, Vol. 2 with John Prendergast, and articles on Therapeutic Courage and Natural Resilience: A Heart Sutra for Psychotherapy.

Stephen Curtin, Ph.D. o-Founder of EHI. He is a licensed psychologist in private practice. He is a graduate of Saybrook Institute and trained with James Bugental, Ph.D.. He has lectured and written on applying the Existential-Integrative model to psychotherapy with children and adolescents.

Louis Dangles, M.F.T. is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice, specializing in individual, couple, and group psychotherapy with adults from an Existential perspective. Currently serving on the board of Mosaic Multicultural Foundation, and providing pro bono supervision for Apple Family Works in San Rafael, CA. He is an enthusiastic student of jazz trumpet.

Orah Krug, Ph.D. Co-Founder of EHI and Training Director. A licensed psychotherapist, supervisor and consultant in private practice, she received her doctoral degree from Saybrook Graduate School. She has lectured and written on aspects of existential psychotherapy with a particular interest in the cultivation of intra and interpersonal presence.

Irene Serlin, Ph.D., A.D.T.R., is a licensed psychologist in private practice in San Francisco and a registered dance movement therapist. She is a Fellow in the American Psychological Association. She has studied Gestalt, Existential, and Archetypal psychology with Laura Perls and James Hillman, and has taught at Saybrook Graduate School, UCLA, the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich, and Lesley University. Her writings include: Humanistic psychology and women: A critical-historical perspective, and Laura Perls and Gestalt therapy: her life and values.

Kirk Schneider, Ph.D. Past President and Co-founder of EHI. A licensed Psychologist with a Ph.D. from Saybrook Institute. Author of a number of publications that defined and elaborated on the Existential-Integrative Model of Psychotherapy. His application of this model is the subject of a recent APA video on Existential Psychotherapy. His most recent publication, Existential-Integrative Psychotherapy, is due out in the Fall of 2007.

Nader Robert Shabahangi, Ph.D Current President and Co-Founder of EHI. Also President and Founder of the Pacific Institute. A licensed Psychologist with a Ph.D. from Stanford University. A leader, trainer and writer on applying the Existential-Humanistic approach to the treatment of elderly in the United States and Europe.

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EHI 1998 Events

Grand Opening Dinner Celebration with Guest Speakers Dr. James F.T. Bugental & Dr. Irvin Yalom.

Discussion on Grief with Mary Goulding, M.S.W.

The Art of the Psychotherapist with James F.T. Bugental, Ph.D. at the Westerbeke Retreat Center.

Educational Programs:
Bridging Philosophy and Practice
Evoking the Inner Search Process
Subjectivity and Encounter
The Existential-Humanistic Conception of Resistance
Meaning and Alignment
Existential Transcendence
Integrating Existential Psychotherapy Into Your Current Practice

Existential-Contemplative Perspectives and the Integration of the Spiritual in Depth Psychotherapy. Workshop with Bill Staudenmaier, Ph.D. and Bruce McBeath, Ph.D.

The Legacy and Future of R.D. Laing's Contribution to Contemporary Thought: A Two-Day Symposium with moderators: Dr. Michael Guy Thompson and Dr. Kirk Schneider.

Evoking the Edge: Applying Existential Principles to Live Cases with consultants: Nader R. Shabahangi, Ph.D., MFT, Karla Boyd, Ph.D., MFT, and Orah Krug, MFT.

Person-Centered Expressive Arts for Therapists and Healers. Weekend workshop with Natalie Rogers, Ph.D., R.E.A.T.

What is Existential Humanism- A Dialogue with the Directors of EHI.

Writing, Editing, Publishing- Existential Humanistic Psychology with Tom Greening, Ph.D., Kirk Schneider, Ph.D., Frances Vaughn, Ph.D., and Leslie Berriman.

A History of the Breast with Marilyn Yalom, Ph.D.

The Art and Wonder of Psychotherapy with Children with Deborah Cohen, M.A., M.P.H., and Stephen Curtin, Ph.D.

Diversity: Exploring Existential-Humanistic Psychology with Various Populations with Sonya Grant Arreola, Ph.D., Lou Dangles, M.F.C.C., and Gregg Richardson, Ph.D.

Supervision and Consultation with Individuals and Groups with Ken Bradford, Ph.D., Jeff Sharp. Ph.D., and Molly Sterling, Ph.D.

Sufism and Psychotherapy with Myrtle Heery, Ph.D., an Bryan Wittine, Ph.D.

Meditation and Self-Inquiry for Existential Therapists: A workshop with Bryan Wittine, Ph.D.

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Discussion on Community and Brunch

Discussion and brunch with panelists: Elizabeth Bugental, Ph.D., Richard Kleiner, Ph.D., and Nader Robert Shabahangi, Ph.D.

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