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Upcoming Workshops - Save These Dates!

Saturday, Sept 12th, 2020

"Facilitating Experiential Democracy Dialogue"
Developed and Presented by Dr. Kirk Schneider

Time: 9:45 am to 5:15pm: lunch on our own 12:45-2:15
First Unitarian Universalist Society, San Francisco
6 CE credits pending approval*

Saturday, Dec 6th, 2020

"Working with the Cultural Outsider in Psychotherapy"
Developed and Presented Dennis Portnoy, MFT

Time: 11 am to 3pm: no lunch break
Heart Source Center, Berkeley
4 CE credits pending approval*.

  • *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.
  • *Accessibility: It is the policy of EHI to make every reasonable effort to provide attendees with disabilities with the opportunity to take full advantage of its programs. Please contact us ahead of time so we can work with you arrange programming to needs. Please contact our Admin, Michelle at program[@] or call us at 415.689.1475 to make arrangements.

EHI thanks Dr Galia Schecter, PsyD, our Feb 29th workshop presenter, for an engaging day of training!
And thank you to the attendees for joining us for Integrating the Self: The Power of Presence and Community in Cultivating Self-Compassion!

Education and Training Programs

EHI's 2020 Training Cohort for the Residential is Full-Contact us for Waitlist Opportunities.
Contact Us & Apply Today to Join the Training Residential Through Either the Foundations Certificate Program or the Experiential Retreat Program!
Taking applications and enrolling for 2021

The hands-on training component for EHI's programs has been updated. EHI now holds one longer training that combines the former two experiential trainings into one intensive residential retreat!

The next open experiential retreat for both the Certificate and the Experiential Training programs will be held May 16th, 2021 - May 21nd, 2021. Students will receive the complete training previously experienced in our two retreats in one intensive retreat! Approximately forty-three training hours are scheduled in this updated Experiential Training. This update makes the training more effective and much less expensive for attendees.To ensure all our students get the best possible experiential training in Existential-Humanistic therapeutic practices the 2021 cohort is limited to 20 students max.

EHI Programs That Feature the Updated Single Experiential Training

Certificate in the Foundations of Existential-Humanistic Therapy
For students looking for grounding in E-H theory & practice.

The Foundations Certificate Program coursework provides students with an E-H Therapy foundational core by integrating both theory and practice into each course. New to EHI? Join this year long certificate program which is open to licensed professionals who seek to enhance their clinical skills and full or half-time students in a masters or doctoral psychology program.

Gain a Foundation in E-H Therapy Practice
Foundations Certificate Program Info »


Experiential Training Retreat Program
For those interested in engaging in EHI Experientials.

Open to licensed mental health professionals and graduate students who would like to participate in EHI's Experiential Training. Master E-H therapists and noted authors such as Kirk Schneider, PhD and Orah Krug, PhD. create intimate, safe and collaborative training environments which emphasize hands-on learning of relational and experiential techniques. Participants learn how to enter their clients' self constructed worlds, using their own personal contexts to develop responsiveness to clients while also cultivating the "presence" that enables genuine encounters and real therapeutic change. Designed for attendance and participation at the retreat is the only commitment, no additional course-work required.

Experiential Training Retreat Program Info »


Who Should Apply?

Participants who find this training effective include psychotherapists, social workers, counselors, nurses, creative and expressive arts therapists, medical doctors, psychiatric practitioners and psychologists who are interested in adopting Existential-Humanistic therapeutic techniques in their practice. The programs welcome Master's and Doctorate students and residents of the above professions. We have even had sociologists and documentary filmmakers join the training!

EHI welcomes international students in all of our programs and does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

If you have questions about whether a program or training might be a fit for you please contact Michelle, EHI admin assistant to start a conversation: program[at] or call 415-689-1475!

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EHI E-H Therapy Consult Program

Be Notified of Next Consult Group!

We are pleased to continue to offer an Existential - Humanistic Consult Group for the Bay Area. The current group meets Fall and Spring.

E-H therapists seek not only a deeper understanding of their clients, but deeper contact with their own historical context that shapes their sense of reality. EHI's live consultation groups offer the opportunity to consult about difficult cases from an E-H perspective, and to experientially work with the therapist's own meanings that get stirred by particular clients.

Experiential learning in the consult groups includes guided self-reflection and case conceptualization, feedback from fellow group members, role plays, and theoretical reflections following experiential work. We look for group members who are committed to being present for all 5 consultations in the series, and who bring maturity and eagerness to dive into experiential work.

This monthly consult group series meets one Saturday per month from 10:30am-12:30pm for 5 months.

Groups are a max 6-7 members.
Groups meet in Troy's office in Oakland.

Cost of the group is $400 for the five 2-hour sessions. A $50.00 discount is on offer for 2020 Spring Training Retreat attendees. Please contact us at info[@] if you have questions or if you are interested in securing a spot in the upcoming group. The group fee is non-refundable, non-transferable if a session needs to be missed.

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Recommended Upcoming Conferences & Workshops


Recommended Online Webinar w/ Bob Edelstein of EHNW

EHNW is hosting a free webinar:
An Existential Crisis: Hope and Fear in Uncertain Times

Saturday, April 25, 2020 11 AM – 1 PM
Please note: Due to confidentiality of participants responses this webinar will not be recorded for later viewing.

We are all in uncharted territory as we face the pandemic and its consequences. None of us have ever confronted anything like this before.

Many of our existential themes are moving to the forefront such as:

  • We are all inter-connected and we are all alone
  • We are facing our mortality and that can help us choose the life we want to live
  • We search for answers within the reality that there is always uncertainty

This salon is open to anyone who wants to discuss their hopes and fears as we respond to the pandemic.

Everyone is welcome to share or just listen.

Bob Edelstein, LMFT, will be the facilitator. Kirk Schneider will also join for part of the webinar to share his thoughts and feelings about CoVID-19 in relationship to the EH perspective.

We invite you to join us in this conversation!

This webinar is free.
To participate and get the webinar log-in info, you need to register for the salon at

Bob Edelstein is a friend and affiliate instructor with EHI! Bob is the founder of EHNW ,an existential-humanistic professional organization in Portland Oregon. He is an E-H therapist, lecturer, instructor, author and writes regularly about E-H therapy and topics on his blog, Authentic Engagement at Psychotherapy Today.

From our Friends at
Online Webinar: Existential Challenges During a Pandemic 
Sunday April 26, 2020 9:00-11:00am Pacific

Led by Dr. Alfried Längle, MD, PhD, Dr. h.c.mult  
4 Continuing Education Credits 

How to Cope and Make Meaning During Quarantine 

 How do we find meaning during a time of isolation: loss of freedom, loss of routines, and loss of physical interactions? Many of us are experiencing newfound feelings of despair, meaninglessness, and loneliness. 

 Join Dr. Alfried Längle for a discussion on managing negative emotions. Learn how to turn the time of quarantine into a time of personal growth using the four tenets of existential theory. Existential analysis and logotherapy can help us to better understand why we can experience psychic pain during isolation, economic instability, and widespread disease. Not only can we gain an understanding of our emotions, but we can confront and turn around these challenges. 

 Without our jobs, loved ones, and routines, how do we construct identity? Many of us feel we are losing our sense of self during this trying time. 

 Existential analysis focuses on four tenets: 

 1- We are motivated by the fundamental question of existing in the world - I exist, but can I exist as a whole person? Do I have the necessary space, protection and support? 

 2- We are motivated by the fundamental question of life - I am alive but do I like this? Do I experience fulfillment, affection and appreciation of values? 

 3- We are motivated by the fundamental question of self - I am myself, but do I feel free to be myself? Do I experience attention, justice and appreciation? 

 4- We are motivated by the question of existential meaning - I am here, but for what purpose? What is here today to make my life a meaningful whole? What do I live for? 

 Learn how to apply practical therapeutic exercises to our current lives based on the four tenets of existential theory!

Find out more! Register through the MindBodyPassport website here.

From our Friends at Existential Analysis Canada (EAC)

Save the Date! Inaugural Canadian Conference of Existential Analysis

Becoming a Community of Practice

Presented by: Existential Analysis Canada

Hosted by: Graduate Program in Counselling Psychology, Trinity Western University

Dates: May 8 & 9, 2020
Trinity Western University, Langley, BC, Canada

More info to come on the EAC Conference webpage >>

From our Friends at EHNorthwest

Save the Date! Annual Workshop

Aging or Eldering? A powerful shift to understanding human life. Practical and therapeutic implications from an existential, process-oriented lens.

Presented by Nader Shabahangi, PhD, MFT, RCFE

Friday, September 25, 2020

More info to come on EHNW's website >>

EHI Recommends the 3rd World Congress of Existential Therapy!

Living in the Here and Now: Embracing our Roots
Creating our Future

Athens, Greece
May, 2023

Stay Up to Date >>

From our Friends at

Irvin Yalom and the Art of Psychotherapy

Victor and Irv Yalom sitting in discussion in an interview of Irv by Victor

From Our Friends at

Irv Yalom and the Art of Psychotherapy Online Course


- Over 7 hours of video
- 3 hours of in-depth interview
- 7.5 CE CREDITS included in the price.
- Permanent access to course materials.

- Transcripts of all videos
- Additional skill building activities

Our friends at are excited to present this new course:

Irv Yalom and the Art of Psychotherapy

Join Irv Yalom as he demonstrates how to leverage the most powerful tool of therapists, the authentic engagement of the therapeutic relationship, to help three clients face head-on the existential anxieties that lurk beneath the surface.
For the first time ever, see Irvin Yalom conduct actual therapy sessions. This is your chance to witness firsthand how one of the most revered therapists of our time engages with his clients to address the heart of the human condition.


Register at Academy >>

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