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2020 Webinar Series: Depolarizing Our Minds, Our Hearts & Our Nation

Join Us on Saturday, November 14th, 2020

An Interplay of Wisdom, Emotion, and Reason in Depolarizing the Mind

Developed and Facilitated by: Sayyed Mohsen Fatemi, PhD

Date: Saturday, 11/14/2020

Time: 10am-1pm; via Zoom

Cost: $35 General/Professional; $20 Student/Elder
* We understand that COVID-19 has created economic stress for many, so if you are experiencing economic hardship due to COVID-19, the requested fee for webinars in this series is $10 (though no one will be turned away due to lack of funds-please contact Michelle for assistance at

Series Discount Available: Attend a workshop in this series and we will send you a code for $7.50 off your next series workshop registration.

3 CE credits pending approval*.





Many mental health practitioners are aware of and utilize meditation-based mindfulness techniques in working with their clients. These techniques can help improve mental health and provide a number of health benefits in general. Fewer practitioners, however, are aware of and utilize a Langerian mindfulness approach when working with clients; and yet Langerian mindfulness can help increase psychological flexibility, intentionality and well-being.

In this webinar, Mohsen Fatemi, PhD, will demonstrate and discuss Langerian mindfulness (developed almost 50 years ago by Dr. Ellen Langer), particularly as a way to increase empowerment through seeing and making conscious, mindful choices. In increasing psychological flexibility and awareness of choice, Langerian mindfulness can be an effective resource in depolarizing the polarized mind. In fact, research shows that an attitude of Langerian mindfulness, with its positive impact on capacities for creativity and self-discovery, cultivates and is associated with the depolarized mind; and that "mindlessness" – the state of narrowed awareness and responsiveness – correlates with the polarized mind.

Dr. Fatemi will also emphasize the roles of reason and emotion in the functioning of the mind and how mindlessness and mindfulness give rise to different modes of being with different implications for thoughts, beliefs, feelings, emotions and behaviors. He will articulate ontological explanations of fear and anxiety, detail how underlying fears and anxieties give rise to the polarized mind and highlight how increased capacity for conscious choice sits at the heart of existential approaches to increasing health and well-being.

Psychotherapists are often dealing with the effects and influences of polarization on their clients, whether in working with couples, an individual locked in a rigid way of seeing things or with those suffering in the context of the deep division and antagonism that exists in our country today. Join us on November 14th as Dr. Fatemi provides training and education in how to find wisdom in the process of depolarizing the mind with the support of Langerian mindfulness.

Our Presenter

Sayyed Mohsen Fatemi bio photo

Dr. Sayyed Mohsen Fatemi completed his postdoctoral studies in the department of psychology at Harvard University where he has also served as a Teaching Fellow, an Associate and a Fellow. He is a frequently published author and has been the keynote speaker of numerous international conferences. His publications appear in Springer, Wiley, Templeton Press, Routledge, Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press, Lexington publication, Palgrave McMillan, American Psychiatric Association, and Journals such as APA's Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology and International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis.

Dr. Fatemi also has a few new books coming up: with Macmillan Palgrave Psychology of films, Film Therapy with Routledge and Psychology of inner peace: heartfulness with Cambridge University Press.

In addition to teaching at Harvard, he has also taught for the department of psychology at the University of British Columbia, Western Washington University, University of Massachusetts in Boston, University of Toronto, Endicott College and Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis. Furthermore, he has served as an associate professor of psychology and the chair of the Desk of North America at Ferdowsi University of Mashhad one of the top five universities in Iran. He is also an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate Program in Psychology in the department of psychology at York University, Canada.

Dr. Fatemi is the recipient of the Ellen Langer international Mindfulness Award and is active member of APA with numerous presentations at APA annual meetings. He brings mindfulness in his psychological and therapeutic interventions and has run training and coaching programs for clinicians, practitioners and corporate people in North America, Europe and overseas. He has been practicing psychotherapy for more than a decade.

Our Online Workshops Include Experiential Work!

The November 14th workshop will be both didactic and experiential utilizing Zoom Meeting and Zoom Breakout Rooms.

This event is designed for both the general public and for licensed or pre-licensed professionals in the therapeutic fields, as well as master's and graduate students in therapeutic programs. Psychologists, MFTs, social workers, counselors, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, doctors and interested persons are all encouraged to attend!

*Continuing Education Info

  • 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 by email at or phone at 415.689.1475 to make arrangements.


Requested Requirements

A Zoom Account with Zoom Desktop Client or Mobile App are needed. Due to the format of this particular event these are both needed to be assigned to a breakout room to engage in the experiential exercise.



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Saturday, Dec 5th, 2020

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

Time: 10am to 1pm Pacific Time: via Zoom and Zoom Breakout Rooms

3 CE credits pending approval*.

Many who seek psychotherapy either came to the United States from another culture as children or were born here. Surrounded by peers who look and speak differently, they often have the added burden of parents relying on them to help navigate in a new country. Eager to "fit in" they become hyper-focused on conforming and achieving, feeling tremendous pressure to go above and beyond what is expected.

The very qualities that contribute to their success in the world often perpetuate their unhappiness and disconnection from themselves.

Through lecture as well as dyad work this webinar will offer a deeper understanding into the unique survival strategies that cultural outsiders employ in an attempt to cope with the shame of feeling like "the other" and different. There will be particular emphasis on how these clients define themselves and measure their self-worth.

In this webinar participants will also learn a powerful intervention called "piercing the threat" designed to assist clients with deconstructing an identity and sense of worth that revolves around performance, how they are being perceived and their usefulness to others.


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*Continuing Education Info for the Workshops in This Series

  • 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.

Education and Training Programs

Contact Us & Apply Today to Join the Training lntensive Through Either the Foundations Certificate Program or the Experiential Retreat Program!
Taking applications 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 5-day experiential training for both the Certificate and the Experiential Training programs will be held Oct 10th, 2021 - Oct 15th, 2021. Students will receive the complete training previously experienced in our two retreats in one intensive! To ensure all our students get the best possible experiential intensive the 2021 cohort is limited to 20 attendees.

Two Tracks for New Students to Participate in the Experiential Training!

The tracks are open to licensed mental health professionals and graduate students who would like to participate in EHI's Experiential Training. EHI's instructors are Master E-H therapists and include noted Existential-Humanistic authors such as Kirk Schneider, PhD, Nader Shabahangi, PhD and Troy Piwowarski create intimate, safe and collaborative training environments which emphasize hands-on learning of relational and experiential techniques. Learn how to enter 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.

1. 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 »


2. Experiential Training Program -Just the Training!
For those interested in engaging in EHI Experientials.

Designed for those with limited time. Attendance and participation at the retreat is the only commitment, no additional coursework 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!


Nov 7, 2020: EHNW Student Salon

Bounderies and Self-Care for Therapists

Facilitated: Dave Fischer, PsyD.

Date: Saturday, 11/07/2020

Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, Pacific

Location: Online via Zoom

Cost: $20 Non-Affiliates, FREE to Affiliates

Engaging closely with others who are in psychological distress can sometimes take a personal toll on therapists. Depending on settings and personalities, the demands of providing therapy can put a therapist at risk of burnout, demoralization, and even ethically questionable or dangerous behaviors. Acknowledging limitations, asserting appropriate boundaries, and maintaining regular self-care practices are important protections. We will discuss these issues in our salon. Students and new therapists are encouraged to attend. Seasoned professionals are welcome and invited to bring their perspectives and to share tips.

Registration at

Please Note: this event is not being hosted by EHI- please contact EHNW with questions.


Friday, Dec 7th, 2020: EHNW Lunch-n-Learn

A Path to Living Life Fully: 8 Core Tenets of Existential-Humanistic Therapy

Facilitated: Bob Edelstein, LMFT, MFT

Date: Friday, 12/07/2020

Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Pacific

Location: Online via Zoom;

Cost: $10 Non-Affiliates, FREE to EHNW Affiliates

An aim of Existential-Humanistic Therapy is to help our clients live an authentic and actualized life. It is a therapeutic modality and a way of being. Bob will describe and explore 8 key tenets of an Existential-Humanistic perspective in therapy such as Process Orientation, Self-and-World-Constructs, and Being-in-the-World.

Bob will work with a volunteer who will explore a concern in an abbreviated interview. Afterwards, he will debrief the interview with the volunteer and the Lunch and Learn participants.

More Register at

Please Note: this event is not being hosted by EHI- please contact EHNW with questions.

Existential-Humanistic NorthWest (EHNW)
EHNW is located in Portland, Oregon and enlivens and enriches human experience through our commitment to being present with ourselves, others, society, and the mystery of life. We serve the healing professions, our clients, and the public through dialogue, education, training, and advocacy. Please contact EHNW about their events here: EHNW Contact Form.

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Irv Yalom and the Art of Psychotherapy Online Course


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